“Our Entire Democracy is now at Risk. History will judge what we do at this moment.”

These are the closing words of a 100 scholars. Specifically, they find recent actions to make voting more difficult, by Republican controlled state legislature, alarming.

Statutory changes in large key electoral battleground states are dangerously politicizing the process of electoral administration, with Republican-controlled legislatures giving themselves the power to override electoral outcomes on unproven allegations should Democrats win more votes. They are seeking to restrict access to the ballot, the most basic principle underlying the right of all adult American citizens to participate in our democracy. They are also putting in place criminal sentences and fines meant to intimidate and scare away poll workers and nonpartisan administrators. State legislatures have advanced initiatives that curtail voting methods now preferred by Democratic-leaning constituencies, such as early voting and mail voting. Republican lawmakers have openly talked about ensuring the “purity” and “quality” of the vote, echoing arguments widely used across the Jim Crow South as reasons for restricting the Black vote.

These scholars urge Congress to act, passing laws to counter these efforts, even if it means suspending the filibuster. I’m wary of language like this, but I can’t dismiss these claims. I’m concerned; I don’t think we’re out of the woods, even though Trump is not in office. Here is Max Boot, former Republican Senator and Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, and former Republican Congresswoman, Barbara Comstock.

General McCaffery on General Flynn’s comments about coup in the U.S.:

3 thoughts on ““Our Entire Democracy is now at Risk. History will judge what we do at this moment.”

  1. Trump believes he will be reinstated as President sometime this year, according to CNN:

    I’m thinking of Rep. Scalise’s words: “Trump is still very much an active part of our party….This idea that you just disregard President Trump is not where we are.”

    If he and other Republicans still believe this, then they are embracing not only a former president with a crazy idea, but also a very dangerous one. If they care about the country–if they care about Americans trusting our electoral process–they must forcefully and repeatedly repudiate such ideas. It must be done. I believe this to be true even if the Republicans won’t do it.

    I believe one consequence for their silence or tepid rebuke will be violence.

    Maggie Haberman reporting the same thing (She says Trump is getting the idea from Sidney Powell–the lawyer who claimed Chavez rigged the Dominion voting machines.)

    Pence: We (Trump and himself) Tmay not see eye-to-eye on January 6.

    That’s not the type of response I had in mind.

  2. Leon Panetta, former Secretary of Defense, CIA Director, and long time Congressman from California, echoes the sentiments of the scholars above:

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