Meet Ken Paxton, vote suppression advocate extraordinaire:
Attorney General Ken Paxton today asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a district court’s injunction permanently barring Texas from enforcing its amended voter ID law (Senate Bill 5). The Legislature passed the amended law to comply with a prior 5th Circuit court ruling. In a separate filing yesterday, the attorney general asked the U.S. District Court in Corpus Christi to stay its ruling while the appeal proceeds.
Wednesday, a district court granted a permanent injunction against Texas’ voter ID laws, defying the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), which asked the court to end efforts to overturn the law. In a filing with the court, the Justice Department stated it was satisfied Senate Bill 5 “eradicates any discriminatory effect or intent” and expands voter identification options.texasattorneygeneral.gov
What Texas voting laws do is suppress votes. This has been true from the very beginning of voting law, when the laws were put in place specifically to keep certain populations from voting; whether those populations were female, black, former Mexicans (the recently created racial category of Latino includes these brown skinned people who represent a near-majority in Texas) Asians, Native Americans, you name it. Voting law has always been about keeping the people that you don’t want to vote, from voting. From exercising the franchise of political participation.
There is no fraud, no illegality of any kind large enough to impact even the closest of vote margins when it comes to people voting who shouldn’t be voting in Texas or United States elections. Ken Paxton thinks any attempt to accurately represent the will of the full population of the State of Texas is outrageous because he knows that such a vote would not only unseat him and his White Nationalist cronies currently running this state, but that if every Texan was guaranteed a voice in Texas politics he would probably be in jail right now:
Paxton, a 52-year-old Republican, was fingerprinted and photographed at the Collin County jail while a throng of media waited outside. It was a frenzy reminiscent of a year ago, when then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry – who was also still in office – was booked after being indicted on charges of abusing his power with a 2013 veto.abc13.com
He would be in jail because he would no longer be the Attorney General, the head of the Texas legal department, and thereby be unable to manipulate the legal process to his own advantage. Which he has done, repeatedly, since gaining office.
Federal courts have blocked the legislation that Paxton is defending. I guess that is something. At least he’s not the only indicted statewide official currently serving in office any longer:
Ken Paxton, the Texas attorney general indicted in his first year holding the office, no longer appears to be the nation’s sole indicted statewide official.
That’s because a federal grand jury recently issued a 22-count indictment of Allen Loughry, a member of the West Virginia Supreme Court. A listener to the Texas Standard, a public affairs program headquartered at KUT, Austin’s NPR affiliate, brought the indictment to our attention.politifact.com
For whatever that is worth. Ken Paxton is crony capitalism personified. He certainly doesn’t deserve to be our attorney general.
This article originally came into existence as Facebook and Tumblr statuses. They have now been combined and expanded and backdated to the blog to the date when the news made it in front of my eyeballs.
Allen Loughry resigned his office under threat of impeachment after being convicted on several counts. Ken Paxton remains in office even though he is currently being investigated by the FBI on the same charges that were first brought against him in 2015. Texas reigns supreme as the state dumb enough to keep re-electing criminals to high office.
Ken Paxton’s war against equal access to the voting booth continues. He is now taking personal credit for keeping Donald Trump from loosing Texas in 2020 by stopping mail-in balloting from becoming a state-wide standard during the coronavirus pandemic.
This simply underscores my understanding that you have to be willing to risk your life in order to secure the vote for yourself. You can’t simply sit on the sidelines and cry about it. If it helps, you can envision that every ballot you cast is stuffed straight up Ken Paxton’s ass right after you cast it. This might make the pain of wearing a mask and the risk of brushing up against the unvaccinated idiots in line with you to vote less bothersome.
Featured image from Dallas News