The Coming of the Republican One-Party State
People love to complain about the duopoly, but it doesn’t exist solely because plutocrats prefer it. There’s a real-life, organic right-left cultural and economic divide in this country that has evolved over decades. While the plight of the white working class is important, there’s a greater importance in saving our free electoral process. Thanks to Republican political developments over the last decade, and a man with obvious autocratic tendencies entering the Oval Office, it’s now a reality that an American version of a one-party state might emerge from a shell of our former democratic system.
After all, the Republicans already control the House of Representatives (in more or less perpetuity, thanks to gerrymandering), the Senate, the White House, and assuredly in the years to come the Supreme Court. They also control a record 33 out of 50 governorship’s, have tied a record by taking 68 out of the 98 state legislative chambers, and have broken another by gaining control of 33 out of 50 full legislatures. In addition, as the North Carolina legislature has recently shown, the urge among state Republicans to give themselves new, extra-democratic, extra-legal powers (as well as a longer-term Republican drive to restrict the ballot in various ways, claiming nonexistent voter fraud) should be considered a sign of the direction in which the Republicans intend to take our two party system.
Many voting Americans already have a one-party rule in their state. Much of the South is owned by the Republicans, while the Democrats have a stranglehold on California and the Northwest. The Republicans intend to see this relative parity changed and fast. The 1990s saw the democrats moving away from their working-class roots and embracing Wall Street and globalism. In addition, for years the Democratic Party saw its various traditional bases of support weaken, wither, or, in the recent election, simply opt for a candidate competing for the party’s nomination who wasn’t even a Democrat.
Today, no one knows quite what to make of the Democratic Party. It’s clear, however, that the Democratic Party is in a state of disarray and remarkable weakness. Meanwhile, the Republican Party, assuredly the future base for the Republican one-party state, is in complete political control of the country. Republicans are expected to continue to aggressively use their majorities in state legislatures across the country to lock in their total national political control through massive gerrymandering, re-redistricting and voter suppression laws at the state level.
This state level strategy of the Tea Party movement which allowed the Republicans to retake the Congress in 2010 and to put Trump in the White House this year could reasonably see a flip to a Republican one party system in 2018 across the country. More Senate Democrats than Republicans face re-election in 2018, and many of them come from conservative states that voted for Trump in November. Obliterating Democrats’ Washington, D.C., contingent and turning the country into the one-party state is very much achievable in 2018 for the GOP.
In many ways, the incipient collapse of the two-party system in a flood of massive gerrymandering, re-redistricting and voter suppression laws at the state level cleared the path for Trump’s victory. Unlike the elections however, this Republican One-Party State is hardly in place yet. Instead, the sense of the Democratic Party chaos and weakness so crucial to the rise of Donald Trump still holds, and the same sense of chaos might be said to be the final death knell to the two-party system.
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Paul Cogan is a writer for the republicandirtytricks.com based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/paul.f.cogan.
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