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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."

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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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