Now that they can’t use COVID to scare the public into submission, Democrats – from President Joe Biden on down – are working on Plan B. Shouting “Democracy is at risk!” every chance they get.
That’s become the default line for the left. This weekend, when CBS News reporter Bill Whitaker asked Vice President Kamala Harris about the possibility of Biden dying in office, her response was: “Let me just tell you, I’m focused on the job. Our democracy is on the line, Bill. And I frankly in my head do not have time for parlor games when we have a president who is running for reelection. That’s it.”
Notice the contradiction in Harris’ statement? If we have, as she says, “a president who is running for reelection,” how is it that “our democracy is on the line”? Aren’t elections what democracy is all about?
Let’s assume that Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination. (That’s a big assumption, since the first primary is still months away and because history is replete with presumed front runners not getting the nomination.) Let’s also assume that Biden is the Democratic candidate. (Another big assumption.)
Trump and Biden will have to campaign for the presidency, as will various third-party candidates. They will travel the country making their case. The press will spend a great deal of time covering the campaigns – mostly attacking the GOP candidate. There will be nationally televised debates. Voters will start paying attention as the election nears.
A little more than a year from now, millions of voters will cast their ballots. And, according to the rules laid down in the Constitution, the next president will be elected. That could be Trump.
Where’s the threat to democracy here?
Does Biden mean that Trump could once again win the presidency despite losing the popular vote?
That can’t be it.
Biden recently gave a speech about “strengthening our democracy” in which he said that “I believe very strongly that the defining feature of our democracy is our Constitution.”
Well, look it up. Article II, Section I of the Constitution establishes the Electoral College, how many electors each state gets, and their role in deciding the election outcome. The framers of the Constitution knew that this could result in a candidate winning the electoral vote while losing the popular vote, but set it up this way to create a more stable and long-lasting democratic republic.
The Electoral College, in Biden’s words, is one of the “defining features” of our democracy.
Is there concern among Democrats that Trump or some other Republican candidate will steal the election? Is that why “our democracy is on the line”?
That can’t possibly be it, either.
Democrats have spent the past three years telling the public that election fraud is a myth and that – even in the midst of a pandemic when states were making last-minute changes to election procedures – the 2020 election was the most secure in history. They can’t suddenly claim that widespread fraud threatens to cost Democrats the 2024 election.
So what’s left? What does Biden really mean when he says “democracy is at risk.”
That’s easy enough to figure out if you listen to him and others on the left. In that same speech, Biden said that “their extreme agenda,” referring to so-called MAGA Republicans, “if carried out, would fundamentally alter the institutions of American democracy as we know it.”
Really? How so? By cutting back the size and scope of the federal government? By slaying a regulatory Leviathan that strips Americans of their basic freedoms? By bringing entrenched federal bureaucrats to heel when they actively try to defy the will of the people? By reining in “independent federal agencies” that operate as an unelected, unaccountable fourth branch of government? By making sure that the Justice Department no longer operates as the Democratic party’s enforcer?
Millions of Americans believe that these reforms are needed to restore the institutions of America’s republican form of government as set forth in the Constitution.
At times Biden lumps in the harsh rhetoric of people such as Trump in his “risks to democracy.” If Biden truly believes this, then he should resign immediately. After all, it was Biden who once described millions of Americans as “semi-fascists.”
He should also forcefully denounce Hillary Clinton, who, in addition to being an election denier, recently declared that Trump supporters are a “cult” and “maybe there needs to be a formal deprogramming of the cult members.”
The truth is that leftist Democrats could care less about “democracy.” What they want is to gain and keep power – whatever the costs.
So, when Democrats talk about how “our democracy is at risk,” what they really mean is “our socialist agenda is at risk.”
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board