It's become clear that Republicans can no longer win national elections under the rules currently in place. So, the GOP has hatched a variety of schemes in their effort to undermine majority rule. That those efforts are fundamentally undemocratic and contrary to everything for which this country has historically expended blood and treasure to defend doesn't seem to offend them.
They've lost the popular vote in five of the past six presidential elections and their base is becoming a smaller segment of the electorate as the country becomes more diverse. In this past election Americans re-elected the President and voted for Democratic congressional candidates in greater numbers than their Republican counterparts. A growing number of Republican activists are expressing alarm that the GOP could even lose its House majority in 2014.
But, instead of finding a way to expand their appeal to more Americans, they've resorted to an unprecedented campaign to discourage, shrink and concentrate the pool of opposition voters. Republicans passed restrictive ID laws that would disproportionately affect Democrats, restricted early voting days and hours to minimize Democratic turnout, attempted to discourage voters with long lines in heavily Democratic areas and looked for creative ways to discount provisional ballots that could benefit Democrats.
In the U.S. Senate, Republicans have made abuse of the filibuster into an art form and transformed it into one of the most undemocratic institutions in the world. As The Washington Post pointed out, it's a body in which a minority of Senators (41), from only 21 of 50 states, representing only 11% of the nation’s population, can stop overwhelmingly popular legislation dead in its tracks. So much for majority rule!!
In Pennsylvania, Republicans used new technology to more precisely choose the voters they wanted to include in redrawn Congressional districts and now propose giving each district a delegate to the Electoral College. They hope to pre-determine the results of the next presidential election by ending the winner-take-all system Pennsylvania has always used. The GOP plan to award delegates by gerrymandered congressional districts blatantly undermines majority rule and makes a mockery of the elections by which the American people express their will.
For more than two centuries the American people have spoken through democratic elections that measure the will of the majority. Attempts to make those elections less democratic by undermining majority rule is a threat all Americans must confront. Too many Republican can't accept the simple reality that the GOP has become the minority party.
If "the price of liberty is eternal vigilance," it's time to pay attention. America's traditional democracy as expressed by majority rule is in great danger.
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