Wednesday, August 17, 2022

‘Vote for Democrats’ is not enough in a post-Roe America

WASHINGTON – House majority whip Jim Clyburn (DS.C.) said Friday’s Supreme Court ruling that Roe overturned against Wade was “anti-climate”Because the decision has already been leaked.

Dozens of House Democrats stood on his steps rather than join the hundreds of people protesting outside the court. sang “God Bless America” in celebration of a dual arms control law.

The Democratic National Committee texted supporters to donate $ 15 to the party immediately.

And Senate Democrats have announced a hearing on abortion rights – scheduled for when they return from recess next month.

On the day a Supreme Court empowered by the anti-majority, anti-democratic provisions of America’s Constitution delivered a deeply unpopular ruling that eliminates abortion rights – effectively banning abortion in more than 20 states – the country’s leading Democrats relatively had little to say that they had not said before.

Their most important advice for the people they represent? Vote for us.

“This fall, we need to elect more senators and representatives who will codify a woman’s right to vote in federal law,” President Joe Biden said.

“This cruel statement is outrageous and heartbreaking. But make no mistake: it’s all up to the vote in November, ”added House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

For the nation’s liberal – minded young people, look at the elimination of one constitutional right and a Supreme Court justice already declared its intention to allow states to ban gay marriage and to prevent contraceptionthe message was very unsatisfactory.

It was one of the few millennials in Congress, the 32-year-old Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.), who best portrayed the anger.

“This is not something that is going to be resolved in a day, or in an election, or in a year, because we have to hold on. It’s a generational battle,” she said through a loudspeaker outside the Supreme Court.

“We have to fill the streets. “At the moment, elections are not enough,” she continued. “I’m not going to tell you to drop out, because we have to show up everywhere. We need sand in every damn gear. Elections alone are not going to save us. We have to show up at the ballot box, but that is the minimum. ”

Ocasio-Cortez’s relative boldness – her willingness to tell liberals to prepare for a decade-long battle over the country’s future – contrasts with the Democratic Party’s November-centered thinking and business-as-usual approach and eight-year-old leaders, who seem to have little to say about the crisis the party is facing.

“This is what it means when Democrats tell people to vote: Throw your ballot paper in an Electoral College and Senate that is biased against Black people, Latinos and anyone living in a large urban area. Do not hope the Republican Party has made it too difficult for you to vote. Hope not your state is gerrymander. ”

The Democratic Party, even with a slim majority in both chambers of Congress, faces obvious and obvious weaknesses. The Senate (and to a lesser extent, the Electoral College) grants rural white voters largely excessive power, and Democrats lose them badly. Black and Latino voters, who make up a significant portion of the party’s base, are grouped into large states that leave them politically weak. A Conservative majority of 6-3 in the Supreme Court is unlikely to change any time soon.

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The problem will reach a climax in 2024 when a number of Democratic Red State senators – West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, Montana’s Jon Tester, Ohio’s Sherrod Brown – face the challenging task of winning re-election when a Republican presidential candidate is likely to win their states by 10 points or more. In the worst-case scenarios, Republicans could end up with a filibuster-majority by 2025.

Progressives had ideas to solve this problem: The addition of DC and Puerto Rico as states would make the Senate’s biases less conspicuous. Eliminating the Senate’s requirement of 60 votes will facilitate the adoption of popular legislation, which may win back some of those disgruntled rural white voters. Some have suggested adding additional judges to the Supreme Court to counter conservative domination.

One by one, Democrats threw these ideas aside. Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Cinema opposed them all. Others, such as filling the court, were popular with even wilder numbers of elected leaders.

There is another approach, perhaps best associated with Democratic data analyst David Shor, in which the party in recent years reverses its shift to more left-wing positions on social issues to win back rural white voters. But the party’s leaders have given little indication that they also intend to move in this direction.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) responds to the Supreme Court ruling that Roe v. Wade overthrown, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, June 24, 2022. ( Associated Press Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

If Democrats succeed in overcoming these things, they will be hampered by an unconstitutional requirement of 60 votes in the Senate. If they manage to overcome it, their law must agree with a conservative Supreme Court majority that has already shown its contempt for precedent.

The simple existence of this Supreme Court is a powerful display of how voice is not enough. Five of the six Conservative judges – John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett – have been appointed by presidents who initially lost the popular vote. The Republican Senate majorities they voted for in office were supported by a minority of Americans.

Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez is the president of NextGen America, the largest group working to select young progressive voters. She says she understands where the cynicism comes from.

“It’s so clear that we’ve seen a deadlock in Washington over most of the issues that Americans agree on, whether it’s gun safety, whether it’s abortion, whether it raises the minimum wage,” she told HuffPost. “The final decision of the Supreme Court, it only shows fundamentally that something is broken in American democracy, where we can let such extreme judges decide what happens to the bodies, the health of millions of people without any liability, and so out of the barrage. with the vast majority of the American public. “

Instead of relying on politicians, Ramirez has a different approach: look at young voters, who are far more liberal than their Generation X and Baby Boomer counterparts ever were. Millennials and Generation Z are much more likely to say that increased diversity is good for society, want the government to play an active role in solving problems and to be concerned about climate change. They launched movements – the March for Our Lives, the Sunrise Movement – which reformed progressive politics.

Turning those beliefs into public policy was difficult, but it also took the conservative movement nearly five decades – and considerable pieces of political luck – to finally succeed in Roe v. Wade to overthrow. And as the number of Baby Boomers declines, millennials and Generation Z will soon make up a majority of American voters.

“I did not place my hopes on any single politician, but in America’s young people who have the power and the numbers to set a different direction for our country,” Ramirez said, adding: “Voting is the most basic thing. what we need to do, but it’s not the only thing we need to do. We need to be out to mobilize, march in the streets and organize others in our communities. It’s not enough to just elect officials and hope they are not doing the right thing. ”

Jen Bendery reported.

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