Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed an absurd lawsuit in the Supreme Court demanding that the election results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin be summarily cast aside.
Paxton’s Attorney General counterparts in 17 other states have disgraced themselves by signing on to this legal nincompoopery. As have 107 Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
While the Supreme Court must reject this “case” for the charade we all know it to be, the mere fact that so many Republican leaders have willfully attached themselves to it is cause for real alarm.
This is how authoritarianism creeps up on us: when just the idea of subverting democracy to attain (or retain) power is put forward then endorsed by people who know (or should know) better; when our institutions, and we ourselves, are forced to entertain these notions, even if only to deride and dismiss them.
This Supreme Court charade is a direct attack on our democracy and on the very concept of democracy. Renounce it immediately or forever be stained as an accomplice to authoritarianism.
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