“Don’t let them immanentize the eschaton!” – William F. Buckley, 1966
It has been said, and truly, that whatever the Left accuses the Right of doing is what the Left is already doing, or planning to do in the immediate future. In today’s political battlespace, that has a particularly large force.
Have a few links:
- Democrats are frantic to federalize election rules.
- Jay Inslee wants to ban “lying” about elections.
- Inslee also wants to incarcerate the unvaccinated.
Washington state, where Jay Inslee is governor, appears to be the “test case” for whether the Democrats have a Chinaman’s chance to achieve their dream: permanent, unlimited electoral fraud that would keep them in power indefinitely. Jonathan Tobin’s article addresses the subject in a national context, with special mention of the two Senate Democrats standing in the way: Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema.
Democrats are pivoting in the new year to a renewed effort to pass something that is likely even dearer to the hearts of their left-wing base: changing voting laws to make it easier for Democrats to win elections. They are tying the “nuclear option” on the filibuster and passage of voting bills to their attempt to turn the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot into a festival aimed at demonizing all Republicans as “insurrectionist” traitors who present a threat to democracy.
With their cheering section in the corporate media treating “Insurrection Day” observances as if it were a new national holiday and more important than 9/11, they’ve created more leverage that could shift their two holdouts. If it does, that would allow Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote to transform the electoral landscape in a manner that will end federalism for all intents and purposes and give federal bureaucrats unprecedented power to help Democrats win elections.
The crucial point here is that, unlike “Build Back Better,” Manchin and Sinema have already endorsed both the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the even more far-reaching “Freedom to Vote Act.” So this will be a far sterner test of their principled opposition to a move that would essentially seek to make the Senate, like the House of Representatives, a purely majoritarian institution.
Add to Tobin’s observations the demise of the U.S. Senator as a representative of his state, its government, and its interests. With the emergence of the Senatorial carpetbagger (e.g. Hillary Clinton in 2008; Mitt Romney in 2016), the linkage between the Senator and the state he “represents” has vanished. All that matters is that the state offers a good prospect of electing the candidate. After he’s securely in office, his interest in the state’s particular concerns is minimal at best. Thus proceeds the federal government’s steady usurpation of powers previously reserved to the states, as is emphasized by the Tenth Amendment.
But the Left is panicking about the suggestion, penetrating among ordinary Americans, that the 2020 presidential election and probably several Senate seats were polluted by electoral fraud. They don’t want that notion going around. For one thing, there’s been a steady accumulation of evidence for it in several “swing” states. For another, no one in his right mind can believe that Joe Biden, an ambulatory puppet whose mental condition resembles a rutabaga, got 81 million votes when he didn’t even campaign. And for a third, the most popular political figure in the United States at this time is the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.
That third part really terrifies the Democrats:
Concerning the third link in the earlier list, there’s a strong correlation between conservative sentiments and a refusal to be vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus. If those persons could be…subtracted from the electoral contest, it would heavily disadvantage Republican candidates in 2022 and 2024. Besides, the unvaccinated are a “control group” for the efficacy and side effects of the vaccines, and we’re making the vaccines look bad! So the Left has two strong reasons to pen us up and shut us up.
Somehow I doubt that the Gentle Readers of Liberty’s Torch, a well-above-average intelligence group, need a deeper explication de texte of these matters. Let it suffice to say that while it’s the Democrats who are prattling about the Republicans “destroying our democracy,” it’s the Democrats who are actually scheming to do so. So why not do something pleasant with the rest of your Sunday? Read a nice romance, for example?
That’s it for the political / current events crap. Now I must turn to a pressing practical problem: how to get eight ounces of holy water into a four-ounce bottle. Pray for me!