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Republican Rigging Part 26: Citizenship Suppression


Written by Robert Warden

There is something that many of us may have never even considered, but I think it is part of the long-term Republican strategy of tilting the system in their favor. Not only do they not want nonwhite citizens to vote: They don’t want them to become citizens in the first place.

Last week, my stepdaughter’s fiance, who is from mainland China and has legal residency status, was called in to do an interview to determine whether he can continue to be a U.S. resident. This was all rather sudden and has caused a lot of problems. He wanted to get married right away, before the interview to ensure that he could stay, but Isabella wasn’t ready and there was no planning, so she told him to wait. Meanwhile, advisors said that a sudden marriage before an interview would invoke suspicion. Steven was never bothered about his residency status when Obama was president. (Steven still does not know the results of the interview, as the process may take several weeks.) Such actions are apparently part of a larger plan to limit immigration, legal or otherwise, by wutzizname’s administration and the Republican Party. Of course, it could just be a coincidence that Steven had to justify his presence in the United States so recently, and it could also be a coincidence that our healthcare plan was cancelled shortly after wutzizname became president and we were forced to buy more expensive insurance, but I doubt it. Read more

Republican Rigging Part 25: Trump Trolls the Media and They Keep Biting

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Written by Robert Warden

Usually, people think of internet trolls as an analogy to vexing little people who live in caves, holes and under bridges. However, trolling is a fishing technique and gives an analogy that usually is more apt in my opinion. In fact, the term internet troll probably originates from the fishing term, actually. A troll in this context is someone who makes controversial statements looking for attention — looking for a fight, basically. When people pay the desired attention, that is a “bite” and the troll reels them into the controversy and tries to drag them down to his or her level. It gets people to pay serious attention to topics that do not deserve serious attention. Donald Trump has been a master at this, as Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight explained early in the last presidential election cycle ( Unfortunately, nobody in the media paid attention to Nate Silver’s message as they continued to bite on every cast made by Trump, and basically still do. Read more

Republican Rigging Part 24: Six Million U.S. Citizens Are Prohibited from Registering to Vote

Written by Robert Warden

Thank you to my friend Bruce Kunkel, as well as Robert Reich, for pointing out this issue recently.

You are probably aware of the fact that incarcerated people are not allowed to vote in the United States. That may seem reasonable too, at least on the surface. However, the voting restrictions go far beyond disallowing violent criminals, for instance, from voting. In fact, many nations do allow incarcerated people to vote. Whether one agrees with that or not, it has not appeared to have decremented the political systems in these nations. In contrast, the systematic imprisoning of large numbers of minority persons, then not allowing them to vote — in many cases even after being released from prison — represents another huge brick in the wall that conservatives have built to help insulate themselves from progressives. Read more

Republican Rigging Part 23: Appeals and District Courts

Written by Robert Warden

One of the great things about writing blogs that I need to research is that doing so is educational. Presumably, reading them is also educational for many people. I have often heard in the past that presidents appoint many judges, but the details were sketchy to me. For this post, I have needed to look up the basics of what kind of courts a president appoints judges to, which in fact is far more judgeships than I had realized. Read more

Part 22: Republican Rigging

By Robert Warden

On February 13, 2016, Supreme Court (in)Justice Antonin Scalia died, apparently in his sleep. This vacancy in the court made the number of “liberal” and “conservative” members of the Supreme Court equal. Afterward, President Obama quickly nominated a relatively moderate judge, Merrick Garland, as Scalia’s replacement. In response, the Republican majority in the Senate, led by Mitch McConnell, refused to consider Garland throughout the remainder of Obama’s term, almost one year, even though Garland was a moderate, compromise nominee. This was an unprecedented move by the Republicans, in a blatant attempt to keep their majority on the Supreme Court, knowing that this is a vital part of their efforts to rig the political system. Sadly, their maneuver worked when Donald Trump was appointed President by the Electoral College. He promptly nominated conservative judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, who Republican Senators confirmed and placed on the court by resorting to the “nuclear option” of requiring only a simple majority of Senators in order to confirm Gorsuch, rather than at least 60 votes as is customary (…/neil-gorsuch-supreme-court-senate…) Read more

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