Weekly Updates 2021 (copy 04)
"When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat."- Ronald Reagan
June 12, 2021
Just weeks after True the Vote's Dan Gelernter demonstrated that the debate over voting bills before congress was a classic bait-and-switch ploy, we see his analysis being proved true in the news."Suppose S1 was designed to get a different bill passed, by making the other bill look moderate," Dan wrote. And that's the frame that was used for the "dissent" among Democrats. That's now the exact frame being used to bash Mitch McConnell as intransigent for his opposition to the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.In this week's newsletter, Dan explains the few differences and many similarities between the two pieces of legislation, and why either would be a disaster for the country. That's why it is so important to bring "the heat."We're continuing our work on every front here at True the Vote, with our expanded staff and new office humming. Your support and patriotism are what keep us, and America, moving toward what is right, and what is honest. Thank you for all you do, and stay tuned for a major project announcement coming soon.
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Eyes On | John Lewis Voting Rights Act
by Dan Gelernter, True the Vote
Exactly as True the Vote predicted, leading Washington Politicians are using S1 as a political straw man that allows them to pursue what they’ve always wanted—federal control over state election law—while still looking moderate. The first politico to pull this play in public is Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who argued in an op-ed on the 6th that S1 is too extreme to unite a country tired of partisan politics. What we need is something we can all get behind—like the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. The pundits on TV and in the papers have been completely suckered, and some are wringing (or seeming to wring) their hands over what this means for vote reform in America. Don’t be fooled: Under the hood, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act is just as toxic as S1. It is extreme legislation that strips states of their control over their own election laws. The only way to make the John Lewis Voting Rights Act look moderate is to put it side by side with something even more extreme—and that is what S1 is for. The John Lewis Voting Rights Act would not be a victory for compromise. It would be a victory for election racketeering and nationwide vote fraud.READ MORE.
Manchin's Mind On Election Bill Not Changed After Meeting With Civil Rights LeadersFrom Washington Examiner - Joe Manchin said Tuesday that he hasn’t budged on his opposition to Democrats’ sweeping election overhaul bill following a “productive” meeting with civil rights leaders attempting to sway him. The West Virginia Democratic senator on Tuesday morning reportedly met with civil rights leaders who support voting rights and election reforms, including Al Sharpton, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill, and Urban League President Marc Morial.Read the restActress Jennifer Lawrence: ‘Radical’ GOP ‘Dismantling’ Rights to VoteFrom Newsbusters - Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence brought the drama on Thursday when a video of her promoting the Democrat Party’s brazen attempt to federalize state and local elections was dropped online. Her theatrical chops were on full display as she acted as if she’s non-partisan and that the “radical wing of the Republican Party” is “actively dismantling Americans’ rights to vote,” instead of what they’re really doing, which is protecting the integrity of elections.Read the restFixing the Electoral Count Act Is a Good IdeaFrom National Review - Mona Charen argues at the Bulwark that Democrats should focus their energies away from the doomed H.R. 1 and the John Lewis Act, and push for revisions to the Electoral Count Act (ECA). Ed Kilgore in New York magazine makes a similar case for revising the ECA. Not all of Charen’s suggestions are well-considered, but the project of revising the ECA to head off potential problems in 2024 is worthwhile.Read the rest
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