Opinion | What if the Republicans Win Everything Again? – by David Leonhardt – NYT

“The end of Robert Mueller’s investigation. The loss of health insurance for several million people. New laws that make it harder to vote. More tax cuts for the rich. More damage to the environment. A Republican Party molded even more in the image of President Trump.

These are among the plausible consequences if the Republicans sweep the midterm elections and keep control of both the House and Senate. And don’t fool yourself. That outcome, although not the most likely one, remains possible. The last couple of weeks of polling have shown how it could happen.

Voters who lean Republican — including whites across the South — could set aside their disappointment with Trump and vote for Republican congressional candidates. Voters who lean left — including Latinos and younger adults — could turn out in low numbers, as they usually do in midterm elections. The Republicans’ continuing efforts to suppress turnout could also swing a few close elections. continuing efforts to suppress turnout could also swing a few close elections.”

David Lindsay: Yes. Ouch. Here is a comment I liked.

LT
Chicago
Times Pick

Choosing not to vote is choosing to remain silent politically. And silence is acceptance.

It’s not just acceptance of continued attacks on the safety net in favor of tax cuts for the wealthy. It’s not just acceptance of attacks on the rule of law to protect a corrupt politician.

Not voting is choosing to remain silent and accept that an openly racist President will continue to incite hatred and divisiveness and conspire with Republican legislatures and the judges they appointment, to disenfranchise voters who don’t look like them or vote like them, through voter suppression and gerrymandering.

“Voters who lean left — including Latinos and younger adults — could turn out in low numbers”

If so, that choice to remain silent, will be judged harshly.

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people. ”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Still true almost 60 years later.

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