Drlee wrote:Well there is no doubt that Republicans do not want all eligible voters to vote. They are quickly passing laws and gerrymandering to make sure it does not happen. Particularly people of color. It does not serve the minority party to have everyone vote.
Voters are considered by the professional political class as a resource to be optimized, like their donor networks, email lists, media allies, etc. As such, voter groups that don't enhance the Party's power are to be downgraded in value, and attempts to exercise their franchise are to be blocked by any and all means they can get away with. One can only note this is not unpopular with the rank and file. Indeed, I daresay most GOP members are 100% on board with voter suppression. Democrats, for tactical reasons, do most of their voter suppression at the primary level, where they have untrammeled leeway. It's not feasible for Democrats to suppress votes in general elections, as the GOP controls a substantial majority of the State Legislatures (including Secretaries of State).
Another factor is that federal courts have been effectively subverted over the decades. Even if Biden were able to pass a voting rights bill, it would the devil's own task to enforce it. The days of LBJ-style voting rights being aggressively enforced by the courts are long gone.
None of this is new, of course. In the immediate aftermath of the Civil War there were numerous Negro legislators elected. The South took immediate action to impose a reign of terror, and quickly suppressed this threat. Laws were changed to minimize this risk - just as they are being done today.
The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters. -Antonio Gramsci