I know it seems like a ridiculous idea. The world’s greatest democracy founded on July 4, 1776 coming to an end. Every nation in the world striving to have a democracy tries to emulate the United States of America. It is happening before our eyes. Millions of our own citizens no longer believe fair and honest elections are possible.
To ensure that there are unfair elections the GOP, the Republican Party, are passing laws to deny citizens the right to vote. But of course many Republicans believe they are doing the right thing to protect the democracy.
States with Republican legislatures have passed waves of new laws making it harder for constituents to vote in response to the 2020 election, experts say.
Republican lawmakers in state legislatures across the country are capitalizing on Trump’s repeated claims of voter fraud to pass these measures. Nineteen states have passed 33 news laws this year that make it harder to vote, according to an updated analysis released Monday by the liberal Brennan Center for Justice.
The report, which covers legislative activity through September 27, finds that:
- Four states bundled together an array of new voting restrictions into single omnibus bills: Texas, Florida, Georgia and Iowa.
- Four states — Arkansas, Montana, Texas and Arizona — passed multiple laws to restrict voting.
- Many state laws hit on common themes. Seven, for instance, imposed tougher identification requirements to cast ballots. Seven states also shortened the window to apply for a mail-in ballots.
Some states are discouraging voter participation by imposing arbitrary requirements and harsh penalties on voters and poll workers who violate these rules. In Georgia, lawmakers have made it a crime to provide food and water to voters standing in line at the polls — lines that are notoriously long in Georgia, especially for communities of color. In Texas, people have been arrested and given outrageous sentences for what amount at most to innocent mistakes made during the voting process.
Large majorities of Republicans continue to believe the lie that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, and elected Republicans around the country are acting on this conspiracy theory — attempting to lock Democrats out of power by seizing partisan control of America’s electoral systems. Democrats observe all this and gird for battle, with many wondering if the 2024 elections will be held on the level.
I can see only two possibilities. 1) A military civil war that will result in the loss of lives. Those with the guns winning and resulting into a police state. 2) The splitting of the nation into multiple countries. The liberal west coast as one nation. The Midwest and the South another country and the Northeast a third country.
Historians will note that no government lasts forever.