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Experiments in minority rule

Since Texas has recently succeeded in canceling Roe v. Wade as the law of the land, it’s probably a good time to reflect on what this means for the future. This is what minority rule is going to look like. It’s coming.

What’s going on down there is a petri dish of anti-democratic strategies. Other red states will be taking note, and soon much of the country will be representative of the will of a powerful minority. Using tools like gerrymandering and the packing of state courts, Texas has made the opinions of the majority moot.

Some examples: Voters in Texas don’t support the new voting restrictions just put into place. Voters in Texas don’t support severe abortion restrictions. Voters in Texas don’t support unrestricted open carry of guns. Yet each of these policies has been rammed through the legislative process, and all of them are now the way it is down there. And, for the most part, there’s nothing the opposition can do about it because the composition of the electoral districts will make it all but impossible to elect Democrats. As long as Republicans are in charge of literally everything, the will of the people is meaningless.

I can imagine some conservatives pointing to my own state of California and saying it’s no different here. Democrats control the entire state apparatus. I’d respond that there is one big difference, and that is the fact that our state districts are drawn by a commission made up of an equal number of Democrats and Republicans (plus four unaffiliated members). Say what you will, but it’s harder to gerrymander to one party’s advantage under this system.

But the real issue here is how extreme GQP governments become when they control all the levers of power, and Texas is the most glaring example right now. It’s going to get worse. It won’t be long before most states pile on with antiabortion laws like the one in Texas (designed to be unchallengeable in court) or with open-carry laws that have no requirement for licensing or training. Conservatives have always fantasized about a wild-wild west kind of society, and it looks like they’re going to get it.

Until Democrats in Congress wise up and understand that they’re playing by rules the right no longer recognizes, we’re all going down the slippery slope to minority rule, and by the time it’s in place almost everywhere, it’ll be obvious that the minority we’re talking about is white, Christian, and moneyed.

Our country tis of … them.

[Photo by Vivian Arcidiacono on Unsplash.]

9 comments on “Experiments in minority rule

  1. justdrivewillyou
    September 3, 2021

    Reblogged this on Coalition of the Brave and commented:
    This is our future, America, and my state is leading the way. Brace yourself.

  2. Pingback: More on Texas (Content Warning) – Coalition of the Brave

  3. Marie A Bailey
    September 3, 2021

    Florida is already looking into passing a “heartbeat” bill supported by the heartless, of course. And while California can avoid the gerrymander, y’all have that crazy recall option. Won’t the craziness ever end …

    • Kevin Brennan
      September 3, 2021

      I’m afraid we’ve passed some kind of tipping point … 😢

      • Marie A Bailey
        September 9, 2021

        We’ll see … there’s nothing like pissing off 1/2 of the population.

  4. Pamela Beckford
    September 3, 2021

    Time to re-read Handmaid’s Tale so we know what is coming next.

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