The last election
This website and a million similar sites are full of alarmists. I tend to be one of them. But there are reasons for alarm. For all the good liberal advocates on this site, I think it’s important that we stay focused on some of the most important issues. It’s going to take a lot more effort than what we’re spending now to get change.
More than electing the blue team. But I’m not going to write a cool track in this story like my usual stuff (please check my usual stuff) because I’m tired and need to cut to the chase.
This is the right to vote.
We can all pat John Roberts on the back for trying to stop his Supreme Court from getting into controversial cases, but the fact is he was one of the most effective tools to weaken power vote of the Democrats.
Last year’s Brnovitch v. Democratic National Committee was a 6-3 decision saying states could erect moderate barriers to voting, such as Arizona enacting tough “ballot harvesting” laws that directly target voters. Navajo voters, a bloc that tended to vote Democratic in 2020.
Shelby County v Holder was a blow to the Voting Rights Act. He gutted a provision that required areas with a history of discrimination to get permission from the Justice Department before enacting voter restrictions.
It’s not just the court. We all remember watching the Georgian Secretary of State, the official in charge of administering elections in the state, administer his own elections in 2018 despite the gigantic conflict of interest.
It primarily watches black people wait hours and hours outside their polling places because states continue to cut the number of polling places in major cities where Democratic electoral blocs are located.
It is the unwavering refusal of anyone to attempt to make Election Day a holiday so that people with regular jobs don’t have to miss work by queuing for an hour to vote.
In Pennsylvania, the legislature is passing a “voting reform” that would allow poll watchers from any part of the state to travel to any other part of the state to watch people vote. It’s a big concession to the Big Lie that somehow the Big D team managed to confuse the country by slipping ballots in Milwaukee, Philly and Atlanta. This provision was not drafted so that some suburban Pittsburgh liberals could travel to Forest County to make sure everything was okay. That’s how good old boys strapped in with their racks open can drive from Bradford County to Harrisburg and intimidate non-white voters.
It’s gerrymandering suddenly taking its time in the spotlight, with the largest percentage of Americans calling for gerrymandering reform and everyone else opposing it.
In 2019, Roberts truly scored his biggest victory, when the court ruled 5-4 that the federal courts had no reason to get entangled in partisan gerrymandering. Despite effectively robbing millions of Americans of the right to free and fair elections, gerrymandering could continue unabated.
AND IT’S DONE. Texas has actually shown real restraint by not torpedoing its growing Democratic population. Instead, he essentially locked down 35 of his congressional districts, so there’s no chance of another party winning. Meanwhile, the Dems continue to lose ground with Latino voters and seek to lose the few remaining swing districts in the state. Ohio does a brilliant job of gerrymanding an 11-4 Republican rout, which is honestly impressive given how tough it is in that state. They even broke their own constitutional amendment to do so.
Overall, it looks like the Democrats will lose a net 3 seats because of redistricting alone this year according to Cook’s policy report.
Much of this could have been avoided by passing HR1, the first bill the House Democrat introduced when it took office in 2018. Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema blew that up.
So we see what’s going on, right? As Republican legislatures neutralize their Democratic governors or wrest control of elections directly from secretaries of state serving the Big Lie, the foundations for a 2020 redux are being built.
All the while, I’m reading the headlines and thinking, “Isn’t anybody else seeing this? The orange man’s coup failed in 2020 and so the GOP helpfully destroyed several of the guideposts to make it easier next time around.
The GOP is about to take power and the Democrats are going to outflank it by handing it over to them right away.
Look where we are, the party had 2 months to plan the Roe v Wade overthrow and they sang a song and read a poem about it. In other countries, their politicians throw stones. Ours sing and take a knee. Joe Biden is a man terrified of being called a socialist as he ran in the 2020 primary as the next FDR, the most socialist president the country has ever seen.
He will NEVER forgive a significant amount of student debt, because he thinks America is still in the 70s where you can work your way through college loans.
This is old school anti-marijuana, if anyone here seriously believed they would do something positive on that front, I have a bridge to sell you.
Amid the George Floyd protests, he decided the best way to reform the police was to give them more money.
When the Speaker of the House says the country “needs a strong Republican Party,” who is he talking to? A weak Republican party took away abortion rights, they attack LGBTQ communities, pass laws allowing drivers to run over and kill protesters.
The other party drinks koolaid fash and loves it and the Dems failed to pass the voting rights reform bill that would have cut them to the bare minimum.
History is not kind to the party in power during the midterms.
If the party tries to tweet and keep saying “We’ll get them next time” they’re going to lose and lose hard.
And with Biden utterly powerless against a hostile Congress, he will have nothing but an infrastructure bill to execute in 2024. Kamala Harris will have even less if she replaces him.
President DeSantis will absolutely codify more undemocratic laws with a united Congress and Supreme Court. By 2026, I’m not even sure there will be a structure in place for the Democrats to win the midterm elections.
The other team punctures the Dems tires before the race even starts, while the National Dems complain to the judges and stare at the clouds.
Go to the streets. Demand action on the right to vote because this may be the last election we will be able to participate in. Somebody egg Manchin’s house.