Moving Beyond the Un-Democratic Demagoguery
The English poet. TS Eliot wrote that April is the cruelest month. That was ironic as we would more likely associate April with the coming of spring and TS Eliot would say a time when lilacs are in bloom. This is a kaleidoscopic moment for America, the Caribbean, America, and the world.
In America, the increasing frequency of white cops killing young black men seems to be widespread in the first few months of 2021 as the coronavirus pandemic subsides, the epidemic of mass murders and the increasing frequency of white cops Life come. America’s ability to innovate and scientific expertise is unparalleled, but its ability to address simmering political and civil society issues has weakened and diminished over the past twenty years.
This is the week we prepare for the chauvinistic judgment and at the same time Daunte Wright’s family is in Dante’s hell.
The second change has become an albatross around the neck of American civil society. The House of Representatives, with a Democratic majority majority, will pass laws that tighten background checks on who can qualify for a gun license and, as in the 1994 Crime Act, prohibit the sale of AR15 and other weapons for mass murder of civilians in minutes.
Laws passed by the House of Representatives simply end up in the Senator’s graveyard on a panel of 100 elected statewide officials with archaic rules and a filibuster where laws can only be passed if the 60 vote threshold is reached, except on matters where one Budget voting is possible and only 51 votes are required.
At a time of strong polarization, the federal system is being marginalized. For example, in the presidential election last 2020, the country is struggling to determine the parameters of who can vote. It does so fifty-six years after the United States Congress finally passed the Suffrage Bill. The last time the voting law was renewed was in the closing days of the George Bush administration in 2006.
However, the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act has been questioned, and Chief Justice Roberts’ court ruled in a 5-4 decision that Section 5 was unconstitutional and that America has changed and it does not require the Civil Rights Division Justice Department with the prerogative of determining whether states, by changing electoral practice, violate the civil rights of their own citizens, white or black.
After that provision was removed, states were free to restrict the voting rights of traditional Americans such as blacks. What made this economy so alarming at the turn of the 21st century is that demographics predicted that American society would head towards a multitude of white citizens in the decades to come, rather than a majority in society or in the voting booths. America was about to become and in some ways has become a multiracial society.
It is fascinating that in Charlottesville in 2017, when the racial conflict broke out, the neo-Nazi chant was, “The Jews will not replace us.” This obsession by white nationalists that non-white people pose a threat to them stems from the deep roots of white supremacy.
Voting rights have once again become a controversial issue in American society today. It wouldn’t be such a contentious argument if the Republican Party hadn’t become a political institution made up of a conglomerate of conspiracy theorists, white supremacists, insurgents, and people who trample the truth.
The appeal is largely aimed at white voters, and equally appalling is the lack of leadership, as manifested in the events leading up to the violent uprising on January 6, 2021. Republican House and Senate members associated with Alt-Right Media perpetuated the non-scholarly fiction that the 2020 presidential election had been stolen.
One way to correct this growing anti-democratic madness would be to federalize federal elections and lay down electoral standards and practices from the hands of local demagogues who desperately want to hold onto power even if it destroys the democratic process.
The House of Representatives passed the comprehensive HR1 and HR4 known as the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. So far, the opposition among the Republican senators who provide the filibuster is still intact. These bills are simply entered into the Senator’s cemetery pit.
What must be done in American politics is to deprive politicians of the day-to-day running of the electoral process. Political parties can take some control, but axless professional bureaucrats should be in charge of the machinery of the federal and state elections.
In that regard, the legitimacy of elections should be beyond reproach, and American federal and state democracy would be beyond the control of quacks and conspiracy theorists, as demonstrated in the 2020 presidential election, where the big lie is still being perpetrated becomes.