The Republican Party is keenly aware that if every American is afforded a fair opportunity to vote their future as a viable political organization is dubious at best.
The GOP has built its current platform entirely around white grievances, catering to the super-rich, and endorsing whatever rubbish comes spilling out of Donald Trump’s confused, decrepit mind. On a long enough timeline, these focuses will not only fail to attract new voters, they’ll outright alienate them. A complete failure to address the material concerns of the electorate is not a sustainable approach to politics.
Recognizing this reality, the Republican Party is doing everything it can do it suppress the vote in numerous states across the union. To combat these authoritarian efforts, the Democrats are championing a voting rights bill that would curb some of the more pernicious suppression strategies in the GOP’s arsenal. Republicans, in turn, are trying to misrepresent the voting rights legislation as a power grab — as pure an example of psychological projection as one is likely to find in politics.
In a conversation with The Floridian, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a reliably spineless member of his caucus, whined about the new voting bill introduced by Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) on Tuesday. The legislation is aimed at protecting “every American’s right to easily, safely, and securely cast their vote.” It would guarantee that every county in the country has ballot drop boxes and ensure every absentee ballot is counted. In other words, it’s a bill that anyone who believes in the fundamental idea of democracy should support.
Displaying all of the unoriginality that has come to define the GOP’s rhetoric these days, Rubio decried the bill as “Marxist,” a word which has become completely meaningless as conservatives have weaponized it to simply mean anything they don’t like.
“These guys don’t want there to be any election laws, she’s part of their national Marxist strategy,” said Rubio.
A more accurate statement would have been to say that Democrats don’t want there to be any suppressive election laws. Democrats obviously believe in laws to regulate elections, they just don’t believe (like the Republicans do) that such laws should be aimed at denying people their Constitutional right to vote.
Reactionaries like Rubio would be wise to be more careful about throwing around the word “Marxist.” If they redefine it to mean “supporting free and fair elections” then they’re going to end up with a lot of Americans who define themselves as “Marxist.”
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