The Democrat reaction to widespread Republican concerns about the fairness and honesty of the 2020 election and more importantly, Republican states making it harder to cheat, was to push H.R. 1.
H.R.1 is a bill that would federalize elections, make it easier to cheat, and generally slant the field in favor of Democrats.
Not a single Republican voted for the bill in the House and not a single one would have voted for it in the Senate. It’s currently deadlocked in the rules committee 9-9. The bill was on track to die in the Senate after Democrats failed to get 60 votes. However, it’s not going to even get that far because Democrat Senator Joe Manchin has decided to kill it, opting to support a different “voting rights” bill instead.
I believe Democrats and Republicans feel very strongly about protecting the ballot boxes allowing people to protect the right to vote making it accessible making it fair and making it secure and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, if we apply that to all 50 states and territories, it’s something that can be done — it should be done. It could be done bipartisan to start getting confidence back in our system.
The John Lewis Voting Rights Act is unlikely to get through the Senate either, so it was probably a bit of a dodge for Manchin to say he was going to support that bill.
That being said, Manchin deserves a little bit of credit for actually putting some teeth behind the idea of working on bipartisan legislation. Long-term, our country is not going to survive in a world where Democrats are trying to rewrite the rules to lock themselves in power. It’s also worth noting that a country where every legislative win comes at the expense of people on the other side is not a country with a bright future.
If people conclude that there are no benefits to cooperating with the other side, only pain, then eventually this country is going to split apart. No one person or even a handful of people can stop that from happening, but if a few people like Joe Manchin can buy us some more time, maybe we’ll be able to hold the country together over the long run. Maybe.
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