Electoralism/Democratism

A Study in Unflattering Contrasts

By Paul Gottfried, American Greatness

Chuck Schumer’s chutzpah in doing anything to maintain and expand his party’s power stands in depressing contrast to the go-along attitude shown by Republican congressional leaders.

There is something almost breathtaking about the way Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) seizes every opportunity to push through the Senate bills that would leave his party in a position of total dominance while hollowing out what remains of our constitutional republic.

Schumer has gone from commemorating the hyped-up “insurrection” on January 6, 2021, to demanding that the Senate abolish the filibuster to give us a “more perfect democracy.” Then, in a letter to his party, he insisted that they finish their work on the filibuster by Martin Luther King Day. This would be a preliminary step to passing H.R. 1 with the assistance of Vice President Kamala Harris. Once that is done, Democrats won’t have to worry anymore about illegally harvested ballots or ineligible voters who can’t prove their identity. Passing HR1 will allow, or so we are told, hitherto suppressed minority voters to have their votes counted for the first time.

It makes no difference whether these appeals to minority resentment and these efforts at carrying out a real coup d’état are based on hard evidence. This rabble-rousing may work in a year when Schumer’s party is playing with a weak hand. Even if the Senate majority leader doesn’t manage to subvert our constitutional system, he has constructed electorally usable issues. The Republicans and a few uncooperative Democrats, he alleges, are engaging in racist tactics to keep poor blacks from voting; and impeding democratic control of  Senate by holding on to obstructionist tools once employed by Southern segregationists. Yes, I know this is utter nonsense, that Schumer and other Senate Democrats defended the filibuster when they were in the minority, and that there is absolutely no evidence of voter suppression in any state.

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