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Wed Mar 3, 2021, 01:15 PM

The Supreme Court may be set to gut voting rights -- but Democrats can still stop them

I get frustrated when Dems don't use all the tools available to them. We need HR1 to pass.

The GOP-dominated SCOTUS longs to end the Voting Rights Act. Democrats can save it by nuking the filibuster
By AMANDA MARCOTTE

th the news cycle as nuts as it is — the constant pandemic news, the ongoing fallout from the Capitol insurrection, conservatives pretending to believe Dr. Seuss was "canceled" — it likely passed many people's attention that the Supreme Court listened to arguments Tuesday that may signal the end of voting rights as we know them.

On the surface, Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee and Arizona Republican Party v. Democratic National Committee may not seem like a big deal. The cases address partisan fights over rules in Arizona disallowing third party ballot collection and requiring ballots cast in the wrong precinct to be thrown out entirely, regulations that don't seem, on their surface, like earth-shattering assaults on the ability of most voters to cast ballots. But voting rights experts fear that the particulars of the Arizona restrictions are not really what's at stake in the case, which is likely to be ruled on this summer.

Instead, the concern is that the Republican-majority Supreme Court is going to use these cases to issue a broad ruling that will be used to destroy what is left of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, opening the door to a flood of voting restrictions targeting the ability of certain classes of people — such as young people and people of color — to vote. If that happens, it could further entrench minority rule over the U.S., making it nearly impossible for Democrats to hold substantial power, despite routinely winning the majority of votes in federal elections.

The good news is that Democrats, at this moment, have the power to stop this from happening, by passing the For the People Act, otherwise known as H.R. 1.
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Source: https://www.salon.com/2021/03/03/the-supreme-court-may-be-set-to-gut-voting-rights---but-democrats-can-still-stop-them/

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Response to SharonClark (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 01:17 PM

1. Get thee to the greatest page

Very important

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Response to SharonClark (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 01:21 PM

2. Wisdom is not only knowing what is the right thing to do,

but also when the right time is to do the thing.

We shall soon learn how wise our leaders are.

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Response to SharonClark (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 01:30 PM

3. and just how are they going to get rid of the filibuster with Manchin and Sinema. There are

only two ways to do that. Have at least a two seat or more lead in the Senate in 2022, or see if Manchin and Sinema will except modifications to the filibuster rules currently in place



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Response to SharonClark (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 01:35 PM

4. I don't expect them to "gut" them... but Democrats can't stop them as described

Even if they could pass HR1 (they can't)... they can't get it past this same SCOTUS. There's no way that they find that constitutional (I'm not even sure that the three liberals on the court would let it through).

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Response to SharonClark (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 02:40 PM

5. we don't have the power though

because two of our members won't get rid of the filibuster under any circumstances.

You know, I can have the world's best car, but if it's tank is empty and the gas station won't sell me it's gas, then guess what, it's nothing more than a giant car-shaped audio entertainment and storage device.

Manchin and Sinema ain't sellin'.

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Response to SharonClark (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 02:42 PM

6. Doesn't make sense. Nuke filibuster and pass another act that Supreme Court knocks down

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Response to SharonClark (Original post)

Wed Mar 3, 2021, 03:01 PM

7. Manchin and Sinema oppose killing the filibuster- without HR1, Dems lose house in 2022

And probably the senate as well, and not just for one cycle, but likely for a decade or longer, due to gerrymandering and voter suppression laws now being passed. GOP state legislatures are also working to empower themselves to carry out the coup that was attempted in 2020.

If the GOP controls the house and senate in 2024-5, a Republican, Trump if he runs, will be the next president, as they will challenge and reject enough electoral votes to make it so. (And before that happens, they will impeach both Biden and Harris- bank on it)

It’s that simple, and that bleak- Manchin and Sinema could sabotage Dems control of congress and the WH for a decade or longer.

Think about what that means for the economy, the environment, and democracy overall.

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