President Trump is very proud of his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but he and Cory Gardner should remember the words of the first President of post-Soviet Russia, Boris Yeltsin:
“You can build a throne with bayonets, but you can’t sit on it for long.”
For President Trump and the Republican Party, those bayonets come in the form of an arcane system intentionally designed to give more power to less populated states. Thus, Colorado, with a population of 5.7 million, has the same number of votes in the Senate as Wyoming, a state with one half a million people.
This hard-wired inequality is magnified through the lens of the Electoral College. Donald Trump would not be President if presidential elections were decided by the popular vote.
All of this is exacerbated by something the authors of the Constitution could not have foreseen: the creation of safe districts through gerrymandering and voter suppression.
This is the throne of bayonets upon which Republicans in the White House, the Senate, and the increasingly Republican Judiciary sit.
Only about 28 percent of Americans are Republicans. When President Trump says, “Everybody loves (insert whatever he is promoting here)… ,” he is referring to this 28 percent.
Twenty-eight percent is not a majority.
The majority of Americans, including voters from both parties and unaffiliated voters, want some guarantee of a reasonable level of healthcare. The GOP has worked to block any such guarantee, especially for people with lifelong medical problems or preexisting conditions.
The majority of Americans recognize the need to do something to prevent mass shooting of schoolchildren and other Americans. Republicans in Congress maintain that the unrestricted right to bear arms supersedes the right to life and have blocked potentially lifesaving legislation.
Eight out of ten Americans agree that human activity is affecting climate change. President Trump, Cory Gardner and Scott Tipton refuse to even look at the scientific research on climate.
The gap between Republican policies and what the majority of Americans want has never been wider, even if Republicans refuse to acknowledge that such a gap exists. Refusing to acknowledge a fact does not make the fact go away. The majority of Americans want to protect our elections from interference from foreign powers.
Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have killed all legislation related to election security. The majority of Americans agree that the President is not above the law. Cory Gardner and other Senate Republicans disagreed and refused to even hear from witnesses during the Senate phase of impeachment.
It’s time for 28 percent of Americans who are Democrats and the 41 percent who are unaffiliated to demand a government that reflects their values, not the values of a self-appointed Republican elite that believes they alone have some divine right to govern.
That’s why, in this election, voters should look beyond the party affiliation and ask themselves, “Am I better off now than I was four years ago?” Unless you make more than $250,000 a year, the answer to that question is probably “no.” It’s time to dismantle the Republican throne of bayonets.
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