The G.O.P. Attack on Democracy
March 11, 2011
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It’s a scary time in America. The most conservative elements of the Republican Party have moved on three fronts to fundamentally alter our way of life in frightening ways. Led by Wisconsin, the GOP is continuing its campaign to literally make labor unions illegal. We also learned this week of plans in several states to prohibit college students from voting. And then there was Senator Peter King’s hearing questioning why more Americans aren’t informing on their friends and neighbors.
Who could imagine such attacks on the work of people like John L. Lewis, Cesar Chavez and Martin Luther King, Jr.? Or that only forty years after its ratification, we would see efforts to circumvent the 26th Amendment?