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Voting Rights Bills vs. Election Integrity Laws
By Gary F. Zeolla
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 17, 2022, Joe Biden gave a voting rights speech. In it, he promoted the two voting rights bill being considered in Congress, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act. He also criticized the election integrity laws being passed in red states.
The speech was really over the top. In it, Biden declared:
“Do you want to be on the side of Dr. [Martin Luther] King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis? This is the moment to decide, to defend our elections, to defend our democracy. If you do that you will not be alone”
Comparing those who support voting integrity laws to racists and the Confederacy President is despicable. That is about as divisive as you can get. It is tantamount to comparing those laws to slavery. Even a Democrat Senator admitted such rhetoric was excessive:
President Joe Biden didn’t mince words earlier this week in a speech announcing his support for changing the filibuster rules to allow a simple majority to pass new voting rights legislation….
For one Democratic senator, Biden’s rhetoric was over the top.
“It is stark. And I will concede that point,” Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday of Biden’s language, later adding: “Perhaps the President went a little too far in his rhetoric. Some of us do.” …
Given all of that, it seems -- at least in the short-term -- that Biden’s speech earlier this week did more harm than good for his efforts to cajole the Senate into jettisoning the filibuster. Which, obviously, is the opposite of what he was going for presumably (CNN. Did Joe).
Note that Senate Dems need to “jettison the filibuster” in order to pass the voting rights bills. That is because no Republicans support them, but with the filibuster, 60 votes are needed to consider legislation.
Blacks and Voting Bills
Many blacks also do not support what is being proposed in the two voting rights bills:
With drama and fury, President Joe Biden declared to the nation on Martin Luther King Jr. Day that state laws requiring voter ID or banning mass mailing of absentee ballots amounted to an “assault on our freedom to vote,” especially for minority Americans.
Four days earlier, a poll in Michigan told a different story: Three-quarters of the battleground state voters supported ballot ID requirements, with black voters expressing the highest support at 79%.
Those findings have been confirmed in national polls as well…
“A recent national survey found that four key election reforms are supported by more than 80% of voters,” pollster Scott Rasmussen recently wrote in an article highlighting the disconnect. “These include removing people who have died or moved from voter registration lists; requiring all voters to show photo ID before casting a ballot; wanting all ballots received by Election Day; and, having all voting machines made in the United States.”
In Rasmussen’s latest national poll on the issue, 78% of African-American voters supported voter ID….
Most voters don’t see cleaning outdated names from voter roles or requiring IDs to cast ballots as “obstacles to the ballot box” like Biden argued in Monday’s speech….
But Alveda King, MLK’s niece, has relentlessly attacked the Biden-backed legislation as the “Freedom to Cheat Act” that will increase the risk of election fraud while scolding the president for practicing racially divisive politics.
“It is grotesquely offensive to compare segregated lunch counters, attack dogs, firehoses, and Bull Connor to showing a photo ID to vote,” she said in a joint statement with Blackwell last week. “Simply proving you are who you say you are to cast a ballot is fundamental to election security” (Just the News. Joe Biden’s Jim).
In my opinion, saying it is racist to require voter IDs is racist. I for one believe blacks and other minorities are smart enough to figure out how to attain a voter ID; but apparently, Biden and his cronies do not. That lack of faith in blacks is racist.
As for mass mail-in ballots, I discuss the problems with them and how such is open to fraud in detail in my book Alleged Corruption, Bias, and Fraud.
March 2020 Presser
The MLK Day speech paralleled comments Biden made back in March 2021 during his first and only formal press conference of 2021.
Basic election integrity efforts led by GOP lawmakers in D.C. and state legislatures are “un-American” and “sick,” making “Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle,” President Joe Biden said during his first presidential press conference Thursday.
Biden echoed the rhetoric touted by progressives in the House and Senate, voicing urgent concerns over basic election integrity measures pursued by Republicans.
“What I’m worried about is how un-American this whole initiative is. It’s sick. It’s sick. Deciding in some states that you cannot bring water to people standing in line waiting to vote. Deciding that you’re going to end voting at 5 o’clock when working people are just getting off work. Deciding that there will no absentee ballots under the most rigid circumstances,” Biden said, concluding that it is “all designed” (Breitbart. Biden: GOP).
That last paragraph is full of lies. The red state laws do not reduce voting hours. They do not prevent the attaining of absentee ballots. But most require a person to request an absentee ballot to be sent one. And they might forbid mass mailing out of ballots. I discuss the immense difference in those two approaches in my Corruption book.
Another lie deserves special attention.
Worse than the heated and unnecessary rhetoric is the lies Biden told in his speech and press conference. One lie of note can be seen in the preceding quote in his claim, “Deciding in some states that you cannot bring water to people standing in line waiting to vote.” During his MLK speech, he double-downed on this comment and quoted the Bible, saying it called for people to give water to the thirsty and food to the hungry.
Yes, Jesus did comment in this regard by saying:
34”Then the King will say to the [ones] at His right [parts] [fig., on His right side], ‘Come, the ones having been blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom having been prepared for you* before [the] laying of the foundation of [the] world! [or, from [the] beginning of the creation of [the] universe!] 35For I was hungry, and you* gave to Me [something] to eat; I was thirsty, and you* gave Me [something] to drink; I was a stranger, and you* took Me in; 36naked, and you* clothed Me; I was sick, and you* looked after Me; I was in prison, and you* came to Me.’
37”Then the righteous [ones] will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungering and we nourished [You]? Or thirsting and we gave [You something] to drink? 38But when did we see You a stranger and took [You] in? Or naked and we clothed [You]? 39But when did we see You sick or in prison and we came to You?’ 40And answering, the King will say to them, ‘Positively, I say to you*, to the degree that you* did [it] to one of these, the least of My brothers [and sisters], you* did [it] to Me.’” (Matthew 25:34-36; ALT3).
However, it should be noted, by hungry and thirsty, Jesus is not talking about someone who has not eaten or drunk anything for an hour or so. He is talking about people who are seriously in danger of dying of thirst or hunger. No one, but no one, ever gets to that point waiting in line to vote. But even if they were, the law does not bar water being given to voters. It is just that is cannot be part of electioneering.
Like the countless other states that have very specific laws against electioneering near polling places, Georgia has codified rules preventing political groups from handing out food or water to voters in line as an incentive to vote, but specifically allows poll workers to make water available to anyone who wants it. The law will also directly cut down wait times, meaning refreshment for people waiting in line will be less necessary (Heritage Action. Myth).
In fact, as numerous fact-checkers have pointed out, the Georgia law prevents political groups from providing food and water to voters in line, because it could be considered a form of electioneering, but requires that water be made available to voters from a common receptacle. The Georgia law also requires voting precincts with long lines to take steps to shorten them.
Despite being repeatedly corrected, Biden repeated his false statement about the Georgia election law and says that it makes it illegal to give people water at polling places…
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) January 11, 2022
…The bill allows for “self-service water from an unattended receptacle to an elector waiting in line to vote.” It does not limit any poll workers from supplying water to voters. It stops the use of water and food as a means of violating the no politicking rule after past abuses
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) January 11, 2022 (Breitbart. Fact Check).
Note the “Despite being repeatedly corrected.” This is another case of a lie that is so good, Biden just cannot refrain himself from repeating it over and over again, no matter how many times he is corrected. It is like the Trump/ Charlottesville, “Good people on both sides” lie. The MSM, Dems, Biden, and Harris continued to repeat that lie throughout the 2020 campaign, even though it has been soundly refuted time and again, as I do in my Corruption book.
In addition, if people are in line for so long that food and drink even became an issue, then that wait time is something that needs to be address, which the red state laws do, by increasing voting times. That leads to Biden’s next lie:
President Joe Biden advanced a false narrative about Georgia’s new election integrity law, claiming that it reduces voting hours, thereby compromising the ability of working-class Americans to go out and vote. This is a clear falsehood, as the law does not change Election Day hours and actually expands access for early voting, as the establishment media outlet, the Washington Post, pointed out in a fact-check, giving the commander-in-chief Four Pinocchios (Breitbart. Washington).
The bill actually preserves or expands ballot access in several important ways: It requires that large precincts with lines more than an hour long take steps like adding voting machines and election personnel for the next election to reduce wait times. It does not change the number of total early voting days, and actually increases the mandatory days of early weekend voting. Compared to 2020, 134 of 159 counties will offer more early voting hours in future elections under the new law. It codifies election drop boxes, which did not exist prior to 2020. Voters can continue to vote absentee with no excuse (unlike states like Delaware, New York, and Connecticut, which require an excuse to vote absentee). (Heritage Action. Myth).
Blocking Reasonable Measures
Meanwhile, Biden and Dems are so extreme, they are blocking even reasonable measures to ensure election integrity:
President Joe Biden called for widespread vote-by-mail and ballot drop boxes across the country, claiming that Republicans were “subverting democracy” with new voting integrity laws to block them.
The laws passed in March and signed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp added stricter ID requirements to obtain an absentee ballot and limited ballot drop boxes. The laws also make it illegal to mass-mail absentee ballots to all voters.
But Biden argued that Republicans were trying to block minorities from voting with the new laws (Breitbart. Joe Biden: Democracy).
How any of these requirements are racist are beyond me. But calling something racists that Dems disagree with has long been their playbook. But it gets even worse:
House Democrats this week blocked a plan that would have required states to remove foreign nationals from voter rolls.
On Wednesday [11/12/22], Democrats voted down an amendment by Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) that would have kicked likely hundreds, and potentially thousands, of foreign nationals off state voter rolls.
The amendment would have been tacked onto the Democrats’ “Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act” which seeks to federalize all local and state elections with prohibitions on requiring photo identification when voting by mail and weakens current requirements that mandate states routinely clean their voter rolls.
“Common sense will tell you that combining noncitizens and eligible American voters on the same voter rolls is ripe for abuse,” Davis said on the House floor (Breitbart. Democrats Block).
To summarize the preceding, these red state voter integrity laws do not make it hard to vote. These laws are not racists. They do not forbid the giving of water by election workers to voters. They do not shorten voting times.
They mostly just eliminate the “special” provisions for voting that were made due to the pandemic, such as mass mail-in balloting. Not keeping those special provisions is not preventing people from voting. It is retuning us to an election system we can trust. That is important, given that the majority of Americans do not trust the results of the 2020 election. That does not bode well for our Republic. I explain all of this in detail in my Corruption book.
January 2022 Presser
Biden tried to walk back his divisive rhetoric during his press conference of January 19, 2022. He was asked:
“You campaigned, and you ran on a return to civility. And I know that you dispute the characterization that you called folks who would oppose those voting bills as being Bull Connor or George Wallace. But you said that there would be sort of in the same camp?,” Philip Wegmann, reporter for RealClearNews, asked.
Biden interrupted and at one point in his response appeared to raise his voice.
“No, I didn’t say that. Look what I said. Go back and read what I said and tell me if you think I called anyone who voted on the side of the position taken by Bull Connor that they were Bull Connor? And that is an interesting reading of English. Yeah, I assume you got it in the journals because you like to write” (Fox News. Biden appears).
Biden can try to spin and get angry it all he wants, but the fact is, he did put call those of us who support voting integrity laws racists and segregationists with his divisive rhetoric. And he did get angry when called out on it.
"'GO BACK AND READ WHAT I SAID!' Biden yells in response to the (mild) Phil Wegmann beginning to ask a mild question about Biden's comparison of political opponents to racists. Then reiterates the thing that got everyone mad? Holy wow is this weird," senior editor of The Federalist Mollie Hemingway wrote (Fox News. Biden's press).
Fox News comments further:
President Biden continued to divide the American people with his remarks Wednesday and lied about his abysmal record on unifying Americans. In his repulsive speech about voting legislation in Atlanta last week, Biden accused half the American people of siding with racists and segregationists from a half century ago. His pathetic attempts to walk back his words were just as offensive. The fact that we’re presently having a debate involving Bull Connor and George Wallace after all the progress our country has made since the 1960s speaks directly to the sorry state of affairs in the Biden White House and Democrat Party.
At the end of the day, Biden and the Democrats have lost the election integrity debate because the American people support election integrity. President Biden lying about voter suppression in the same sentence he’s bragging about record turnout in 2020 doesn’t pass the smell test. And perhaps most importantly, implying that the American people shouldn’t trust the results of the 2022 election unless his federal takeover of elections legislation is passed is not only a dangerous lack of leadership, it’s unpresidential (Fox News. Biden has no).
2022 Election Integrity
The last sentence in the preceding block quote was jumped on by conservatives and even by former President Donald Trump. Trump’s statement indicated he took what Biden said as calling into question the results of the 2020 election, which, of course, Trump has been doing ever since that Election Day. I will record that statement in my forthcoming book Trump Fights Back with Statements. Here, below is further comment on Biden’s statement:
President Joe Biden is facing heat after he said during a rare press conference Wednesday that the 2022 midterm elections could be “illegitimate.”
The president then went on a tangent speculating what would have happened after the 2020 election if then-Vice President Mike Pence submitted to pressure by Trump and his allies to try and block electoral votes on the day of the Capitol riot.
When the reporter, RealClearPoltics’s Philip Wegmann, formerly of the Washington Examiner, told Biden he meant solely the 2022 election, the president did not back down from his assertion that there could be problems with the midterm elections….
“Oh, yeah, I think it could easily be illegitimate,” Biden said, stumbling through his response….
“The prospect of being an illegitimate is in direct pro-portion to us being able to get these reforms passed, but I don’t think ... you’re going to see the Democratic Party give up on coming back,” Biden said (Washington Examiner. Biden says).
Biden knows Dems could very well lose both the House and Senate in the midterm elections, and it looks like he is setting it up to claim election fraud when that happens. That is exactly what Dems claim Trump did in 2020. He was already claiming there would be fraud before the election, so that, when he lost, he could say it was because of fraud.
Furthermore, Biden implied that somehow the red state integrity laws would prevent blacks from voting.
“If in fact, no matter how hard they make it for minorities to vote, I think you’re going to see them standing in line and defy the attempt to keep them from being able to vote. But it’s going to be difficult. But we’re not there yet” (adapted from Postmillennial. Biden says).
But in fact, there are no provisions in the red state bills directed towards blacks. Moreover, there is nothing in the Dem’s voting rights bills that would protect their right to vote.
Conservative commentator Mark Levin writes:
“He seemed to suggest if the Democrats lose in the midterm election, then it’s not legitimate. He was specifically asked if the upcoming election won't be fair, fairly conducted, quote unquote, ‘Without passing the voting rights bill.’ This is not a voting rights bill,” Levin said, referring to the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. “Can anybody tell me a single provision that actually protects voting rights?”
“They keep talking about the Republicans not wanting Blacks to vote. This is poisonous, cancerous language. Tell me where all these people [are] that can’t vote — where is the class action lawsuit that's been brought in federal court … under the 1965 Civil Rights Act for all these people who couldn't vote?” (Fox News. Mark).
Mark has a point. If in fact the red state laws would prevent blacks or anyone else for that matter from voting, there should be a flood of lawsuits being filed against them. But the only lawsuit filed so far is one by Biden’s DOJ, keeping up the façade Biden is pushing.
Tucker Carlson comments:
Biden talked about his so-called voting rights legislation, which only Nazis oppose. Without that legislation, the next election will almost certainly be fraudulent, rigged, illegitimate, stolen. See how that works? If you complain about an election after the fact, you’re an insurrectionist. The Justice Department may indict you for sedition. But if you complain about an election ahead of time preemptively, then you’re a civil rights leader. There’s a difference, Mr. Man. Learn it. Love it, live it (Fox News. Tucker).
Carlson’s snideness is as pointed as Biden’s was. But you cannot blame conservatives for getting upset about the hypocrisy.
Fox News. Biden has no answers, gives no cause for hope in presidential news conference.
Fox News. Biden’s press conference gets panned by critics: ‘Total disaster’.
Fox News. Mark Levin blasts Biden's ‘outrageous’ press conference: ‘The James Buchanan of our time’.
Fox News. Tucker Carlson: The world no longer cares what Joe Biden says.
Breitbart. Biden: GOP Election Integrity Efforts ‘Un-American’ and ‘Sick’: ‘This Makes Jim Crow Look Like Jim Eagle’.
Breitbart. CNN’s Tapper: Democrats ‘Only Complain’ About Strict Voting Regulations in Red States.
Breitbart. Democrats Block Plan to Remove Foreign Nationals from Voter Rolls.
Breitbart. Fact Check: Joe Biden Lies About Georgia Voting Law in Speech Against ‘Jim Crow 2.0’.
Breitbart. Heritage Action Debunks Democrat Myths About Georgia’s Election Law.
Breitbart. Joe Biden: Democracy Threatened Without Widespread Vote-by-Mail, Ballot Drop Boxes.
Breitbart. Washington Post Gives Biden Four Pinocchios for False GA Voting Law Narrative: ‘Election Day Hours Were Not Changed’.
CNN. Did Joe Biden go too far in his voting rights speech? This Democratic Senator thinks so.
Heritage Action. Myth vs. Fact: The Georgia Election Law.
Just the News. Joe Biden’s Jim Crow 2.0 tour collides with reality: Blacks strongly support voter ID.
Postmillennial. Biden says he’s outperformed expectations, has ‘no idea’ why Americans question his mental fitness in rare press conference.
Red State. The Biden Administration Wastes Another Week on a Voting Bill No One Wants.
Washington Examiner. Biden says 2022 midterm elections ‘could easily be illegitimate’.
Zeolla, Gary F. Alleged Corruption, Bias, and Fraud: Allegations of the Corruption of Joe Biden, Bias of the Media and Big Tech, and Fraud in the 2020 Election.
Voting Rights Bills vs. Election Integrity Laws. Copyright © 2022 by Gary F. Zeolla (www.Zeolla.org).
Alleged Corruption, Bias, and Fraud: Allegations of the Corruption of Joe Biden, Bias of the Media and Big Tech, and Fraud in the 2020 Election
This book covers events from October 2020 to New Year’s Day 2021 that are directly related to the 2020 presidential election. Those events include revelations about the alleged corruption of Joseph R. Biden via his son Hunter Biden. However, the mainstream media (MSM) and Big Tech did their best to hide that potential corruption from the American public, so that Biden could win the election. That worked, or so it was said. But allegations of voter fraud and anomalies abounded.
The above article was posted on this website on January 22, 2022.
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