Abbreviated pundit roundup: Democracy below assault


In the meantime, Chauncey Devega at Salon sounds the alarm on the assaults on our democracy and urges Democrats to battle again:

The Republican Celebration is attacking American democracy in plain sight. The occasion of Trump is doing this with out worry, with no use for guile or subterfuge and with unabashed, daring confidence. 

In essence, the Republican Party and its followers and allies have declared that no American election is considered valid unless a Republican candidate wins. That is clearly the stuff of fascist, white supremacist and anti-democratic regimes the place the endpoint is a type of “managed democracy” much like Vladimir Putin’s Russia or Viktor Orbán’s Hungary, the place elections nonetheless happen however one occasion guidelines indefinitely. […] 

The Republican Celebration’s assaults on democracy are a nationwide emergency. Will the Democrats rise up and battle, doing the whole lot attainable to defend American democracy? Or will they merely roll over for the forces of authoritarianism, protesting the entire time about guidelines and norms and the large unfairness of the method?

Nobody actually is aware of the reply, least of all of the Democrats themselves. They and we — and all folks world wide who nonetheless look to America as an emblem of democratic chance — are working out of time.

The Washington Post calls on Texas Republicans to drop their voting rights restrictions:

Republicans are as an alternative including all types of pointless restrictions, as a result of they calculate that they’ll discourage extra Democrats than Republicans from voting, and since they’ve cultivated amongst their base the toxic lie that Democrats stole the 2020 vote, to the purpose that they have to now legislate as if this fiction is actual.

Texas Republicans mustn’t escape the opprobrium they’re due. Between now and the legislature’s particular session, Texas leaders, companies and strange residents ought to demand that Republicans drop their anti-American invoice.

Paul Waldman:

It is a battle over which occasion will get to rule. However extra importantly, it’s about whether or not we have now a democracy in any respect, whether or not all residents are allowed to vote and the system respects their selections. That hasn’t all the time been true up to now. And if some folks get their approach, it received’t be true sooner or later.

In case you missed Charles Blow this weekend and his piece on the assaults on our democracy:

Most Republican senators couldn’t vote for the impartial fee as a result of the folks making an attempt the riot have been their voters. The insurrectionists didn’t a lot need to fully destroy democracy however to redefine democracy as a system through which their voice held extra weight, determinative weight. The insurrectionists need the identical factor because the Republican Celebration that shields them.

On a unique topic, Eugene Robinson displays on the Tulsa Bloodbath:

Nobody needs to be below the impression that the burning of “Black Wall Road” in Tulsa a century in the past was a one-off atrocity. In actual fact, it was a part of a protracted and shameful sample through which White mobs used murderous violence to erase African American prosperity. […] 

The purpose is that this: There are those that deny that something referred to as “systemic racism” is a function of the American panorama. They need to remember that historical past tells a really completely different story.

And on a closing observe, don’t miss this fascinating piece on President Biden from Gabriel Debenedetti:

It’s no secret that Republicans are broadly flailing of their early efforts to develop a constant semi-post-Trump message for themselves past insisting in opposition to all motive that the previous election was stolen. However they’ve additionally confirmed fully unable to demonize Biden as they’ve latest Democratic commanders-in-chief and as Democrats have latest Republican ones.

He’s not fairly Teflon Joe, however greater than 4 months into his administration, Biden is shaping as much as be the primary president to flee critical vilification from his opponents in at the least 30 years.