From the geniuses who gave us the Green New Deal comes a new proposal that is promised to save our democracy. (Even though we’re a constitutional republic and we don’t need it saved by people who can’t even get that basic fact right, but let’s move on.) The For the People Act of 2019 recently passed the House of Representatives and seeks to tackle a number of important election-related issues, like partisan gerrymandering, big and dark money in politics, expanding voters’ rights, and so on. On the surface, it sounds innocuous enough. I mean, the fact it’s for the people is literally in the name of the bill! How could something like that be bad?
Yep. That’s right, kids. I’m going to be the Leftist Buzzkill yet again with some analysis, a few jokes peppered in, and some thought experiments along the way. So, buckle up, Buttercup. This roller coaster car is on its way!
For the People Act of 2019
What the Left thinks it means – a vital bill that addresses many of the issues people have had with voting over the past several years
What it really means – a laundry list of Leftist squawking points as to why they keep losing elections and how they can ensure never to lose elections ever again
I won’t get too far into the weeds by going over the entire bill, but there are a few highlights that Leftists think are winning points.
– expanding voting rights to allow felons to vote
– requiring Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates to provide their previous decade’s worth of tax returns (Gee, I wonder why this provision is in here…)
– creating a national voter registration program
– creating non-partisan commissions to handle redistricting, thus taking it out of the hands of the states
– making Election Day a national holiday to encourage more voter participation
– eliminating dark money from elections
– supporting a Constitutional amendment overturning the Citizens United ruling by the US Supreme Court
– every day is Christmas, and every night is New Year’s Eve
Okay, so I made up that last one (with a little help from Sade), but you get the point. Although the ideas sound good, there is an alternate agenda at work here. Instead of making elections better for America, these ideas make elections better for Leftists.
Take the Citizens United piece of the bill, for example. Prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling, dark money was flowing into Democrat coffers through various means, including labor unions, and Republicans didn’t have an answer (mainly because they were following the laws on the books). Citizens United leveled the playing field, so the Right’s counterparts to labor unions could act in the same way labor unions did for decades. Supporting a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United would return the playing field back to when Leftists had the upper hand. Not to mention, it might not even be Constitutional. Usually, if you want to unravel a Supreme Court decision, it requires…a Supreme Court decision. (See Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education for just such an example.) But, hey, if the Left wants to try to have Congress usurp the power of the judicial branch, I say go for it. Just be prepared to lose heavily in the branch you wish to usurp.
And it’s not just the Citizens United part that helps the Left. From what I’ve seen, each and every portion of the For the People Act can be used to make our elections as fair and honest as the elections in the former Soviet Union, where the only candidates allowed to run were from the same party. Expanding voter rights to felons would give Leftists access to people who may already be dispositioned to vote for Democrats and Leftists (considering the latter is particularly anti-police). A national voter registration push would create an environment where voter registration fraud could thrive. Of course, that never happens, especially not with…say…a Leftist organization busted several times for falsifying voter registrations in several states. ACORN’t imagine that happening again…
Even the concept of a non-partisan council to draw Congressional districts has the potential for abuse.
The question this raises is why the Left is so concerned with our elections now. Two words: juggling monkeys. Actually, the two words are Donald Trump. He wasn’t supposed to win. Hillary Clinton and the Left had greased the skids so she could ascend to her final destination as President. However, they overlooked one pretty big thing: she sucked as a candidate. And since Leftists take defeat as well as a spoiled brat not getting the toy he or she wanted, they had to blame something and/or someone. And since collusion with Russia is turning out to be a Morgana the Kissing Bandit sized bust, they are blaming the American election system.
Which, by the way, includes those of us who vote. Way to piss off potential voters, Leftists.
Since they couldn’t win the White House through underhanded chicanery, the Left is going to try to do it through overt chicanery. Which is why I don’t give the For the People Act much credibility. It’s too convenient for Congressional Democrats to find so many problems with the American election system that need to be addressed immediately. But keep in mind, the same people pushing for this bill to become a law weren’t worried about the process when they won.
Here’s the thing, kids. The American election system still works for the most part, but it has been undermined repeatedly for decades, mostly by the politicians who support the For the People Act. These same people won’t even consider voter ID and curtailing the use of mail-in ballots, but will bend over backwards to ensure more people get registered, even if they shouldn’t legally vote in the first place. And they’re also the ones who deny voting fraud is occurring, even when evidence to the contrary is presented.
Until the Left shows they are serious about addressing the real issues surrounding our elections, we should take their suggestions with a salt lick of salt. Given the fact they think the For the People Act of 2019 is a serious solution, I’m not holding my breath.