The People of Arizona Versus the Democratic Machine | Opinion

Early this month, Democrats pushed through President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion pork-barrel COVID-19 bill with only Democratic support. Then, House Democrats passed H.R. 1, the so-called For the People Act, in a nearly party-line 220-210 vote.

There is a reason you are seeing all these highly partisan votes. It is because the Democratic Party is not operating as individuals representing distinct districts of Americans. The Democratic Party is operating as a machine—a machine designed to impose a single agenda nationwide.

In vote after vote, we are watching Democrats, many of whom represent politically mixed, diverse districts and states, falling in line to vote for whatever Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tell them to—with no regard for what the people they represent back home want. No Democratic senator or House member seems to care or question what is in these bills. They are simply doing what they are told.

Soon, the U.S. Senate will vote on H.R. 1. Among other things, this bill will nationalize federal elections, overriding state election laws across the country. This includes circumventing some states' voter ID laws intended to protect the integrity of elections. It will also prohibit requiring identification, notarization or witnesses for absentee ballots. As I have been saying for weeks, it should be called the "For the Corrupt Politicians Act."

The bill also moves to politicize the Federal Election Commission—the bipartisan entity that regulates federal campaign funding. Currently, the commission has six members—three Republicans and three Democrats. The legislation would change the membership to five, so that whichever party was currently in power could control the body charged with enforcing election law. How is this in the spirit of making elections fair and just?

These measures are just crazy—and deeply unpopular with Americans.

Increasingly, we are going to see Democratic members of the House and the Senate having to decide whether to vote for the people they represent or for the Harris-Biden-Pelosi-Schumer Democratic machine.

Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) listens as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill on December 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. A group of 120 Democrats have urged the leadership to repeal a Trump era tax cut that benefits millionaires. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Just consider the decisions Democratic Sens. Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona will have to make when H.R. 1 comes to the Senate for a vote.

First, according to recent surveys about H.R. 1 by McLaughlin & Associates, only 32 percent of Arizonans are even aware that this federal election takeover bill exists. An overwhelming 66 percent of Arizonans say Congress should not pass federal election laws to override their state's election laws.

Even more Arizonans (70 percent) reject the idea that the federal government should override Arizona's voter ID laws. While H.R. 1 does not universally abolish voter ID laws, it could open the door to doing so. According to the survey, 69 percent of Arizonans believe voters should show photo ID to cast ballots—either in person or by mail.

As to the restructuring of the FEC, 77 percent of Arizonans oppose the effort to make it a partisan body. The same percentage of Arizonans reject the idea of a "New York City-style" campaign finance system that funnels taxpayer dollars to political candidates.

Arizona is just one example. McLaughlin has also done surveys for West Virginia and Montana on H.R. 1.

The American system was designed to resist and break political machines like the one Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Pelosi and Schumer are building. This system will be tested when H.R. 1 comes to the Senate.

Democrats across the country are going to have to decide whether they will vote with their people or with the Democratic machine.

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