Voter Logic As A Solution To The Trump Problem!

By Donald A. Collins | 22 January 2024
Church and State

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As I read about the January 19th march in DC which asked its participants to argue for no abortion rights it occurred to me that the preferable pathway on that seemingly unsolvable issue had an obvious solution.

Voters should think about whether such divides of opinions can be maintained without dead end gridlock.

I predicted that the anti-abortion ruling by the Supreme Court would lead to a no-win impasse which had been resolved for almost 50 years by Roe Casey.

Now anti-abortion activists want the Supreme Court to bar the FDA approval of the early abortion pill Mifepristone.

That decision, if approved, could join other attempts to put other complex problems in the hands of Judges instead of carefully selected US Government experts whose mission is to determine safety does not follow religious or political biases.

The major instigator of these disputes must be laid clearly at the door of Donald J. Trump whose goal from the outset of his first election in 2016 has been to amass personal power which would allow him to ignore our laws and allow his party to assume an authoritarian control of our democracy.

Numerous plausible accounts have been written about that probability which now looms as very possible in 2024!

His repetitious diet of hate, racism and claims of his innocence and victimhood are well understood by impartial observers but ignored or dismissed as wrong by his supporters.

We are amidst a second Civil War, only this time those enslaved (multiple anti-abortion females) have accepted such a status themselves!

“Hello, Suckers!” as Texas Guinean said to her speakeasy customers during Prohibition in the early 1930s!!

Even a cursory review of Trump’s credibility should have stopped all voters but wanting to believe his repeated misstatements as President locked in his MAGA victims to ignore them!

Nikki Haley is not starting us to go in a new direction or in a new place, but repeating the old Trump views wrapped in a new flood of words such as América has never been a racist nation or slavery was not in her first answer to a questioner the cause of the Civil War. She is anti-choice and obviously comfortable with what Trump stands for—and would vote for him again (along with her big supporter NH Governor Sununu) as she will have the chance to do, as Trump is about to be confirmed as the GOP’s nominee for President.

If you care about the right to vote, here is a key 1/16/24 NY Times article entitled “The U.S. Lacks What Every Democracy Needs” by Constitution authority Richard Hasen about how our right is not clearly in our Constitution.

He begins by saying

The history of voting in the United States shows the high cost of living with an old Constitution, unevenly enforced by a reluctant Supreme Court.

Unlike the constitutions of many other advanced democracies, the U.S. Constitution contains no affirmative right to vote. We have nothing like Section 3 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, providing that “every citizen of Canada has the right to vote in an election of members of the House of Commons or of a legislative assembly and to be qualified for membership therein,” or like Article 38 of the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany, which provides that when it comes to election of the Bundestag, “any person who has attained the age of 18 shall be entitled to vote.”

As we enter yet another fraught election season, it’s easy to miss that many problems we have with voting and elections in the United States can be traced to this fundamental constitutional defect. Our problems are only going to get worse until we get constitutional change.

The framers were skeptical of universal voting. The original U.S. Constitution provided for voting only for the House of Representatives, not for the Senate or the presidency, leaving voter qualifications for House elections to the states. Later amendments framed voting protections in the negative: If there’s going to be an election, a state may not discriminate on the basis of race (15th Amendment), sex (19th Amendment) or status as an 18-to-20-year-old (26th Amendment).

Most expansions of voting rights in the United States have come from constitutional amendments and congressional action, not from courts. In fact, in Bush v. Gore, to give a relatively recent example, the Supreme Court reiterated that the Constitution does not guarantee citizens the right to vote for president and confirmed that states may take back the power to appoint presidential electors directly in future elections.

Some people think erroneously of the Supreme Court as a broad protector of voting rights, expanding them well beyond the text of the Constitution. Consider first the case of Sgt. Herbert N. Carrington, one of the lucky few whose right to vote the court protected. In 1946 he enlisted in the Army at age 18 in his home state, Alabama. When he was transferred in 1962 to White Sands, N.M., he moved with his family to nearby El Paso, Texas. Yet when he tried to register to vote in the Republican Party primary in Texas, he was surprised to learn he was ineligible. The state Constitution prohibited military members who were not Texas residents before joining the service from voting there.

Clarity here is critical, and we can’t count on the current ideologically skewed Supreme Court for secular justice about anything.

Read Hasan’s entire piece here.

And vote, as the Biden Trump matchup is going to determine voting rights and the salvation of your democracy.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”, “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”, “Economic Growth: A Cancer on all Earthly Life” and “On the Precipice of Political Disaster in 2024”.

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