A lifetime ago, when there was a general consensus among politicians of both parties that their aim was to improve the lives of Americans, Ronald Reagan could justifiably claim the Republicans were a party of ideas (not always very good ideas, but still, ideas), in fact, when George H.W. Bush ran to succeed Reagan, Republicans were concerned he lacked the Vision Thing to carry on the GOP ideas tradition. Today’s Republican Party does not even pretend anymore.
The Trumplican Party replaced ideas with conspiracy theories, and is firmly committed to minority rule. The remaining innovative thinkers in the Republican Party are focused on ways to maintain power without gaining a majority of votes. The rest of the Party simply looks for ways to eliminate democracy, such as the January 6 insurrection.
The GQP innovators are now working overtime to use the Big Lie of the stolen election to suppress votes in states around the country. These efforts are not new, but they are the tried and true means for the Republicans to stay in power. Extreme Gerrymandering, playing with the Census and not correcting the representation model set in 1911. I have written about this before, here, here, and here.
Across the country, local elections have never been more important. State legislatures are preparing for the redistricting work that defines voting districts. The key is voting for candidates who believe voters should choose their representatives, and not the other way around. Yes, Gerrymandering was once a bipartisan practice, but that is not where we are today.
Both parties are not the same. One party caters to white supremacists and uses Nazi symbology. This is not a majority coalition and that’s why Republicans have to work so hard to suppress the votes of the overwhelming non-Nazi majority of Americans.
Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party never gained a majority in Germany before taking power. We can still fight a Trumplican takeover at the ballot box, but it will be easier if we can defeat their efforts to disenfranchise significant parts of the population. Passing the HR 1 voting rights bill, is a good start. Ideas from Democrats, showing they have the vision thing now.
Have a Suppressor #1 while you make a voting plan. From A Modern Guide to Sherry by Talia Baiocchi, the Suppressor #1 is:
1 oz Dolin dry vermouth
1 oz Cocchi Americano
1 oz Pedro Ximenez sherry
8 drops Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit bitters
2 heavy barspoons lime juice
Add ingredients over crushed ice in a Julep cup (or Mai Tai glass in this case) garnish with orange peel and mint (mint omitted, it’s February in New Jersey).