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Demonstrators hold 'End the Filibuster' signs while blocking an entrance before being arrested during a California Poor People's Campaign protest outside the office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on July 26, 2021 in Los Angeles. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

GOP Is Launching a Mechanical Attack to Steal the Next Election

With partisan redistricting and voter suppression laws, Republicans are rigging the system to avoid losing power.

David Masciotra

 by The Progressive

The insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6  demonstrated exactly how little the United States has progressed since the civil rights era. The right, still battling against the foundation and promise of a multiracial democracy, has demonstrated its willingness to use violent means to preserve political control. But, beyond the desire of some to literally murder their opponents, Republican leaders are also launching a less obvious and more mechanical attack on the idea of a fairly elected government. 

One obvious act in the mission to save democracy is to abolish the filibuster.

Patricia Sullivan, a historian at the University of South Carolina and author of the stirring and important new book, Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy's America in Black and White, told The Progressive that, due to partisan redistricting and a slew of voter suppression laws, we are living through a period of widespread Black disenfranchisement. The Supreme Court decision to undermine the federal oversight provisions of the Voting Rights Act in a 2013 case, Shelby County v. Holder, created an opening for rightwing, anti-democratic forces to, in her words, "limit access to the ballot" and "dilute the impact of Democratic leaning voters, with a focus on Black voters."

© 2021 The Progressive
David Masciotra

David Masciotra

David Masciotra  is a regular contributor to Salon, and the author of five books, including "Working On a Dream: The Progressive Political Vision of Bruce Springsteen" (Continuum Books, 2010) and the newest, "I Am Somebody: Why Jesse Jackson Matters" (I.B. Tauris, 2020). His website is

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'We WILL Fight Back': Outrage, Resolve as Protests Erupt Against SCOTUS Abortion Ruling

Demonstrators took to the streets Friday to defiantly denounce the Supreme Court's right-wing supermajority after it rescinded a constitutional right for the first time in U.S. history.

Brett Wilkins ·

80+ US Prosecutors Vow Not to Be Part of Criminalizing Abortion Care

"Criminalizing and prosecuting individuals who seek or provide abortion care makes a mockery of justice," says a joint statement signed by 84 elected attorneys. "Prosecutors should not be part of that."

Kenny Stancil ·

Progressives Rebuke Dem Leadership as Clyburn Dismisses Death of Roe as 'Anticlimactic'

"The gap between the Democratic leadership, and younger progressives on the question of 'How Bad Is It?' is just enormous."

Julia Conley ·

In 10 Key US Senate Races, Here's How Top Candidates Responded to Roe Ruling

While Republicans unanimously welcomed the Supreme Court's rollback of half a century of reproductive rights, one Democrat said "it's just wrong that my granddaughter will have fewer freedoms than my grandmother did."

Brett Wilkins ·

Sanders Says End Filibuster to Combat 'Outrageous' Supreme Court Assault on Abortion Rights

"If Republicans can end the filibuster to install right-wing judges to overturn Roe v. Wade, Democrats can and must end the filibuster, codify Roe v. Wade, and make abortion legal and safe," said the Vermont senator.

Jake Johnson ·

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