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Politics Biden Voting Rights Demagoguery Made More Sinister by Domestic Terror Plan | Opinion

14:42  16 july  2021
14:42  16 july  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

America’s Best Strategy for Protecting Voting Rights Is Dead

  America’s Best Strategy for Protecting Voting Rights Is Dead The conservative majority’s opinion has declared that voter fraud, not racial discrimination, is a threat to the American system of representation. Of course, the majority rejects that characterization. Without feeling or effect, the majority notes that Section 2 “provides vital protection against discriminatory voting rules and no one suggests that discrimination in voting has been extirpated or that the threat has been eliminated.” This is a standard line in the Court’s VRA cases.But that line is meaningless.

President Joe Biden's recent remarks on "protecting the sacred, constitutional right to vote" advocated for nothing of the sort. Biden, at his demagogic worst, in fact maligned those who would ensure the sanctity of the vote by passing laws undoing the election security-threatening, confidence-sapping, legitimacy-imperiling practices enacted during the COVID-stricken 2020 election season.

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about voting rights at the National Constitution Center on July 13, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. © Drew Angerer/Getty Images U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about voting rights at the National Constitution Center on July 13, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Biden's disturbing rhetoric might be chalked up to politics, but when considered in the broader context of the Biden administration's unprecedented and recently revealed "National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism" document, which links questions about election integrity to terrorism, it takes on an even more sinister edge.

Amid growing frustration, White House pushes voting rights

  Amid growing frustration, White House pushes voting rights WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday unveiled new efforts to help protect voting rights as complaints have grown louder from civil rights activists and other Democrats that the White House has not done enough to fight attempts by several Republican-led state legislatures to restrict access to the ballot. President Joe Biden met with civil rights leaders in the West Wing, while Vice President Kamala Harris announced $25 million in new spending by the Democratic National Committee to support efforts to protect voting access ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

Biden describes the election reforms now being considered in some Republican-controlled state legislatures, most of which aim to restore some semblance of normalcy with respect to absentee and mail-in voting, as a "21st-century Jim Crow assault" and "the most dangerous threat to voting and integrity of free and fair elections in our history."

"To me, this is simple," says Biden, "This is election subversion...an assault on democracy, an assault on liberty." The president goes still further: "We're are [sic] facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War. That's not hyperbole. Since the Civil War. The Confederates back then never breached the Capitol as insurrectionists did on January the 6th."

Some question President Biden's acuity, but if nothing else, the mental gymnastics and imagination of his handlers here is impressive. By the Biden standard, every election predating November 3, 2020 necessarily constituted an attack on the republic.

Civil rights leaders find meeting with WH 'encouraging' amidst voting rights battle

  Civil rights leaders find meeting with WH 'encouraging' amidst voting rights battle President Biden met with civil rights leaders for almost two hours on Thursday as part of a broader effort by his administration to focus on voting rights, a key part of his agenda that has struggled to overcome the roadblock that is the evenly split Senate. The civil rights leaders emerged from the meeting, which included discussions on voting rights legislation and police reform. describing the U.S. as in a state of emergency. They citedThe civil rights leaders emerged from the meeting, which included discussions on voting rights legislation and police reform. describing the U.S. as in a state of emergency.

The fact of the matter is that voting in-person, on a single election day and with photo identification, is the most legitimate way to pick our leaders. The further away we move from this system, the greater the opportunity for fraud and corruption, the greater our inability to detect it and the less confidence Americans will have in the system at large. It is this deeply destabilizing issue that many state legislatures are now acting upon—and at times, as in the Georgia law that Biden disingenuously calls "vicious," in relatively weak fashion.

Biden's remarks came amidst his Justice Department's embarrassing effort to sue Georgia over that very law—one softer in some respects than that of his native Delaware—just as allegations mount in the Peach State of material illegal voting and other fraud in the 2020 election.

Biden's Justice Department is similarly challenging Arizona's Maricopa County audit on—sticking with the Jim Crow theme—civil rights grounds.

This should be the only priority for Democrats (Opinion)

  This should be the only priority for Democrats (Opinion) Dean Obeidallah writes that Democrats must focus on one priority: saving democracy. With voting rights on the line in states across the country, no more important task is at hand for legislators and leaders.Democrats from President Joe Biden to the most junior member of Congress must immediately make saving America's democracy their only priority. That means everything from raising the issue nonstop in the media to publicly pressuring their colleagues in the Senate to reform the filibuster to allow a vote on voting rights legislation and even threatening to withhold federal infrastructure aid to states that enact laws that restrict voting access.

If one truly believed the 2020 election was 100 percent above-board, of course, he would be more than happy to let his perceived political adversaries humiliate themselves with such sure-to-be-fruitless efforts. He would also not feel the need to resort to such extreme rhetorical exaggeration.

Biden, in his remarks, also pointed toward a redoubled effort to push the so-called "For the People Act" through the Senate. This bill would enshrine the extraordinary, putatively COVID-driven voting measures that made the 2020 race the first mass mail-in election in U.S. history, as well as federalize elections to an unprecedented degree.

Some commentators have speculated that Biden's bombast was aimed at generating the pressure necessary to get more sober Democratic senators on board with a filibuster "carveout" to ram this revolutionary legislation through. Still others have suggested that this is political theater squarely aimed at appeasing the party's more radical progressives.

But there's a broader context to Biden vilifying half the country as not just bigots and "subverters," but outright enemies of the state.

In long-awaited speech, Biden to decry voting restrictions

  In long-awaited speech, Biden to decry voting restrictions WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will lay out the “moral case” for voting rights as he faces growing pressure from civil rights activists and other Democrats to combat efforts by Republican-led state legislatures to restrict access to the ballot. Biden has declared that protecting voting rights was the central cause of his presidency, but the White House has taken sharp criticism from allies for not doing more while contending with political headwinds and stubborn Senate math that have greatly restricted its ability to act.

When Biden invokes Jim Crow and equates January 6 with the Civil War, one should not assume these are just throwaway lines, aimed at trolling the roughly half of the country that voted for President Trump.

The Biden administration's chilling "National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism" says that "racism and bigotry...perpetuate the domestic terror threat," that "racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists...present the most lethal DVE [domestic violent extremism] threat" and that "narratives of fraud in the recent general election...will almost certainly spur some DVEs [domestic violent extremists] to try to engage in violence this year."

If one can draw a straight line from supporting voting integrity to racism and violent extremism/terrorism, and if the Biden administration is comparing voting integrity supporters to Confederates, shouldn't the American people be concerned?

It is also worth noting that FBI Director Christopher Wray has declared the Capitol Riot to be an act of domestic terrorism. Accordingly, the Department of Justice National Security Division's Counterterrorism Section is prosecuting some of the relevant cases stemming from January 6.

Meanwhile, as American Greatness' Julie Kelly notes, "Nearly every charging document filed by Joe Biden's Justice Department in the Capitol breach probe mentions the defendant's belief about the 2020 presidential election as evidence of wrongdoing." Judges have concurred with prosecutors, in some instances, in denying defendants bail based on the idea that their views on the 2020 election make them a public danger.

Biden to make much-anticipated voting rights speech Tuesday in Philadelphia

  Biden to make much-anticipated voting rights speech Tuesday in Philadelphia "He will make the moral case to the American people on why the right to vote is fundamental to who we are as a nation," Psaki said. Previewing his remarks on Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Biden would directly call out lies from former President Donald Trump and other Republicans about the integrity of the 2020 presidential election, and “decry efforts to strip the right to vote as authoritarian and anti-American.

One need not read closely between the lines to see what is really going on here: The Biden administration is redefining dissent to its agenda—the ruling class' agenda—as violent extremism that poses a threat to the homeland. The administration is pledging to pursue that threat with this first-of-its-kind, whole-of-society domestic terror policy.

President Biden's words, ironically delivered at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, therefore ought not to be dismissed as mere pablum or propaganda.

They ought to be taken very, very seriously. Judging by the apparent political persecution at hand in the treatment of some Capitol Rioters—seemingly the archetype of the Biden administration's broader domestic terror strategy—this is exactly the message his administration seeks to deliver.

Ben Weingarten is a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, fellow at the Claremont Institute and senior contributor to The Federalist. He is the author of American Ingrate: Ilhan Omar and the Progressive-Islamist Takeover of the Democratic Party (Bombardier, 2020). Ben is the founder and CEO of ChangeUp Media LLC, a media consulting and production company. Subscribe to his newsletter at bit.ly/bhwnews, and follow him on Twitter: @bhweingarten.

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.

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Heirs to late civil rights icon John Lewis' vow to make 'good trouble' in fight over election laws .
A year after Rep. John Lewis' death a cadre of activists carry the late civil rights icon's legacy amid the most divisive voting rights debate in decades.Both made the pilgrimage to the southern city after four Black college students sparked a massive youth civil rights movement in 1960 by daring to sit at a Woolworth's lunch counter and politely ask for service.

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