President Joe Biden has called the new Georgia voting law the “Jim Crow law of the 21st Century.” Jim Crow laws were enacted by Democrat-controlled southern states after the Civil War to oppress former slaves and to discourage them from voting. Among other things, they imposed literacy tests and property ownership requirements, except for white voters whose fathers or grandfathers owned property and could read and write.
Labeling the Georgia law as Jim Crow is yet another example of the left’s campaign to coopt the English language. An example would be substituting the meaning of the term abortion (the termination of the life of an unborn child) with “women’s right to choose” or “women’s health.”
Take the mainstream media’s reporting of the Georgia voting law. NBC’s Nightly News has labeled the law as controversial and as adding new restrictions that are tougher on minority voters.
No surprise there. Instead of presenting both sides of the argument, the mainstream news media peppers the airways with liberal propaganda laced with charges of racism and allusions to “Jim Crow 2.0.”
For example, failed candidate for governor of Georgia, Stacey Abrams, praised Major League Baseball’s decision to move its all-star game out of Atlanta because of Georgia’s recently enacted voter law. Her astonishing tweet: “Disappointed the MLB will move the All-Star Game, but proud of their stance on voting rights…”
In the public statement published with the tweet, Ms. Abrams whined, “Georgia Republicans must renounce the terrible damage they have caused to our voting system and the harm they have inflicted on our economy…”
Arguing with liberals like Ms. Abrams would be an exercise in futility. The best that a normal, rational person can hope for is that she will never be elected to an office where she has the power to spread her lies.
The truth about the new Georgia voting law is that it:
- Eliminates the inefficient signature verification in favor of tighter voter ID requirements for mail-in ballots. (Photo or other acceptable ID requirements for in-person voting are unchanged.)
- Prevents voters from being influenced by food and water handouts by third parties while standing in line. (Election officials can supply water to those waiting to vote, though.)
- Allows the state legislature to take direct control if problems are reported.
- Adds fewer ballot drop boxes than those in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Shortens the early-voting period for all runoff elections.
Responding to critics, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said, “There is no rational argument against requiring state ID… for absentee ballots.” If the voter doesn’t have a driver’s license, the state will provide a Georgia ID card free of charge.
There is, however, one gaping hole in Mr. Raffensperger’s reasoning: Left-wing liberals don’t argue rationally. They simply call their opponents racists and characterize efforts to promote public confidence in the democratic ballot process as nostalgia for Jim Crow.
Professional baseball leaders weren’t noble and brave and don’t deserve praise. They just wanted no part of the toxic argument brewing in Georgia. They took their business elsewhere, and Atlanta businesses will lose millions thanks to liberal lies.