Thursday, September 30, 2021

The Lessons of "On Tyranny" #3

Chapter 3: Beware the one-party state

The parties that remade states and suppressed rivals were not omnipotent from the start. They exploited a historic moment to make political life impossible for their opponents. Vote in local and state elections while you can. Consider running for office.

The Trumpists (as opposed to the free old-school Republicans) are taking their party to crazy extremes where the control all the levers of power (legislature, governor and often State Supreme Courts) have made massive changes to their states, at Trumps bequest. Iowa, Georgia, Texas and Florida all reduced the polling places in minority areas prior to 2020 election.

Since the election, Georgia and Arizona have passed laws that let the legislature overrule the popular vote count. In Georgia, bipartisan election officials are being replaced by Republican operatives. 

However, this has been going on for a while and is not anything particularly new in the Republican party. And the ineffective, infantile response of the Democratic party is nothing new.

How badly are we doing? I’m thinking 2.5 out of 5 stars (5 stars being the worst).

Since Jan 1, 2021: ↔️ Unchanged. Except for those that think we are a one-party state where corporate interests trump all else, we are still a two party system. NOw it is just Trumpists versus everyone else.

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