American democracy health thread

Discussion in 'Politics & Current Events' started by superdave, Mar 11, 2018.

  1. American Brummie

    Jun 19, 2009
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  2. superdave

    superdave Member+

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    The GOP legislature in Wisconsin is considering copying the NC playbook and pass a bunch of laws that will limit the governor’s power. They’ll have to do it in a short session while Walker can still sign bills.
     
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  3. American Brummie

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    Of course they are.
     
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  4. dapip

    dapip Member+

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    On why the senate is in big part the culprit of the rural/urban divide:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/08/...l?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

    What Donald Trump and his party are selling increasingly boils down to white nationalism — hatred and fear of darker people, with a hefty dose of anti-intellectualism plus anti-Semitism, which is always part of that cocktail. This message repels a majority of Americans. That’s why Tuesday’s election in the House — which despite gerrymandering and other factors is far more representative of the country as a whole than the Senate — produced a major Democratic wave.

    But the message does resonate with a minority of Americans. These Americans are, of course, white, and are more likely than not to reside outside big, racially diverse metropolitan areas — because racial animosity and fear of immigration always seem to be strongest in places where there are few nonwhites and hardly any immigrants. And these are precisely the places that have a disproportionate role in choosing senators.

    So what happened Tuesday, with Republicans getting shellacked in the House but gaining in the Senate, wasn’t just an accident of this year’s map or specific campaign issues. It reflected a deep division in culture, indeed values, between the American citizenry at large and the people who get to choose much of the Senate.

    This divergence will have profound implications, because the Senate has a lot of power, especially when the president — who, let us not forget, lost the popular vote — leads the party that controls it. In particular, Trump and his Senate friends will spend the next couple of years stuffing the courts with right-wing loyalists.​
     
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  5. JohnR

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    Yep. The Senate is rigged in favor of white Christians. It permits them to be an unpopular minority, but believe that they are an unappreciated majority.
     
  6. dapip

    dapip Member+

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    Reading this piece on how to fix the American democracy, some ideas are almost impossible to execute, others impractical, but of all that is proposed, I would say the Democrats can push for the following:

    1. New voting rights act: As someone proposed, the House passes a law that defends the right of all Americans to vote, let the Senate say why will they not approve it.

    2. End gerrymandering: A lot of states will work on this during the next few years, but can the dems create/designate an entity to draw congressional maps?

    3. End/limit the power of Citizens United: Again, pass a law called the Soros Disclosure Act to mandate the disclosure of all political donations to political campaigns and also to PACs, let the Senate explain why they want Soros to donate dark money to the Democrats.

    4. Grant statehood to DC and PR.
     
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