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Democrats vs. Democracy
President Joe Biden on Sept. 1, 2022 (The White House)

“Democracy!” Unifier-in-Chief Joe Biden shouted 31 times in his divisive, abrasive, rage-fueled rant from Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. In case anyone missed the point of Biden’s Sept. 1 remarks, he concluded: “And may God protect all those who stand watch over our democracy. God bless you all. Democracy. Thank you.”

Biden ignores a key fact: The United States is not a democracy. Americans do not vote universally on every public issue.

America is a constitutional republic whose citizens employ democratic elections to choose their representatives. During specific terms in office, these authorities make collective decisions, as the U.S. Constitution declares, to “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty.”

That said, Biden insisted that “MAGA Republicans” endanger “democracy.”

“They refuse to accept the results of a free election,” Biden shouted, in remarks translated here from the original German. “They embrace anger. They thrive on chaos. They live not in the light of truth but in the shadow of lies.”

Channeling Erich Honecker before the Berlin Wall collapsed, Biden screamed about the MAGA GOP, “They fan the flames of political violence that are a threat to our personal rights … Democracy cannot survive when one side believes there are only two outcomes to an election: either they win, or they were cheated.”

The next day, Biden grumbled: “I do think anyone who … insists upon changing the way in which the rules, you count votes, that is a threat to democracy. Democracy.”

But Democrats — not Republicans — have slammed battering rams into America’s norms of democratic elections and republican governance. Let us count the ways that Democrats have bludgeoned democracy in America.

Census nonsense

In 2010, former President Barack Obama stopped asking census recipients about their U.S. citizenship status for the first time since 1820, when the census initially inquired about it.

This Democrat mischief gave additional U.S. House seats to states laden with illegal aliens. When President Donald J. Trump tried to restore this citizenship question, Democrats screamed, “RACISM!” even though Republican and Democrat census forms had asked about citizenship for 190 years until Obama broke this tradition. Moreover, Obama asked about citizenship on the American Community Survey, a smaller, more focused census study. He did so during every year of his administration — in English and Spanish. Ergo, Obama is a racist.

Unconstitutional new rules

“The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof,” according to Article I, Section 4, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution. Nonetheless, Democrat governors, secretaries of state, election officials, judges, and other nonlegislators illegitimately, lawlessly, and unconstitutionally change state election practices.

But why would the Constitution stop Democrats? They spent 2020 upending vote procedures without state legislation. From ballot distribution to early voting to accepting ballots long after polls closed, Democrats capsized America’s polling system, supposedly because COVID-19 made normal voting too hazardous. While social distancing and proper ventilation might have made sense, ballot harvesting and promiscuous absentee voting did not.

Former Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat, egregiously abused her power. She waited until 8:38 p.m. on election eve — Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 — to order county authorities to return erroneous mail-in ballots to voters so they could “cure” them. So urban Democrats prodded their voters to correct and resubmit ballots. Changing election rules three hours and 22 minutes before Election Day struck these Democrats as perfectly normal.

Dirty voter rolls

Democrats repeatedly resist efforts to unregister relocated and even deceased voters. Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, notoriously sued then-Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) for cleansing the Sunshine State’s voter rolls of those who had moved to other states, abroad, to Heaven, or to Hell. Scott complied with 52 U.S.C. §§ 20501–20511, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 — AKA the Motor Voter Act. This statute requires basic electoral hygiene. Nonetheless, Holder sued Scott to stop him from obeying this federal law. Holder claimed that Scott violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Though admirable, this statute guarantees no vote to Floridians who relocate to other states, caskets, or urns.

Democrat dollars … in GOP primaries

Democrats have spent $44 million this year — not on their own candidates but to nominate “ultra-MAGA” GOP rivals in five primary states. Democrats hope to beat these Republicans in November.

How does one party financing the other’s “fringe” contenders advance democracy?

Of course, if any such “extremists” win, Republicans will laugh last.

Automatic registration

Democrats push to register voters when they apply for driver’s licenses, welfare, and other public benefits. While they may decline, most find themselves registered — like it or not. This includes foreign citizens who are appalled to discover that they are registered.

As John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky recall in their superb book, Our Broken Elections, “California election officials had mistakenly automatically registered 1,500 aliens to vote but were apparently unaware of the error until a Canadian citizen who had been registered, Randal Marquis, went to the Los Angeles Times.”

While some aliens correctly worry that such scenarios could jeopardize their citizenship applications, others innocently might believe that voter registration is just the next government goodie atop free cell phones, plane tickets, Broadway hotel rooms, and all else that illegal aliens now enjoy. Automatic registration almost surely has helped both naïve and evil foreigners cast U.S. ballots.

Foreign-citizen voting

Democrats in San Francisco, California; Bethesda, Maryland; and New York, New York, have empowered foreign citizens to vote in elections for school board, city council, and other local offices. These foreigners dilute the franchise of U.S. citizens.

Full disclosure: I am suing New York City’s election board in U.S. district court to overturn Gotham’s 2021 foreign-citizen voting law. The Public Interest Legal Foundation represents three other plaintiffs and me.

Election quarter

Election Day has devolved into months of balloting. Democrat stronghold Minnesota begins early in-person voting Friday, Sept. 23 — 46 days before Nov. 8. North Carolinians began voting on Sept. 9, 2016 — 60 days before that year’s general election and 17 days before the first Hillary Clinton vs. Donald J. Trump debate. Casting ballots before presidential and other nominees face off — even once — is sick, creepy, and anti-democratic.

Unsecret ballots

For centuries, voters have entered private booths and confidentially chosen local, state, and federal leaders and voted “yes” or “no” on referenda. Democrats’ lust for mass absentee and mail-in ballots has moved this process from the secrecy and safety of voting booths to kitchen tables, living rooms, and other places where millions of spouses, caregivers, roommates, and others can demand decisions that voters would reject in private.

“Vote for Jones or you can forget about eating this week, Granny,” a heartless nurse could say while watching a senior complete her absentee ballot. This would not occur within a voting booth — the sanctuary of the secret ballot.

Mass mail-in ballots fester atop junk mail in a Las Vegas apartment building’s trash can, October 2020. Photo courtesy of Jim Murphy.

Mass mail-in ballots fester atop junk mail in a Las Vegas apartment building’s trash can, October 2020. Photo courtesy of Jim Murphy

Mass mail-in ballots

In response to COVID-19, California, Nevada, and other Democrat-controlled states blasted mass mail-in ballots to everyone on the rolls, whether requested or not. Precious ballots addressed to voters who had moved or died languished in the trash cans of residential lobbies in Las Vegas and other cities. Some citizens returned or destroyed these phantom ballots. Did others illegally complete and mail them? Who knows.

Ballot harvesting

Democrats have deployed political operatives to knock on voters’ doors and offer to collect their ballots for tabulation. Some of these partisans might hound voters until they fill their nonsecret ballots “correctly.” Harvesters then deliver fistfuls of ballots for counting. What is their provenance? Were any innocently wasted on the way? Were some deliberately dumped because they backed the “wrong” candidate? Who knows.

Drop boxes

Democrats collect ballots via drop boxes. Who submitted them? Were they legitimate or bogus? Who knows.

Arsonists have ignited unguarded drop boxes. A ballot box caught fire in Baldwin Park, California, leaving nearly 100 burned or wet. Likewise, a box with 122 ballots in Boston was set on fire; 35 were too torched to tabulate. Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary 2,000 Mules alleges that Democrats stuffed drop boxes with ballots in 2020.

Voting without photo ID

Unlike citizens of the first democracy (Greece), the most populous democracy (India), the democracy north of America (Canada), and the democracy south of America (Mexico), U.S. voters are mandated to show photo ID in only eight states. Democrats call photo-ID rules a bigoted GOP plot to suppress black votes. Racist Democrats assume that blacks are too dumb, lazy, or confused to secure a photo ID, but 87 percent of black Americans have a photo ID. Rather than donate photo IDs to blacks who lack them — so they can cash checks, enter government buildings, and board aircraft — Democrats neglect these people. They prefer to preserve a leftist talking point than improve human lives.

Racist plot? If voters in Greece, India, Canada, and Mexico show photo ID to vote, why can’t Americans do likewise? Photo montage by Deroy Murdock

Racist plot? If voters in Greece, India, Canada, and Mexico show photo ID to vote, why can’t Americans do likewise? Photo montage by Deroy Murdock

Same-day registration

In this Democrat scheme, anyone could enter a precinct on Election Day, register, vote, and have his ballot counted that night. Democrats want to scrap registration deadlines that give officials time to disqualify ineligibles. Absent such scrutiny, foreigners, felons, and fraudsters can register on Election Day, illegally cast ballots, and have them tabulated before anyone wises up.

Voting without photo ID + same-day registration = the perfect formula for Biden’s Future Democrats of America to break into this country and start voting for the party that ripped open the border — perhaps as soon as this fall.

Softened signature rules

Democrats have diluted or dumped signature-verification standards. Nevada’s counting machines traditionally accepted a ballot envelope with a signature that was at least a 50 percent match for the voter’s on-file John Hancock. In 2020, Clark County (Las Vegas) Democrats defined verification down to a mere 40 percent match or 60 percent mismatch. Unless COVID-19 reduces signatures to scrawls, not even the pandemic excuses Democrat efforts to make forgery great again.

Tardy, no-excuse absentee ballots

Voters previously had to submit ballots before polls closed on Election Day. Thanks to COVID-19, Democrats insisted on accepting ballots after Nov. 3, 2020. Pennsylvania’s Democrat-ridden Supreme Court unconstitutionally greenlighted mail-in ballots until Nov. 6, three days after Election Day. Even worse, they made postmarks and matching signatures optional! North Carolina allowed mail-in ballots until Nov. 9 — six days after polls closed and 59 days after absentee ballots first arrived. California welcomed Election Day–postmarked ballots through Nov. 20 — 17 days past Election Day — Thanksgiving Eve.

Voters rarely need any reason to request absentee ballots, such as … being absent on Election Day. Most anyone who itched to vote at home while wrapped in a towel received an absentee ballot.

Legalized ballot-box stuffing

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the Clintons’ consigliere and emeritus Democrat National Committee chairman, vetoed eight different election-integrity bills. Most inexplicably, in March 2017, McAuliffe killed Senate Bill 1105. It would have required that localities audit their rolls whenever registered voters exceeded 100 percent of eligible adults or, more menacingly, when ballots topped 100 percent of registered voters. McAuliffe whitewashed such ballot-box stuffing as “improper disenfranchisement.” Evidently, this Democrat bigwig would consider it improper disenfranchisement if, say, Fairfax County’s 216,315 registered voters cast 227,000 ballots. Terry McAuliffe’s response: “Nothing to see here.”

High-tech censorship

Voters should have known all about Hunter Biden’s “Laptop from Hell,” as New York Post columnist Miranda Devine christened it.

Voters would have been appalled to learn about Hunter’s financial skullduggery, influence peddling, and cavorting with dictators. Emails concerning funny money revealed that Hunter earmarked “10 percent for the big guy” — reportedly Joe Biden himself.

Outrageously, pro-Democrat FBI agent(s) successfully pressured Facebook executives to censor Hunter’s hanky panky.

Twitter did, too. For 16 days, Twitter padlocked the account of the New York Post, America’s oldest living daily newspaper, founded by Alexander Hamilton in 1801.

Muzzling newspapers, especially ones with vital information 20 days before Election Day, is not “saving American democracy,” as Joe Biden would put it.

A Media Research Center survey found that 17 percent of Joe Biden’s voters would have abandoned him were they aware of Hunter’s shenanigans. Absent their ballots, Biden would have been entombed beneath Trump’s electoral landslide.

The FBI’s electoral interference was a Derek Chauvin-like knee on democracy’s neck. And MAGA Republicans had precisely zero to do with this.

Political violence

“It’s the Left that engaged in 8,000 protests; 570 of those turned into riots, 2,000 law-enforcement officials injured, a couple of billion dollars’ worth of property damage, a couple of dozen people killed,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told Fox News. “And yet all the Left and all the news media want to talk about is January 6, which we all condemned. We all condemned January 6. Where is the condemnation of the riots that took so many lives, including three days of riots here in Kenosha?”

Johnson added: “By the way, my Senate opponent stoked those riots by saying that police were engaged in a ‘vendetta’ against this individual,” namely Jacob Blake, a repeat offender and self-admitted knife-wielder. “Again, the Left falsely accuses us of doing exactly what they do.”

Joe Biden’s rancid speech was one for the ages — in the worst way. It combined psychological projection with an almost touching lack of self-awareness. Who knows? Rather than an address to the nation, this might have been history’s most elaborately staged cry for help.

Manhattan political commentator Deroy Murdock is a Fox News contributor. Aaron Cichon contributed research to this opinion piece.

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