The Republican Party, under the new management of House Squeaker and Fox News enabler, Kevin McCarthy, appears to be devoted to remaking itself as a Kremlin-style autocracy. Despite its razor-thin majority, they are governing as if they have popular mandate, which they most decidedly do not.
Taking the lead in the new McCarthyism is the representative from Swamp Pass, Georgia, who McCarthy pledged he “will never leave,” Marjorie Taylor Greene. Among her recent deplorable initiatives is one that advocates for a virtual civil war, a “national divorce” that separates the red states from the blue states. It’s a plan that would leave the red states destitute, because they rely on federal revenue that is mostly produced in blue states. And it’s on the strength of ideas like this, that violate her pledge of allegiance to one nation indivisible, that McCarthy gave her a coveted seat on the Homeland Security Committee.
On Tuesday Greene introduced another of her brilliant plans to undermine democracy. During an interview with ultra-rightist podcaster and over-age student activist, Charlie Kirk, Greene expressed her outrage that Democrats are actually allowed to vote in America. No, really…
Kirk: I don’t think the left would ever stop. I don’t think they’ll ever stop trying to invade our states or our county. So how do we stop them?
Greene: Well, I think that, you know, red states could choose in how they allow people to vote in their states. For example, over the past couple of years we’ve seen a mass exodus from California and New York where we’ve seen people fleeing those leftist policies and moving to states like Florida, Georgia, and Texas. […]
What I think would be something that some red states could propose is, well, okay, if Democrat voters choose to flee these blue states … and they really change their mind on the types of policies that they support, well, once they move to a red state, guess what? Maybe you don’t get to vote for five years. You can live there, you can work there, but you don’t get to bring your values … so that their red states don’t get changed.
Marjorie Taylor Greene: "If Democrat voters choose to flee these Blue states…Well, once they move to a Red state, guess what? Maybe you don't get to vote for five years" pic.twitter.com/AcAPwmYXcu
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) February 21, 2023
First of all, there has been no mass exodus as Greene describes. People are always moving around in the U.S. for many reasons, and many are moving from red states to blue. There’s a reason that blue states are more popular and more populous than red.
More to the point, the only reason that Greene is offering as justification for denying American citizens their right to vote is that she disagrees with their political views. Vladimir Putin will be impressed with how far she has come toward the model of “democracy” that he employs. For that matter, so would Putin’s American media assets, Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity. As a matter of fact, Hannity has already told Greene that “I actually favor that idea.”
There is also a glaring logical breakdown in Greene’s proposal. She argues that Democrats are fleeing blue states because “they really change their mind on the types of policies that they support.” So if these alleged Democrats now support the policies of red Republican states, why would she want to prohibit them from voting? Is it just punishment for their past voting record?
Greene also said that she is “a big believer in defending our ability to pursue life and liberty and happiness [but that] the left is completely destroying that for those of us on the right.” In other words, democracy, wherein people vote for the principles they favor, is destroying the right’s pursuit of happiness. So her solution is to revoke the voting rights of everyone she disagrees with?
You have to wonder how she would respond to a reciprocal policy to deny Republicans the right to vote for five years after they move to a blue state like New York or California – or her own blue-trending state of Georgia? Of course, no Democrat would ever propose anything so oppressive, so anti-democratic, and so downright stupid. For Greene, on the other hand, it’s painfully typical…
- Marjorie Taylor Greene: The GOP Will Govern Like the Mafia’s 5 Families in ‘The Godfather’
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