Letter: Democrats don't like elections
Rachow writes, "The plain truth is that Democratic politicians don't really like elections, because they don't want to be held accountable to you, the voter, for their actions. It is much easier to govern within a one party, authoritarian system, with no checks and balances, and this bill hopes to accomplish that goal."
The recent push by the Democratic Party to enact a new voting rights bill has been downright frustrating to watch. If we actually had a mainstream media, who was interested in reporting the truth, they would be pushing back against the distortions that Democrats are using to support passage of this bill. After President Biden's shocking speech Tuesday in Georgia, describing anyone who disagrees with passage of the bill as racists, will the national press corps hold Biden to the same standards of decorum that they did with Donald Trump during his tenure? It would seem unlikely. Worse yet, does anyone even know about these events?
That is why you should not take the word of a liberal columnist, like Jim Shaw or Jack Zaleski, when they try to tell you that Fox News is the biggest problem with news reporting these days. Fox News, and other conservative media outlets, provide the needed context on a particular issue that the national mainstream media does not. The Fox News motto is: "We report. You decide." By contrast, the mainstream media's motto seems to be: "We decide what to report." But, you ask, what's the big deal about this bill?
The primary goal for Democrats is to eliminate their Republican competition in future elections. Through what tactics? Allowing nationwide ballot harvesting, expanding vote-by-mail, and broadening same-day registration, to name a few. In other words, they want more opportunities to cheat. Let that thought sink in for a moment. How would they accomplish this? They seek to impose a nationwide voting system that would supersede any state election laws they don't agree with.
So, why the big push now? Democrats are not liking the current trend among states in this country to strengthen their voter identification laws, like a picture ID requirement, in the quest to prevent voter fraud. Of course, Democrats just can't abide that prospect. The plain truth is that Democratic politicians don't really like elections, because they don't want to be held accountable to you, the voter, for their actions. It is much easier to govern within a one party, authoritarian system, with no checks and balances, and this bill hopes to accomplish that goal.
Now, if this is the first you're hearing about this interpretation of the voting rights bill Democrats are pushing, then you need to look into alternative news sources. Republicans have been beating the drum on this issue for over a year. The Forum's Rob Port even had an article about this recently. Are there still some of you out there who have not heard about this viewpoint? If you haven't, shame on you. Part of being a good citizen is the responsibility that you become a well informed voter.
If you have heard about this interpretation, but are OK with the bill because it would benefit Democrats, then you are to be despised. You are saying that you would prefer a dictatorship rather than living in a free society. And to that, I say: Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.
Mike Rachow lives in Fargo.
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