For the People
The “For the People Act” (H.R.1) is a bill in the United States Congress to expand voting rights, change campaign finance laws to reduce the influence of money in politics, limit partisan gerrymandering, and create new ethics rules for federal office holders.
passed by the Senate (It already passed in the House with a party-line vote), it will counteract the many voter suppression laws being passed by
Republican controlled State legislatures.
In Constitutional terms, it would impose a Federal government leash on
such reckless State legislation.
I see it as a softball approach to preserving democracy in the face of voter suppression. If it fails in the Senate, I see the Democrats going to a hardball approach which might include the admission of the D. of C. and Puerto Rico into the Union and an expansion of the Supreme Court.
know and fear that and this just might bring sanity to a few of them, enough to bring
an end of the filibuster and at last, start an honest discussion of the issues
H.R.1 addresses and also, of the the gross misinterpretation of the Second
Amendment as well which, besides being the refuge of those who see the government
as an enemy, also opens the door to gun violence as illustrated by our weekly
JLItem added late on March 23
How Republicans gain control of State legislatures: They know that if voters cast ballots based
on what is in their best interests, they would always lose. That is because they do not recognize
government’s role as being “of, by and for the people.” They view it as pathway to getting
re-elected. And to do this they need
money and votes ... which have nothing to do with benefiting “the people.”
To get money, they support legislation favorable to businesses,
to real estate developers and to the wealthy and which reduces the tax burdens on
these folks and results in generous donations to their campaigns.
To get votes, they support popular positions which override the best
interests of the voters. Two
illustrations: First, there are enough people who oppose abortion rights for
religious reasons (many Roman Catholics, evangelical Christians and Orthodox
Jews) who give that issue priority over all other issues. Secondly, there are enough people who believe laws which limit their access to personal weapons are bad because they feel a gun is better protection than the law provides,
despite the gun violence and deaths which accompany the proliferation of guns in our
So, even if a Republican candidate really doesn’t give a
hoot about the availability of abortion to a woman who wants or needs one and
recognizes that the availability of weapons repeatedly causes all too many
needless deaths in our country, they will still be strongly anti-abortion and
pro-gun. That will guarantee them re-election
by catering to these groups which see no further than one, or both, of these
issues. And that is all that matters.
When HR 1 passes, this year or sometime in the future, protecting the right to vote of millions, a right which Republicans attack on a daily basis, that
will be the end of the Republican Party. Good riddance.
Item added on March 30
It's all very simple.
The Union won the Civil War. The Confederacy lost the Civil War. Its real reason for rebelling was to preserve slavery and allow its spread. After that war, Reconstruction was to remedy this. It worked until 1877 when it was politically betrayed. We must now resume the validation of the Union victiory in the Civil War, and pick up where we left off in 1877. It is too late to send the troops back in for that purpose (as was done to enforce Brown vs. Board of Education), but the same thing can be accomplished by laws such as HR 1 for which we should fight so that those who died in the Civil War "shall not have died in vain." That's what the 16th President said, and much more. It's all very simple.
(And there is no role in validating the Union victory for today's Republican Party which is the successor to those who betrayed the Union in 1877, when the troops were withdrawn from the defeated Confederacy. If there is a enemy today, it is not the South. It is the Republican Party.)