Back in the sixties and seventies the Republicans saw that most of the Democratic funding came from unions and the votes came from the working class so they set about in dismantling the unions. And as a bonus they passed “At Will” employment.
They started passing “Right to Work” laws that were designed to strip the Democrats of they funding and as an added bonus it made the major Republican donors happy.
The other thing the Republicans notice that blacks and Latinos, and inner cities voted Democratic so they set about disenfranchising those voters but the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was blocking their efforts to disenfranchise voters so slowly they dismantled the act.
In Republican states they started to gerrymander the voting districts. In some voting districts the district went down one side of a street so they could connect the heavy Republican suburbs with a slice of a Democratic urban districts. They also started imposing voting restriction once again after the Supreme Court struck downs parts of the Voting Rights Act and they also denied felons from voting, so if you got busted for selling a joint you could lose your right to vote. Since most of the felons are black this resulted in preventing mostly Democrats from voting.
The Republicans have been closing polling places are the country, their latest trick is to remove ballot boxes to drop off absentee ballots since minorities use them more than white suburban voters. In Texas in one county they only have one ballot box for 4.7 million people! The Washington Post reported…
In several Texas counties that have a population of more than 1 million, the order would close several satellite sites. Harris County, which includes Houston and has more than 4.7 million residents, is the state’s largest county and the third largest in the United States, according to the census. According to the Austin American-Statesman, Harris County has 12 ballot drop-off sites; Travis County, which includes Austin and has a population of 1.2 million, has four sites.The governor did it as a blatant voter suppression tactic.
Lastly they are taking control of the courts around the nation and packing them young religious ideologues who are anti-LGBTQ. Senate Majority leader McConnell blocked President Obama’s Supreme Court pick and held up over 127 of his judicial nominees and now they are packing the courts. In 2016 McConnell said eight months before that they were going to wait until the elections to vote on the new Supreme Court justice for the people to vote in the November election, but now just weeks before the elections they are ramming through Trump’s Supreme Court nominee ignoring the precedent that McConnell set in 2016.
The results of all this is that in Republican states they made it almost impossible for the Democrats to win and if they did win then in lame duck sessions they strip the governor’s power.
What is their goal in all this?
Well I think that it is to dismantle the two party system and to have a one party systems like the dictatorships and oligarchies in other countries around the world.
* I had to take a friend to a doctors appointment yesterday so I didn’t have time to write my blog.