Democrats in the House of Representatives are trying to pass HR1, a sweeping anti-corruption and voting rights bill which looks to expand access to ballots, make Election Day a national holiday, and force super-PACs to reveal their donors. As things stand now, it’s unlikely that will become law anytime soon. Republicans still hold power in the Senate and in the White House and at this point, they know that their hold on power rests on keeping as many people from voting as possible.
The Republicans are a minority party, only about 30-40% of the country supports them and probably half of those people only do so because they been told for decades by Fox News and right wing radio that they should hate Democrats. As more and more people are getting wise to the scam that Republican economic policy only benefits the already rich, their support continues to erode.
In response to this, the Republican party has decided to restrict or dilute voting as much as possible. They’ve done this through gerrymandering, voter suppression, and purging. When all else fails they ignore the will of the people by stripping power from incoming administrations of any power to undo their policies. They’ve been trying to do in North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Michigan when recent elections didn’t go their way.
Needless to say, no legislation to expand access to the ballot box is going to make it through the Republican controlled Senate. Senate Majority Leader, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s racist uncle, Mitch McConnell went to the Senate floor earlier this week to (unintentionally) put all of his cards on the table saying:
“Speaker Pelosi and her colleagues are advertising it as a package of urgent measures to save American democracy. What it really seems to be is a package of urgent measures to rewrite the rules of American politics for the exclusive benefit of the Democratic Party.”
McConnell also went on to mock the idea of a national Election Day holiday and slagging on federal employees over a provision that would give them six extra days of leave if they worked polling places. Suggesting that lazy government “bureaucrats” don’t need any more days off.
Keep in mind that the Senate was only in session for about 160 days last year and McConnell just helped Donald Trump keep the government shut down for 35 days. Forcing may of those government workers to work without pay for over a month.
And he wants to suggest federal workers are lazy? What a scumbag.
Although he is partially right. A federal election holiday would be a power grab. It would allow the people to take back some of the power that the Republicans (and many Democrats) have given to the rich over the last several decades. And in fairness, it would probably benefit the Democrats now that some in the party are beginning to move the party away from the donor class and back toward the citizens.
If the Republicans want to survive as a party, maybe they should follow suit.