When Democrats tell you what they plan to do when they get power it’s always a good idea to take them at their word.
And last week alleged President Joe Biden said he is going to renew his lobbying campaign to pass legislation designed to crush any present or future political opposition to the new authoritarian Democrats’ Far Left agenda.
Rolling Stone reported that as the Senate returns to work this upcoming week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer intends to call a vote on the For the People Act, a bill designed to institutionalize the fraudulent practices Democrats rolled out in the 2020 presidential election. But to get the bill to Biden’s desk, Senate Democrats will almost certainly need to change the filibuster, the procedural tactic used by the minority party to block many types of legislation.
According to three people briefed on the White House’s position and its recent communications with outside groups, Rolling Stone reported Biden assured Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he was ready to push for filibuster reform. Biden’s pressure would aim to help Schumer convince moderate Democrats to support a carveout to the filibuster, a must for the party if it’s going to pass any bill without Republican votes. According to a source briefed on the White House’s position, Biden told Schumer: “Chuck, you tell me when you need me to start making phone calls.”
Rolling Stone reported the two “centrist” Democrats who have stated their opposition to changing or abolishing the filibuster, Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona have not indicated any change in position. Activist groups and fellow Democratic senators say Manchin and Sinema are the likely 49th and 50th votes both on any voting-rights legislation and especially any filibuster reforms. Sources say both senators are likely targets for when Biden launches his final push to pass a compromise version of the For the People Act.
In an Oval Office meeting, the Rolling Stone source says, Biden made a pledge: If Pelosi and Schumer tried every option they had to pass the For the People Act with Republican votes and got nowhere, Biden would get involved himself and lobby the handful of moderate Democrats to convince them to weaken the filibuster so that the For the People Act could pass without any Republican votes.
Since then, the tenor has shifted in the White House in the last month, multiple sources tell Rolling Stone. The White House has devoted more staff to the issue. More importantly, it has given assurances to outside supporters that Biden now plans to push to end the filibuster if necessary.
What’s going on here is obvious – but needs to be said – after the disastrous beginning of the Biden administration, and their 2020 losses in the House, Democrats are trying to put themselves beyond the reach of the electorate.
Democrats are looking at the same polls and the same redistricting maps we are looking at and seeing no way they can retain their House majority under the present rules – so true to form, they are going to destroy what is left of our federal constitutional system to retain and consolidate their power.
Back in June Senator Manchin wrote, “I believe that partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy, and for that reason, I will vote against the For the People Act.”
“Furthermore, I will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster,” he wrote. That rule allows the minority party to block most legislation by requiring 60 votes to allow debate to go forward. Manchin has said repeatedly he wouldn’t support ending it.
This is great, and we hope Senator Manchin can withstand the pressure he’s going to get from Biden and the Far Left of the new Democratic Party, but there are other bills that are just as bad – maybe in some cases even worse than H.R.1/S.1, among them is the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act.
As Leftwing elections law expert Ed Kilgore argued in an article for New York Magazine:
…the president and congressional Democrats should consider making a strategic shift to less controversial voting-rights measures, particularly the John Lewis Voting Rights Enhancement Act, another bill that passed the House in the last Congress. And now, such advice is being advanced via the much more morally compelling voices of the Congressional Black Caucus, Politico reports. As CBC member Anthony Brown of Maryland told reporters, the more focused legislation “would provide a real good opportunity for a handful of Democratic senators who want to hold onto the filibuster [to say] ‘Yes, we can do it on this John Lewis Voting Rights [Act].’” There’s also sentiment in the CBC that a decent number of Republicans might be brought onboard, thanks to widespread GOP support for the original VRA, expressed most recently when Congress enacted, and George W. Bush signed, an extension of the law in 2006.
The John Lewis Act would restore the Justice Department “preclearance” regime the Supreme Court struck down in 2013 in Shelby County v. Holder and extend it to all 50 states.
This means that every local decision from the locations of precinct voting stations, to city annexation ordinances would have to be cleared through the now radical Democrat controlled federal Department of Justice.
Mr. Kilgore explained that the Democrats’ target date for the House version of the John Lewis bill is June 30, so that they can get it passed and on the books in order to affect the 2022 congressional elections.
As Mr. Kilgore explained:
Proponents want to get a restored VRA in place before states that might be subject to the pre-clearance requirements finish up the decennial redistricting process and create congressional and state legislative maps intended to stay in place until 2032. These are precisely the kind of decisions the Justice Department used to scrutinize under the pre–Shelby County VRA.
The person who would be in charge of the pre-clearance process is Far Left radical Democrat Kristen Clarke, who was recently confirmed as Assistant Attorney General (AAG) for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
Who is Kristen Clarke? As Jonathan S. Tobin pointed out in an article for the New York Post:
While a Harvard undergrad, Clarke argued in the student newspaper that blacks had greater “mental, physical and spiritual abilities” than whites because of the amount of melanin in their skin, a racist theory advocated by race-baiters like Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.
As president of the Harvard Black Students Association, she invited author Tony Martin to speak on campus, despite his rabid anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. She then defended him as a “black intellectual who bases his information” — i.e., his anti-Semitic slurs — “on indisputable fact.”
Clarke was also credibly shown to have given false testimony on numerous occasions, especially about her associations with Far Left anti-white, anti-Semitic and ant-police radicals, but Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine voted to confirm her anyway.
And now she will be in charge of pre-clearance if the John Lewis Bill passes.
Having confirmed Kristen Clarke Republicans can’t put that evil genie back in the bottle, but they can make sure that she doesn’t get the power to pre-clear everything from the location of precinct voting stations to the shape of congressional and state legislative districts.
Last Congress Senator Lisa Murkowski was a co-sponsor of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, it is imperative conservatives go all out to prevent Republicans from getting suckered into some kind of “compromise” that will institutionalize the practices of the 2020 election or interfere with the orderly process of redistricting under the existing rules. Call the toll-free Capitol Switchboard (1-866-220-0044), tell your Senators and Representatives to oppose the For the People Act,the John Lewis Act and any other attempt by the Democrats to put themselves beyond the reach of the electorate.
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