Have you ever watched, listened to, or read comments from an elected official and wondered how the heck they ever won at the ballot box? I am sure you have, and it now seems a regular occurence for me.
But I have never had the thought that the legislative body should expell that member based on what they may have said.
Leading up to the November election “voter suppression” became a popular phrase echoed throughout enclaves of the left leaning across the country. Seemingly any attempt to verify the validity of those seeking to vote became categorized as “voter suppression.”
Voting is both a right and a responsibility for American citizens. It is important that all legal voters be allowed, encouraged and unchallenged in casting their ballots. Accomodations must be made so voting is as straightforward and accessible as possible for every eligible voter. If those legal votes put someone in office who’s comments are sometimes dubious or outright inflammatory, so be it. They were voted into office by the majority of their constituency. It will be up to that constituency to decide if they want to keep that person in office in the future.
So it is interesting to now hear a clamor from those same corners, concerned about voter suppression, for an effort to in any way possible drum out elected senators who simply had some questions about how the 2020 election was conducted in some places. They simply were exercising their right to request a 10 day audit, as others have done in the past. Some were immediately calling for their ouster from the U. S. Senate.
Isn’t that a form of voter suppression? Weren’t those members of congress elected by the voters of their districts and states? Yet some, on both sides of the aisle, want to suppress the desires of those same voters by trying to push their duly elected representatives out of office.
In America we elect our representatives as a reflection of the majority of our districts and states. By extension, their questions are the questions of their constituents. It is quientessentially American to question our leaders, to respectfully dissent when we feel it is necessary, and to verify the authenticity of our votes, and the in- session votes of those we elect at all levels of government.
It is also authentically American to question suspect processes of government, including the most basic part of our process-voting.
Most recently we have a fervor over a newly elected Georgia Congress person who has voiced, tweeted, and re-posted some incendiary comments. Those same voices are calling for her to be removed from office.
To be fair, not long ago some voices on the right were crying out for members of congress on the far left of the political spectrum to be removed based on public comments they had made.