By Washington Examiner
Before 2020, drive-thru voting was virtually non-existent in the United States. But now that the state of Texas has banned the practice after it was used by some localities in the 2020 election, suddenly our democracy cannot survive without it.
“We’re facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War,” said President Joe Biden of Republican efforts to enact voting laws in states they control. “That’s not hyperbole, since the Civil War.”
If we are to take Biden seriously, if our nation really is facing its biggest threat since the Civil War, then why didn’t Biden ask Senate Democrats to end the filibuster? With the filibuster gone, Democrats could pass their “For the People Act,” which would federalize U.S. elections and prevent states and localities from enacting common-sense voting regulations like voter ID requirements.
If the stakes are really so high, why not make this speech back in June, before the Senate voted to reject the Democrats’ voting legislation?
Biden actually told us the answer earlier in his speech. When he said, “This isn’t about Democrats and Republicans,” that was politician-speak for, “Yes, this is entirely about Democrats and Republicans — I’m making a partisan power grab.”
Sorry, Mr. President, but American democracy is nowhere near the brink of collapse. It hasn’t gotten any closer just because some Republican states want to return to the election laws they had before the COVID-19 pandemic.
What is actually happening is that liberal activists know their divisive agenda is highly unpopular. Therefore, they are likely to lose seats in the House and Senate in the 2022 midterm elections.
Don’t take our word for it. Just ask House Majority Whip James Clyburn, who recently admitted, “We screw up this voting thing and [Raphael] Warnock ain’t going to be in the Senate and we ain’t going to win nothing in North Carolina and we won’t have a chance down in Florida.”
Democrats want to take the tools they have used to dominate politics in California — tools like ballot harvesting, where paid operatives target vulnerable populations to manipulate and then collect their votes — and mandate them nationwide.
By banning voter identification requirements, making it harder for localities to maintain clean voting lists, and legalizing ballot harvesting, liberals hope they can rig the rules, guaranteeing a generation of control of the White House, House, and Senate.
Republican states have every right to manage their own elections and return to the election systems they had before COVID-19. Returning to the voting rules we had in 2018 is not a return to Jim Crow.
Biden’s invocation of the Civil War is the lowest form of partisan hyperbole. If he really believed Republicans were bringing back slavery or Jim Crow, he would have done more. His own unwillingness to end the filibuster, so as to avoid a catastrophe, proves he doesn’t believe his own silly rhetoric.
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