It has been said that hell has no fury like an idea whose time has come. Clearly in the State of Georgia, the idea of overcoming “voter suppression” has truly come and it has been victorious. Again, let us look and learn from this great victory.
We saw after the 2020 election, a rush of bills in more than 25 states to reduce ballot boxes, polling sites, and a reduction in the amount of time available for early voting resulting in longer lines with prohibitions against giving people food or water while waiting in line to vote. Question: How many of us in contrast didn’t bother to vote in the recent general election?
The real lesson is to use our time for organizing, planning and collective action without concern for the efforts of others working against our interest. The people of Georgia, Black, White and other, understood that patience is as important as money in all battles; that the support of an idea has to be created out of the pains of the issues being fought against; that human and moral issues have no color and that one of the greatest rules for all struggles is that when the laws of man go against the laws of God, the laws of God must prevail.
The Declaration of Independence states that “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The right to vote without fear and interference is such a right. When was the last time that we took a look at our rights from God’s perspective? The right to live outside of homlessness with food and shelter is such a right. Landlords, developers and local governments should not be allowed to abridge that right.
So let’s look at our situations as if we were in Georgia and decide how to organize and achieve desired results as the people of Georgia did, even though it took four elections to get one man, Senator Warnock, into a full term office.
Dr. John E. Warren is the publisher of the San Diego Voice & Viewpoint Newspaper.
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