You know all the bad shit the GOP-dominated legislature and the GOP governor have been forcing on the people of Michigan? According to the Michigan state constitution, those newly passed laws should not take effect until 90 days after the close of the legislative session in which they were passed. That’s what happens in Michigan to a law passed by a simple majority. (We won’t get into just how simple that GOP majority is for the moment.)
So what is the GOP doing? Simple: they’re ignoring the rule, declaring the law passed by the two-thirds majority required for immediate application, even though no such supermajority exists, and applying the law immediately. Right now. Bang the gavel; no waiting. Never mind the state constitution. Never mind the US Constitution’s requirement that every state have a republican (i.e., representative) form of government. The GOP says fuck you in the eye, Michiganders, we’re steamrolling this law right over you.
The Michigan GOP legislators have done this on over 500 laws to date. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has the scoop, quite literally; it started as an MSNBC exclusive. The link is to the Maddow segment about this travesty of democracy. The segment is rather long, but I think everybody needs to see this, because you know it won’t stop with Michigan.
Maybe our failing democracy needs supervision by a team from some small third-world democracy where they know how to do it right…
(H/T Michael Moore.)