Commentary: Pelosi And Schumer’s Plan to Kill the Republican Party and Conservative Movement

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by Richard A. Viguerie


Conservatives on Capitol Hill and in the media have been spreading the word about all the extraneous provisions Democrats have been trying to insert into the third coronavirus stimulus bill that is now before the Senate. And we should all be concerned about the massive spending and pork that Democrats want to add to the bill – but that’s not the worst part of what Democrats are demanding.

What conservatives must recognize as a life or death struggle for the future of constitutional liberty and the Republican Party are the election law changes that Democrats are demanding as their price for allowing the coronavirus relief bill to pass.

Buried in a bill that, in its last draft was over 1,400 pages long, are these election law changes that will ensure that Republicans will never again elect a majority in the House or Senate and that no Republican, and certainly no conservative-populist like Donald Trump, will ever again be elected President.

The bill as it stands now:

1.)    Abolishes Voter ID

2.)    Mandates Same Day Voter Registration

3.)    Mandates states allow “ballot harvesting” by allowing anyone “designated by the voter” to turn a ballot in on his or her behalf

4.)    Mandates “ballot harvesting” be allowed on Indian Reservations

5.)    Mandates Mail-in ballots must be sent automatically to all registered voters

6.)    States are mandated to pre-pay the postage on absentee ballots and balloting materials

7.)    Mandates 15 Day Early Voting

8.)    Political parties receive a bailout in the form of payments to cover the cost of mailing primary voting materials.

9.)    Creates a new auditing entity with the power to review and conduct “risk-limiting audits” of the results of elections that it determines have an “incorrect” outcome.

10.)  Prohibits the states from imposing any conditions or requirements on the eligibility of the individual to cast a vote by absentee ballot by mail.

11.)  Prohibits requiring any form of identification as a condition of obtaining an absentee ballot and prohibits requiring notarization or witness signature or other formal authentication (other than voter attestation) as a condition of the acceptance of the ballot by an election official.

12.)  Mandates that if there’s a discrepancy between a voter’s signature and the signature on a ballot, election officials must chase down voters and give them an opportunity to cure the fault.

13.)  The bill also requires a minimum of two officials to pronounce the signature non-matching – and only people who have “received training in procedures used to verify signatures” can make such a determination.

Back in the 1970s when Jimmy Carter tried to mandate same-day voter registration the advice I gave to my conservative colleagues then is something Republicans should continue to take to heart today, and that is that we can’t kick all barking dogs.

The first battles it is necessary to fight are those battles that will grow the movement; then there are also those issues that aren’t as exciting to a lot of people but will make it more difficult to elect Republicans and conservatives and might even put us out of business.

The election law changes Democrats are demanding are not going to be top of mind to people who are out of work or facing a layoff due to the coronavirus panic, but they are a death sentence for Republican election prospects, the conservative movement, and constitutional liberty.

And they must be opposed with absolutely no compromise by Capitol Hill Republicans.

The toll-free Capitol Switchboard number (1-866-220-0044), I urge all my conservative friends to call their Republic Senators to demand that they maintain absolutely no compromise opposition to any election law changes in the final coronavirus stimulus bill.

As a conservative leader I also urge you to use every channel available to rally opposition to Pelosi and Schumer’s bill to kill the Republican Party and the conservative movement: get before the media, send email updates to your list, give speeches, answer questions for people in your network, and share information on social media to help fight this existential battle for constitutional liberty.

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Richard A Viguerie is the Chairman of ConservativeHQ.










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6 Thoughts to “Commentary: Pelosi And Schumer’s Plan to Kill the Republican Party and Conservative Movement”

  1. Fifty million people voted for Mr Trump. I believe many of them were implicitly rejecting the Republican Party of the past, which was subservient to its Donor Class, happy to see American jobs exported while the white working class began to take on the characteristics of its inner-city Black counterparts.

    Perhaps these ordinary Americans will find a way to take over the Party on a permanent basis, and turn it into a permanent-majority party, with a version of a conservative New Deal — infrastructure spending and other pro-worker policies; and a repudiation of our disastrous interventionist foreign policy.

    Can we do anything about it? Here’s a start: get and read F. H. Buckley’s The Republican Workers Party — Why Trump’s Victory Drove Everyone Crazy and Why it Was Just What We Needed. He was a speechwriter for Trump, and on his transition team. He’s a law professor, and a bright fellow. And I think he points the way forward.

  2. Dan Jackson

    Are you not paying attention you better not pass this this is bulshit

    1. William Delzell

      What’s the matter, Dan? Do you have a problem with non-whites and low income people exercising their right to vote that you right-wingers take for granted? Everybody should have the right to representation and accountability by their law-makers. Study your 9th grade civics text book if you still have it. The days of Bull O’Connor where one could burn crosses on the lawns of people who exercise their sacred right and duty to vote are gone!

  3. 83ragtop50

    With McConnell negotiating there is no doubt that Pelosi and Schummer will come out the winners. McConnell (and the GOP in general) believe that compromise is giving away the farm but still keeping the mortgage.

    1. William Delzell

      If anything should ever manage to destroy today’s distorted bigotry that calls itself conservatism, it won’t be Schumer or Pelosi. Why? Because they have close ties to Wall Street, the Pentagon, and all the same interest groups that the Tea Party Republicans have.

      If anything should ever destroy the present G.O.P.’s version of conservatism, it will be the GOP’s lackluster response to this virus. It will be the irresponsible decisions by fundamentalist evangelists to continue having closely-packed church services in place of Internet services, it will be the overseas evangelists that force several third world countries like Brazil to allow super-crowded church services that will spread the disease, and people like Jerry Falwell that want to reopen Liberty Baptist College dorms and all despite the persistence of this emergency. Hopefully, some current followers of fundamentalism will finally catch on before its too late and realize that the fundamentalist leadership of the world wants to callously sacrifice its faithful followers for selfish gain. Hopefully, people will realize this before the irresponsible actions of Falwell and Company cause millions of needless deaths and sufferings.

      1. togoo

        You got a lot hate in your heart.