The GOP: The Worst Monopoly Players Ever.
There has long been a wildly misplaced perception, held by many
Americans and ingrained in the DNA of the US body-politic, that the
country occupies the gold standard of democracy. That is wildly
wrong on any number of accounts. Consider any of the following.
The Revolution and subsequent Constitutional Republic founded on
discrimination, had a life-blood of wide-scale disenfranchisement
also. Blacks, women and the non-propertied were deprived of the
vote. It took centuries to put that straight and it still isn’t as it
American democracy has morphed into an oscillating two-party
system, Democrat and Republican, that serves the few, not the
many. A choice between food poisoning or dysentery is really no
choice at all.
The 2010 ruling in Citizens United vs the Federal Election
Commission further rigged the democratic playing field by increasing
the political influence of corporations, donors and the super-rich.
Just those three factors alone point to a democracy that is far
from healthy. And then along comes the Trump-infested GOP of the
twenty-first century, determined to do even more democratic
damage. Knowing that their policies and political well-being are
increasingly exposed and on the line, three months into 2021 and any
number of state Republican parties have proposed electoral
legislation that disenfranchises non-white Americans further still.
Now that the GOP has lost the White House and Congress, their
nefarious plans to skew democracy to their benefit are now in full
flow. In 2020, more Americans than ever before voted by absentee
ballot. So, surprise-surprise, Republican state legislators are
targeting that very means of legitimate democratic expression.
Again, if you can’t hit the goal, move thee goal-posts.
Of course, it’s not just an assault on absentee voting. Republican
machinations also include presenting comprehensive ID to vote not
once, but twice (Georgia).
In New York state, GOP wannabe electoral fixers are now putting
especial emphasis on voters having citizenship, targeting entirely
legitimate non-citizen voters.
Pennsylvania Republicans are brewing up plans to have ballots thrown
out if there is a signature mismatch. That is despite the state’s
supreme court categorically striking down that tactic.
And so it goes on. Of course, post-Biden victory, Trump spewed
forth a torrent of falsehoods, baselessly claiming that the election
has been stolen from him as a result of wide-spread voter fraud.
Yet it absolutely was not. A joint statement from The Elections
Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council and The Election
Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Executive Committees declared
that the 2020 elections were the securest in American history.
Actual voter fraud was so small as to be virtually negligible. Hell,
even some of Trump’s own inner circle, including human door-mat Bill
Barr, said the same.
There is a desperation in these GOP voting tactics that belies the
fear that they have been exposed for the craven authority craving
boot-lickers that they really are. They genuinely have nothing more
to offer other than the cult of Trump, faux patriotism and
monstrous socio-economic inequality, all shabbily dressed up as
While it always was arguable that the US claim to being the
premiere model of democracy was dubious, now that we have had
Trump, his lackeys and minions, an actual seditious storming of the
Capitol to overturn a democratic result, and the GOP etching out all
and any plan to restrict voting, we know for sure that that claim is
utterly bankrupt. There are failed states around the world that
right now can claim to have better democratic credentials than the
United States. That shining city on the hill? That’s nothing more
than the GOP trying its very best to torch the democratic principles
that this country was supposedly founded upon.
As we’ve noted
before in TIPNation, the moral high ground the US tried to
dominate for so long is now a desolate waste-ground of good
intentions mixed with the toxic reality of a warped democracy
becoming ever more twisted and unfit for purpose.
Remember that family member that would win at Monopoly no matter
what? Somebody would inevitably argue for changing the rules so as
to emerge victorious. And this is where the GOP now find
themselves. Not content with outrageously gerrymandering for the
last 20 years, they now want more ridiculous electoral changes in
their favor in the forlorn attempt to stem the progressive will of
millions of Americans.
That’s not going to happen. And both figuratively and actively,
Republicans need to go to jail. Do not pass go. Instead, just go, a
long way away, and let us all try and play out democracy by the actual
rules, not by your fevered, cheating minds.