Saturday, November 7, 2020

A Beautiful Day

It's a beautiful day for democracy! Corporate media, including FOX(R), have finally made the call for Biden.

Remember the MAGAts gloating, "Make them cry again"?

Who's crying now?

The jury of American voters is finally having its final impeachment votes counted. We the People “hereby claim” Trump as the LOSER. He will be removed from office.

Let’s celebrate our limited victory, but be clear in this perspective.

We need to understand the Right will never stop their voter suppression. They will never surrender in their war on democracy. Fascism is always lurking in the resentments and anger of white nationalism. Corporate interests will always try to dominate our government. Hatred and division will always be stoked by Republicans and the far Right. As long as the Senate is controlled by Republicans we will have nothing close to a representative republic.

"Consent of the governed" is in the Declaration of Independence. The founders blew it with their compromise with slave states that produced the electoral college. Alexander Hamilton was prophetically correct in the Federalist Papers #22 when he condemned the inequality of the Senate:

The right of equal suffrage among the States is another exceptionable part of the Confederation. Every idea of proportion and every rule of fair representation conspire to condemn a principle, which gives to Rhode Island an equal weight in the scale of power with Massachusetts, or Connecticut, or New York; and to Delaware an equal voice in the national deliberations with Pennsylvania, or Virginia, or North Carolina. Its operation contradicts the fundamental maxim of republican government, which requires that the sense of the majority should prevail.

American democracy was hobbled from the beginning by a template for minority rule.

Yes, the Declaration of Independence called for "consent of the governed", but that "went south" from the get-go. The founders assured we wouldn't have an equitable, representative democratic republic when they imposed the undemocratic electoral college and the highly unrepresentative and imbalanced Senate.

Those ill-conceived notions along with slavery have become a long time curse on our nation that haunts us to this day.

The enemies of democracy are not defeated. Economic royalists with their corruption and reactionary politics will not disappear after Trump moves from the White House to prison or Moscow.

The warning about Hitler from Bertold Brecht still applies: "Don't yet rejoice in his defeat, you men! Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again.”

We need to be as unrelenting in defense of democracy as the Right is in dismantling it.

Our struggle against the enemies of democracy, domestic fascism, and radical Right terrorism will be our longest war.


U.P. Tim said...


Michigan UP State Senator Ed McBroom(R) chair of the Senate Oversight Committee is going to save Michigan. He is investigating the integrity of the election. He wants secure and transparent elections. R's wanting fair elections? Yah, right!! That was the best joke I heard all that day. I e-mailed him and posed one simple question to him. Would he be doing this, if his boys tRump and John James had won? I think I know the answer to that. Boy, these Repubs in Michigan's House and Senate have been nothing but whiners, cry babies and continually play the victim card, since the election of Gov. Whitmer. I guess that is their MO.

Dave Dubya said...

Nothing melts the brains of authoritarians like a functional democracy.

Kulkuri said...

Heard McBroom give a talk back when he was State Rep. He said at the time that term limits were bad because by the time you learn how the system works you are term limited out. That was in an informal setting.

Since then he has been corrupted by the party. Because he's a farmer he thinks he belongs in the GOP, when history shows that the economy does better when the Dems are in charge.

Dave Dubya said...

Some myths just don't die. Republicans do NOTHING to improve life for most Americans, or to grow the economy.