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Schumer’s Ugly ‘Voting Rights’ Gamble

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In a Dear Colleague letter last week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer warns that if Republicans refuse to support the Democrats’ unconstitutional efforts to nationalize elections, he will move to eliminate legislative checks and balances by blowing up the filibuster. “As former Senator Robert Byrd famously said, Senate Rules ‘must be changed to reflect changed circumstances,'” Schumer argued. “Put more plainly by Senator Byrd, ‘Congress is not obliged to be bound by the dead hand of the past.'”

And by the “past,” Schumer means only a couple of years ago when he led a record 300-plus filibusters during Donald Trump’s presidency. In 2005, when Republican George W. Bush was president, Schumer, coincidentally, also warned that eliminating the legislative filibuster was a “doomsday” for democracy. “The checks and balances which have been at the core of this republic are about to be evaporated by the nuclear option,” Schumer said. “The checks and balances which say that if you get 51% of the vote, you don’t get your way 100% of the time.”

Indeed. And to avoid looking like a conniving, power-hungry, partisan hypocrite with absolutely no respect for the institution he serves, Schumer rationalizes his assaults on norms by pretending the nation faces an existential threat to “democracy.”

And so, Schumer has fused together two of the contemporary left’s most cynical and pernicious projects. First, the trashing of the filibuster, part of a broader effort to create a more direct democracy to ram through massive, unalterable policy changes with the slimmest of majorities in the shortest of windows. Democrats attempted to do as much with their abuse of the reconciliation process but have thus far failed. Now, Schumer proposes nationalizing elections by overturning the will of voters and compelling states to adopt chaotic voting regulations that he believes will favor Democrats in the long run.

But no one has a “right” to vote without an ID. No one has a “right” to ballot-harvest. And many Democrats’ proposals, as in empowering the federal government to mandate gerrymandering and forcing taxpayers to finance congressional campaigns, have absolutely nothing to do with voting rights — nor do proposals meant to dismantle First Amendment protections. Obsessed with rolling back Citizens United, Democrats have proposed forcing organizations that engage in political discourse to disclose their donors, creating more bureaucratic impediments for those who engage in speech.

On the voting front, House Democrats have passed a bill that would compel states to count mail-in votes that arrive up to 10 days after Election Day, require states to allow ballot-harvesting, coerce states to ban voter ID laws, induce states to allow felons to vote and mandate 15 days of early voting, automatic voter registration, and online voter registration.

OK, I’ve run out of synonyms for “force.”

None of this is the federal government’s business, anyway. If Democrats truly believe that voter integrity laws in Georgia or Texas are threatening democracy, they would see them adjudicated in the courts, not used as a pretext to further upend the system in a power grab. Most of the state regulations that Democrats claim are Jim Crow 2.0 simply undo some of the anarchic COVID-era rules and reinstate standards that exist in many blue states and basically all Western nations. If we embraced the Democrats’ evolving definition of “voting rights,” we’d also be forced to treat every election before 2020 as completely illegitimate.

Now, it’s unlikely that Schumer will succeed. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema reportedly reiterated during a Democratic caucus meeting that she will not support getting rid of the filibuster. Sen. Joe Manchin doesn’t seem open to the idea, either. But is there any doubt Schumer would do it if he could? Is there any doubt he’s continuing to normalize un-American majoritarianism? Is there any doubt he is willing to destroy the Senate?

It is also obvious that Democrats, having stumbled in their effort to pass welfare expansion and dealing with a slew of presidential missteps, are on the cusp of losing what would be a tough midterm election even if things were going swimmingly. Now that the gerrymandering talking point is (or should be) neutralized, Democrats will have to do more corroding of trust in elections by leaning into the notion that supporting basic voter integrity is racist. I guess you can’t blame the Russian gremlins every election.

In his letter, Schumer compared Republicans who believe Americans should provide photo IDs to vote to “violent insurrectionists.” In truth, Schumer, because of his power, is a bigger threat to the constitutional order than any rando who showed up to riot on Jan. 6. Unlike their actions, his attacks on the system would live on in perpetuity.

David Harsanyi is a senior writer at National Review.

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Ty
4 months ago

Tradiors, yes, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are, but they are doing what their handlers are commanding them to do, China! You don’t think COVID-19 was a natural occurrence do you? The research was done in China and it was funded by dark groups in our own government, as well as the Chinese government. That kind of circumstance isn’t a coincidence. It takes planning and financing. There are a lot of guilty people (Tradiors) in our government, because of the access to wealth and potentially uncontrolled power. The only way these guilty people can hold on to this power and wealth is to control the vote. Do you really think Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer care about people, inequality, race, welfare, homelessness or anyone or thing, other than, of course, Nancy’s $20,000.00 refrigerator and ice-cream. If you do think they care, I have a bridge deal for you. AMAC is doing a good job of connecting the truth and presenting it on their website; however, sharing the truth with people who already know it isn’t advancing the message. The truth to the people who choose to turn a blind eye or are ignorant to the issues, or worse don’t care, are guilty (Tradiors) themselves. All of us need to reach out to the people who will admit to voting for any of their present democratic representatives. Ask around and kind out how many admit to voting for their local democrat represenative or NMP, Let’s Go Brandon, Biden! Talk to them, write the truth on their left wing liberal websites. Yes, you will get a ton of negative and hate responses because the people that follow these sites are trying to justify their self centered ignorant choices. However, some of them already know that the socialist disease will never work in America and it has never worked anywhere without total government control, which is the automatic distruction of democracy. So, reach out to the left, tell them the truth!

Rich
4 months ago

Sorry, did you say ugly Schumer? Right on! If you can’t stand Chuck just remember all those folks that voted for him. Bad politician, bad people. The circle never stops.

Jerry
4 months ago
Reply to  Rich

That a$$hole would look a lot better looking through bars.

Billy D
4 months ago

Phaq Schumer

Jerry
4 months ago
Reply to  Billy D

Shuck fumer!

David
4 months ago

These are the ones whose every word seems to be a lie and they want to have say In how our elections are run, they just want to cheat their way through another election. I believe the Democrats are the one committing insurrection in America. They are trying to over through our Constitution and the American way of life. Our history is being canceled, they are producing lies to what American really is. A nation founded on God, Family and freedom. They need to be escorted to the southern border and exiled out of our nation

Gtregiry Jones
4 months ago
Reply to  David

We’ll stated David! I agree 100% with your comments! In God We Trust ! God Bless America!
United We Stand, G.B. Jones (Maryland)

Rich
4 months ago
Reply to  Gtregiry Jones

The “Democrat” party should be renamed to the Socialist/Marxist democrats of America. They won’t admit it but know it’s true. This ain’t your fathers Democrat party!

Randystandfield
4 months ago

Yes

anna hubert
4 months ago

Are democrats who deliberately are creating a complete chaos in the process of grooming a messiah who will promise to lead us to the land of milk and honey just as they pulled Obama out of the hat

Rich
4 months ago
Reply to  anna hubert

Yeah, just wait till we get closer to the election. The lies and deceit will come like a flood. Anything to confuse the weak minded.

Hal
4 months ago

Notice that all the changes sought by the Democrats is to enable the Democrat Party to RULE the Nation according to its desires … not the desires of the majority of American citizens. The “Democrat” Party is a true example of a misnomer.

Raymond L Forzano
4 months ago

IMHO Schumer looks and acts like Satan. Or at least a lower functionary demon. The dems are the party of every thing evil. Abortions are human sacrifice to the dark lord.

Hal
4 months ago

The next step after lawfully allowing abortions is to establish legal a basis to force abortions on those who are politically (to the Democrat Party) oppositions. Once abortion are legally allowed in any case, then they can be forced in any case (e.g. against political opponents). Abortion should not be legalized with some exceptions related to the involved woman (e.g. victim of rape, under-age 16, medically based life-threating to the woman, etc)..

NEAL O MCAFEE
4 months ago

Schumer, Pelosi and pretty much all the of these Demon[i]c[rats] are the ones committing high Treason, Treachery, insurrection against the unanomus authority of the government…… “WE THE PEOPLE”. And We The People need to inforce the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence….abolish all those people in government offices that are violating their Oath of Office to Uphold the Constitution of the United States of America the Republic. We are not a Democracy, nor a socialist, nor a communistic nation or Country but a Republic form of government garranteed by Article IV Section 4 of the Constitution of the United States of America… the Republic or rule of law.

HocasPocas
4 months ago

Schlimer needs to go! He does not work for us and he does not value our constitution nor our freedom

Joanne 4 justice.
4 months ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

I agree the SHMUCK values NOTHING 3xcept POWER AND CONTROL!

Clifford L Justice Jr
4 months ago

Voter ID is a must!!! The integrity of the voting process should be recognized even by the BLIND! I believe that the 2020 election was thoroughly infiltrated by fraud. But there was 4 years in which covering up that fraud was planned in such a way that only 100% Voter ID Laws could have proven that fraud. Any True American & Patriot should have no objections to proving they have a Right to Vote. It’s only those who wish to subvert the system who argue against such measures!!!!
Defend Our Republic!!!

HocasPocas
4 months ago

Yeah schlimer, defend our republic instead of trying to tear it down

Jack
4 months ago

Schumer…America’s greatest threat to democracy.

Kenneth Paul
4 months ago

Don’t do it. Call his bluff. When he blows up the fillibuster two things will happen:
1. He can be beaten over the head with it during the upcoming election.
2. After Repubs retake the senate, Dems won’t have the fillibuster to stop the Repubs from reversing all their previous petty legislation.

Go ahead rat faced Chuckie Cheese Schumer, “Make my day!”

Rich
4 months ago
Reply to  Kenneth Paul

Good point!

Oldrealist
4 months ago

Democrats want to legalize the criminal tricks they used in 2020 to steal our National government.

Ballots will matter. actual voters won’t matter.

Yep, the victory will go to whomever stuffs the most ballots into ballot boxes and whomever controls the counting machines.

The tabulating machines will also switch your vote to the guys you were voting against.

These, and other frauds, were rampant in the swing state big cities.

In Georgia, upwards of 800,000 ballots were stuffed into drop boxes in the dead of night by some 240 paid ballot harvesters. Got them on video. Got their movements tracked from publicly available cell phone ping data. We know where they picked up their “harvested” ballots.

These guys were paid $10 per ballot, according to one of them who is now talking.

Democrats want this to be legal, and make anyone who complains a terrorist to be jailed.

Rich
4 months ago
Reply to  Oldrealist

Oldrealist, why are you looking at the facts? No one else is. The socialist “media” says there is no credible evidence that there was any fraud. IF SCOTUS looks at the “evidence”, MAYBE something will happen. If not, it will be more of the same.

Theresa Coughlin
4 months ago

let’s be honest: Democrats love power and hate being out of power. Their agenda stinks which is why they can’t win elections without cheating and changing the rules to benefit them. That is what the so-called election reform bills and killing the filibuster are all about. These are just blatant power grabs pure and simple. Also, the democrats have learned nothing because in order to get Obama’s judicial nominees for the lower courts confirmed, they (democrats) killed the filibuster and changed the rules so that only a simple majority vote was needed to confirm them. What did republicans do when they had the majority? Instead of taking it lying down, they expanded the killing of the filibuster to included Supreme Court nominees, which is why Donald Trump was able to confirm three Supreme Court justices. The democrats should learn from history because, if they kill the filibuster with regard to so-called election reform, when the Republicans take the majority, they will kill it to get their legislative priorities passed.

Steven Coughlin
4 months ago

Well said ( from another Coughlin).

Robert Zuccaro
4 months ago

Gee. Ain’t it funny how the terms “fascism” and “Nazi” were thrown out about ANYTHING Trump did… These Nazis in power know all about fascism.

Rich
4 months ago
Reply to  Robert Zuccaro

Remember the outright hatred and disrespect of aunt Nancy against President Trump? Now anyone that questions Biden is considered a domestic terrorist. Kind of ironic isn’t it.

Jerry
4 months ago
Reply to  Robert Zuccaro

Nazi’s or low life criminals?

Howard MacKinnon
4 months ago

Schumer is the classic reason we need TERM LIMITS!!

J. Shenk
4 months ago

I’m reminded of Chucky ,the cult classic horror movie villain from “Child’s Play”, whenever I hear Senator Schumer speak. The two are very similar; however, Chucky doesn’t pretend to play nice for the cameras!

Pete from St Pete
4 months ago

People like Schumer should be regarded by patriotic Americans as enemies of our country who are more dangerous than external enemies like Putin, Kim and Xi. They are all eager to destroy the freedoms accorded to us as individuals by the constitution in order to increase their personal power. Schumer is the most dangerous because he seeks to warp the institutions we have created over 240 and turn them against us. He has the best chance of success because a large number of the electorate is asleep and will not wake up until it is too late. Pray for our country.

Art
4 months ago

DEMOCRACY IS NOT IN TROUBLE. OUR REPRESENTATIVE FORM OF GOVERNMENT IS. A TRUE DEMOCRACY IS ACTUALLY A SCREAMING RABBLE EVEN SOCRATES SAID SO. THIS IS OBVIOUSLY AN INSANE POWER GRAB ATTEMPT. BE AWARE CHUCKIE YOUR WISHES FULFILLED NOW WILL BE TURNED ON YOU AND YOUR FELLOW ELITE SCUMBAGS WHEN THE OTHER GUYS TAKE OVER. BE CAREFUL OF THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. SIMPLY BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR YOU BOS.

Clifford L Justice Jr
4 months ago
Reply to  Art

The problem is people have no idea what kind of government America actually is. The DemocRats keep telling them it’s a democracy when in FACT it’s a Representative Republic.
SPREAD THE KNOWLEDGE!!!

HocasPocas
4 months ago

Thank you Clifford. There’s a few people that post comments on here who don’t know the difference either

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