During the Watergate era, we nearly broke our arms patting ourselves on the back for averting a bona fide constitutional crisis. The phrase “constitutional crisis” is no longer bandied about although this crisis is even more threatening.
The array of Congressional, Supreme Court, state and federal rulings on the Voting Rights Act of 1965, is complicated with many attacks and decisions overturned and some upheld. A federal court ruled on July 20th that the Texas law limiting voting rights was unconstitutional. North Carolina was a blue state until all three branches of government are now Republican. On August 4th, a federal appeals court overturned the recently enacted voter identification requirement as intentionally discriminatory.
“Faced with this record, we can only conclude that the North Carolina General Assembly enacted the challenged provisions of the law with discriminatory intent.”
Democracy must be like a garden requiring constant weeding. Witnessing the most tragically inept presidential election cycle ever should be a 5-alarm wake up call to everyone who cares about democracy.
The threat at the local, county, and state levels are critically important as well. Every vote matters. Elections have swung on very few votes and nothing can be taken for granted.
Especially now as the media presents a dark and threatening world, we need our communities to be sturdy, rational, welcoming, and inclusive.
The #LetsPlayRealEstate launch reception at Eden UCC, this Sunday, August 7th from 1 to 3 gets the ball rolling. Please join us if you can and RSVP here. If you can’t be there, watch for updates and developments.