Letter to the editor: Republicans guilty of corruption

By DON FOY | La Farge

I’ve been seeing online surveys with titles like “Official Democrat Corruption Accountability Survey.” Sure, the Democrats have warts, but the Republican Party calling the Democrats corrupt is like Godzilla calling E.T. a big ugly monster.

Remember the Iraq War: No weapons of mass destruction (WMD), but nice for Halliburton, Vice-President Dick Cheney’s company, who got a $7 billion contract for which no one else was allowed to bid.

In 2010, the conservative majority on the Supreme Court ruled in the “Citizens United” case that corporations are allowed the same legal status as people, so now huge corporate donations basically make bribery legal. Since then, conservative judges and Republican legislators have institutionalized corruption.

Here in Wisconsin, after the John Doe investigation was halted by the conservative state Supreme Court, donations that big-money organizations could make to political candidates increased enormously, so today you have to pay to play. Consider the voter I.D. laws: eyewitnesses to their planning reported Republican legislators were gleeful about how they would cut down on Democratic votes.

In addition, Republican legislators, in secret, so severely gerrymandered the state’s legislative districts that in 2018, though 53 percent of all votes cast for assembly persons were Democratic, Republicans took 64 percent of the seats.

And don’t forget the “Lame Duck” legislation, a sour-grapes move by Republicans that slashed Gov. Evers’ powers before he was sworn in.

And how would Republicans react if Democrats blocked a Trump Supreme Court nominee the way Merrick Garland was blocked?

Godzilla calling E.T. ugly.

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