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June 7, 2021

It looks as if the Democrats’ hopes have been dashed for shoving HR1, their Legalize Vote Fraud Act (they call it the “For The People” Act, but my name for it is far more accurate), through Congress with one tie-breaking Senate vote. It’s thanks to West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin.

It was already iffy whether they’d be able to hide it inside a bill that could pass through reconciliation and not be subject to the 60 votes needed to end a filibuster. Both Manchin and Arizona Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema are under heavy fire from the left for opposing their dream of doing away with the filibuster - an incredibly short-sighted power grab that would surely come back to bite them, just as ending the filibuster for judicial nominees did, but long-term planning is not the strong suit of liberals.

But Manchin made it clear that even if they could pass HR1 with 50 Senate votes, they won’t have 50 because he won’t vote for it. Manchin said, “The right to vote is fundamental to our American democracy and protecting that right should not be about party or politics. Least of all, protecting this right, which is a value I share, should never be done in a partisan manner.” He said the current debate on how to hold elections “is not about finding common ground, but seeking partisan advantage,” and “partisan policymaking won’t instill confidence in our democracy — it will destroy it.”

He added that any bill about voting rights should be the result of Democrats and Republicans working together, or “we risk further dividing and destroying the republic we swore to protect and defend as elected officials.” HR1 is a purely Democrat invention opposed by 100% of Republicans.

As for passing it by doing away with the filibuster, that’s also a no-go. Manchin said, “It has been said by much wiser people than me that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Well, what I’ve seen during my time in Washington is that every party in power will always want to exercise absolute power, absolutely. Our founders were wise to see the temptation of absolute power and built in specific checks and balances to force compromise that serves to preserve our fragile democracy.”

It's rare to see someone in Washington these days say something that wise or take a stand on principle in the face of an onslaught of angry personal attacks and threats from his own party. In fact, that’s so wise that I’m sure it will result in an even bigger onslaught of angry personal attacks and threats. He should take that as verification that he is absolutely doing the right thing.

And just to prove how 180 degrees out of phase with reality the pushers of HR1 are, here’s former Obama aide Ben Rhodes actually using the anniversary of D-Day to compare proponents of HR1 to the Normandy Invasion troops and Republicans who oppose it to the Nazis.

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  • joan druley

    06/12/2021 10:49 AM

    i am so glad to see a deno standing up for whats right. we the people are sick of all of this crap the demo's are doing, and from Nancy on down, that is not helping to get things right, they need to get the hell of of office. for my age of 82 going on 83, i have never seen the demo's so corroped, i was once a dem,o but i switch over. when i saw what was going on i left and went to the other side.. in my book two many things had gone by and no one did nothing, and i am speaking for all of us americans who wants our country back , and start a new america.

  • Melinda M Duggan

    06/08/2021 07:30 PM

    Thanks for your common sense newsletter. I am am encouraged by Senator Manchin's thoughts about voting rights. I wish he could convince more of his colleagues from the Democrat Party to join with him to oppose the For The People Bill.

  • Shauna Dickerson

    06/08/2021 04:30 PM

    I'm so pleased and excited with the support of our country from Sen. Manchin. I hear all the time of a congressman going against the flow, of the pressure he/she must be under to stand for the right. But I believe this man must have been prepared before he stood up and spoke his truth. What can one say in support of such strength. Thank you is not enough, but, Thank You!!!

  • Carolyn Minick

    06/08/2021 04:20 PM

    Being born in WV and having members of my family still there, even though I bleed Republican, I have written to Joe Manchin thanking him for the stand he has taken. Although I have not lived in WV for over 30 years, I am proud that a W.Virginian has the nerve to stand up for what he believes.

  • ray stimac

    06/08/2021 03:45 PM

    if manchin holds firm,and doesn't fold,he should get the medal of honor.

  • Mike Manoogian

    06/08/2021 06:48 AM

    Senators Manchin and Cinema are patriots if they stand firm. They deserve the support of conservatives. They have mine.

  • Maureen Edmond

    06/07/2021 10:41 PM

    The states have the privilege of establishing and governing these elections. There are very few places for the Federal Government when it comes to election law, so I don't see how they'll be dictating to the states in the first place. The states aren't going to relinquish their power so easily, I don't think.

  • Rosalind Knight

    06/07/2021 10:06 PM

    It gives me hope for America to see that there are still Senators that actually put
    America first before any party agendas! I thank God for Sen. Joe Manchin and Sen. Krysten Sinema!

  • Elaine Gardner

    06/07/2021 08:57 PM

    Sending KUDOS and a HUGE BRAVOS to Sen. Manchin and Sen. Sinema for standing up and protecting the fundamentals upon which America was built.

  • William Fuhrer

    06/07/2021 08:46 PM

    Manchin may be one of the last in the Democratic Party which believes in Democracy. RHINOS and never Trumper Republicans should be asked if they went against a Socialist in the BIBLE belt and lost would they not believe something was rotten.