Wisconsin’s GOP legislators spurn police reform

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“Wisconsin Republican leaders convened a special session of the state Legislature on police reform for less than 30 seconds,” NBC News reported on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (Read story here.)

And you can’t vote them out. In 2018, Republicans got 63 of the 99 Assembly seats when Wisconsin voted like this:

            • Democrats — 1,306,878 votes
            • Republicans — 1,103,505 votes

That’s right, Republicans got nearly two-thirds of the lower legislative chamber seats with less than 45% of the vote, as a result of extreme gerrymandering the U.S. Supreme Court refused to intervene in. That’s not how representative democracy is supposed to work.

Whether Kenosha’s violence has roots in Wisconsin’s undemocratic governance –by a minority faction that supports militia thuggery and whose only interest in racial minorities is to keep them from voting — is anybody’s guess. But when government loses legitimacy, the respect for authority declines, and opposing groups are more likely to settle things in the streets. That’s why we need a functioning democracy.

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  1. Mark Adams #

    Looks like American government working as designed. The gov can call the legislature, but you can’t make the legislature legislate.