Democracy In Trouble

September 5, 2021

(Illustration: ‘again the rebels rushed furiously on our men‘ (1954), by Jacob Lawrence, and found here).

Beyond the horrors foiled upon this late-afternoon Sunday here in California’s Central Valley coming from worldwide — for instance: a revolution in Guinea, a massacre in Ethiopia, and in Florida, killing of a baby, its mother, and two other people by a body-armor-wearing guy (shooter/victims didn’t know each other) — there’s some long-range, way-of-life terror as in what Republicans are doing slowly and surely to destroy America.
This morning, I came across an op/ed from last Wednesday at The Washington Post by Dana Milbank, which examined the rolling democracy black-out across the country — some snips:

Texas this week showed us what a post-democracy America would look like.

Thanks to a series of actions by the Texas legislature and governor, we now see exactly what the Trumpified Republican Party wants: to take us to an America where women cannot get abortions, even in cases of rape and incest; an America where almost everybody can openly carry a gun in public, without license, without permit, without safety training and without fingerprinting; and an America where law-abiding Black and Latino citizens are disproportionately denied the right to vote.

This is where Texas and other red states are going, or have already gone. It is where the rest of America will go, unless those targeted by these new laws — women, people of color and all small “d” democrats — rise up.

Texans overwhelmingly object to permitless carry. Fully 57-percent of Texas voters oppose such a law and only 36 percent support it, according to a June poll by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune.
The partnership’s April poll found that, by 46-percent to 20-percent, Texans want stricter gun laws — and support for tougher laws is 54-percent among women, 55-percent among Latinos and 65-percent among Black voters.
Texans also oppose banning all abortions if Roe is overturned, with 53-percent against a ban and 37-percent for one.
Women oppose the ban, 58-percent to 33-percent.
A narrow plurality (46 percent to 44 percent) oppose the six-week ban, too.

Furthermore, pluralities of Texans opposed the ban on drive-through voting and restrictions on early voting hours. The drive-through ban was particularly objectionable to Black voters (52-percent opposed to 30-percent in the April poll) and Latino voters (44-percent to 36-percent), as were the limits on early voting hours, opposed 52 -ercent to 28-percent among Black voters and 46-percent to 31 percent among Latino voters.
And that’s the whole point of such voter-suppression laws. Texas became a “majority minority” state more than 15 years ago — and the country as a whole will follow in about two decades.
But White voters still dominate the electorate. Latinos are about 40 percent of the Texas population, but only 20 to 25 percent of the electorate.

Texas legislators aren’t answering to the people but rather to the White, male voters that put the Republicans in power. The new voting law, by suppressing non-White votes, aims to keep White voters dominant. As demographics turn more and more against Republicans in Texas, their antidemocratic actions will only get worse.

Pretty correct, and the answer to all this shit is kind of limpid: ‘Less voting and less health care, but more guns and more booze: This is the present in Texas, and the future for all of us — unless we mobilize to arrest the Republicans’ destruction of democracy.

Yet right now, I’m limpid as Milbank. If the Republicans re-take the House/and/or Senate next year, America in its 250-plus years experiment in democracy will be pretty-much finished.
Honesty, the only recourse is to vote — get out the fucking vote!
In reality, they are the minority, though, a big minority, but there’s in mass, more of us — vote!

Bad news no longer on the doorstep, now all the way into  the sitting room:

Once again, and again, here we are…

(Illustration out front is of a New York state high-school student exhibit: ‘The piece was displayed during student-driven art show at Shenendehowa High School. It consisted of at least 12 identical black-and-white pictures of Donald Trump. There was also a sign above the pictures that read, “Draw on Me.” Using markers from the art classroom, some students opted to scribble critical messages and profanities on the pictures‘ — and found here).

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