Despite belonging to the Democrat Party, Manchin has demonstrated reasonable moderation over the past few years.
And that moderation is now more crucial than ever, given that Manchin announced over the weekend that he would be definitively voting against the Democrats’ rather far-reaching, freedom-stripping “For the People Act.”
Framed as a bill that presumably focuses on improving voting accessibility, the Democrats have predictably turned the For the People Act into something far more sinister: a means of combatting individual state laws.
Recently, a number of states, most famously Georgia, have passed legislation designed to protect electoral integrity. These laws have attracted serious criticism in the media, in spite of the fact that the legislation in Georgia ironically expands early voting access, rather than decreases it.
However, radicals like Stacy Abrams and the politicians who follow her lead, including Joe Biden, have openly assailed Georgia and, by default, any other state that dares to request voter ID for mail-in ballots.
Apparently, voter ID is offensive.
Determined to ensure that states cannot make their own voting laws, Democrats concocted the “For the People Act,” which would theoretically have given the federal government the power to contravene states’ individual laws.
Until Manchin’s announcement through a major wrench in their plans.
During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Manchin made it abundantly clear that such legislation would only divide, rather than unite the country.
“It’s the wrong piece of legislation to bring our country together and unite our country, and I’m not supporting that because I think it would divide us more. I don’t want to be in a country that’s divided any further …
I think there’s a lot of great things in that piece of legislation, but there’s an awful lot of things that basically don’t pertain directly to voting.” [Source: Fox News]
Hey Biden, remember your so-called pledge on unity?
Listening to Manchin right about now would be a great idea.
Like a true moderate, Manchin does indicate that he agrees with elements of the bill, though others clearly fall outside its planned scope.
“I think there’s a lot of great things in that piece of legislation, but there’s an awful lot of things that basically don’t pertain directly to voting.” [Source: Fox News]
Yeah. They probably pertain to the New Green Deal, reparations, or some other nonsense that has nothing to do with integrity and everything to do with solidifying the Democrats’ absolute power.
Which is the precise point that Manchin makes next.
“Do we really want to live in an America where one party can dictate and demand everything and anything it wants, whenever it wants? I have always said, ‘If I can’t go home and explain it, I can’t vote for it.’ And I cannot explain strictly partisan election reform or blowing up the Senate rules to expedite one party’s agenda.” [Source: Fox News]
It is safe to say that many people definitely do not want to live in an America that is already dictating and demanding everything it wants, whenever it wants, in the spirit of communist regimes that preceded it.
For this reason, the bill garnered exactly 0 support from the GOP, including zero support from Senators who had originally voted to impeach Trump.
“This more than 800-page bill has garnered zero Republican support … Why? Are the very Republican senators who voted to impeach Trump because of actions that led to an attack on our democracy unwilling to support actions to strengthen our democracy? Are these same senators, whom many in my party applauded for their courage, now threats to the very democracy we seek to protect?
The truth, I would argue, is that voting and election reform that is done in a partisan manner will all but ensure partisan divisions continue to deepen.” [Source: Newsmax]
Sadly, the Democrats are largely unconcerned with division, and far more concerned with the consolidation of power.
Manchin also took thankful aim at the filibuster, which Biden himself has also publicly commented on. Fortunately, however, Manchin made it clear that he will not be supporting the elimination of the filibuster.
“With that in mind, some Democrats have again proposed eliminating the Senate filibuster rule in order to pass the For the People Act with only Democratic support. They’ve attempted to demonize the filibuster and conveniently ignore how it has been critical to protecting the rights of Democrats in the past.” [Source: Fox News]
Despite Manchin’s reasoned approach, leftists are already raging, including Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY), who took to Twitter (where else?) to express his rage.
Among the gems, Mondaire claimed that Manchin effectively argued for the following: “Why I’ll vote to Preserve Jim Crow.”
Mr. Mondaire also lambasted Manchin as “intellectually unserious.”
Yeah well, what’s really “unserious” intellectually is the fact that Mondaire comes up with zero facts, only feelings, to make his “case” against the vastly more reasonable, completely intellectual Manchin.
Author: Ofelia Thornton