Opinion | Voting Rights Will Be Dead Without Street Heat

1/26/2022 3:03:00 PM

As a corrosive, undermining force, minority rule mocks democracy as it allows the few to pocket the gold while the many get the shaft.

As a corrosive, undermining force, minority rule mocks democracy as it allows the few to pocket the gold while the many get the shaft.

As a corrosive, undermining force, minority rule mocks democracy as it allows the few to pocket the gold while the many get the shaft.

Can America be a democracy if a minority writes the rules to entrench minority rule?Last week, Senate Republicans invoking the cause of “states’ rights” united in a filibuster to block democratic reforms, including the effort to revive the Voting Rights Act. They were empowered to do so by the decision of two wayward Democratic senators — Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona — to protect the filibuster, choosing obstruction over reforms they claim to support. The 50 Republicans voting against reform represent 41 million fewer voters than the 50 Democrats who support reform.

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