Nearly a week after President Joe Biden said if you don’t agree with him on changing the Senate rules on the filibuster and/or on federalizing elections that you were no better than Democrat racists of the past like Bull Connor, George Wallace, and Jefferson Davis, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has added her own unhinged twist on the kind of person you allegedly are if you don’t play nice with Democrats on these issues.
With today being MLK Day, Democrats are of course milking the opportunity the holiday presents to invoke the late civil rights icon’s legacy when it comes to their pet projects, and that includes on the so-called “For the People Act” and the “John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act,” both of which would be massive power grabs for Democrats if passed and signed into law by Biden.
Pelosi, flanked by family members of MLK as well as Congressional Black Caucus Chair Joyce Beatty, gave a press conference earlier where the emphasis was on “voting rights” and how Democrat holdouts like Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema (not mentioned by name) needed to get over their commitment to preserving the filibuster in the name of democracy or whatever.
But during her remarks, Pelosi sounded like Joe Biden last week, stating that “if you really truly want to honor Dr. King, don’t dishonor him by using a Congressional custom as an excuse for protecting our democracy.” She went on to say that those who stand opposed to changing the filibuster “have no right to honor this family, to visit the [MLK] monument.”
Moments later, she went full “Crazy Joe” in animatedly suggesting that Founding Fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson had “tears in their eyes for the departure from our democracy that is happening right now.”
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 17, 2022
Firstly, I’m a bit confused here. Last year we were told that monuments to our “slave-owning Founding Fathers” need to be removed and confined to museums. Now we’re being told they have tears in their eyes over stalled “voting rights” bills that Pelosi and other Democrats say in part are to make it easier for minorities to vote? Democrats really need to make up their minds on this one.
Secondly, though I can’t speak to the thoughts of anyone who has departed this earth, I feel pretty certain that MLK would be deeply disappointed in the Democrats of today, including Nancy Pelosi, all of who seek to keep fanning the flames of racial division not because they want to solve anything but because it helps keep them in office and on TV, virtue signaling about how committed they are to civil rights.
Third, if Nancy Pelosi believes the Founding Fathers were all about putting our elections in the hands of the federal government, she’s sadly mistaken. As George Washington Law School professor Jonathan Turley explained last summer in an op-ed:
When the Constitution was written, the Framers expressly warned of the need to keep the federal government at bay in elections. South Carolina constitutional convention delegate Charles Pinckney noted that “great care was used to provide for the election of the president of the United States independently of Congress; to take the business as far as possible out of their hands.” It was done, he explained, because Congress “had no right to meddle with it at all.” Many Framers feared the power of the central government and wanted to prevent the abuses of Great Britain in the use of executive powers.
This view was reflected in the Electors Clause of Article II, Section 1, which confines the power of Congress to determining “the day on which [electors] give their votes; which day shall be the same throughout the United States.” Where Congress is left with the timing of such elections, states are left the manner in which those elections are held.
Not only did this state control over elections advance the purpose of decentralization of authority, it reflected the strong federalism principles in the Constitution. States were viewed as “laboratories of democracy,” with each pursuing different approaches to governmental functions, including elections. They also were closest to the voters, who could more readily change laws and policies on the state level.
Would be nice if Democrat “leaders” like Pelosi had even the bare minimum grasp of understanding regarding the political history they spout. But this is all about narratives and whatnot and branding your political opposition racists and traitors, so who cares anything about the inconvenient facts?