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HR-1 Guts Free Speech, Fair Elections, States’ Rights

H.R. 1The first piece of Democrat legislation – H.R. 1 – is ponderous, a stunning attempt to curtail Americans’ 1st Amendment rights, institutionalize potential election fraud, and clip states’ rights. Here is how.

Democrats want to redefine free speech and the electoral process, Constitution notwithstanding.  H.R. 1 would restrict, monitor, and intimidate political speech, including non-profits and conservative donors, while institutionalizing potential fraud by banning voter ID laws, forcing mail-in ballots, ballot harvesting, same-day and online registration, and one-party FEC (Federal Election Commission) control.

The bill is a breathtaking gambit, and Democrats hope to pass it before America wakes up.  The goal is to lock-in one-party control while they have it.  Can you imagine anything more anti-constitutional, anti-democratic, or anti-American? Yet a thoughtful reading of HR 1 is all the proof anyone should need – that enormous mischief is afoot, with terrible downstream effects for election transparency, electoral integrity, America’s two-party system, and public trust in the franchise, that is, the sanctity of our vote.

Title by title, this bill is a legal abomination, an end-run around the US Constitution and two centuries of caselaw.  While Americans are admittedly exhausted, frustrated with politics, many sad, mad, under the weather, and plain pooped – this is not the time to falter.  Key rights are trampled under this bill.  Few Americans realize, even now, this is happening – which is why free speech needs to be used.

Ironically, tracking 2020 election practices, talking about ethics and voter participation, Democrats are angling to force passage through the Senate in 2021, having already pushed passage through the House in 2020.  The outcome would be a shocking and fundamental change in how Americans speak and vote.

For starters, the bill would seek to make permanent – using federal preemption – many practices used in 2020 contested states, including mass mail-in ballots (no reason required), ballot harvesting (third-party collection and deposit of ballots), same-day voter registration (permitting last minute registration in multiple venues, no check on duplication, longer lines, higher costs), automatic registration on school and DMV records (triggering ineligible registrations), mandatory early voting (preempting many state constitutions and cycle completion), online registration (again fraught with fraud potential), criminalizing state actions that inhibit online registration, making election day a federal holiday (again preempting state practice), authorize 16-year-olds to register (with amendments to allow 16-year-olds to vote), restrict removal of suspect names by states (barring it entirely for any reason six months before election), give voting rights to felons (violating many state norms), and create a “task force” to push voting in remote locations.

The bill would saddle American taxpayers with “public campaign financing” (details TBD), force political action committees to disclose names of donors (in an age of threats, intimidation, doxing, cancelling, firings, and social media removal), force one-party control on the FEC (to stop “gridlock”), expressly seeks to overturn Supreme Court precedent defending free political speech, and requires new financial disclosure for presidential and vice-presidential candidates, and restrictions on inaugural committees.

Ominously, the bill pushes new (undetermined) ethics rules on the Supreme Court, creates statehood for DC – possibly Puerto Rico by amendment, and federalizes drawing congressional districts, ending (largely Republican) state control, and mandating districts get set with “no dilution of minorities’ electoral influence,” special focus on “communities of interest” – whatever these terms mean.

The FEC is then reduced to five members, creating a one-party advantage, and further directed to focus on digital options (i.e., Democrat measures associated with possible fraud), revealing political contributors (conflicting with constitutional law), and targeted enforcement (which would obviously disfavor the outnumbered party).

Not surprisingly, a wide swath of anti-conservative organizations support the effort, while virtually every civic organization tied to States’ rights, individual liberty, defense of Bill of Rights, and two-party parity oppose it.

The Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board, acutely focused on long term effects of partisanship, describe the bill as “designed to auto-enroll likely Democratic voters, enhance Democratic turnout, with no concern for ballot integrity.” Even the American Civil Liberties Union, a bastion of liberalism, argued it contains “provisions that unconstitutionally impinge on the free speech rights of American citizens and public interest organizations” including mandatory release of the names and addresses of donors to political organizations.

As these two diverse defenders of the Constitution point out, this bill is an overt attempt to game the electoral process for one party, by creating a one-party FEC, preempting and federalizing traditional States’ rights, intimidating voters, political organizations, and politically active contributors, implicitly threatening them with doxing, cancelling, embarrassment, and – in this moment – likely violence.

It is also an attempt to upend constitutional law relating to free speech and election procedure, creating a partisan, anti-democratic power grab, trying to force provisions on states and voters that would never pass muster at the Supreme Court, in most State courts, and for any rule of law conservatives.

In short, this amalgam of partisan prejudice is a constitutional abomination – a push to make permanent one-party rule, with no legitimate defense, no matter how you dress it up as reform.  It should be soundly rejected – while free speech and state control of elections still exists.

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Betzaida D Durkin
1 month ago

As a Venezuelan,and now a lawful citizen of this country I can see how our freedoms and our Constitution can be lost or changed to suit a totalitarian agenda if we remain SILENT.
LET’S WAKE UP BEFORE IS TOO LATE

Susan Wilhite
1 month ago

Thanks for this info!

CHARLOTTE MAHIN
1 month ago

Appalling and totally against our Constitution. The only media outlets alerting citizens to this horrible bill are the few Conservative institutions. My question is, why do I not hear more about our Republican representatives in Congress fighting “tooth and nail” to stop these evil Communists?? This is worse even than the “Covid” monstrosity the Communists have concocted. Only 9% of the money goes to Covid relief! We need an intervention to stop these monsters now!

Deborah Behm
1 month ago

This is what Nevada’s Representative, Susie Lee, sent me in reponse to me sending her the letter in your link…Pretty sure I won’t get anywhere from Nevada’s Representative.

Thank you for contacting me regarding your opposition to H.R. 1, the For the People Act. Hearing from my constituents is key to serving my district most effectively and ensuring that I can best represent you in Congress. I have taken note of your input and understand your support for a free, fair, and competitive electoral process. 
H.R. 1 was reintroduced by Rep. John Sarbanes (MD-3) on January 4th, 2021. If enacted, H.R. 1 would create sweeping pro-democratic, anti-corruption reforms, including curbing the influence of big money in politics and making it easier for every American to practice their fundamental right to vote. 
The For the People Act will strengthen and uphold America’s bedrock principle of one person, one vote. That is accomplished through ballot access for every American, campaign-finance transparency, and ending election corruption and fraud. Many provisions in the bill, such as encouraging automatic and same-day voter registration and prohibition of voter-roll purging, are steps that will better ensure every American is able to vote.  
Corruption and the undue influence of dark money in our politics are the reason many Americans feel that Congress no longer represents their needs. H.R. 1 will strengthen the Office of Government Ethics and slow the revolving door between Congress and the lobbying industry. For too long, Congress has favored special interests and wealthy corporations, while hard working Americans struggle to make their voices heard. The For the People Act would make candidates less reliant on big donations from those special interests, prioritizing grassroots campaigning. Ultimately, H.R. 1 will make our election system fairer and more ethical, putting electoral power back into the hands of voters. 
While we may not agree on the For the People Act, I hope we can agree that all Americans deserve sufficient access to our democracy. I appreciate you reaching out to me and sharing your views on this matter.

Virginia Coleman
1 month ago
Reply to  Deborah Behm

Wow, what a load of CRAP and they truly believe themselves. Voter registration is needed and must be purged annually to be accurate. One day to vote in person. No mail in ballots except the absentee ballots After they have been validated to be required. Let’s go back to how all races were counted. One day to count and winner selected maybe then the fraud would stop or at least we would be able to catch it in time.

DJ Fletcher
2 months ago

The First Amendment should be fought for!
This is Satanism!

koojoo
2 months ago

The lefties are so corrupt and this is one more way to get us. They are elitest, and care more about an open border, illegals coming in. No care for we, the legal American people. We sure had a good runaway with President Trump, and now down the tubes with the new Dictator in charge.

mike
2 months ago

The goal of socialism is communism. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

You americans will never accept communism, so we will spoon feed you a little bit of socialism a bit at a time and one fine day you will wake up in a communist nation. Nikita Krushchev

Why would we let them have ideas when we dont let them have guns?. Josef Stalin

They tell us what and who they are.
They tell us what their goals are.
why the hell dont we ever listen?

mike
2 months ago

HR-! Next step to total democrat rule forever. It started like this with the nazi’s in the 30’s and the left is resurrecting those same tactics. I for one dont mind being governed fairly and honestly. I however will not allow myself or my family to be ruled. Not now not ever!

Barbara Schikore
2 months ago

Have you all been involved with COS – convention of states? Looks like this is the only way we can overrule the Dems.

Joyce McReynolds
2 months ago

The Convention of States seems to be a joke. The last I heard we had 27 states signed on and then nothing in years has been accomplished and money was contributed toward this cause by people wanting to make a change to get rid of career politicians.

Last edited 2 months ago by Joyce McReynolds
Virginia Coleman
1 month ago

Career Politicians are our Major problem. If they had to leave after completing their term limits and go back to the life they had to be following all the rules and regulations they had inflicted on the people that they are now part of things would definitely be different. Make them Pay into Social Security that too would help it out. After all they have been dipping into it like it was their private piggy bank.

Ed J
2 months ago

Does anyone see any parallel between HR-1 and the early steps in the rise of Nazi Germany? HR-1 is only the first step on the ladder to socialism and eventually totalitarianism.

Joyce McReynolds
2 months ago
Reply to  Ed J

Yes, you know your history and the Democrats are using the Nazi playbook.

CHARLOTTE MAHIN
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed J

Of course. I was a world history student and am old enough to remember how our country fought to stop the spread in Communism. I grew in the wonderful years after WW2 and recall with nostalgia how most people loved the U.S. and were patriotic. The 60’s were hard years but nothing like what the Progressives are throwing at us. It is heart-wrenching to watch what the evil Communist Dems are doing to my beloved country. Are my grandchildren going to have to live as Communist Robots all of their years??

Virginia Coleman
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed J

Of course. Look at Cuba. Castro fed the people a big line about how he was going to Give them equality, schools, jobs etc. All they had to do was follow him. So look where that got them. One of the poorest nations whose people risked lives to flee to Freedom. I was a lucky Cuban my mom brought us to her homeland USA long before Castro. My grandpa wasn’t so lucky. Talk about how their lives changed. Look around us now. Jobs gone, people so deep in debt because of it and the pandemic taking lives. Yet the democrats, instead of helping the people, are hell bent to ruin us because of their hatred of President Trump. They are blinded because President Trump knew what and how to do things to keep America growing and helping All citizens to have a better life than before. He Was a Good President and is a Good Christian Man. I hope he will be able to bring our country back from the brink that the Dems will put it in.

Garye
2 months ago

So I’ll share my recent dialogue with a liberal democrat,biden voter when I specifically asked how could he support any president who welcomes a negligent,arrogant murderer Andrew cuomo to the white house.
Got a typical non thinking liberal response- can we just not talk about this, how about some civility, and understanding .
There you go ALL hypocrites, take NO responsibility, and ask for a pause, because these democrats are corrupt,anti american,self serving liars!
I would not want to defend them either!
Wish democrats would have read about this before they voted for it, just like pelosi and the obamacare disaster!

Saunders
2 months ago

The Republicans should introduce multiple bills that would make it mandatory for anyone registered as a Democrat to have their American citizenship striped from them, subject them to deportation, take away all their rights as Americans. These bills should be disguised as “health care priorities” or “virus control” or “environmental protection” or “green energy initiative” or “civil rights clarifications” I’m sure the gifted wordsmiths in congress and the senate could concoct some clever bills. Time we start acting like Democrats and give them their own medicine.

Lorey
2 months ago
Reply to  Saunders

Unfortunately the people we have in office don’t have the spine to do this to the left. If they would I’d be all for it.

Double L Ranch
2 months ago

The Democrat Party has become nothing more than American Communists. Right now between open borders and voter registration matters it is all about one thing: creating more Democrat voters in order to secure One Party Rule.
Democrats don’t care about babies! Do you really think they care about helping those from other countries? Babies cannot vote, but illegals will eventually be given the ability to vote if the Dems gave their way.

Bob Baker
2 months ago
Reply to  Double L Ranch

There are many similarites between the present day Democrats and the communists of Russia. Read “The Naked Communist” by Cleon Skous (45 Soviet goals to destroy America from within).

Joyce McReynolds
2 months ago
Reply to  Double L Ranch

What do you think is going on with all the young teens coming to the border alone and being allowed to stay at the expense of the taxpayer. Are these teens going to be turned in to Nazi brown shirts creating chaos. Are they being brain washed. Has anyone investigated this at all? This has been a mystery to me and a worry as I have read how the role of the brown shirts created chaos and danger for citizens.

Tammy
2 months ago

I contacted my Representative using AMAC’s useful tool. In fact l have already received a reply. Thank you AMAC for keeping us informed in an easy to understand way about issues that are important, like this one.

John A. Fallon
2 months ago

“WE THE PEOPLE” need to demand our representatives actually REPRESENT US, if they fail to defend the constitution we have the right to recall, investigate, replace and punish them, take them down individually,we can try this process and hopefully we won’t need a civil war, we should demand the impeachment of chinajoe, we can expose the voter fraud and ALL WHO GOT ELECTED ILLEGALLY, we can put in the WHITE HOUSE THE ONE THAT ACTUALLY WON THE ELECTION and undo all the stupid things chinajoe has done.

Rick
2 months ago

Is anyone surprised that the dem-o-rats would try to pass a bill like this? They are going to keep
trying till they push the country into a full blown civil war.

Sharon
2 months ago

Why don’t Biden and the rest of the demoncrats try actually READING the constitution?

John Wesley
2 months ago
Reply to  Sharon

They know the Constitution very well. They are treating it as they treat all laws. They ignore them. Until they can be used against Republicans

Barbara Schikore
2 months ago
Marc Ziegler
2 months ago

I can only say that I am very disappointed in the Democratic Party. They seem to me to be on the wrong side of every important issue. From abortion, to open borders and now fake elections they seem to be taking America down a very corrupt and slimy road. When the rule of law is disregarded and outright fraud is perpetuated on the American people by Democrat’s, how will this country continue to exist? With the Biden Administration spewing endless executive orders destroying allot of what Trump did along with the Democratic Congress writing mindless laws, we now have the most corrupt and ignorant government ever conceived by mankind. Wake up America!!!

John Wesley
2 months ago
Reply to  Marc Ziegler

I have little knowledge of the Democratic Party before FDR. It was very corrupt than, getting us into the 2nd World War when we were in a weakened condition. Keeping us in the depression much longer than was necessary. Then, as now, they kept the populace poor in order to increase their power over them. America has had a corrupt and evil government for a very long time. It is now that they do not care that everyone knows it because we are not going to be able to fight them.

Lorey
2 months ago
Reply to  Marc Ziegler

Even if we take the senate & congress ln 2022. Do u think the spineless jellyfish repukeacrates will change anything????????? I think not

CHARLOTTE MAHIN
1 month ago
Reply to  Lorey

My worry is that we will have a corrupt election in 2022 and it won’t matter how people vote, the Communists will win.

Chuck
2 months ago

Mr. Charles, seeing what is transpiring before our eyes, you still think a Revolution is unnecessary?!?!

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