Voting Rights Really Are Under Attack
Democrats will tell you that voting rights are under attack. They’re not wrong.
You see, one of the benefits of citizenship in the United States is having the ability to vote for various leaders. Between state, local, and federal governments, there are a lot of elected offices that people vote for.
However, we limit it to those who call the United States home because they’re the ones who have a stake.
A citizen of another country can always return to that country. In many cases, that’s the intention. Others aren’t here legally in the first place, so while they may be intending to stay, their priorities won’t be the same as the taxpayer.
After all, that’s something illegal tends to avoid that citizens actually do.
Now, though, NYC is going to let them vote.
Despite misgivings, New York City’s new mayor, Eric Adams, has rolled over for the city council and allowed more than 800,000 noncitizen residents to vote in future elections for mayor and all other city officials.
Starting in 2023, the city will have to print separate ballots for city races, since noncitizens will still be barred from voting in statewide and presidential elections. But make no mistake. The new New York law is part of a nationwide push to blur the very meaning of citizenship and promote noncitizen voting everywhere and for all offices.
There are few limits on how far the “woke” Left will go to change the rules of voting. In 2019, a majority of House Democrats voted to lower the federal voting age to 16 years, from 18. This week, Senate Democrats will try to ram through a bill that would nationalize elections by taking away the right of states to determine their own voting systems. Liberals will use any hysterical argument to justify this power grab: Representative Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.) even told MSNBC last week that if Republicans win November’s midterm elections, “voting in this country as we know it will be gone.”
New York City’s law was promoted by former councilman Ydanis Rodríguez, who immigrated to the city from the Dominican Republic and is now the commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation. If noncitizens “pay their taxes as I did when I had a green card,” he says, “then they should have a right to elect their local leaders.” He notes that the new law will limit the right to vote to legal residents and green-card holders.
And, to be fair, this new law doesn’t permit illegals to vote.
However, Rodríguez is still wrong. Voting is a right, sure, but it is one explicitly set aside for citizens. To expand it out to include non-citizens is as radical an idea as one could care to name.
After all, what benefit is there then for becoming a citizen?
A lot of nationalized citizens actually hate this idea. They’re opposed to letting non-citizens practice a right that they had to earn through citizenship, even if it’s in a restricted form.
But the truth is, the left continues to want to expand who can vote, but it’s only in demographics they seem to believe they have the edge with.
Why this push?
The answer is that they don’t think they can win elections without it.
So the reason I say voting rights are under attack, it’s the truth. It’s just not who the media claims represent the threat to them that’s conducting the attack.
Democrats are trying to expand the list of people who can vote in such a way as to try and shape American politics and shift it leftward. Their belief is that even if they don’t keep winning elections, it’ll be because the GOP had to shift leftward so as to not alienate all these new voters.
It’s why the media and leftist politicians have been trying to frame opposition to illegal immigration as opposition to all immigration. They want immigrants with their green cards to think Republicans have a problem with them so they’ll return the favor.
It’s also why they raised a foul-mouthed but otherwise unremarkable kid like David Hogg to celebrity status. They want young people to identify with him and his politics.
Of course, they have to push through all they can, or else they won’t have a shot in hell during the 2022 midterm elections when they’re probably going to take a beating. Granted, Democrats never think they’ll lose, but on some level, they have to know something is coming.
And that knowledge might be why they’re pushing so hard now.
Regardless, what they’re doing is an absolute assault on voting rights. Republicans simply want to make it harder for illegal ballots to be counted. It seems at least some illegal ballots made it through in Georgia in 2020. I suspect there are a lot more stories than that, too.
What Republican-backed laws don’t do is tell anyone they can’t vote, nor does it try to dilute the vote of anyone else. There’s no effort to keep anyone from voting, either, though it gets framed that way by a hostile media.
Frankly, with the new rules set to take off, if you can’t figure out how to get to a place to vote during the appointed days, that’s on you. It was like that prior to COVID and it’s not any different.
Me? I make it a point to vote on election day. From seven in the morning to seven at night, there’s a 12-hour window to make it to the polls. If you can’t make it, there’s early voting. If you can’t figure out how to make that work, you’ve got a problem.
There is still absentee voting, of course, and it’s the only option for a lot of people, though it won’t be quite so easy to get a ballot. It won’t be impossible, though, despite what you may have heard in the media.
Whether this is warranted or not is a completely different discussion. What matters is that people who are eligible to vote still can.
Democrats, however, are pushing to include everyone currently ineligible so as to dilute the voting pool. They want your vote to count for less so that the people they try to coddle can keep voting for them.
This isn’t about voting rights, it’s about staying in power for as long as possible.
And, unfortunately, too many folks are too stupid to see it for what it is, a naked power grab.