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Thursday, August 11, 2022

“Vote Democrat” Isn’t Enough in Post-Royal America

WASHINGTON. House Majority Representative Jim Clyburn (Doctor of the Royal Family) said Friday’s Supreme Court decision to strike down Roe v. Wade was “anti-climaticbecause the solution is already leaked.

Dozens of Democrats from the House of Representatives, instead of joining hundreds of people protesting outside the courthouse, took to the steps and sang “God Bless America” in honor of the bipartisan gun control law.

The Democratic National Committee called on supporters to donate $15 to the party immediately.

And Senate Democrats have announced a hearing on abortion rights due when they return from vacation next month.

On the day that the Supreme Court, empowered by the anti-majoritarian and anti-democratic provisions of the American Constitution, handed down a highly unpopular ruling repealing the right to abortion—virtually banning abortion in more than 20 states—the nation’s leading Democrats had relatively little to say about the fact that they weren’t said before.

Their main advice to the people they represent? Vote for us.

“This fall, we must elect more senators and representatives who will enshrine women’s choice in federal law,” President Joe Biden said.

“This cruel decision is outrageous and heartbreaking. But make no mistake, it’s all on the November ballot,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi added.

For the liberal-minded youth of the country, looking at the abolition of one constitutional right and a Supreme Court judge who is already announced his intention to allow states to ban same-sex marriage and contraceptives.the message was deeply unsatisfactory.

It was one of the few Gen Y members in Congress, 32-year-old Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.), who best displayed anger.

“This is not something that can be decided in one day, or in elections, or in a year, because we have to buckle up. This is a generational struggle,” she said over a loudspeaker outside the Supreme Court.

“We have to fill the streets. Elections are not enough now,” she continued. “I’m not going to tell you to drop out because we have to show up everywhere. We need sand in every damn mechanism. Elections alone will not save us. We need to show up at the ballot box, but that’s the bare minimum.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s relative boldness—her willingness to call on liberals to prepare for a multi-year struggle for the country’s future—contrasts with the November-centric mindset and conventional approach of Democratic Party leaders in their 70s and 80s, who seem to have little to say about the crisis the party is facing. .

“This is what it means when Democrats tell people to vote: cast your ballot to the Electoral College and the Senate, which are opposed to blacks, Hispanics and everyone who lives in a big city. I hope the Republican Party didn’t make it difficult for you to vote. I hope your state has not been scammed.”

The Democratic Party, even with narrow majorities in both houses of Congress, faces obvious and glaring shortcomings in the future. The Senate (and, to a lesser extent, the Electoral College) grants wildly disproportionate power to rural white voters, and the Democrats are losing them badly. Black and Hispanic voters, who make up a significant part of the party base, are concentrated in large states, which makes them politically weak. The 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court is unlikely to change anytime soon.

The issue is long overdue to culminate in 2024, when a string of red-state Democratic senators — Joe Manchin of West Virginia, John Tester of Montana, Sherrod Brown of Ohio — face the daunting task of re-election when the Republican presidential nominee is likely , will win in their states. 10 points or more. In the bleakest scenario, Republicans could win an overwhelming majority in 2025.

The Progressives had ideas on how to solve this problem: adding the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico as states would make the Senate’s prejudice less glaring. Removing the Senate requirement for 60 votes would make popular legislation easier to pass, potentially bringing back some of the disgruntled white rural voters. Some have suggested adding more justices to the Supreme Court to counter the dominance of the Conservatives.

One by one, the Democrats dropped these ideas. Manchin and Arizona Senator Kirsten Sinema opposed all of them. Others, such as the gathering of courtiers, were popular with even a smaller number of select leaders.

There is another approach perhaps best associated with Democratic Party data analyst David Shore., in which the party reverses its shift to more leftist stances on social issues in recent years to win back rural white voters. But party leaders have also given little indication that they plan to move in that direction.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (R-Cal.) reacts to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade during a press conference at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, June 24, 2022. ( Associated Press Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Here’s what it means when Democrats call on people to vote: Cast your ballot to an Electoral College and Senate that is opposed to blacks, Hispanics, and everyone who lives in a big city. I hope the Republican Party didn’t make it difficult for you to vote. I hope your state hasn’t been scammed so your vote doesn’t matter much in the House of Representatives or in the state legislatures.

If the Democrats manage to overcome these problems, they will be thwarted by the extra-constitutional requirement of 60 votes in the Senate. If they manage to overcome this, their law should pass the test of the conservative majority in the Supreme Court, which has already demonstrated its contempt for precedent.

The mere existence of this Supreme Court is strong evidence that one vote is not enough. Five of the six conservative judges – John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett – were appointed presidents, who initially lost the popular vote. The Republican majority in the Senate that voted for them was supported by a minority of Americans.

Cristina Tsintsun Ramirez is President of NextGen America, the largest group working to attract young progressive voters. She says she understands where the cynicism comes from.

“It’s so clear that on most of the issues that Americans agree on, whether it’s gun safety, abortion or minimum wage increases, we’re seeing a stalemate in Washington,” she told HuffPost. “The latest decision of the Supreme Court simply fundamentally shows that something is broken in American democracy, where such extreme judges can decide what happens to the bodies, the health of millions of people without any responsibility, and so outside the law. with the vast majority of the American public.”

Instead of relying on politicians, Ramirez is taking a different approach: looking to young voters who are much more liberal than their Generation X and Baby Boomer counterparts have ever been. Millennials and Generation Z are much more likely to say that increasing diversity is good for society, want government to play an active role in solving problems, and are worried about climate change. They founded movements—the March for Our Lives, the Sunrise Movement—that changed progressive politics.

Turning these beliefs into public policy proved difficult, but it also took nearly five decades for the conservative movement—and a good deal of political luck—to finally get Roe v. Wade overturned. And as the number of baby boomers dwindles, millennials and Generation Z will soon make up the majority of the American electorate.

“I didn’t put my hopes on any one politician, but on the young people of America, who have the power and the numbers, to set a different direction for our country,” Ramirez said, adding: “Voting is the most basic thing we need to do.” do. but this is not the only thing we must do. We must mobilize, march through the streets and organize others in our communities. It’s not enough to just elect officials and hope they do the right thing.”

Jen Bendery contributed reporting.

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