Texas is the new Republican staff

Portland City Council will vote this week on an emergency resolution to ban purchases of Texas City goods and services until the state overturns its draconian assault on abortion rights. Oregon City officials expect the boycott to spread. “We urge other leaders and elected bodies across the nation to join us in condemning the actions of the Texas state government,” says Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.

No doubt Wheeler will get receivers. But don’t imagine that Texas Republicans or nationals will abandon the course they have charted. What is happening in Texas is much more than the fight for reproductive rights.

The state is implementing a template for the authoritarian future that Republicans are proposing for all Americans. The recent enactment of a list of extreme right-wing wishes by the state legislature – denying the right to choose a pregnant woman, limiting what is taught in schools about racism, allowing people to carry weapons of fire without a public license – is part of an ambitious Republican Party strategy for the 2022 midterm elections. The other piece includes restrictions on voting rights that Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed Tuesday.

Republicans have sidelined the popular appeal of their party. Still, voter suppression and voting schemes have kept the GOP competitive nationally and in most states. The party has felt comfortable with plurality rather than majorities. Republicans are satisfied with minority rule, as long as their minority rules.

In Texas, where Democrats have gained ground in recent years, it is now clear that the Republican strategy is to make it difficult for likely Democratic voters to vote while advancing a legislative agenda designed to encourage maximum voter turnout. social-conservative base of his party.

More than 40 years ago, Republican political agent Paul Weyrich told a right-wing rally: “I don’t want everyone to vote. Elections are not won by most people. They have never been since the beginning of our country. and they are not now. In fact, our leverage in elections is rising sharply as the voting population goes down. “

Weyrich died in 2008, but his vision remains. In fact, he encourages Republican strategy in Texas, where the party has won every state election since 1994.

JoIn 2018, Democrat Beto O’Rourke won more than 48 percent of the vote in his challenge to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, and newcomer Democrat Justin Nelson won more than 47 percent in his candidacy for the critical prosecutor position. general. Democrats made significant gains in state legislative races that year and won several seats in the U.S. House. In 2018, Texas Monthly he observed: “The [O’Rourke-Cruz] the contest ended in a narrow loss that seemed like a victory for the Democrats, and the results of the downward vote gave the party paths an expansion of the electoral map and perhaps even take control of the State House. ” .

Credit – https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/texas-abortion-ban-politics/