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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 01:40 PM

If you can't persuade the voters, suppress their votes

By Sid Schwab / Herald columnist

Here’s the least hyperbolic statement ever made: Today’s Republican leaders don’t believe in democracy. They reject its most fundamental premise: giving the governed a voice in how they’re governed. Which is to be expected when their policies run counter, in every category, to the preferences of most Americans.

At the beginning of the end, Newt Gingrich, Karl Rove, Tom DeLay, et. al., chose the path of lying and deception only; so, one could argue, they still accepted living in a democratic republic. Convincing voters to vote against their interests, through lies and coordinated propaganda networks, they figured, would suffice to win despite having a losing agenda.

Early in the Gingrichian destruction of conservatism, openly preventing voting was in its comparative infancy. Demographics were changing, though, and policies that favored only the wealthy and the corporate, Republican politicians realized, couldn’t win elections by lying alone. (We’ve just learned Trump aides told donors how dangerous the virus was, even as Trump lied, allowing them to sell stocks before the crash.)

So they upped their game. If voters increasingly disfavored their agenda, the only way to push it through was to prevent those voters from having a say. Brilliant. And it brings us to the present day: the anti-democracy endgame. If the remaining shards of power residing in voters’ bleeding hands are to survive, it’s now or a really, really long time from now. If ever.

https://www.heraldnet.com/opinion/schwab-if-you-cant-persuade-the-voters-suppress-their-votes/

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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 01:42 PM

1. No surprise there.

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