It’s not really a secret that conservatives are trying to rig our government in their favor. From gerrymandering House districts to passing strict voter ID laws, Republicans are doing everything they possibly can to disenfranchise voters who typically don’t vote for their party.
But the real problem with all of this isn’t just that Republicans are trying to rig our government in their favor, it’s that conservatives really don’t care. If their recent attempts to rig elections are successful, conservatives will benefit from all of these changes to voting laws and rules, so they couldn’t care less if what their party is trying to do is completely unethical.
I’m a proud progressive, but I would never want to win elections by trying to fix the outcome. That’s not what our Constitution allows for. I can handle “my side” losing as long as the elections were fair, but when some are actively trying to change the system for their own political benefit, that’s a huge problem.
And that’s exactly what conservatives are trying to do.
Recently the Supreme Court surprised a lot of folks when it said it would hear a case that challenges the “one person, one vote” mantra that’s determined how we draw districts within each state. What this case is trying to do is only count people who are eligible to vote. In other words immigrants, children and felons would not count toward drawing congressional districts. If that sounds absurd, it should – because it is.
If the Supreme Court were to rule in the favor of these Texas conservatives, a family of six with four children would only count as two until those children reached voting age. That’s not just ridiculous, it’s also stupid. Not only that, but it basically defines “an American citizen” based on whether or not someone is able to vote.
Then there is the issue with felons. Currently there are around 6 million felons who are ineligible to vote in the United States. If this challenge were supported, none of those individuals would count.
But putting aside everything else, when you get right down to it, this is a blatant push by conservatives to get the Latino vote minimized. That’s the group that will be impacted the most by this – and to be honest, that’s really the group of people Republicans fear the most.
Basically, if the Supreme Court decides to rule in favor of conservatives on this issue (which they have recently), tens of millions of people in this country would no longer have representation within their state.
But the really worrisome part of all of this is the fact that this is clearly a testing ground to do this on a national level. If the Supreme Court rules that only eligible voters should count toward state districts, the next challenge is going to be done nationally, which would essentially mean that only people who are eligible to vote would have representation in Congress. That’s crazy.
I try not to be an alarmist, but people really need to start caring more about this before it’s too late. If we don’t, progressives are going to wake up one day to a government completely controlled by Republicans, with laws put in place that make it nearly impossible to ever get power away from them.