Democrats certainly have an interest in weaker election laws, but is that what their frenzy in Georgia is really about? Or is there another agenda at work -- a more sinister, dangerous motive for the Left? According to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), this isn't about the Peach State at all. It's about every state. "This disinformation has a purpose," he warned. And the only way to stop it is for every American to understand exactly what it is.
"These people literally have been lying about what's in [our] legislation to drive an agenda," Governor Brian Kemp (R-Ga.) insisted on "Washington Watch." Senate Republicans agree -- and many, like McConnell, have been on guard for weeks, watching this misinformation campaign unfold and understanding exactly what's behind it. "Washington Democrats want to pass a sweeping bill that would let them rewrite all 50 states' election laws and turn the Federal Election Commission into a Democrat-run partisan body," McConnell insisted. "This power grab is impossible to defend, so the Left wants to deflect. Instead of winning the debate, they want to silence debate by bullying citizens and entire states into submission."
That "sweeping bill" is H.R. 1, the absurdly-named For the People Act (which Republicans renamed the For the Corrupt Politicians Act). President Joe Biden and his party understand all too well that if Georgia succeeds at cleaning their election mess of 2020, other states will follow suit. Then what? Well, the Left can't manipulate the election as easily, and their dreams about consolidating power permanently are -- just that -- dreams. If they could make an example out of Georgia, or at least make them feel the pain of their reforms, odds are that other states would be more reluctant to tackle their own reforms.
So far, so not great for the Left. Governor Kemp has been unflinching in his response, and conservatives tired of playing defense have decided to go on offense -- nationwide. That's bad news for Biden's party, Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) explains. "If they don't put a line in the sand in Georgia and shame and hurt them for doing this, then it's going to happen in other states." That makes it a lot harder to take this crusade nationwide with H.R. 1. They were hoping this would "justify getting rid of the filibuster," Waltz said, which would give them clear sailing to put H.R. 1 in place and "further that power grab. And that's everything this is about."
He's right. This is about changing the cultural and political landscape of America as we know it. What's happening in Georgia is a big deal -- that's why they're so desperate to stop it. "The filibuster is the canary in the coal mine," Waltz warned, "because once it goes, then it's [full steam ahead to] stacking the Supreme Court, going after the Electoral College. It's [about] going after the fundamentals of our great republic." If they succeed in lowering the bar in the Senate to 51 votes to pass legislation, he warned, there isn't a single obstacle in the Democrats' way. Every bad idea for this country, every extreme policy, would become law. "And this is why we truly have to toe the line. Stand firm. As we say in the Army, we've got to stand firm in the foxhole on this one."
As tempting as it is to get sidetracked by the blatant hypocrisy in Georgia (and there's plenty), conservatives need to stay focused on the Left's endgame. If anything, this over-the-top tantrum from the White House only proves how crucial this moment is. When Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki won't answer the question about Biden's double standard on Americans at the Beijing Olympics, it's obvious that "they really don't care about this issue," Waltz said. Or their hypocrisy. If a democratically-passed voting integrity law is an "atrocity" to Biden (in a state he won), what about a communist regime that systematically tortures, rapes, and sterilizes its minorities?
"They don't care about human rights," Waltz fumed. "They don't care about these people... What they care about is fear-mongering over Georgia, labeling it as racist, labeling the filibuster as racist, and setting the conditions to drop the filibuster. H.R. 1 is really what this is all about. These are moving the chess pieces so that you get that federalized power grab [and] the entire country has to vote like California does."
But the jig is up, he warned. Americans' eyes are open, and they're sick of being preached to by woke corporate hypocrites. "...Coca Cola is getting its sugar from western China. Nike is getting its cotton from western China -- and actively lobbied against a bill that would have restricted [their supply lines] there. Disney is filming in western China. But, you know, there are a million social justice movements here in the United States. [And these companies] are talking out of both sides of their mouth. We're going to call them out, but they won't change their behavior until we hit them on their bottom line. And that's what conservatives need to do."