“We are going to take the fierce fire that is in every single one of our bellies to right the wrongs of November,” said Heritage Action for America exec Jessica Anderson in April of her organization’s effort to craft and pass voter-suppression laws in multiple states.
The wrongs of November? There was no election fraud, no hacking of voting machines, no massive turnout of ineligible voters, no forgery or miscount or destruction ballots. The only people with guts on fire over “wrongs in November” are the crackpots and corporate tyrants who are mad their lies and liar-in-chief lost.
But when conservatives lose the game, they rewrite the rules so the people who beat them can’t play. They are doping that now in our legislatures, waging a quiet blitzkrieg with astroturfed legislation to take away our access to the ballot:
In a private meeting last month with big-money donors, the head of a top conservative group boasted that her outfit had crafted the new voter suppression law in Georgia and was doing the same with similar bills for Republican state legislators across the country. “In some cases, we actually draft them for them,” she said, “or we have a sentinel on our behalf give them the model legislation so it has that grassroots, from-the-bottom-up type of vibe.”
The Georgia law had “eight key provisions that Heritage recommended,” Jessica Anderson, the executive director of Heritage Action for America, a sister organization of the Heritage Foundation, told the foundation’s donors at an April 22 gathering in Tucson, in a recording obtained by the watchdog group Documented and shared with Mother Jones. Those included policies severely restricting mail ballot drop boxes, preventing election officials from sending absentee ballot request forms to voters, making it easier for partisan workers to monitor the polls, preventing the collection of mail ballots, and restricting the ability of counties to accept donations from nonprofit groups seeking to aid in election administration.
All of these recommendations came straight from Heritage’s list of “best practices” drafted in February. With Heritage’s help, Anderson said, Georgia became “the example for the rest of the country” [Ari Berman and Nick Surgey, “Leaked Video: Dark Money Group Brags About Writing GOP Voter Suppression Bills Across the Country,” Mother Jones, 2021.05.13].
Anderson and her fellow plotters are quietly storming state capitols around the country with a campaign of lies rooted in the philosophy that Heritage Foundation co-founder Paul Weyrich expressed in 1980:
Speaking in 1980 at a meeting of evangelical leaders in Dallas, Weyrich bluntly articulated his radical views on voting rights. “I don’t want everybody to vote,” he said. “Elections are not won by a majority of the people. They never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down” [Berman and Surgey, 2021.05.13].
Conservatives are not fighting for election security. They are fighting to secure their grip on power by taking power away from you. You need to fight that, by (1) questioning every lie about election fraud (“What election fraud? When? Where? By whom?”), (2) questioning the sources of this anti-voter legislation, and (3) backing candidates (who will almost invariably be Democrats) who stand up for your right and all Americans’ right to vote.