Rachel Maddow explained that election denying Republicans want to stay in power without having to serve you and meet your needs.
It is about separating power from the preferences of the people. Instead, simply rule over the people by force for their own ends and to meet their own needs instead of the people’s needs. If you’re trying to get and keep power through force and intimidation and not because the people want you there, it doesn’t end well for anyone. Not just in history, not just as a political abstraction.
But in terms of how we live and what are the prospects for our
families, right? What are the prospects for you and for your future and for your children and their future? Whether or not you care how it happened in history. Whether or not you care how it happened in history when the backgrounds of these people came to power. Whether or not you care about majority rule or minority rule as concepts, isms are central to these discussions.
This is your life. In a practical, day-to-day sense, if there is a party that tries to cast doubt on elections as a way to choose who is in power, it wants to stay in control regardless of the election. They want to stay in power without your consent and without your ability to remove them, which means they don’t want to serve you.
And that means that if you want the government to do anything to make your family’s life materially better, more stable, more dignified, it’s a flashing red siren signaling abandonment of that task. And sometimes it’s easier to see that in lands far away than here and up close and sometimes easier to see it in history so we can recognize how it leads and rhymes with what we’re going through today.
Republicans want power without obligation or accountability.
Americans have watched Republicans in the Senate ignore their obligations for years. The American people want sensible gun laws, but Mitch McConnell’s Senate caucus said no. The list of problems is long where Republicans in the Senate have ignored the wants and needs of the American people.
The nation is used to watching the Republican Party ignore its obligations, but what is relatively new is that the Republican Party, led by Donald Trump, wants power without accountability.
By delegitimizing elections, Republicans seek to stay in power without having to answer for a breach of their obligations.
A party or government that has been absolved of responsibility will not serve its people.
That’s what’s on the ballot in six weeks.
Mr. Easley is the editor. He is also a member of the White House press pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate studies focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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