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Republicans are cheating democracy

Melvin B. Miller

American democracy is in greater peril than at any time since the Civil War. The reason is that Donald Trump’s ego is unable to accept the reality of his loss in the 2020 presidential election. Trump insists that he is a victim of voter fraud. Trump and his acolytes have launched a massive national campaign to reject the legitimacy of the last election.

Across the nation “Trumpites” have passed an estimated 34 anti-voter laws in 19 states to block voting rights legislation. The primary objective is to make voting more arduous so that Black, Hispanic and Asian voters might be less able to register and vote. The more liberal approach is to facilitate the voting process to encourage more citizens with conflicts at work to get to the polls.

Republicans have been unable to generate sufficient public support for their political proposals, so their strategy has been to impede voter access of those most likely to vote Democratic. For example, the voting lines in Georgia are so long that people have to wait for hours to vote, and it is illegal for anyone to provide refreshments for someone
in line.

An effort to suspend the Senate filibuster on issues involving voting rights has failed. Unfortunately, senators seem to be more concerned with preserving the power of the Senate than securing the sanctity of America’s most significant institution — the power of the right to vote.

Republicans are right. Blacks did vote in great numbers in 2018 and 2020. And that’s the problem for the conservatives. They have no ideology to induce Blacks to vote for them.