American Decline

The U.S. Is Headed for Single-Party Rule

From February, 2020.

By Brynn Tannehill, Dame Magazine

The GOP has rigged the system on every level of government. Is there a path forward?

ell me why you kept kicking him. You had already won.”
“Knocking him down won the first fight. I wanted to win all the next ones too.”

—Ender’s Game

When former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich first called politics a “war for power” he spelled out the philosophy of the future of his party. They don’t see politics as a game where “you win some, you lose some,” but as a life-or-death struggle for permanent dominance. The problem is, when one side stops playing the “democracy game,” and ends up permanently on top, the system breaks down and is no longer a democracy.

After the 2008 Presidential Election, the conventional wisdom on the GOP was that they needed to adapt or die. Many pundits believed Republicans needed to change their message, become more inclusive, less reliant on white voters, and generally adapt to America’s shifting demographics and attitudes on social issues. Instead, GOP operatives built a plan, called the REDMAP project, designed to ensure Republicans could win with their base forever at the state and federal level via gerrymandering, court-packing, voter suppression, and other dirty tricks. When Republicans swept state legislatures in 2010, and conducted reapportionment, they gerrymandered Democrats out of existence across much of the U.S. They in effect created single-party states impervious to voting.


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