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Sunday, December 13, 2020

These officials are openly working to abolish democracy

 The suit by the Texas attorney general tried to make it possible for Trump to remain in office by disenfranchising 20 million voters from four swing states.  When the news media asked law professors about the chances of the suit succeeding, they were told that it violated almost every canon of law.

A writer for The Guardian asked the pertinent question regarding the suit:  How does a two-party democracy continue to function when one side simply won’t play by the rules – and doesn’t seem to believe in the democratic project?

She summarized the background of the suit:

Republicans, still loyal to a president with waning power, are asking the supreme court to disenfranchise millions of Americans.

It turns out that Trump wasn’t an aberration. He was the result of long-building extremism and reality-denialism on the right. And when he came to power, far too many in the Republican party didn’t see a cruel, incurious, dictatorial madman, but a kindred spirit – and the kind of leader who would happily override inconvenient democratic norms, basic standards of human decency, and even the rule of law. 

Attorney General Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania, one of the states named in the suit, termed the it "seditious abuse of the judicial process."

The Supreme Court rejected the suit:  "Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another state conducts its elections."

The suit was an attack on the basic premise of democracy.  Although Trump and his followers  claimed there was fraud and cheating in the election,  investigations have found no evidence. Even Trump's main toady, Attorney General William Barr, announced that no evidence has been found.

The suit did reveal that American democracy is under serious attack, not from foreign enemies, but from officials in government here at home

Here is a list of those who attacked the country.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton;

and these state attorneys general 

Eric Schmitt, Missouri (he goes first because Missouri filed the brief);

 Steve Marshall, Alabama;

 Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas;

 Ashley Moody, Florida;

 Curtis Hill, Indiana; 

Derek Schmidt, Kansas; 

Jeff Landry, Louisiana; 

Lynn Fitch, Mississippi; 

Tim Fox, Montana; 

Doug Peterson, Nebraska; 

Wayne Stenehjem, North Dakota; 

Mike Hunter, Oklahoma; 

Alan Wilson, South Carolina; 

Jason Ravnsborg, South Dakota; 

Herbert H. Slatery III, Tennessee; 

Sean Reyes, Utah; 

Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia.

The following U.S. House of Represwntative members: 

Kevin McCarthy, Republican House leader (Ca.)

Steve Scalise, whip (La.); 

Jim Jordan (Ohio), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee; 

Kevin Brady (Tex.), ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee;

 Rep. Gary Palmer (Ala.), head of the Republican Policy Committee; 

 Mike Johnson (La.), who organized this opposition to the Constitution.

Other House members listed by state:

 Alabama (Robert B. Aderholt, Mo Brooks, Bradley Byrne), Arizona (Andy Biggs, Debbie Lesko), 

Arkansas (Eric A. “Rick” Crawford, Bruce Westerman), California (Ken Calvert, Doug LaMalfa, Tom McClintock), Colorado (Ken Buck, Doug Lamborn), 

Florida (Gus M. Bilirakis, Mario Diaz-Balart, Neal Dunn, Matt Gaetz, Bill Posey, John Rutherford, Ross Spano, Michael Waltz, Daniel Webster, Ted Yoho), 

Georgia (Rick Allen, Earl L. “Buddy” Carter, Douglas A. Collins, Drew Ferguson, Jody Hice, Barry Loudermilk, Austin Scott), Idaho (Russ Fulcher, Mike Simpson), 

Illinois (Mike Bost, Darin LaHood), 

Indiana (Jim Baird, Jim Banks, Trey Hollingsworth, Greg Pence, Jackie Walorski), 

Iowa (Steve King), 

Kansas (Ron Estes, Roger Marshall), Louisiana (Ralph Abraham, Clay Higgins).

Maryland (Andy Harris), 

Michigan (Jack Bergman, Bill Huizenga, John Moolenaar, Tim Walberg), 

Minnesota (Tom Emmer, Jim Hagedorn, Pete Stauber), Mississippi (Michael Guest, Trent Kelly, Steven M. Palazzo), Missouri (Sam Graves, Billy Long, Vicky Hartzler, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Jason T. Smith, Ann Wagner), 

Montana (Greg Gianforte), 

Nebraska (Jeff Fortenberry, Adrian Smith), 

New Jersey (Gregory Steube, Jeff Van Drew), 

New York (Elise Stefanik, Lee Zeldin), 

North Carolina (Dan Bishop, Ted Budd, Virginia Foxx, Richard Hudson, Greg Murphy, David Rouzer, Mark Walker), Ohio (Bob Gibbs, Bill Johnson, Robert E. Latta, Brad Wenstrup), Oklahoma (Kevin Hern, Markwayne Mullin).

Pennsylvania (John Joyce, Frederick B. Keller, Mike Kelly, Dan Meuser, Scott Perry, Guy Reschenthaler, Glenn Thompson), South Carolina (Jeff Duncan, Ralph Norman, Tom Rice, William Timmons, Joe Wilson), 

Tennessee (Tim Burchett, Scott DesJarlais, Charles J. “Chuck” Fleischmann, Mark Green, David Kustoff, John Rose), 

Texas (Jodey Arrington, Brian Babin, Michael C. Burgess, Michael Cloud, K. Michael Conaway, Dan Crenshaw, Bill Flores, Louie Gohmert, Lance Gooden, Kenny Marchant, Randy Weber, Roger Williams, Ron Wright), 

Virginia (Ben Cline, H. Morgan Griffith, Rob Wittman, Ron Wright), 

Washington (Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Dan Newhouse), 

West Virginia (Carol Miller, Alex Mooney),

 Wisconsin (Tom Tiffany).

1 comment:

Frank Kloucek said...

I think this is called sedition.

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