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Restoring a Functional Democracy in an Increasingly Authoritarian Society

January 4, 2022

Crunch time is rapidly approaching for the American People to preserve our government as one of the people, by the people and for the people. The midterm elections coming this November will require those of us seeking a democratic government that listens to us and actually seeks to improve the conditions under which most of us live our lives will need to fight harder than ever before to counter efforts of authoritarian and oligarchic forces at the local, state and federal levels to strip us of our rights to elect our own representatives to govern us in a way that allows us ALL to prosper in every aspect of ours lives – not just the top 1 or 2 percent.

Since President Biden was sworn into office under the shadow of an attempt to overrule the will of the people as expressed at the polls in November of 2020, the Republican party has shown itself willing to go to great lengths regain political power that it never intends to relinquish – the US Constitution be damned. I do not blame President Biden for the failure to secure the voting rights of all Americans or his Build Back Better plan to move in a progressive direction to empower us, rid us of attacks on our social safety net while alleviating economic, social and political inequality.

I also do not blame.Senators Sinema and Manchin for the failure of the Senate to pass key parts of the Biden agenda. We need to remember that passage of the Affordable Care Act was enormously difficult despite a much bigger majority of seats held by Democrats at the time than exists today. Badgering those two senators only gives cover to the 50 GOP senators who are unwilling to listen to their own constituents and pass these bills supported by a large majority of the American people. While skirting the filibuster requiring a supermajority of votes to pass the bills was conceivable at the outset, it obviously isn’t happening with this Senate. VP Harris doesn’t get a vote if they can’t get to a 50-50 tie.

Given this situation, how can we make this happen? Unlike Trump, I’m not about to encourage violent protests and death threats to get people to change their minds about either the filibuster or the desirability of passing this legislation. There is an election coming in November for all seats in the US House of Representatives and a third of the seats in the US Senate. We need to make sure that each and every Representative, Senator, state legislator or governor who has gone out of their way (via voter suppression legislation and/or gerrymandering) to rig these elections with a view towards GOP victory to still lose their elections.

Grassroots organizing is needed to provide as much assistance as possible to register voters and facilitate their casting ballots in their own interests instead of giving up and letting the GOP achieve their goals of winning enough seats to enable the GOP to obstruct any and all bills proposed by Biden to a degree not experienced in this country in my lifetime, if ever. This can be done. Before he was elected mayor of Burlington, VT, where I lived at the time, Bernie Sanders was running for statewide office and polling in single digits. He subsequently won election to the US House (which in VT is a statewide position), then the US Senate – always running as an independent.

Winning elections with as many barriers as are currently being passed in just about every GOP-dominated state in the country, will not be easy, but we need to get it done. These elected officials need to be held accountable for their constant refusal to act in the best interest of anyone other than their fat cat campaign donors and big businesses at our expense. The recent development of GOP elected Congresscritters taking credit for benefits to their constituents resulting from laws written by Democrats which was voted against by almost every single Republican is the height of hypocrisy. Call them out on this every chance you get.

This country needs uniformity on a basic level that applies to each and every state when it comes to the right to vote. The sections of the Voting Rights Act that were ripped to shreds need to be addressed legislatively by Congress. There is precious little support for this among GOP legislators at any level of government – and none among Trump and the folks who put him in the White House once and hope to do so again in 2024. Now is the time to fight to remove them before they can succeed. Trump has been vanquished for the time being. We need to make sure he doesn’t get another chance to destroy democracy in this country. Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham and the vast majority of their fellow GOP elected officeholders need to be prevented from following in his footsteps. Ever.

Suggested Further Reading:

One Nation, Divisible, with Liberty and Justice for Few – How the U.S. could split up

Scoop: Bipartisan group discusses electoral reform

State legislators gear up to pass a new wave of voting restrictions ahead of crucial 2022 midterms

Biden condemns Trump as a threat to democracy in speech marking one year since January 6 attack

One Year After Jan. 6: What comes next? | Southern Poverty Law Center

How to stop Trump from stealing the election next time

How to Fight the Next Coup

The Language of Violence and Avoiding a Potential Reign of Terror

Voting rights leaders skipping Biden’s Georgia speech to spur action

Bernie Sanders says Democrats are failing: ‘The party has turned its back on the working class’

The coming coup: How Republicans are laying the groundwork to steal future elections

Manchin, Sinema could be forced to work in potential Plan B keep filibuster and save voting rights

Jen Psaki Says What The GOP Doesn’t Want You To Know: Republicans Refuse To Participate On Voting Rights

The Smoking Gun Of Trump Treason Is The Voting Machine Seizure Executive Order

How to depolarize a country – Vox

Trump’s confession shows why we must abolish the Electoral College and throw him in jail

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One Comment
  1. These are certainly troubling times. Thanks for your writings about this.

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