Georgia voters will be responsible for deciding the fate of the Republic and the degree to which democracy can exist in America. Overdramatic and sensational? Consider that the U.S. has had an overall successful sharing of powers between the federal and state governments and an effective system of checks and balances at the federal level. What might happen if all three branches were controlled by a person or small group? The fear of tyranny drove the Founders to develop systems, while not always perfect, that would ensure one person as in King or Queen could never develop in the United States. America’s creation led to independence and the development of the finest example to representative government. As Lincoln said at Gettysburg, “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Now to the present.
Checks and Balances are in question. The current balance of power come January 3rd 2021 is a Democratic-controlled U.S. House and by January 20th – an Executive Branch controlled by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The U.S. Senate is the big issue as the 50 (Republican)-48(Democrat, including 2 Independents that vote / caucus Democrat) split awaits the results of the Georgia U.S. Senate runoff election on January 5th. According to Ballotpedia.com, “The runoff elections will determine which party has a majority in the U.S. Senate. Democrats need to win both seats to split control of the chamber 50-50. The vice president (Democrat Kamala Harris beginning in January 2021) casts tie-breaking votes in the Senate. Republicans need to win at least one seat to maintain their majority.”
Perdue (Repub.) v. Ossoff (Dem.)
Loeffler (Repub.) v. Warnock (Dem.)
If one seat goes Republican and one Democratic, the Senate would be divided 51-49 with the Senate serving as a check on U.S. House and White House control of legislation and policy enforcement.
Worst Case Scenario: Polls show an increasingly close race with the Democratic candidates gaining ground. If both seats go Democratic, the Senate would be tied 50-50. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would serve as the tiebreaker in all 50-50 vites, giving her almost complete control ideologically and potentially physically over two, perhaps – three branches of government. Three- you ask? Harris has shown support for court-packing which could be passed through the Senate on her vote with her endorsement from the White House. A packed U.S. Supreme Court would center full federal control around 1 – 2 people.
King / Queen?