Edward Purcell Jr. an opinion writer for The Hill, strongly refutes the Republicans' Big Lie on voter suppression in a May 19 piece entitled:

Trump's 'big lie' is just a ploy


Purcell writes:

"While refuting Trump's ["stolen election"] big lie has been necessary, focusing on a different and more ominous issue is the compelling necessity. The "big lie" is not the animating force behind Republican strategy. It is instead only a cynical rhetorical front for he party's 30-year-old campaign to restructure the American political system to secure its future dominance when it can no longer win national elections fairly...

The party's current [voter] suppression drive represents only an expansion of that long-pursued campaign."

The campaign that Purcell refers to, of course, is that of making it harder or impossible for nonwhite US citizens to vote; a strategy that goes all the way back to the pre-1960's segregation era and the pre-1965 voting rights law. This strategy goes hand-i- hand with the Republican strategy of making it more difficult or impossible for nonwhite foreign citizens to immigrate to the US.

This strategy also goes back to the time before the monumental 1965 immigration reform law, and seeks to return to the time of the 1924 "national origins" immigration quota act which banned immigration from most areas of the world except for Western Europe. This goal was at the heart of the Trump-Miller immigration agenda which President Biden is now trying to undo in stages (raising doubts as to whether he is moving quickly enough).

The Republican attempt to foment hysteria over the so-called "Border Crisis", which in fact consists in large part of peaceful crossings into the US by legitimate Latino asylum-seekers and unaccompanied children (the same people whom Trump referred to as "criminals and rapists" in his infamous June 2015 campaign speech) should also be looked at as part of a larger. white supremacist anti- immigrant strategy.

The Republicans have been pursuing this strategy for the past 30 years also, including, among many other attempts to cut off or sharply reduce nonwhite legal immigration, IIRIRA in 1996, as I have discussed in a previous recent comment.

As long ago as August, 2014, the highly respected, non-partisan Brookings Institution published an article (by Christopher Parker) identifying the Republican party as the party of white supremacy in immigration. See:

The (Real) Reason Why The House Won't Pass immigration Reform

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2014/08/04/the- real-reason-why-the-house-wont-pass-comprehensive-immigration-reform/

And for a frightening, but alarmingly realistic warning about how the Republican party is at war with democracy itself and could very possibly replace America's democratic system with an authoritarian one if its appeal to white supremacy (as described above) enables the GOP to take control of the House of Representatives next year, or the White House in 2024, see a May 20 article by Washington Post columnist Perry Bacon Jr. called;

American democracy is in even worse shape than you think

I will discuss these two articles, and the danger that Republican voter suppression and anti-immigrant white supremacy both pose to our democracy in more detail in upcoming comments.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law