Elections have consequences.
Yes, it is the mantra that is used to teach one side or the other in American politics that efforts are needed to get out the vote according to one’s prerogative. That being the case, it has become clear to the political establishment, and We the People out on the fruited plain who follow elections and how they are manipulated by man and machine, that changes are necessary to make elections all they are meant to be.
In January, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, never one to be shy about advancing the leftist and socialist cause by brute force if that’s what it takes, introduced H.R. 1, a bill that will have more than a profound effect on American elections. The Conservative Action Project found the proposal so alarming, that one hundred and fifty of America’s conservative bigwigs – actual conservatives, not neocons – put their names on a memo warning against the adoption of Pelosi’s proposal.
Breitbart gives us the litany of grievances:
“Conservatives are united in opposing H.R. 1, the attempt by House Democrats to fundamentally undermine the American electoral system,” the Memo begins.
It explains several key features of Pelosi’s inaugural legislation, outlining how it is designed to ensure that a liberal Democrat wins the White House in 2020 and the Left gains unified control of Congress and well as take over state governments.
The Democrats’ bill violates the First Amendment. It restricts political speech and election activities in several ways that the U.S. Supreme Court has made crystal clear violates the Constitution, such as groups’ pooling resources to take out ads on the issues those groups advocate.
Pelosi’s legislation is a massive federal power grab away from the states. The Constitution gives primary authority to the sovereign states to conduct elections. This bill empowers the federal government to micromanage elections by requiring states to get “preclearance” from Washington, D.C., before changing their election procedures.
H.R. 1 also mandates countless millions of taxpayer dollars be given to candidates for their campaigns, requiring citizens to fund candidates who those citizens actually oppose for office.
The Memo highlights several other features of the bill, including:
Forces all states to allow all convicted felons to vote.
Requires all states to allow same-day voter registration, which leads to voter fraud.
Makes it difficult for a state to discover if a voter is also voting in another state.
Prevents states from limiting early voting.
Prevents states from limiting voting by mail.
Requires all states to provide free mail-in absentee ballots.
Criminalizes political speech that the government deems “discouraging” to voters who are statistically more likely to vote Democrat.
Takes redistricting away from elected leaders to give to left-leaning commissions.
Talk about a power grab away from the states.
The reality is that elections, like politics, are supposed to be local. How any state handles their own affairs is up to them. H.R. 1 would up end over 240 years of law and tradition in the country and is most likely unconstitutional.
Yes, we do need voter reform in this country in order to assure honest and fair elections. This bill proposed in the House by the Speaker does everything but. It is a blatant, Anti-American power grab from the people to a political system that has failed us.
This one needs to die. Even if it does pass the House, the Senate legislation graveyard is a good place to bury this wish list.