It seems gerrymandering the House is not enough for Republicans who want to completely shut out opposing voices.
Nothing frightens sleazy, power-hungry Republicans more than the thought of having to govern for the benefit of the voters who elected them. So, to better serve their corporate masters, ALEC has come up with a way to help them hobble democracy with a plan to repeal the 17th amendment. In case you’re not up on your constitutional amendments, that’s the one that allows voters to choose their own senators.
According to The Nation,
ALEC has yet to formally embrace the theory, but last month it circulated a “draft resolution recommending constitutional amendment restoring election of u.s. senators to the legislatures of the sovereign states.”
The resolution gets right to the point:
Section 1. The seventeenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.
Section 2. Senators shall be elected exclusively by the State legislature, upon a majority vote of legislators present and voting in a joint session. If a vacancy shall exist for more than one hundred-eighty days, then the Governor shall appoint the Senator to serve the remainder of the vacant term. This procedure may not be modified by state initiative or referendum.
Section 3. State legislatures may issue instructions to, or recall, their Senators at any time.If successful, they will reverse one of the great strides toward democracy in American history: the 1913 decision to end the corrupt practice of letting state legislators barter off Senate seats in backroom deals with campaign donors and lobbyists.
It seems gerrymandering the House is not enough for Republicans who want to completely shut out opposing voices. Yet, gerrymandering does fit with a long-term plan to turn America into a permanent single-party-rule nation. With control of 32 state legislatures, the GOP would have an easy time hand-picking fascist-conservatives to fill up the senate.
Permanent single-party rule by rigging the Constitution is a nightmarish thought. It would give the impression of democracy by preserving a more limited election process, but would also embed corruption on a level not seen before in American history.
For the Bible-thumping, Constitution-hugging crowd, repealing the 17th amendment is about as phony as you can get. Neither advances democracy, and both are meant to crush individual freedom. But this is the real Republican Party, and what they want is closer to a donor-class dictatorship than an open society.
With the money and brainwashing machine behind ALEC driving their fascist-conservative agenda, the Republican Party seems poised to have low information voters in fly-over states be the ultimate chumps in the dismantling of American democracy.
All things considered, do you really have to wonder why Republicans don’t see any reason to stand up to the Swamp-Dweller-in-Chief? The methods may be different, but the goals of Trump and the Republican Party are as lined-up as vultures around a carcass.
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