Beyond the California Recall
Why are Republicans so Anti-Democratic?
No. I’m not talking about the Democratic Party. I’m talking about the refusal of the Republican Party to accept elections, obey the laws and the Constitution, and play by the rules.
The California Recall Spectacle is not by a long shot the only attempt by Republicans in recent times to overturn legitimate elections and contravene the usual political laws and rules.
Over the last five years, we have seen a shocking refusal of Republicans and right-wingers to entrust Americans with democracy. How else do you explain:
— the Clinton impeachment?
— the lawless refusal of the five right-wing Supreme Court Justices to count the votes in Florida because, as Scalia put it, counting the votes would deny candidate Bush the “legitimacy” he claims as President? (In other words, Scalia ruled that Florida had to stop counting the votes because counting them would ensure a Gore victory. For more information, click here.)
— the Bush Administration/Tom Delay Texas gerrymandering scheme, including the illegal but unpunished diversion of Homeland Security resources to the task of tracking down and arresting Texas Democrats to force them to approve a plan to segregate Texas into white and non-white districts, thus ensuring a Republican majority in the House of Representatives?
— the Republican Colorado gerrymandering (which few have discussed)?
— a Republican chairman calling the Capitol Police on Congressional Democrats who insisted on reading a bill before voting on it?
— Judiciary Chairman Orrin Hatch’s sudden conversion from using Senate procedures to stop Clinton judicial appointments to demanding Democrats not use these very same procedures?
— the refusal of the Administration to have open government, to disclose donors who have purchased the right to a private audience to the President and the favors the donors received for their bribes (oops, I mean political donations)?
In other words, folks, it goes way beyond California…..
Do you think Democrats should continue to play by the rules while Republicans break them?
Or do you think that Democrats should join the Republicans’ scorched-earth, undemocratic attempts to take over government, if only to get equal playing time?
Or do you want to call in to challenge my very premises? Any Republicans out there want to defend their party’s fundamental attacks on democracy?