H.R. 1, the grossly misnamed “For The People Act,” approaches its day on the Senate floor later this month. As that date approaches, it bears repeating: this legislative priority of congressional Democrats that seeks to permanently alter our elections is not only unconstitutional but wrong. Ultimately, the bill aims to serve only corrupt politicians in Washington, D.C. rather than the people it promises to support.
The bill’s author, Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Maryland, has called this legislation a “once-in-a-generation reform effort [that] will end decades of dysfunction in Washington, return the power to the people, and build a more just, equitable, and prosperous country for all Americans.”
When you put it like that, the legislation sounds amazing. Who wouldn’t want to make sure each and every American finally had the power of the federal government back in his hands? Who wouldn’t want to make voting fairer and equally accessible for all Americans?
The harsh reality of H.R. 1, however, is that it will accomplish none of those things. Instead, it will silence your voice in Washington, support the corrupt political establishment that rules over our lives, and effectively federalize and micromanage the electoral process for years to come. It will ensure absolute power for the current elected officials serving in Congress and prevent the emerging new era of leadership this country so desperately needs.
Despite the rehearsed platitudes of the talking heads in the legacy media and congressional Democrats on Capitol Hill telling us this is good for the country, an attempt to “save democracy,” or even good for the American people, we mustn’t forget the facts.
Several poison pills are buried inside this legislation that should be called the “For the Politicians Act.” First, a particularly egregious part of this bill would create something called the My Voice Voucher Program, which is designed to give taxpayer-funded gift cards to constituents to use for political donations and will use federal funds to match those donations. For general elections, donations will be matched a whopping 6:1. Not only is this an incredibly reckless way to spend taxpayer dollars, but it creates a
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