Frank Underwood from House of Cards has nothing on the Republicans.
In this election, the party of Abraham Lincoln is showing that it will do anything to get power. The presidential candidates have shamelessly pandered to Americans’ fears with their anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rhetoric. Ted Cruz’s latest heinous pronouncement that American Muslim neighborhoods should be patrolled by law enforcement speaks to this willingness to say anything to get elected. Cruz surely knows such actions are unconstitutional. His own party members, who actively hate him, have roundly condemned the statement.
But the Republican party has spawned Cruz, Trump, and their ilk. They have been the party of “No” for the past 8 years: blocking legislation, trying to get Obamacare repealed more than 60 times, refusing to entertain even the most basic common sense gun laws. Their stated intention when President Obama took office was to (with apologies to the late Nancy Reagan) just say no.
As their party legitimacy slips through their fingers, Republicans are coming up with ever more questionable methods to assure that their Congressmen stay in office and that their dismal candidate has half a prayer to be elected president.
In Tuesday’s Arizona primary, voters waited until after midnight to cast their votes. Why? In Maricopa County, Republican County Recorder Helen Purcell reduced the number of polling places from 200 to 60, and many heavily Hispanic areas in the county had no polling places at all. Purcell claims the move was designed to save money, but voting rights activists are questioning whether voter suppression took place.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was dealt a serious blow in 2013 by the Supreme Court, which struck down a provision requiring federal oversight of state election law changes in states that had historical records of voter suppression. Since that decision, states have rushed to tighten voting restrictions and otherwise make it difficult to vote. These laws generally impact impoverished people and minorities more than whites. (Read: likely Democratic voters as opposed to Republican ones)
There is a Showtime television series titled Shameless. I’m thinking that’s a good moniker for today’s Republican Party.