In America, states get to make the rules
Major League Baseball has announced the removal of this year’s All-Star Game from Atlanta because Georgia’s new election law requires an ID to vote.
But you can’t pick up your tickets for the game without an ID. Nor can you enter a stadium without passing through a metal detector, having any bags or purses searched and sometimes being subjected to a full pat down.
Obviously, it’s not racist when baseball does it. Only when Georgia does it.
Lest we forget, the lords of baseball have not moved to prevent Atlanta’s team from playing any games there — you know, the Braves. A name that more than a few have identified as racist long before the new voting law, that MLB did nothing about.
Apparently, it’s OK to be racist if you are putting money in Rob Manfred’s pocket.
That’s not to say there aren’t things wrong with Georgia’s new law. The food and beverage restriction is just stupid. And the change in Sunday voting rules — it has been allowed in the past in Georgia — will clearly have a disproportionate effect on Blacks, and should be struck down.
But Georgia and other states — you’re likely reading this in one of them — have every reason to put common-sense voting rules in place. While little or no actual fraud has been proven in the 2020 election, the widespread belief that the rules were unfair created a lack of confidence on the part of voters that they can trust the system.
Part of that was here in Pennsylvania, where the rules were unfair, thanks to last-minute (and anti-constitutional) tampering by then-Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar.
Georgia’s bill — and presumably, one coming here, surely to see Tom Wolf’s veto pen — is a far better alternative than the fraudulently named For The People Act, aka HR1, which can only create confusion and increase the likelihood of foul play at the polls.
At least the states are not pushing for election day as a federal holiday, which would make it little more than another paid day off to state and federal employees, while the rest of us work and pay them.
The overreaching law would also force us to pay for election campaigns (because voluntarily doing so has been so successful), and require future presidents and vice presidents to disclose their tax returns (but not Nancy Pelosi nor Mitch McConnell, who certainly have more to explain about their wealth than Donald Trump ever will).
This is why we have a 10th Amendment — because we are a nation of states, and the states are to make the rules. Even Georgia.