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Dems’ ‘Election Reforms’ Would End American Democracy As We Know It

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HR. 1, the Democrats’ just-passed “election reform” bill, laughably dubbed by supporters the “For The People Act,” is so bad you might be tempted to ignore it. After all, legislation this awful can’t get passed by both chambers of Congress and signed into law, right? But all Americans should take it seriously. It’s an attempt to take away your right to vote and create permanent Democratic control of the federal government.

Yes, elections have consequences, and terrible bills like this certainly prove that. Anyone who voted for the Democrats in 2020 hoping for a “turn to the center” should by now be feeling mighty foolish. H.R. 1 is but one example.

So far, Democrats have passed a near $2 trillion spending splurge that has next to nothing to do with COVID-19, created a new crisis on our border, alienated our strongest ally in the Mideast, convinced a bullying China that we’re weak and vulnerable, and, instead of doing the people’s business as they’re supposed to, are now “investigating” the Jan. 6 riot in Washington, D.C.

Some 5,000 National Guard troops, totally unnecessary right now, remain camped in the nation’s barbed-wire encased capital, despite the fact that the FBI testified last week that no arms were seized by them nor were any shots fired by demonstrators during the supposed “insurrection.”

Democrats hope to use the distraction of troops in D.C. and a probe of the events of Jan. 6 to pursue the most radical congressional agenda in history. The showpiece of this effort is H.R. 1, which passed the House by a sliver and now goes to the Senate. If they fail in the Senate, don’t worry: They’ll try again soon.

If H.R. 1 passes, America’s democratic republic as we know it, which once stood as the envy of the world, will end. In its place will be a single-party nanny state backed by force that will rule in perpetuity. Guess which party is the “one” in this “one-party state?”

Now for specifics. The list below from the Conservative Action Project shows H.R. 1 in all its radical ugliness. It:

  • Forces states to implement mandatory voter registration, removing civic participation as a voluntary choice, and increasing chances for error.
  • Mandates that states allow all felons to vote.
  • Forces states to extend periods of early voting, which has shown to have no effect on turnout.
  • Mandates same-day voter registration, which encourages voter fraud.
  • Limits the ability of states to cooperate to see who is registered in multiple states at the same time.
  • Prohibits election observers from cooperating with election officials to file formal challenges to suspicious voter registrations.
  • Criminalizes protected political speech by making it a crime to “discourage” someone from voting.
  • Bars states from making their own laws about voting by mail.
  • Prohibits chief election officials in each state from participating in federal election campaigns.
  • Mandates free mailing of absentee ballots.
  • Mandates that states adopt new redistricting commissions.

More to the point, it federalizes elections, putting our voting system in the hands of Deep State bureaucrats and political insiders. Not local, accountable officials and politicians. It’s the electoral equivalent, as the old saying goes, of putting the foxes in charge of the hen house.

Meanwhile, it also requires states to allow the odious and entirely dishonest practice of “ballot harvesting,” which lets third parties collect ballots on behalf of groups of voters, such as those in nursing homes.

The American Greatness web site put it succinctly, calling H.R. 1 a “monster” that “would ensure a Republican never again wins the White House, not to mention many other federal and state offices. H.R. 1 is the biggest attempted electoral power grab in history, a flagrant and unconstitutional usurpation of the authority individual states have to write election law.”

Americans should know: All your rights are in serious danger. This bill, should it become law, would end our political system, with all its checks and balances, and eventually replace it with a Democratic Party dictatorship. That’s no exaggeration.

Rank-and-file Democrats should also be alarmed by this. Because once entrenched in Washington, the Democratic ruling elite will have no need to listen to their own voters. They will have what they wanted all along: an end to opposition and unparalleled power. Democratic voters won’t tell them what to do; they’ll tell the voters what to do. And the leftist media will back them up.

Those who think that “woke” and “cancel” cultures and demonizing Trump supporters as “domestic terrorists” aren’t preludes to something awful are blind to the historical truth.

This is how it worked in the old Soviet Union, and how it works today in places such as Venezuela, North Korea, Cuba and across much of the Middle East. They all have “elections,” but there’s never any doubt who’ll win. And they all have “rights,” but they’re revocable by the state. Any slip of the tongue can get you fired, imprisoned or killed, and your property has no protections from the government.

One other thing they all share in common: Their people get poorer and sicker, their economies slowly collapse, and their miserable citizens seek desperately to leave, all because they can’t change things through the ballot box. Short of violence, they can do nothing about it. Sadly, the “For The People Act” is a step in that direction.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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20 comments

  • Thank you, I&I, for this privilege. I am a Christian man, 69+ years old, and my only source of ultimate truth and revelation is the Bible. There are a lot of other very good sources, but no others are absolutely trustworthy sources.
    2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 provides a picture of a people who do not love the truth, so as a result are open to believing lies. Adding insult to injury (See Psalm 2), God sends to these people a strong delusion, so that they will believe what is false. See any parallels here? This nation is under judgment, and our only hope is in national humiliation and repentance.
    In the past, presidents and leaders have called for days of prayer and fasting when threats were at hand, either internal or external threats. This is such a time!

  • Why are conservatives so terrified of immigrants?
    Is there anything they do not hate and fear and about which they do not gripe and whine?
    Sorry, but read any conservative tract and that is what you find.

    • Definitely NOT afraid of immigrants…illegal aliens, on the other hand, nope, not afraid of them either, but pretty pissed that they can’t obey the laws!

    • It’s not that we dislike immigrants. It the fact that a majority of them come over and want to change/vote for exactly what they fled. We don’t want socialism here. We don’t want Communism here. We don’t want Marxism here. We don’t want terrorism here. We don’t want CHINA here. How hard is that for you/them to understand?

    • What part of “ILLEGAL” can you not grasp? Republicans, conservatives call them what you want but they want an orderly fashion in which to allow people entry into our country. Why do we bother with needing visas and passports to get into every nation but just want to allow any “immigrant” that wishes to just waltz on in?

    • Why are democRats so clueless and terrified on the need for immigration laws? We conservatives are not terrified ,we are extremely concerned that the cluless democRats that stole our govornment thru massive election fraud are now destroying the once United States of America peice by peice so they can rule the empty shell. A big part of turning this country in to a poverty stricken 3rd world communist state is allowing millions of low skilled illegal immigrants to come feed off what is left of the USA. Wake up or get out snoflake

  • Smithies at the Democratic forge are hammering out policies that benefit the Big Blue Political Organ, and if those plans happen to redound to the credit of the American people as a whole, well, that is just a bit of salubrious happenstance. The major grinder of this of this organ is Her Ladyship, the speaker of the House, and all the liberal smithies in the Democratic House conference dance to her tune and forge policies that benefit the party, the idea of federalism be damned. Although the president is said to be the most powerful individual in the world, frail Joe Biden cannot confront Lady Nancy or, as a professional politician does not want to, and we Americans are poorer for it.

    This legislation is a five-alarm disaster for our democracy and must be countered by cool and persistent analysis. And if Senate Democrats enter into this anti-democratic conspiracy by ending the filibuster so that the bill gets passed, then all Americans of good will must stand opposed to this unconstitutional power grab as loudly and peacefully as possible.

    • And for those who wonder how to protest peacefully, the answer is Defund the Government.
      Save your breath. Politicians only speak the language of money.
      Adam of CA.

  • Why are you for illegal entry to our country? Such a partisan comment. This is not dislike at all, try to unwarp your mind here. Conservatives want our laws followed. This means protecting our borders South and North. Have you noticed the majority of those flooding the border are young men of fighting age. Think about that! This is not just about the needy, its about being invaded. Yes, some are needy but some come with nefarious intent. We have not only the right to protect our citizens first but over 50 years our illustrious elected DC people have votes to build the wall to deter illegal entry.

  • DEMOCRACY demands one vote per legal citizen. The vote does not belong to felons, illegals, or the dead.
    Adam of CA.

  • What if this is enacted and states simply refuse to comply.

    Like “sanctuary states” for election integrity?

  • Oh Issues and Insights, you’re so dramatic.

    I cannot tell you how many times we’ve heard that phrase over the last 40 years, “Life as we know it!”.

    And each time it was probably true. And yet here we are, with a country full of “patriots” who stand by and do nothing at each incremental win for the Left.

    Was the takeover of the American education system one of those times? It was only 1979 when Carter created the Federal Bureau of Education. I think that will go down in history as a much more drastic and costly thing than whatever it is you are blathering on about in this article. Once we began teaching our children to hate America we never stood a chance. Amazing so few see that.

    Bottom line: It was over long ago. Only fools can’t see that.

  • Americas worst enemy is living right here in America the DNC and all those who support America erasing our Nations Borders and making us into the North American(Soviet)Union Pull America out of the United Nations and les move the UN to Moscow but without America to push around

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