Pat Buchanan: Stacking the Electorate: How Middle America Is to be Dispossessed

Pat Buchanan


In all but one of the last seven presidential elections, Republicans lost the popular vote. George W. Bush and Donald Trump won only by capturing narrow majorities in the Electoral College.


Hence the grand strategy of the left: to enlarge and alter the U.S. electorate so as to put victory as far out of reach for national Republicans as it is today for California Republicans, and to convert the GOP into America’s permanent minority party.


In the Golden State, Democrats control the governors’ chair, every elective state office, both U.S. Senate seats, 46 of 53 U.S. House seats and three-fourths of each house of the state legislature in Sacramento.


How does the left expect to permanently dispossess Middle America?


Let us count the ways


In 2018, over 60 percent of Floridians voted to expand the electorate by restoring voting rights to 1.5 million ex-cons, all of Florida’s felons except those convicted of sex crimes and murder.


Florida gave Bush his razor-thin victory over Al Gore. Should Trump lose Florida in 2020, he is a one-term president. If the GOP loses Florida indefinitely, the presidency is probably out of reach indefinitely.


Florida’s Amendment 4 is thus a great leap forward in the direction in which the republic is being taken. Gov. Terry McAuliffe of the swing state of Virginia restored voting rights to 156,000 felons by executive order in 2016, calling it his “proudest achievement.”


In California and Oregon, moves are afoot to reduce the voting age to 17 or 16. Understandable, as high schoolers are more enthusiastic about socialism.


Last week, a bold attempt was made by House Democrats to lower the U.S. voting age to 16. It failed — this time.


Some House Democrats apparently feel that with “Medicare-for-all” and the Green New Deal of Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez on the table, they have enough progressive legislation to satisfy the socialist base.


Thanks to Gov. Jerry Brown, every adult citizen in California who gets or renews a driver’s license, gets a state ID card, or fills out a change of address form with the Department of Motor Vehicles is automatically registered to vote. Purpose: expand voter rolls to include those who have shown no interest in politics, so they can be located on Election Day and bused to the polls.


Ari Berman of Mother Jones writes that Nancy Pelosi’s 700-page For the People Act that did pass the House contains “a slew of measures designed to expand voting rights, which … include nationwide automatic voter registration, Election Day registration, two weeks of early voting in every state … restoration of voting rights for ex-felons, and declaring Election Day a federal holiday.”


House Republicans offered an amendment to the bill with language that said, “allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.”


All but six Democrats voted against the GOP proposal.


The Democratic Party does not want to close the door to voting on migrants who broke our laws to get here and do not belong here, as these illegals would likely vote for pro-amnesty Democrats.


If the new U.S. electorate of, say, 2024, includes tens of millions of new voters — 16- and 17-year-olds; illegal migrants; ex-cons; new legal immigrants from Asia, Africa and Latin America who vote 70 to 90 percent Democratic, the political future of America has already been determined.


California, here we come


As a Democratic insurance policy, Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen has introduced a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College.


Some Republicans support statehood for Puerto Rico, which would add six electoral votes that would go Democratic in presidential elections about as often as Washington, D.C.’s three have, which is always.


Ben Franklin told the lady in Philadelphia, “We have a republic, if you can keep it.” Our elites today, however, ceaselessly celebrate “our democracy.”


Yet John Adams was not optimistic about such a political system: “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes exhausts and murders itself. There never was a Democracy yet, that did not commit suicide.”


Thomas Jefferson, a lifelong believer in a “natural aristocracy” among men, was contemptuous: “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51 percent of the people may take away the rights of the other 49.”


Madison wrote in Federalist 10, “democracies … have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”


If one day not far off, as seems probable, tax consumers achieve a permanent hegemony over the nation’s taxpayers, and begin to impose an equality of result that freedom rarely delivers, the question of who should choose the nation’s rulers will be tabled anew.


We do not select NFL coaches or corporate executives or college professors or generals or admirals by plebiscite. What is the empirical evidence that this is the best way to choose a president or commander in chief?


Peoples are wondering that the world over, as our democracy does not appear to be an especially attractive stock.


Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”


Copyright 2019

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3 thoughts on “Pat Buchanan: Stacking the Electorate: How Middle America Is to be Dispossessed”

  1. In the future we will see a new, viable, political party arise in the United States. A significant number of citizens will support its candidates.

    How could I say such a thing confidently, and not merely as wishful-thinking?

    Twice in our past, when the God of the Bible, the founder of our nation, was in a punishing mode, he orchestrated identical events which brought about his severe wars of punishment. Among these was the creation of a new political party. That is, in the early 1770’s, it was the start up of the Whig, or the revolutionary party. In the mid-1850’s, it was the beginning of the Republican party. These two, new, political groups in their respective times not only indicated, but also strengthened the political will on the part of one faction of Americans to stand its ground, up to and including war with the other prominent faction.

    A few years after this, there occurred a secession from the status quo government, and also, a war between brothers.

    Currently, the tragic signs of the times indicate that the Almighty once again is in a punishing mode, and for a third time will bring on his war of punishment, preceded by events and acts similar to those which preceded the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

    1. I have the greatest respect for your love of your creator and your faith.

      Unfortunately, it will take a lot more than a new political party to set things straight in this world and country. The last thing we need is another war……God inspired or not. We need the VAST majority of We the People to stand up and be counted and DEMAND an end to immorality, criminality and corruption.

      WE have the numbers and we have the power….what we lack is the intention and the ability to come together as ONE.

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