It is time for political leaders to step up their game in preserving democracy.
The International Institute for Democracy and Elections, an intergovernmental organization that works to advance and advance electoral processes around the world, issued its latest warning on the state of democracy in the United States on Monday.
Its new report includes this country among those experiencing “a severe and deliberate kind of democratic erosion.”
Among other things, the report cited recently approved state voter registration and voting laws in Republicans that “disproportionately affect minorities in a negative way.”
A July statement from 150 scholars made nearly identical points about Republican states’ subversion of the nonpartisan vote count: in the USA. The history of other crisis-ridden democracies tells us that this threat cannot be eliminated.”
And the scholars wrote that: (It is approaching midnight).
Journalist Anne Appelbaum recently warned that “the bad guys are winning” in the battle between authoritarianism and democracy.
However, as these warnings spread and become more dangerous than ever, many Democratic Party leaders, including President BidenUS Lawmakers Joe Biden Arrives in Taiwan to Meet Local Officials Biden Meets with the Coast Guard on Thanksgiving Five reasons Biden and the Republican Party are thankful this season MoreThey have not yet put the preservation of democracy at the top of their agenda. They did not sound the alarm in a way that would attract public attention and awaken Americans to respond to the gathering danger.
President Biden has spoken periodically about the dangers our democracy faces, as he did in a speech in October when he said, “Nothing about our freedom is guaranteed. We have to work for it.” Next month, the Democracy Summit will be held to discuss how to coordinate efforts.
Critics warn that these occasional raids of talk of democracy reform threaten to become Biden’s equivalent of Trump’s much-announced “infrastructure weeks” — all words, no action. They blame Biden for not making preserving democracy his focus or using the bully pulpit to issue a warning about the precarious state of democratic institutions.
But Biden seems to care at least.
Can we say the same to Sen Kirsten CinemaKirsten Senema Five reasons why Biden and the Republican Party should be thankful this season Five Senate Democrats have reportedly dissented from former spokesman Bernie Sanders, Biden’s banking nominee, over concerns about the effectiveness of SALT cuts More (D-Ariz.), who insists she will not manipulate the stall to pass urgently needed legislation to protect voting rights? These measures will stop the republican tide aimed at drowning our freedom.
On November 8, Sinema threw cold water on all of these proposals: “My view is that legislation being drafted together, in a bipartisan fashion, is the legislation that is most likely to pass and stand the test of time.” Do you live in a fantasy world?
In the real world, it is better to adopt a law protecting voting rights now and allow time to test it than to have no law – and no democracy – at all.
Soon it will be too late to stop Republican state legislatures from manipulating the House of the People in the Trump House.
In Georgia, the Republican legislature changed the district represented by the Democratic Representative of the United States. Lucy MacpathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathMcBath on Arbery’s ruling: No resolution can ‘heal the wounds of loss of a loved one’ McBath to run in neighboring district after GOP remaps Georgia Republicans’ advance with a view to a House seat in re-run Division of circles moreShe was elected to Congress after her son was shot in a violent incident. Macpath now lives in a newly remodeled area dominated by conservative voters.
North Carolina, where the Republican legislature twice in recent years has violated the Constitution in its partisan redistricting effort, has drawn a map that has so radically tarnished the district of 17-year-old Democratic Congressman J.K. Butterworth that he has decided to retire next year.
The new Ohio map has a similar impact on minority voter districts and received an “F” score from the nonpartisan Gerrymander Project at Princeton.
And not to be outdone in this race for election fraud, Texas just adopted a map that secures counties for the state’s 23 Republican incumbents while creating two secure Republican seats — all after the 2020 census attributed state growth to an increased minority.
Adam Kinkade, leader of the National Republican Fund for Redistricting, admitted that “competitive Republican seats are off the board.”
Increasing non-competitive constituencies stimulates more extreme positions by MPs who serve an extremist base. If you like the house of a republican leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthy Green: McCarthy ‘doesn’t have full backing to be the speaker’ Christie: McCarthy, not Trump, will be the next speaker The Hill Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Arberry Affair, Biden Spends Bill Every Test Views Justice More (R-California) refuses to discipline the representative. Paul GosarPaul Anthony Gosar Green: McCarthy ‘doesn’t have full support to be the speaker’ Omar calls Poibert over his ‘anti-Muslim’ remarks, denies Jan. 6 Capitol incident Organizers used cell phones to communicate with White House: Report More (R-Ariz.) For posting an anime video in which he killed Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.), You’ll Love a House Led Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel Jordan Jim Jordan reveals he contracted COVID-19 this summer Note: Gosar criticized, but toxic culture grows Note: Democrats may regret stalking Bannon more (R-Ohio) or Marjorie Taylor GreenMarjorie Taylor Greenup’s Efforts to Play Down the Risk of Increased Capitol Hooliganism The Memo: What Now for Anti-Trump Republicans? Representative Marjorie Taylor Green says she will meet Trump ‘soon’ in Florida more (R-Ga.).
Some American lawyers and jurors are doing their best to counter the authoritarian threat. On November 23, a North Carolina jury awarded $26 million to injured victims in their case against white supremacist leaders at the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.
Former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Hempton Holder memo: Democrats may regret Bannon hunt for Ben Affleck, Tracy Ellis Ross joins anti-districting fundraiser with Clinton, North Carolina legislature approves new map for US House of Representatives More He also uses the legal system to help. On November 23, the National Redistricting Action Fund sued Ohioans over its map. We can’t count on these allowances, because in 2019, in Rochu against the common causeAnd The Supreme Court severely flipped the law in favor of partisan squaring of districts.
In response to this decision, and the 89 percent of Americans who oppose gerrymandering, the Congressional Freedom of Voting Act will correct the balance. It sets objective standards to combat unfair maps. If state legislators create a single seat or 7 percent advantage for either party other than what the state’s residents grant, the law creates a presumption of illegality that partisans compelled to refute in court.
Without this correction, the benefits of expanded tax credits for children, financial support for child or aged care, improved health care and the fight against climate change, will elude ordinary Americans.
Understandably, President Biden has devoted a lot of energy to securing the passage of the Rebuilding Better Act, his signature legislation providing those benefits and more. He seems to believe that if he can show people that government can make their lives better, they will vote against totalitarian takeover.
But without a fair electoral system, there is no future for the Rebuilding Better Act — and no way for people to translate their gratitude for government assistance into political reality. That is why the president should press immediately and publicly to rein in the stalling that threatens the Freedom of Voting Act.
On October 20, Republican senators even blocked the debate on the senator. Joe MansionJoe Manchin Five reasons why Biden and the GOP should be thankful this season White House looks to rein in gas prices ahead of busy travel season Bernie Sanders spokesman freaks out about the effectiveness of SALT cuts More(DW.Va.) Compromise and, more recently, the John LewisJohn Lewis Obama, Dave Chappelle, nominated in the same category as the Grammys, progressive groups urge Feinstein to support stalling that has been cut short for voting rights or to resign. Voting Rights Promotion Act. The hope that Manchin might support a stall cut depends on pressure from the president and continued advocacy by West Virginia Democrats. If Manchin did, reclusive Sinema might not be far behind.
The President should check on a simple truth: Nothing should be allowed to stand in the way of preserving the right of every citizen to participate in choosing our government. as President ObamaBarack Hussein Obama Missed paperwork deadline delays Biden’s FDA nomination: Poll report: Democracy under attack, more violence may be future. He put it in his farewell speech, “It is up to each of us . . . the protectors of our democracy are anxious, jealous.”
President Biden, Senator Manchin, and especially Senator Cinema, need to heed these words and remember that there is no greater call in this moment of danger than to protect our democratic freedoms with relentless vigilance.
Austin Sarratt is the William Nelson Cromwell Chair in Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College. He is the author of several books on the death penalty in America, including “Shocking Spectacles: Botched Executions and the American Death Penalty. ” Follow him on Twitter Tweet embed.
Dennis Fargot, a former federal prosecutor.