COUNTING THE VOTES
My View From Inside The Turret
After a terrible week of legislative failures, the Harris-Biden team decided to pivot away from their Build Back Better agenda, much to the chagrin of the Squad … the pivot --- to House Bill 1, otherwise known as the “For the People Act of 2021.” The Heritage Foundation informs us that: H.R. 1 would federalize and micromanage the election process administered by the states, imposing unnecessary, unwise, and unconstitutional mandates on the states and reversing the decentralization of the American election process—which is essential to the protection of our liberty and freedom. It would (among other things) implement nationwide the worst changes in election rules that occurred during the 2020 election; go even further in eroding and eliminating basic security protocols that states have in place; and interfere with the ability of states and their citizens to determine the qualifications and eligibility of voters, ensure the accuracy of voter registration rolls, secure the fairness and integrity of elections, and participate and speak freely in the political process.”
The Democrats, never satisfied with enough, have also given us the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021, H.R. 4. The supposed intent of this bill is to restore and strengthen parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, certain portions of which were struck down by two United States Supreme Court decisions … those of Shelby County v. Holder and Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee. As always, the Supreme Court ruled --- and the Dems do not like the outcome.
Now, let’s fast forward to January 2022. The Harris-Biden Administration is unable to get their bills passed in the United States Senate because of a legislative tool known as the FILIBUSTER – defined as an action such as a prolonged speech that obstructs progress in a legislative assembly while not technically contravening the required procedures. The filibuster requires a 2/3 vote in the Senate to end a filibuster and bring a vote to the floor. In the Senate, that is 60 out of the 100 Senators must agree and therein lies the crux of the matter.
The current Senate is split 50/50 with the Vice President casting the deciding vote. But, to stop the filibuster you need 60 votes, and the Dems only have 50 votes. Chuck Schumer wants to change the rules on a simple majority vote --- that is, if none of his Dems defect. However, two Democrat Senators have clearly stated that they will not vote to eliminate the filibuster – and there goes the simple majority. Let’s hope, for the sake of the nation, that they remain true to their word.
Which brings us Martin Luther King Day 2022 and a speech given by our part-time President Joe Biden. After all of the respectful platitudes to the memory of Dr. King, Biden said something that I think has gone essentially unnoticed in his speech. Rambling on about Republican Senators blocking these two bills, Biden said, and I quote: “It's no longer just about who gets to vote. It's about who gets to count the vote. And whether your vote counts at all. It's about two insidious things: voter suppression and election subversion."
What is truly noteworthy about his comment is that once again he has taken the time to plagiarize a statement made by another political figure in world history, Joseph Stalin. Stalin, who was the leader of the Soviet Union for some 30 years, is quoted in Oxford Essential Quotations (5 ed.) as saying: “I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this — who will count the votes, and how.”
Stalin – “who will count the votes, and how” --- Biden: “It's about who gets to count the vote.”
Looks hauntingly similar and the American people should be extremely concerned. There can be little doubt that this is an attempt to completely subvert and federalize the voting process in the United States. A clear violation of the Constitution, (Article I, section 4).
So with Biden channeling Stalin, we must now count on Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D‑AZ) to hold the line in the United States Senate. Because if they don’t, it might truly be the end of our Republic as conceived by the Founders.