The response to a compromise voting bill by a conservative Democrat illustrates the "folly" of trying to work with Republicans who are committed to voter suppression, according to a new analysis by Greg Sargent published by The Washington Post.
Sargent noted Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) immediately tried to label Manchin's bill as the "Stacey Abrams substitute" despite the fact the voting rights activist does not serve in Congress.
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) says when Stacey Abrams endorsed Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-WV) voting rights proposal, "it became the Stacey Abrams substitute, not the Joe Manchin substitute." pic.twitter.com/0tdvvLmwGw
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"Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) also signaled that this will be the GOP approach, putting out a statement denouncing Manchin's proposal as 'the plan endorsed by Stacey Abrams.' Why the newfound availability of this talking point is so exciting to Republicans is fairly obvious, but put that aside for now. Shouldn't this underscore for Manchin the broader problem with his whole approach to Republicans in a highly clarifying way?" Sargent asked.
"Remember, Manchin has adopted the position that no voting rights legislation should pass if it does not have bipartisan support. Manchin himself declared explicitly that the original For the People Act is a nonstarter precisely because no Republicans support it," he explained. "Achieving bipartisanship as a goal in itself is a precondition for any democracy-protecting proposal, Manchin says, because only something with bipartisan buy-in can be good for democracy. Any such bill that passes on partisan lines risks 'further dividing and destroying the country.' The problem is that this cedes total control to Republicans over the question of what is worth doing to protect democracy in the first place. Once it's clear that no Republican will support a given package of reforms, it cannot be good for democracy by definition. Or by Manchin's definition, anyway."
The idea of Democrats caring more about the perception of bipartisanship that preserving has created a trap.
"Yet what this all really shows is that for Republicans, there cannot be a compromise if it entails doing much of anything at all to protect or expand voting rights. They do not have any interest in doing either," he noted. "Meanwhile, Republicans are immediately jumping at the chance to obscure the fact that this new proposal represented the work of a moderate Democrat who is reaching out in good faith to Republicans, by recasting it as the work of someone they believe they can easily caricature as a partisan activist. All of which should illustrate the folly of seeking bipartisanship as a precondition for protecting democracy in the first place."
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On the far-right cable network Newsmax Thursday, talk show host and self-styled "Liberty Loving Latino" Chris Salcedo suggested that states will enter into "rebellion" against President Joe Biden — and likened it to the Rebel Alliance in Star Wars.
"As socialist Democrats show their hatred for our Constitution, the rule of law, and our country, as they show their hatred for our people, an awakening is occurring," said Salcedo. "It's an awakening that the Biden Press can't hide. Despite the left-wing media's best efforts, the American people — Blacks, Latinos, Whites, and Asians — they're starting to connect their misery to the socialist Democrat policies that are causing that misery."
"Let's give credit where credit is due," Salcedo continued. "This sea change wouldn't be happening if Biden were halfway competent and had the stamina to stand against the anti-American elements that are making policy in his backward administration. And because of their extremism, I expect more states will rebel against the lawlessness that is harming so many Americans. To those Americans, I say: Welcome to the Rebellion. May God and the Force be with you."
The Department of Justice announced Thursday that it is unsealing the indictment of the former head of the Universal Aryan Brotherhood and his mother who were arrested in Oklahoma City.
The grand jury handed down a 12-count indictment on June 1, 2021, in charges of Chance Alen Wilson who lived in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester and his mother Deanna Dannett Wilson of Wayne, Oklahoma.
"It is alleged that Chance Alan Wilson, using contraband cell phones from his prison cell, organized and led a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine throughout Oklahoma and surrounding states," said the Justice Department. "He allegedly relied on a network of individuals outside of prison to distribute methamphetamine, collect proceeds from that distribution and launder those proceeds."
The investigation revealed that Wilson's mother was his source on the outside, accepting large sums of drug money, which she used to purchase assets including a manufactured home.
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