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Author: Raine    Date: 05/10/2021 13:04:27

Thursday, I wrote a blog about defending our small d democracy. While the topic was mostly about a certain congressional representative from Wyoming, it touched upon a bigger problem than the 'big lie' and the opposition party. While much of the media focus on why they are doing this, most are missing what I consider to be the bigger, and far more concerning, picture.

It's not about appealing to the TFG base -- or even TFG himself. What happened during the past 5 years is that the GOP saw a way to do the thing they have been trying to achieve for decades. They've made advancements over the years but restricting voting. They've purged people of the voting roles. They've lied to point that they no longer have any policies. All of this was done for the sole reason of gaining power.

Then came the 'Big Lie' and the discovery by very bad, but much smarter people than TFG that they didn't have to use trickery and suppression to keep power and money. They could simply deny democracy. and it is happening right now, in front of our eyes, for all to see.
But there’s another even more sinister trend among conservative politicians that deserves greater attention: an unwillingness to concede any electoral victory by a Democrat as legitimate, and an eagerness to punish any Republican elected official who concedes the will of the voters. The Big Lie that Trump really won the election is now canon among a majority of Republican voters. Any Republicans who refuses to toe the line is branded a heretic, and elections officials who dared to certify Biden’s win are being censured or stripped of their power. Arizona Republicans have sponsored a bogus “audit” of the election full of crackpot conspiracy theories, and Republican legislatures have been busy taking control of both running and certifying elections out of the hands of county official in Democratic-run cities and counties. The context of the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol was the attempt by Congressional Republicans to refuse to certify the Electoral College tally, in the hopes of sending the election back to gerrymandered Republican state legislatures, thus handing Trump a win as part of an anti-democratic coup. It was a physical coup attempt designed to intimidate Congress into enforcing a legislative coup. Republicans who refused to back the latter are facing steep primary challenges. (snip)

It’s hard to overstate how dangerous this is, and what its consequences might entail in the very near future. As Greg Sargent notes, the “GOP appears to be plunging headlong into a level of full-blown hostility to democracy that has deeply unsettling future ramifications.”

Biden’s electoral college win was only certified because enough Republican secretaries of state and county election board officials did their duty to democracy and resisted pressure to thwart the will of the voters. Every lever of Republican power has since been wielded to punish them. Minor county board officials have been receiving organized harassment and death threats. Georiga Secretary of State Raffensperger is not only facing a major primary challenge, he was also stripped of his power to certify the election in the future. Every Republican not already committed to preserving their power by any means necessary has been put on notice that if they do not cooperate they will be physically threatened and politically replaced.

So what happens in 2024 if President Biden or Vice President Harris win the Electoral College, but local Republicans on county boards with majority Democratic votes refuse to certify the election; when state legislatures who have seized control of certification refuse to certify their state tallies; when a potential Republican majority in the House of Representatives refuses to certify the Electoral College tally? What happens when they refuse to certify Democratic wins in purple state Senate races, throwing control of the Upper Chamber into limbo and chaos? What happens if Biden/Harris wins the popular vote by 8 million votes and 30 electoral college votes, only to see Republicans in states like Georgia and Wisconsin decide that their GOP legislatures will send electors for Trump or Tucker Carlson or Josh Hawley instead? What happens if Democrats legitimately add to their lead in the Senate, only to see Republicans refuse to certify those tallies as well, keeping GOP Senators in place for the next session?
(all sources are linked in the article) The new laws in Georgia, Florida, Arizona and Texas, just to name a few states off the top of my head are doing just what is described above. It's not just on a national level it is micro-local.

We got rid of TFG, but we still are in an insurrection. This is not distant hypotheticals. If you are paying attention, you know the threat is real. We passed the 'what if' and the 'when' phase a couple of years ago, the word we need to use is NOW.



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