Eddie Glaude: Voter Suppression Is In This Country’s DNA | Deadline | MSNBC

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Princeton University professor Eddie Glaude says Republicans are “trying to play the Donald Trump playbook” by creating new voter suppression laws in key battleground states. Aired on 03/16/2021.
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29 Comments on "Eddie Glaude: Voter Suppression Is In This Country’s DNA | Deadline | MSNBC"

  1. “There’s no English equivalent for silovik. It doesn’t translate succinctly because to create something as Machiavellian as a silovik requires both the KGB and the GRU, and then a shift from communism to capitalism, followed by a gear-grinding reverse into despotism.” 
    ― Tanya Thompson, Red Russia..

    Since the end of the Cold War, most democratic breakdowns have been caused not by generals and soldiers but by elected governments themselves. Like Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, elected leaders have subverted democratic institutions in Georgia, Hungary, Nicaragua, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Ukraine.

    Democratic backsliding today begins at the ballot box. The electoral road to breakdown is dangerously deceptive. The constitution is suspended or scrapped. Elected autocrats maintain a veneer of democracy while eviscerating its substance.

    Institutions alone are not enough to rein in elected autocrats. Constitutions must be defended, by political parties and organized citizens but also by democratic norms. Without robust norms, constitutional checks and balances do not serve as the bulwarks of democracy we imagine them to be. Institutions become political weapons, wielded forcefully by those who control them against those who do not..

    This is how elected autocrats subvert democracy – packing and “weaponizing” the courts and other neutral agencies, buying off the media and the private sector (or bullying them into silence) and rewriting the rules of politics to tilt the playing field against opponents. The tragic paradox of the electoral route to authoritarianism is that democracy’s assassins use the very institutions of democracy – gradually, subtly, and even legally – to ki// it.

    • Very well said. And your country is obviously at a crossroads or a sort of tipping point right now. Let’s hope it tips in the right direction. Stay safe.

  2. I hope these state laws get thrown out. It isn’t fair to target a group of people so their voting is much more difficult if not impossible.

    • @ItchyScientist0 it’s NOT just about an ID, so if you can’t keep up, then STFU

    • ItchyScientist0 | March 16, 2021 at 10:54 PM | Reply

      @Surtsey TT what else is it about then

    • @ItchyScientist0 He is right though. You should have a close look at the different bills the republicans are trying to have voted, which are far from just asking for mere voter ID, which is a good thing so long as they don’t use this to cover up all the rest of the BS.
      And there are loads of it.

    • Mephistopheles Count Caliostro | March 18, 2021 at 2:52 AM | Reply

      @JM B you know what they will do

    • Mephistopheles Count Caliostro | March 18, 2021 at 2:53 AM | Reply

      The Republicans have and will always run on fear

  3. James Scully | March 16, 2021 at 7:52 PM | Reply

    The civil war ended in 1865. But it is still being fought. It is ingrained in the DNA of the country that will never accept anything except whatever they see as they country. In actual fact it was never theirs, it wasn’t any single group or person, it belongs to everyone and these people cannot accept they have to share it.

  4. The thing that surprised me most is the fact gerrymandering is legal in the USA. I cannot think of another first world country that allows gerrymandering.

    This is part of the reasons why America has the 25th best democracy in the world.

    • Funny,..
      You are CLUELESS to Gerrymandering.
      But know what the US is in some Random List.
      … have you tried youtube 🤡…

    • The US is now listed as a “flawed democracy”. It has a disproportionate number of filthy rich one-percenters. It allows other things that other democracies do not, like massive unlimited campaign contributions, the right the own and carry guns, etc. But the USA is the “wild west”, “ma freedumb”.

  5. If your political party attempts to shut down the post office to prevent the wrong people from voting during a pandemic, it’s not a party that believes in democracy. Trump himself has always voted by mail. In addition, he was never a republican until he realized he could use his “The Art of the Deal” pop psychology tactics on a huge mass of the population. Study the fascist movement of Europe during the 20th century.


  7. brilliantly said, ty both. we fought it successfully decades ago and will win out again! ‘ain’t gonna let nobody turn me round’!

  8. Roger H Werner | March 16, 2021 at 8:36 PM | Reply

    Perhaps an even more stark way of looking at voter suppression is from the point of view of patriotism. The right loves to wrap itself 8n the flag and crow loudly about their patriotism. If this nation fought a revolution over lack of representation, their inability to vote for MPs, then support of voting rights must be a hallmark of American patriotism. Those supporting voter suppression, those watching voter suppression without protesting it, are the antithesis of patriotic. Those supporting voter suppression should be called what they are: anti-American and unpatriotic.

  9. CONSTANTINE ANGEL GUTIERREZ | March 16, 2021 at 8:48 PM | Reply

    agree with him.

  10. Democracy deserves to be defended! Vigorously!

  11. I see Professor Eddie Glaude I click

  12. I like the title and if I wanted to be sarcastic I would ask “I thought you call yourself the land of the free, isn’t voting the most important tool of freedom?”
    But don’t need to be sarcastic, I just note that it took you a while to come to the realisation.

  13. If it’s easier to buy a gun than vote…we’re f-ed!

  14. Replying to

    It’s necessary for Democracy without Jim Crow, #DitchTheGOP

  15. I have yet to find a less than stellar Eddie Glaude commentary. He’s simply awesome.

  16. William Hughey | March 17, 2021 at 1:01 AM | Reply

    Is that why the Supreme Court struck down Section 5 of our Voting Rights Act???!!! So they are a facilitator of VOTER SUPRESSION???!!!

    • That’s correct. The ultimate court of appeal to which one may appeal for justice actually rules against justice.

  17. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

  18. toneisha johnson | March 17, 2021 at 5:02 AM | Reply

    Autocrats fear the people. Thank you Professor for the truth!

  19. It’s like a diet pill? I just want to know that the elections are true and accurate and not in question.

  20. “Not about the quantity but the quality of the votes…” Wow. The quality is not going to come from staunch republican voters, for sure.
    But I see, quality voters is to be understood as rich voters, those who know what is important. Get it.

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