Republicans Are Pushing For New Laws That Would Make Voting More Difficult For Many Americans

   Republicans around the country are pushing for new laws that would make it significantly more difficult for many Americans to vote. They’re particularly targeting mail in voting and ballot drop boxes, both of which were used heavily by people who voted for Democrats in the last election.
   This is no coincidence. It’s very clear that the Republicans are trying to make it more difficult for people to vote, especially those they fear will vote for Democrats. Historically, Republicans have often feared large voter turnouts in elections because they worry that it may favor the Democrats if more people come out and vote.
   This is clear voter suppression. Republicans are trying to increase the odds that they might win future elections by making it more difficult for those who may vote for Democrats to cast their ballot. This is sick, disgusting, and goes against what democracy is supposed to be about. Frankly, it starts getting dangerously close to authoritarianism and clearly goes against what this country should stand for.
   Everyone who cares about our freedoms and democracy should be furious and speak out against these horrendous laws that Republicans are pushing all around the country. Mail in voting has been shown over and over to be very effective and quite secure. The military has been using it for years. We should be encouraging people to exercise their constitutional right to vote and have a voice in American democracy.
   People need to speak up and speak out against these outrageous new laws.
   Let’s stand for democracy and the United States Constitution.

I Think Georgia And Texas Are Reopening Too Early. It Could Cost Lives.

   States like Georgia and Texas are starting the reopening process, and Frankly, I think that is dangerously premature.
   We need more data on COVID 19.
   Now, there are two main types of tests being used: antibody and antigen. Antibody tests look for antibodies to the virus that causes COVID 19. Their presence mean that a person has been exposed at some point and the immune system has responded. Whereas antigen tests are looking for the virus itself.
   Thing is, we need significantly more tests available and run than has been occurring so far. There is still a serious shortage of tests and/or test reagents (which are needed to run the kits).
   States should be conducting extensive testing programs and be seeing a genuine, significant reduction in the number of new antigen positives for at least 2 weeks before reopening. Then once the reopening process begins, aggressive testing will be necessary to monitor the COVID status to see if cases start spiking again and if so, how badly.
   Frankly, neither Georgia or Texas are ready for this process. They have not been testing enough and have not seen the necessary reduction in new antigen positives to begin reopening. Yet, here they go.
   I’m concerned reopening prematurely will lead to spikes in COVID cases that could cost lives.
   While I realize the economy is hurting and people are understandably worried about money, we need to be smart in handling this situation. Otherwise, people will almost certainly die tragically and needlessly.