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The Supreme Court Will Not Help Us

We knew that. But it is always chilling to see it play out. Today, the Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision, upheld Arizona voting laws which will make it harder to vote. One of them says that any ballot delivered to the wrong precinct cannot count. Apparently it is fairly common in Arizona, and in other states, to change the precincts where you are supposed to vote, at the last minute, to confuse mostly minority voters. They also ruled that people cannot give their legitimate ballots to be delivered to the voting sites.

There is really little sense in delving into this ruling in depth. The Supreme Court has six members who are determined to gut voting rights. For most of them, their history was of fighting against the right to vote, specifically targeted against minorities. They are not going to make any decisions to protect it. This decision by itself will encourage even more draconian voting laws, which states controlled by Republicans are currently passing.

The media of course does not cover this correctly. They talk about “Liberals vs. Conservatives on the Court.” These six Justices are not part of any Conservative tradition, as say, a Justice Harlan, or even the Justices such as Warren, Brennan, and Blackmun, who were all appointed by Conservative presidents, but grew into champions of the right to vote, and other individual protections. These are Right-Wing ideologues who were essentially appointed by the Federalist Society to do just this, to cement a White, Right-Wing perpetual rule. They even made another decision today which tosses out a California law requiring charities to disclose their largest donors, in the vein of their previous “Citizens United” decisions, allowing the flow of Right-Wing dark money to perpetuate their rule.

As we all know, these laws were based on a wholly blatant lie that there is a need to protect against nonexistent voting fraud. The media keeps giving them some credence, and they are all lies, designed exactly to give cover for the voting restrictions, which have one purpose, which is to make sure that Republicans win, every time. That is it.

So we will never see this Supreme Court protect any aspect of the right to vote. That was sealed when Trump got to appoint three Far Right Justices, because too many voters refused to vote for Hillary Clinton. That is what that election was about, not “emails,” or any of the other trumped up issues which the media ran with, and which some Democrats used to rationalize helping to get Trump and the Far Right Court put in power. This was the inevitable result of that unforgivable failure., and it will be the legacy of their third-party vote, or their non-vote.

So we have to do everything still possible to save the right to vote. What would that be? The eforts have to be focused, not scattershot, as there is limited time. Bring back the H.R. 1 in slightly altered form, and somehow get Manchin and Sinema to change the filibuster rules for this issue? Have Blue states pass voting laws which restrict the voting rights of likely Republican voters, to put the Court in a bind? That might have actually been a good idea, but Blue states do not do things like that, nor do they gerrymander now, that is only for Red States.

It is clear that the only way to protect voting rights is through federal legislation. The Supreme Court is going to throw us back to the days of the 1890’s, where Southern States made it almost impossible for Black people to vote. Only Congress can restore them.

So either get rid of the filibuster, or prepare to let McConnell and Leonard Leo rule the country. Unless somehow a massive get out the vote movement could win the elections despite this. But that would only cause the Red States to pass worse voting laws, which the Supreme Court will let stand. The secessionists ultimately win, the racists and white supremacists win, the authoritarians win, at this Supreme Court, as it was planned, and somehow either not realized, or insufficiently contested in recent decades by the Democratic Party and its voters.

As in 1861, it is up to the federal government to save the democracy. I am certainly not advocating for another Civil War. I am urging that Congress and the Executive Branch including the Department of Justice, do anything and everything possible to protect Americans’ right to vote, and our democracy.