If you have every advantage in a rigged game you will naturally hate any proposed changes to the rules to make the game more fair. The hateful anti-majoritarian Koch belief system that is now in full force in our government has advanced largely by stealth. If the majority of Americans understood the real goals of their many think tanks and other public influence machines, the extent of their dark money funding of extreme right partisan candidates and “grassroots” groups like the “Tea Party”, they’d be horrified. Sunlight may be the best disinfectant, but these motherfuckers hate it. As for a fair fight in the court of public opinion– fuck that! We’re winners, not losers like the rest of you assholes!
So, while it’s sickening, it’s not surprising that the party of Trump, of Fred Koch’s restless ghost, of his vampire heirs Charles and David, of the racists and xenophobes, and the rest of the hateful creatures we thought might have left the stage, cast not a single vote to make our electoral democracy less of a rigged game favoring the rich and powerful. Money is speech, yo. If you have a thousand bucks, that’s how loud you speak. If you have a billion, yo, you speak louder. Fair is fair. One man, as many votes as he can buy.
Here’s the pertinent blurb, from today’s Democracy Now broadcast:
The House passed the For the People Act on Friday, a wide-ranging bill that seeks to expand voting rights and curb gerrymandering, reduce big money in political campaigns and strengthen ethics requirements for political candidates. One of the bill’s provisions would make voter registration automatic. This is Democratic Congressmember John Lewis speaking on the House floor Friday.
Rep. John Lewis: “If not us, then who? If not now, then when? The time has arrived to tear down the barrier to the ballot box. Today we are able to do our part in this long fight for the very soul of our nation.”
Not a single Republican voted in favor of the bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already said he will not bring the bill to a vote.
And Mitch, we all know, is an honorable man.