Will Joe Manchin Save America?

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H.R. 1, or as it’s known by disingenuous politicos, the “For the People Act of 2021,” goes against everything our country was founded upon. The American republic was designed to give states the power to run their own show to fullest extent possible. What H.R. 1 seeks to do is centralize an election process that was designed to be decentralized. Our system was designed to be decentralized by very smart people for a very good reason. It is a safeguard against the always-looming tyranny of the federal government. Simply put, the less power the federal government has in critical matters such as elections, the better.

Of course, this does not guarantee against fraud. The truth is fraud occurs in every election to some extent or another, and we’ll never know just how pervasive it’s been. But a decentralized voting system at least makes it a little harder to cheat on a mass scale, as varying states have varying laws and customs.

If you were a fan of all the changes to voting that were made in 2020—and you shouldn’t be—you’ll certainly love H.R. 1. Not only would it implement many of those changes nationwide, it would go even further in eroding and eliminating basic security protocols that states have in place. The bill would interfere with the ability of states and their citizens to determine the qualifications and eligibility of voters, to ensure the accuracy of voter registration rolls, to secure the fairness and integrity of elections, to participate and speak freely in the political process, and to determine the district boundary lines for electing their representatives.

This is a naked power grab by the federal government to change the very structure of our Republic. Aside from the obvious problems inherent with tasking the federal government to micromanage a nationwide anything, it puts all the eggs of our electoral system in one basket, making widespread fraud not only easier to pull off but inevitable. It’s the worst bill to come out of DC in a very long time, and that is saying a hell of a lot.

Let’s examine all the specifics of what H.R. 1 seeks to accomplish.

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The Devil in the Details

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H.R. 1 would:

  • Seize the authority of states to regulate voter registration and the voting process by forcing states to implement early voting, automatic voter registration, same-day registration, online voter registration, and no-fault absentee balloting. One needn’t a political science degree to understand how all of these changes would make our system ripe for fraud. Do you trust any government, much less the federal government, to properly vet “same-day voters”? Imagine the chaos that would ensue at voting precincts when election workers have no idea exactly how many people to expect on voting day. It simply doesn’t allow for proper vetting, and that’s by design. The mandating of no-fault absentee ballots is no accident either, as they are the tool of choice for vote thieves. It would ban witness signature or notarization requirements for absentee ballots, force states to accept absentee ballots received up to 10 days after Election Day as long as they are postmarked by Election Day and require states to allow vote harvesting so that any third parties—including campaign staffers and political consultants—can pick up and deliver absentee ballots. No conflict of interest there, right? Imagine campaign workers delivering piles of absentee ballots without needing to prove their validity. This is a big flashing sign inviting corrupt party operatives to use lax security protocols to their own advantage. The fact that this would even be considered is an insult to the American public.

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  • Mandate 15 days of early voting, which would harm get-out-the-vote efforts and raise the cost of campaigns. Also, early voters don’t have the same information as those who vote on Election Day, missing late-breaking developments that could affect their choices. And boy, wouldn’t our media love to have rules in place that capitalized on their intentional hiding of information that would harm Democrat candidates. Studies have shown that Facebook’s censoring of Biden’s scandals alone made a significant difference among swing voters. The more votes that can be banked early in the process, the less chance of harmful information slipping through the cracks of mainstream media. Given the egregious bias of the legacy media, this obviously favors Democrats.

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  • Turn registration lists into a complete mess, allowing for rampant fraud. All individuals (note the term “individuals” as opposed to “citizens”) from state and federal databases, such as state Departments of Motor Vehicles, corrections and welfare offices, and federal agencies such as the Social Security Administration, the Department of Labor, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the Department of Health and Human Services would provide comprise a new federal voting database. This would allow for the registration of a large numbers of ineligible voters, including illegal aliens, and cause multiple or duplicate registrations of the same individuals and put federal agencies in charge of determining a person’s domicile for voting purposes (as well as that individual’s taxing state).

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  • Allow for massive voter registration fraud by hackers and cyber criminals through online voter registration. Online registration would not be tied to an existing state record, e.g. a driver’s license. It would make it a criminal offense for a state official to reject a voter registration application even when it is rejected “under color of law” because the official believes the individual is ineligible to vote. It would also require states to allow 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds to register; when combined with a ban on voter ID and restrictions on the ability to challenge the eligibility of a voter, this would effectively ensure that underage individuals could vote with impunity. Again, just another way of weakening the electoral system.

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  • Require states to count ballots cast by voters outside of their assigned precincts, overriding the precinct system used by almost all states that allows election officials to monitor votes, staff polling places, provide enough ballots, and prevent election fraud. Another measure to weaken the detection of election fraud. Are you detecting a pattern yet?

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  • Prevent election officials from checking the eligibility and qualifications of voters and removing ineligible voters. This includes restrictions on using the U.S. Postal Service’s national change-of-address system to verify the address of registered voters; participating in state programs that compare voter registration lists to detect individuals registered in multiple states; or ever removing registrants due to a failure to vote no matter how much time has elapsed. It also would substantially limit the public release of voter registration information, making it almost impossible for nonpartisan organizations to verify the accuracy of registration rolls, and prohibit states from using undeliverable election mail as a basis for challenging a registrant’s eligibility. This is as close as one to get to legalizing voter fraud without explicitly saying the words.

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  • Ban state voter ID laws by forcing states to allow individuals to vote without an ID and merely signing a statement in which they claim they are who they say they are. It’s no secret that the powers that be hate voter ID laws (primarily because they’re effective). It’s no surprise that the federal government would attempt to do away with them altogether.

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  • Clamp down on voter intimidation and/or coercion. Sounds like a noble aim, right? No one should be intimidated when attempting to vote. But here’s the kicker — preventing someone from registering or voting is already a federal crime under the Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act. H.R. 1 adds a provision criminalizing “hindering, interfering, or preventing” anyone from registering or voting, and is written in such a vague and broad way that it could prevent any shady voter from having to provide information to election officials to determine eligibility. This is another measure clearly aimed at allowing illegal immigrants to vote.

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  • Require states to restore the ability of felons to vote the moment they are out of prison regardless of uncompleted parole, probation, or restitution requirements. This is blatantly unconstitutional. Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment gives states the constitutional authority to decide when felons who committed crimes against their fellow citizens may vote again. Congress can’t simply override a constitutional amendment with a federal statute. One would think that those drafting this legislation would be aware of this, but something tells me they simply don’t care.

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  • Officially turn the Internal Revenue Service into a partisan agency. Partisanship within the IRS certainly would be nothing new. Perhaps you remember the Lois Lerner scandal from the Obama years, just to give one example. But it’s never actually been written into law. That’s real chutzpah. H.R. 1 would permit the IRS to investigate and consider the political and policy positions of nonprofit organizations before granting tax-exempt status, thus enabling IRS officials to target organizations engaging in First Amendment activity with disfavored views. Were this legislation to pass, the Lois Lerner scandal would not have been a scandal at all, just another day at the office.

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  • Limit access to federal courts for anyone challenging H.R. 1. The bill would prohibit the filing of any lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of H.R. 1 anywhere except in the District Court for the District of Columbia and would allow the court to order all plaintiffs and intervenors, regardless of their number (such as all 50 states), “to file joint papers or to be represented by a single attorney at oral argument,” severely limiting the legal representation and due process rights of challengers. H.R. 1 is so blatantly unconstitutional that those who drafted included a clause to make it extremely hard to overturn in court, which is unconstitutional in itself.

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Big Picture

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As horrific and un-American as this bill is, I could have made the list even longer. H.R. 1 also eliminates the ability of residents of specific states to make their own decisions about what rules should govern their state government officials, seizes the power from states to draw the lines for their own congressional districts, and attacks judicial independence on any ruling that the government deems “harmful to democratic institutions” as a final Orwellian insult.

Were this bill to pass, America as it was founded will be completely over. And no, that is not hyperbole. Confidence in our electoral system is already hanging by a thread for many and completely vanquished for many others. The overt power grab by the federal government would ensure that at least half the country had no confidence in our system at all, and they would have every reason to feel that way. At that point, when 150 to 200 million Americans view our government as illegitimate, violence becomes the only recourse for those who don’t wish to discard the greatest republic in the history of the world. Congressional Democrats are not only playing with fire; they’re attempting to implement tyranny and daring anyone to do anything about it. It’s a simple fact that some will take them up on that dare. It’s also a simple fact that our Founders would want them to do just that.

Now for the good news. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has come out publicly against not only this bill, but the elimination of the filibuster that would give it a chance to succeed. In a 50-50 Senate, Democrats can’t afford to lose his vote, as they would not be able to pass H.R. 1 even via procedural sorcery. Manchin recently released the following statement:

“It has been said by much wiser people than me that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Well, what I’ve seen during my time in Washington is that every party in power will always want to exercise absolute power, absolutely. Our founders were wise to see the temptation of absolute power and built in specific checks and balances to force compromise that serves to preserve our fragile democracy. The Senate, its processes and rules, have evolved over time to make absolute power difficult while still delivering solutions to the issues facing our country and I believe that’s the Senate’s best quality.”

If Sen. Manchin stands his ground in the face of the withering pressure currently being applied by his own party, his words will go down in history as those of a statesman who preserved our nation at a time when it truly hung in the balance. His sentiments seem sincere and he has shown the willingness to buck his own side in the past, so there is reason to be hopeful.

Manchin went on to say:

“Today’s debate about how to best protect our right to vote and to hold elections, however, is not about finding common ground, but seeking partisan advantage. Partisan policymaking won’t instill confidence in our democracy — it will destroy it.”

He is absolutely correct and admittedly much more succinct than I. The only question is, will he maintain the courage of his convictions, or betray his country for whatever is offered by the Swamp? I want to believe, Sen. Manchin. I need to believe. And this country needs you to stand your ground, lest it become a battlefield.

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