How Democrats sig­nal their plans H.R. 1 pro­poses to man­date a fed­eral takeover of the elec­toral sys­tem, mak­ing rig­ging eas­ier

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By David A. Keene

As ev­ery new Congress con­venes, the ma­jor­ity party sig­nals its pri­or­ity with the in­tro­duc­tion of House Res­o­lu­tion One. H.R. 1 is the bill the lead­er­ship in­tends to push hard and early to let the pub­lic know just what the new Congress wants and is all about.

Past House ma­jori­ties, Re­pub­li­can and Demo­crat alike, have used their first bill to em­pha­size a sub­stan­tive pol­icy is­sue like the bud­get, ed­u­ca­tional re­form, gov­ern­ment ac­tion to stim­u­late the econ­omy fol­low­ing the 2008 re­ces­sion, tax cuts, or mea­sures to counter ter­ror­ism.

This year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats are fo­cused not would set up reg­is­tra­tion and vot­ing booths on col­lege and univer­sity cam­puses. Felons would be granted the right to vote and any voter who votes wants to vote some­where other than his or her home precinct will be al­lowed to cast a pro­vi­sional bal­lot any­where else.

Past House speak­ers of both par­ties used ear­marks and the like to chan­nel funds to vul­ner­a­ble in­cum­bents of their own party while of­ten deny­ing op­po­nents the abil­ity to help the folks back home. Politi­cians, be­ing hu­man, did this to max­i­mize their party’s prospects in the next elec­tion.

Such shenani­gans didn’t al­ways work, how­ever, so to­day’s Democrats have de­cided to sim­ply change the rules of the game. They may high-mind­edly be­lieve they are do­ing so to save the repub­lic from evil Repub­li­cans and their de­plorable sup­port­ers as they pro­pose to re­make the Amer­i­can elec­toral sys­tem for their own ben­e­fit while cloak­ing their cyn­i­cal at­tempt to jig­ger the rules in the rhetoric of fair­ness, open­ness and democ­racy.

This ef­fort is an out­growth of the Demo­cratic nar­ra­tive that any Re­pub­li­can who wins an elec­tion is a cheater, a racist, or sup­pressed the vote. When a Re­pub­li­can wins, he or she is con­demned as il­le­git­i­mate, and that in­cludes ev­ery­one from Re­pub­li­can Pres­i­dents like Ge­orge W. Bush and Don­ald Trump to Re­pub­li­can gov­er­nors and lo­cal of­fi­cials.

Stacey Abrams, the Ge­or­gia Demo­cratic gu­ber­na­to­rial loser cho­sen to de­liver the Demo­cratic re­sponse to the State of the Union, re­fused to con­cede de­feat be­cause she claimed Repub­li­cans cheated her out of a vic­tory and can be ex­pected to high­light H.R. 1 in her re­marks.

Hear­ings on H.R. 1 be­gan last week and Speaker Pelosi wants it passed as soon as pos­si­ble. It will pass the House, but Se­nate. Re­pub­li­can leader Mitch McCon­nell has al­ready pledged to kill it. That won’t be the end, how­ever, as Democrats can be ex­pected break the bill up and work to be­gin pass it piece­meal as Democrats be­lieve chang­ing the rules will keep them in power for a gen­er­a­tion. By mak­ing H.R. 1 their top pri­or­ity they are ad­mit­ting that is their first and per­haps only pri­or­ity.

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