Mitch McConnell sells out our democracy employing whatever treachery is necessary to achieve Republican aims.
Editor’s Note: Samuel Warde is the editor-in-chief of Liberals Unite (recently re-branded as The Art of Living) as well as a contributor to Mindy Fischer, Writer. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. You can view a list of his articles here.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell created a national furor last week when he denounced legislation intended to increase voter turnout for national elections.
As The New York Times reported at the time:
In a speech on the Senate floor, Mitch McConnell on Wednesday denounced Democratic legislation intended to increase voter turnout as a “power grab,” singling out one proposal as particularly nefarious: making Election Day a federal holiday.
“This is the Democrat plan to restore democracy?” said Mr. McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the Senate majority leader, chuckling to himself. “A power grab that’s smelling more and more like exactly what it is.”
There is a larger issue at play here than the obvious as Rolling Stone discussed in a hard-hitting article punching back at McConnell’s claim.
Mitch McConnell only cares about confirming conservative judges
Rolling Stone spent considerable time discussing McConnell’s ridiculous remarks before turning their attention a greater concern.
[Last week] Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats released a new worldwide threat assessment in which he argued that Russia, China and Iran “probably already are looking to the 2020 U.S. elections as an opportunity to advance their interests” and “will use online influence operations to try to weaken democratic institutions, undermine U.S. alliances and partnerships and shape policy outcomes in the United States and elsewhere.” The Daily Beastalso reported that Russia’s GRU, its military intelligence agency, has been caught trying to infiltrate the computers of a Washington think-tank called the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
This knowledge leads to an obvious question: “why Republicans blocked $250 million in funds last fall to enhance election security, but then months later cheer on a president who shuts down the government over $5.7 billion for his fantasy border wall?”
Continuing, Rolling Stone reported that: “It doesn’t matter whether Republicans were complicit in foreign election interference. That interference helped elect Trump, and it is allowing the GOP to continually destroy our democracy. Whatever moral compromises and treachery is necessary to help McConnell and his party confirm conservative judges at a manic pace, they seem all too willing to do it.”
McConnell isn’t betraying America merely because he is going against popular opinion. As he did by withholding the Garland pick, he is subverting democracy once again at its baseline level. Even worse, McConnell is targeting efforts to make the system fair, painting them as totalitarian while he holds the door open for actual despots seeking to muck with our ballots. His odd sycophancy to Trump, a man whom he clearly shares little in common with other than preferences for judicial picks, has been the story of the last two years. However, going forward, we should give McConnell more credit for his own villainy. He has earned the recognition.
Voter suppression is “traitorous.”
Rolling Stone also left little to the imagination in regards to what they felt about McConnell and Republican efforts to suppress the vote:
Suppressing votes is not merely a racist act, nor it is simply the last resort for a party out of ideas. Voter suppression is traitorous. Intentionally restricting access to the ballot is a violation of the ideals that we have been told are inherently American. The United States government is of, by and for the people. Yet we are barred from the fundamental democratic process by those in power merely because our skin color predicts our political persuasion.