WASHINGTON—The United States is on the verge of collapsing into a minority-ruled, apartheid state, with White Republicans openly ruling on behalf of their interests alone, and there is very little that can be done to prevent the future domination of the society by right-wing forces, some observers caution.
“I think that we are amidst right now a full-blown crisis of minority rule and the avenue by which Americans have to defeat this are shrinking rapidly,” David Daley, author of “ … The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy,” said in an interview.
Throughout this country’s history, from the Electoral College to the Senate, the White, conservative minority has wielded political power, far beyond its numbers. And now, all over the country—such as in Texas where only a walkout by Democratic state legislators has prevented their approval—Republican-dominated state governments have already passed hundreds of laws to tighten their grip on political power by making it harder for those who disagree with them to vote.
“Democrats need to understand this might be the last chance they have to do anything about this for a decade,” said Mr. Daley, who is a senior fellow at FairVote, and former editor of Salon. “And that our democracy demands that they act now to fix these problems and to attempt to inject some fairness and responsiveness back into our democracy before it’s too late.”
The principles of this country’s representative democracy have become much less fair and responsive and equitable, according to many government critics. “For the governor (of Texas) to jam through this new draconian suppression of voting rights is designed to guarantee that Republicans will never lose another election,” Dr. Gerald Horne, professor of History and Africana Studies at the University of Houston, told The Final Call.
The GOP is now openly working to suppress the votes from Black and Brown and Democratic-leaning districts. But the bias favoring White supremacy government is longstanding. “You have an Electoral College system, that twice in the last 20 years has made the winner the person who won fewer votes,” said Mr. Daley,
“Joe Biden wins by seven and a half million votes in the popular vote, but only wins the Electoral College by 43,000 votes in three states of Georgia, Wisconsin, and Arizona. And then of course the President and the U.S. Senate are able to choose members of the U.S. Supreme court and five of the six conservative justices, a majority of the justices on the court right now were selected and appointed by a president who lost the national popular vote.”
The United States is already governed by minority rule. Look at states like Wisconsin, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Mr. Daley said. “All of them (were) really gerrymandered so that by 2018, you had 59 million Americans, that’s almost one in six of us, living in a state in which one or both chambers of the state legislature were controlled by the party that had won fewer votes in that election.
“What we are seeing right now in our nation is that the un-representativeness of just about all of our institutions has really come home to roost. You already have a U.S. Senate where, as you say, there’s right now 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans, but the 50 Democrats represent about 41 and a half million more people.
“We have come to the place that so much of it starts with the partisan gerrymandering that was really just turbocharged over the course of the last redistricting cycle a decade ago,” he said.
More and more Black intellectuals are responding by taking exile, according to Dr. Horne. “Given how dire things look in the United States, I think people are going to be looking to leave the United States, which I totally and wholly understand,” he said.
The continued political turmoil and animosity on display speaks directly to what Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan called the “unraveling” of the United States and its continued downward spiral. “When you unravel something, you undo twisted, knitted, or woven threads; you investigate and solve or explain something complicated or puzzling. The condition of America is puzzling. The world is looking at a country going to hell,” the Minister stated during his 2020 Saviours’ Day address from Detroit. Min. Farrakhan and his teacher, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad call America the “modern Babylon.”
“Look at the scripture, ‘Babylon is fallen, is fallen.’ Substitute America for Babylon. She’s unraveling. America is falling, is falling. Why are you falling America? Because you have become the habitation of devils. A hole for every foul person, a cage for every hateful bird,” said Min. Farrakhan.
The deck is stacked, according to David Daley. “You could have the exact same vote, the exact same distribution of votes, if everybody in the country votes the same way as they did in 2020, and the outcome would be completely different because the lines in those states will have moved on those district maps,” he said.
“These institutions of representative democracy are eroding, and minority rule is fast gaining, and that is not a coincidence. It’s not an accident. This is happening by design, by intention. And the amount of time that we have left to do something about it is shrinking quick,” said Mr. Daley.
Gerrymandering and voter suppression are among the weapons White Republicans are using to maintain their political power even as birth and death rates, and other demographics project them as the minority population in the years ahead.
“Well, I’m afraid to say that demographics is not necessarily destiny,” said Dr. Horne. “From 1652 until 1994, you had a European minority in South Africa that was able to rule through means mostly foul. So, it’s clear that the ultimate agenda of these Euro-Americans in Texas and throughout the United States to support the Republican Party is the kind of Neo-Jim Crow or U.S. apartheid.
“Of course, people like myself and others will be fighting against that, but it’s a poor general who only has a plan to advance and does not have a plan to retreat,” he said.
The only way citizens have any chance at holding on to a representative democratic form, according to Mr. Daley, is for Congress to enact and for President Joe Biden to sign into law, the John Lewis Voter Rights Advancement Act, and the For the People Act, federal legislation which may slow some official GOP voter suppression efforts.