On Attacks Against Voting Rights

Republican state legislatures across the country are hellbent on erecting roadblocks against voting by working people, low-income people, Blacks and other minorities. Democrats are not without their own sins as I recently detailed, often being divisive, elitist, and hypocritical against their own supposed constituency — the “deporables” as they’ve called them. Democrats have attacked the election rights of third parties they fear will pull votes away and they gerrymander when the opportunity presents itself.

Attacks on election and voting rights are waged at different times and places by both parties with the intent of preserving the power and privilege of the ruling class — albeit sometimes by one faction of the rulers against another, but always against you and me. The current wave of attacks by Republicans must be fought, but not by aligning with Democrats — instead by organizing independently.

All the big victories have been won only when workers and their allies have organized independently of the two parties. Women won their 19th Amendment right to vote after years of battle through the Women’s Suffrage Movement. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were enacted only after the Civil Rights Movement mobilized millions in protest and support. Many employment rights we take for granted today were won through big labor battles in the 20s, 30s and 40s. The Vietnam War was ended only after a mass movement of anti-war activists and supporters made it impossible for the rulers to continue.

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