Issues & Insights

The Republic Is Preserved – But The Democrats Will Try Insurrection Again

Republicans have saved this country’s two-party political system. At least for now. The power-hungry Democrats won’t give up easily, though. They’ll redouble their efforts to set themselves up as an unchallengeable political force that rules rather than governs.

With Sen. Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Republicans in the 50-50 Senate voting against moving forward with the “For the People Act of 2021,” the Democrats’ plan to put elections under federal rather than state and local authority was shelved Tuesday. It was the proper ending for legislation that should have never been written.

Of course, the Democrat-media cabal swears that the defeat is a disaster for the country, the bitter end of democracy. They’ve screeched until breathless that without the bill, the U.S. would be a swamp of “voter suppression.”

The Democrats know full-well that none of that is true – and are also entirely aware that the For the People Act was a naked power grab by the party that continues not to drift but steer hard to the left, a fact they’ve tried to cover up with their theatrics. The legislation, which got through the Democratic House in March by 10 votes, was a brazen effort to install permanent Democratic control of the federal government. It’s insurrection by ballot.

Beneath its feel-good title, the For the People Act is a dark ruse that creates favorable conditions for voter fraud. Its provisions include: 

  • Mandates to allow automatic registration and same-day voting after registration.
  • Limits states’ ability to work with each other to determine which voters are registered in multiple states simultaneously. 
  • Prohibits election observers from cooperating with election officials to file formal challenges to suspicious voter registrations.
  • Criminalizes protected political speech by making it an offense to “discourage” someone from voting.
  • Bars states from making their own vote-by-mail laws.
  • Allows “citizens who lack any appropriate photo ID to gain access to the polls with sworn affidavits to their identity.”

As we previously noted, the For the People Act “federalizes elections, putting our voting system in the hands of Deep State bureaucrats and political insiders.” Rather than local officials being directly accountable to voters, Washington functionaries would be free to act as they please.

Among the worst provisions of the bill is its requirement that states allow “ballot harvesting,” in which third parties collect ballots on behalf of groups of voters, such as those in nursing homes. Even the shallowest of thinkers understands just how ripe this practice is for fraud.

Some of the harshest criticism of the bill comes not from Republicans, who would be hurt by it more than any other political group, as they are the only electoral threat to the Democrats, but libertarian thinkers. The Cato Institute’s Walter Olson wrote in March that the legislation “fairly bristles with provisions at odds with our nation’s founding document.”

“There are free‐​speech violations, about which ACLU officials have expressed alarm,” he continued. “There are separation‐​of‐​powers problems. There’s plenty of federalism‐​mangling.”

Ilya Shapiro and Nathan Harvey, also of the Cato Institute, are on record as saying the bill was the “latest effort to further federalize and micromanage our governance.”

“The enormous 571‐​page bill is a progressive wish list of new rules and regulations that would undermine the legitimacy and functionality of our entire electoral system,” they wrote before it was passed in the House.

“The Constitution deliberately decentralizes power over elections as it does over most other areas of law, leaving states and localities to determine rules for when, where, and how to cast a vote,” Shapiro and Harvey continue. “We have laws in place to stop racial discrimination and the like, but short of that, decentralization ensures that no single entity exerts too much influence over elections.”

Decentralizing elections is sensible, because, as Shapiro and Harvey point out, it’s harder to fix 50 state elections than a single national election. (Though it must be mentioned that a presidential election can be rigged simply by hacking a handful of local elections in swing states.)

Richard Epstein, law professor and Hoover Institution senior fellow, believes the practices the act would put in place during elections are “invitations for fraud.” At the same time, he says, “the use of an affidavit, as opposed to an ID card, is an open invitation for fraud. No one today could use a sworn affidavit in place of a picture ID to gain access to an airplane, school, hospital, or bar precisely because the picture offers a cheap and effective defense against various forms of impersonation.”

The Democrats’ appetite for raw political power is displayed not only in the For the People Act, but as well in their attempts to curb speech they don’t agree with; a red-hot desire to pack the Supreme Court; their tacit approval of the cancel culture; an eagerness to ram through vote-buying legislation; and their campaign to pick up more Democratic voters by adding Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., to the union.

So they will try again in some other way to capture incontestable control of the federal monster, gorge it with other people’s money, and turn it loose on America. It’s just who they are.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

We Could Use Your Help

Issues & Insights was founded by seasoned journalists of the IBD Editorials page. Our mission is to provide timely, fact-based reporting and deeply informed analysis on the news of the day -- without fear or favor.

We’re doing this on a voluntary basis because we believe in a free press, and because we aren't afraid to tell the truth, even if it means being targeted by the left. Revenue from ads on the site help, but your support will truly make a difference in keeping our mission going. If you like what you see, feel free to visit our Donations Page by clicking here. And be sure to tell your friends!

You can also subscribe to I&I: It's free!

Just enter your email address below to get started.


I & I Editorial Board

The Issues and Insights Editorial Board has decades of experience in journalism, commentary and public policy.


  • The democrats thought the coup d’etat would be completed under Barry Soetero, but the Republicans were able to hold it back until the clock ran out. The democrats then pivoted to Hillary to complete the takedown. They fought President Trump tooth and nail, and managed to keep him from his second term. They lost a buttload of credibility doing that, and now they can see that it’s literally the do-or-die moment because American voters, across all races and genders, are seeing through them.
    I think that there’s no limit to what they’re going to do over the next 16 months in order to successfully complete the coup d’etat and end the United States as it was founded.

  • The left is fully committed to holding onto the power they have usurped. We now know many things we did not about them before:
    1. Democrats / globalists have had plans for over a decade to use a highly infectious, relatively low mortality bio weapon as a tool of political terror to excuse a global totalitarian takeover.
    2. Fauci spoke glowingly about the “gain of function” work being done by the scientists now working at the Wuhan lab in 2012.
    3. Fauci recommended funding the Wuhan lab to Congress – omitting facts about the gain of function research being done there which makes funding it illegal under US law.
    4. Many prominent Democrat mega-donors including Bill Gates and George Soros made sizeable direct donations to that lab.
    5. In 2017 Wuhan had all the materials including bats, etc. to create a new variant of Covid.
    6. In the summer of 2019, many prominent Democrats were recorded saying things such as “I wish we woule have something like an epidemic” to stop President Trump’s amazing economy.
    7. In the fall of 2019, “like a miracle,” the virus was loose and Democrats across the country ordered totalitarian lock-downs and wearing of masks despite no evidence to support either theory.
    8. Whether Democrats directly acted to bring about the lab leak or not (perhaps bribing or blackmailing a lab worker), we can conclusively say their actions directly resulted in 400,000 or more unnecessary American deaths. They did this through a campaign of propaganda, faked “scientific studies,” censorship, and outright lies about two common, safe, and (we now know) effective drugs for preventing infection, hospitalization, and death from Covid. They even went so far as to have their operatives and State Legislatures literally ban the trial and use of these drugs. Simply sort this link by “total deaths per million,” select the maximum number of records per page (top left), and you will find that virtually every country with the lowest rates of death from Covid is one with widespread ubiquitous use of HCQ and / or Ivermectin.

    What this last point means is that Democrats were literally willing to commit mass murder to win the election. Once you have gone that far, there is no going back.

  • Long ago, my mother provided me with a touchstone to determine whether an official act was communist/authoritarian: whether or not its name contained reference to “the People.” My mother was a very wise woman.

  • As we all know, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. That is why Democrats are salivating at the possibility that this legislation might actually pass and become law. In the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion and the McConnell back-of-the-hand action on the Merrick Garland Supreme Court nomination, Democrats visualize Republican attempts to stymie our democracy and do not comprehend how this proposed legislation is just as dangerous as anything Trump and other Republicans ever contemplated.

    In truth, all politicians are hungry for power, for power brings recognition and recognition polishes the ego.

  • I guarantee you that they are already plotting their next attack! Republicans have a habit of thinking because the win one round that they have won. Nothing could be further from the truth. The battle is constant and continuous and you can never let down your guard. These people have criminal minds along with criminal actions.

About Issues & Insights

Issues & Insights is run by the seasoned journalists behind the legendary IBD Editorials page. Our goal is to bring our decades of combined journalism experience to help readers understand the top issues of the day. We’re doing this on a voluntary basis, because we believe the nation needs the kind of cogent, rational, data-driven, fact-based commentary that we can provide. 

We Could Use Your Help

Help us fight for honesty in journalism and against the tyranny of the left. Issues & Insights is published by the editors of what once was Investor's Business Daily's award-winning opinion pages. If you like what you see, leave a donation by clicking on donate button above. You can also set up regular donations if you like. Ad revenue helps, but your support will truly make a difference. (Please note that we are not set up as a charitable organization, so donations aren't tax deductible.) Thank you!
%d bloggers like this: