Calling it an “unexpected moment of democratic peril in the United States,” Hasen warns in the introduction/abstract: “Preserving and protecting American democracy from the risk of election subversion should be at the top of everyone’s agenda. The time to act is now, before American democracy disappears.”
Governor Gavin Newsom of California defeated yesterday’s recall election by a large enough margin to squash earlier Republican threats to challenge the results no matter the outcome. But the proliferation of those allegations of voter fraud before the election, including ungrounded claims from former President Donald Trump that the contest was “rigged,” points toward an ominous future in which more GOP candidates challenge the results of any election that they do not win.
Although Buchanan offers some remedies for possibly saving the U.S. from
becoming a “one-party autocratic state” — passing the For the People Act and the Lewis Act, electing as many Democrats as possible in 2022 and 2024 — the overall tone of his article is quite pessimistic. And Buchanan fears that the U.S. may have already passed the point of no return.”No one should be under any illusions about what has already happened,” Buchanan laments. “As much as anyone, I would like to be convinced that our constitutional democracy is not in an inescapable death spiral. Those who can find ways to undo the damage need to step up now, if such options exist.”
I’m proud of Texas Democrats for once again showing Washington what it looks like to fight for our democracy and voting rights.
It’s time for Congress and the White House to follow their lead.
End the filibuster. Protect voting rights. https://t.co/CmJC77a72j
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) July 12, 2021
The poison is spreading:
At least one-third of the nearly 700 Republicans who've filed to run for House or Senate next year have embraced Trump's election lies.
Dozens are seeking powerful statewide offices that would give them authority over elections. https://t.co/KBTUJkZboP
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 6, 2021
The For the People Act must pass soon to take effect before the midterms, so we've launched the Deadline for Democracy. Events are planned in every state during the upcoming recess to show the overwhelming support for democracy reform. Join the movement: https://t.co/cULeaueyK6 pic.twitter.com/rZHVKeLAM9
— Indivisible Guide (@IndivisibleTeam) June 21, 2021