“The United States is heading into its greatest political and constitutional crisis since the Civil War, with a reasonable chance over the next three to four years of incidents of mass violence, a breakdown of federal authority, and the division of the country into warring red and blue enclaves,” warns Kagan, who supported Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the 2016 election. “The warning signs may be obscured by the distractions of politics, the pandemic, the economy and global crises, and by wishful thinking and denial.”Kagan predicts that “barring health problems,” Trump “will be the Republican candidate for president in 2024.””Trump and his Republican allies are actively preparing to ensure his victory by whatever means necessary,”
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.”
This is not some ordinary moment—we are at an inflection point and a defining moment in our nation’s history. There is no doubt history will judge us based on what we do right here, right now.
We must pass federal voting rights legislation. No matter what.
— Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (@SenatorWarnock) July 14, 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
Sen. Bernie Sanders on GOP voter restriction efforts: "We can disagree on all kinds of issues but taking away the right of people to participate in American democracy is unacceptable and the Congress must address that in any and every way." #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/DyQmCXoXKB
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) June 20, 2021
But did we/do we live in a democracy at all? If the right undermines voting rights we must proceed by other means. The onset of revolutionary futures on climate change move toward a democratic socialist inevitability in the fascist burn out of the alt-right self-destruct. A republic if you can keep it.
Without Manchin, is the For the People Act dead? Probably, unless Biden can convince one Republican senator to join him in supporting it.
More than 100 scholars of democracy on Tuesday released a joint “statement of concern” calling on Congress to combat ongoing GOP attacks on voting rights and ensure fair and free future U.S. elections with federal legislation.
I am a signatory. Concluding passage: "Our democracy is fundamentally at stake. History will judge what we do at this moment." https://t.co/DrE2yMxttD
— Brendan Nyhan (@BrendanNyhan) June 1, 2021