Saving democracy by controlling elections

 

Obama delivers a speech at a joint session of Congress. Wikimedia Commons

I don’t have time to write a post about it, but you simply must read “Can Democracy Survive ‘The Defenders of Democracy’?” by Johnathan Turley.  He begins by quoting Democrats, who are saying that having Republicans in positions of power is nothing less than tyranny:

 

In 2022, House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told “Fox News Sunday” that “democracy will be ending” if Democrats lost the midterms.

The rhetoric has continued to ramp up with the upcoming election.

From President Joe Biden to a host of progressive politicians and pundits, the 2024 election is all about saving democracy. The public has been told that if the Democrats lose power, citizens will be living in a tyrannical hellscape. Vice President Kamala Harris stated in one interview that 2024 “genuinely could be” the last democratic election in America’s history. Dozens of Democrats have said that democracy will end if Biden is not reelected.

The Washington Post even ran an op-ed titled, “A Trump dictatorship is increasingly inevitable. We should stop pretending.”

Mr. Turley then discusses the Democrats’ open attempt to keep Republicans off ballots all over the country, and their using the courts to prosecute their political opponents, emphasizing the virtue of slanted news coverage, openly promoting the use of federal agencies to censor ideas they disagree with—so on and so forth.  Nothing controversial, and nothing new.  This is just politics as usual for modern Democrats.

In a later paragraph, he points out that some Americans have recognized the obvious and understand the intentions of the Democrats:

…some in the country may view Biden and the Democrats as existential threats not just to democracy, but to themselves. They see a party that is engaged in efforts to cleanse ballots (of Republicans), censor dissenting voices and prosecute political opponents.

October 2012: last campaign for President Hugo Chavez. luis arismendi (Shutterstock)

Yes, some may see it that way.  I’m more amazed by those who don’t see it that way, but whatever.

You should read the whole article.  It’s outstanding.  It makes a lot of obvious points, about a lot of obvious Democrat efforts to control elections.

And the fact that over a quarter of the population (maybe much more—hard to say) is about to vote Democrat is absolutely terrifying.

I hope that many Democrat voters are profoundly ill-informed about current events.

I fear that they are not.

Published in General
This post was promoted to the Main Feed at the recommendation of Ricochet members. Like this post? Want to comment? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Join Ricochet for Free.

There are 24 comments.

Become a member to join the conversation. Or sign in if you're already a member.
  1. Front Seat Cat Member
    Front Seat Cat
    @FrontSeatCat

    Interesting choice of pictures………..thank you in spite of your busy schedule for this info! 

    • #1
  2. Susan Quinn Member
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Jonathan Turley is awesome and an admirable truth teller. I’m assuming he’s correct, and I’m getting more concerned every day. I wonder, how much worse can it get?

    • #2
  3. cdor Member
    cdor
    @cdor

    The Democrat playbook is to always ACCUSE the Republicans of doing exactly what the Democrats are doing themselves. I capitalize the word “accuse” because the implication behind their method is that what the Democrats are doing is bad, illegal, evil, and unconstitutional AND they know it! Thus they attempt to cast their aspersions onto their competitor.

    • #3
  4. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    The Dems have themselves worked up to quite a state, haven’t they?

    • #4
  5. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    This is why not voting for Trump is support if tyranny.

    Lawfare 

    • #5
  6. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Dr. Bastiat:

    So very very punchable…

     

    • #6
  7. GLDIII Purveyor of Splendid Malpropisms Reagan
    GLDIII Purveyor of Splendid Malpropisms
    @GLDIII

    Dr. Bastiat:

    And the fact that over a quarter of the population (maybe much more – hard to say) is about to vote Democrat is absolutely terrifying.

    Once we round them all up, (we can easily just use there voter registration status, at least the ones who are not dead yet) perhaps then they will understand what we have been saying about there behavior…      😉

    • #7
  8. David Foster Member
    David Foster
    @DavidFoster

    See also the analogy with Sukarno’s ‘Guided Democracy’ in Indonesia. 

     

    • #8
  9. David Foster Member
    David Foster
    @DavidFoster

    During the Middle Ages, in the time of the Holy Roman Empire, there was a small group of men known as the Prince-Electors.  They, and only they, got to choose the next Emperor.

    We have something kind of similar in America today.  There is a cluster of influential and would-be-influential people who fervently believe that–while they might not get to actually selected the next President–they should have the authority to decide who may and who may not be considered for the Presidential role.  These Prince-Electors include national journalists, Ivy League professors and administrators, and high-level government officials.  Their primary means of action is via the control of communications channels.

    See my post The Rage of the Prince-Electors.

     

    • #9
  10. Scott Wilmot Member
    Scott Wilmot
    @ScottWilmot

    Clyburn is correct in that the Democrat party views democracy as mob rule – that is why they are determined to rely on the total vote tally rather than the Electoral College. They control the big cities and will probably always get the total vote because of this. If their vision of democracy mob rule is ended that means we survive as a constitutional republic and those of us in flyover country still have a say. They hate the thought of this. FJB and all the evil clowns in the Democrat party.

    • #10
  11. Ekosj Member
    Ekosj
    @Ekosj

    When your opponent is Satan incarnate, any and all methods are available for use.   Thats the whole point of the lawfare.    They want to run against Trump.     They’ve painted him is such evil terms that it legitimizes anything they do.

    • #11
  12. namlliT noD Member
    namlliT noD
    @DonTillman

    cdor (View Comment):

    The Democrat playbook is to always ACCUSE the Republicans of doing exactly what the Democrats are doing themselves. I capitalize the word “accuse” because the implication behind their method is that what the Democrats are doing is bad, illegal, evil, and unconstitutional AND they know it! Thus they attempt to cast their aspersions onto their competitor.

    “Accuse your enemy of that which you are guilty.”  — Joseph Goebbels (attr.)

    The difference with the Dems is that they do it to extreme levels of specificity. 

    • #12
  13. Saint Augustine Member
    Saint Augustine
    @SaintAugustine

    “Insurrectionists!” shout the supporters of a Deep State insurrection against President Trump–and of a BLM insurrection against American government in general.

    “Conspiracy theorists!” shout the people who believe Trump colluded with Russia, Bush lied about WMD for oil, etc.

    “Election deniers!” shout the people who believe Bush and Trump cheated their ways into the White House in 2000 and 2016.

    “Vote-suppressers!” shout the people who want legal and secure votes to be overruled by illegal or insecure votes.

    • #13
  14. The Reticulator Member
    The Reticulator
    @TheReticulator

    Dr. Bastiat: [quoting] The Washington Post even ran an op-ed titled, “A Trump dictatorship is increasingly inevitable. We should stop pretending.”

    When Democrats talk about Trump’s authoritarian tendencies, I look for a way to agree with them, such as, “Yes, Trump is sometimes a lot more like Biden than I would like.”   

    Other times it’s better to refer to Democrats in general rather than Biden, specifically.  You have to learn to read the room, and I don’t think I’ve gotten better at it since being retired and not interacting with lefties on a day-to-day basis, but I try.   

    If the Democrat that I am replying to demands specifics, I am ready.  I never neglect comparing Biden’s lawfare against political opposition to Putin’s.  

    • #14
  15. Gossamer Cat Coolidge
    Gossamer Cat
    @GossamerCat

    I had dinner with colleagues last night and one of them stated in horror that a recent poll showed that 50% of Republicans support a dictatorship.  I normally keep quiet about politics because I am in the belly of the beast (academia), but I just blurted out.  “That is absolute nonsense.”   He insisted it was true.  I have to assume it is this poll which is Republicans backing up Trump’s quip that he would be dictator for a day: https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/maddowblog/poll-republican-voters-are-board-trumps-dictator-talk-rcna137917.   .  Of course the left went nuts with that comment and intoned in serious tones about Republicans support of dictatorships.  

    I am not concerned that Trump will become a dictator. For all of their pearl clutching about Trump not accepting the outcome of the election, who was President these last 4 years?  And  Joe Biden truly was dictator for a day and a lot longer by ignoring the rulings of the Supreme Court, doing incalcuble damage along the way. 

    But I also said out loud for the benefit of the students there:  You should know that every single accusation that the left hurls against the right, the right hurls against the left.  So anytime that you hear something like this, you need to dig a little deeper and ask how much truth there is in it and how much is being distorted by the lens of whomever is breathlessly trying to rile you up.  You can choose to believe the worst about your fellow citizens, and in the extremes on either end, it might be true, but never accept any of these polls or commentaries at face value.   Give your fellow citizens – the ones you interact with peacefully everyday on the street, at your job, in stores at concerts at baseball games – the benefit of the doubt. 

    • #15
  16. Ekosj Member
    Ekosj
    @Ekosj

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    “Insurrectionists!” shout the supporters of a Deep State insurrection against President Trump–and of a BLM insurrection against American government in general.

    “Conspiracy theorists!” shout the people who believe Trump colluded with Russia, Bush lied about WMD for oil, etc.

    “Election deniers!” shout the people who believe Bush and Trump cheated their ways into the White House in 2000 and 2016.

    “Vote-suppressers!” shout the people who want legal and secure votes to be overruled by illegal or insecure votes.

    It seems to me that whatever the Left accuses the Right of wanting to do are things the Left are already actually doing.

    • #16
  17. Old Bathos Member
    Old Bathos
    @OldBathos

    The “our” in “our democracy” is oddly narrow.  Think of the people who thought it was wonderful that the overt lies about the risks of COVID-19 were used to suspend civil liberties and create the illusion of being “protected” by benevolent experts.  Think of the people who cannot bring themselves to criticize open borders, boys winning girls’ sporting events (and using the girls’ locker rooms) or absurd energy policies lest they be accused of a lack of enlightened compassion and a failure to Believe in Science.  The model of using fear of alleged dangers as justification for heavy-handed imposition of the sensibilities of the pseudo-educated wannabe ruling class on all discourse and law is now the norm for “our democracy.”

    Existential fear (COVID, climate change, racism, ___phobism and, of course, the ignorant hordes supporting Trump) is both the essence of their cognitive state and governance model as well as the only political message they have left because their actual performance is not just bad but embarrassing.

    • #17
  18. The Reticulator Member
    The Reticulator
    @TheReticulator

    Old Bathos (View Comment):
    The “our” in “our democracy” is oddly narrow

    Good point.  “Our” democracy vs the people’s democracy. 

    • #18
  19. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Old Bathos (View Comment):
    The “our” in “our democracy” is oddly narrow

    Good point. “Our” democracy vs the people’s democracy.

    And that’s how the “Department of Justice” becomes the “Department of Just Us.”

    • #19
  20. GlennAmurgis Coolidge
    GlennAmurgis
    @GlennAmurgis

    Tammany Hall in NYC and “Dailey Machine” in Chicago knew this for decades.

     

    • #20
  21. Jim McConnell Member
    Jim McConnell
    @JimMcConnell

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat:

    So very very punchable…

    Looking at that photo, one can’t help but be reminded of this lyric by Mac Davis:

    “Oh Lord, it’s hard to be humble
    When you’re perfect in every way
    I can’t wait to look in the mirror
    ‘Cause I get better lookin’ each day
    To know me is to love me…”

    Mac wrote it as a parody, but Obama believes it sincerely about himself. (Pardon me for not capitalizing “himself.”)

    Edit: punctuation error.

    • #21
  22. Ray Gunner Coolidge
    Ray Gunner
    @RayGunner

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Old Bathos (View Comment):
    The “our” in “our democracy” is oddly narrow

    Good point. “Our” democracy vs the people’s democracy.

    When Dems say, “our democracy,” just remember it means “our hegemony,” and then it makes perfect sense. 

    • #22
  23. Barfly Member
    Barfly
    @Barfly

    Ray Gunner (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Old Bathos (View Comment):
    The “our” in “our democracy” is oddly narrow

    Good point. “Our” democracy vs the people’s democracy.

    When Dems say, “our democracy,” just remember it means “our hegemony,” and then it makes perfect sense.

    They also speak of “my truth.” Twisted on the inside and out.

    • #23
  24. The Reticulator Member
    The Reticulator
    @TheReticulator

    Ray Gunner (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Old Bathos (View Comment):
    The “our” in “our democracy” is oddly narrow

    Good point. “Our” democracy vs the people’s democracy.

    When Dems say, “our democracy,” just remember it means “our hegemony,” and then it makes perfect sense.

    That’s very true, but calling their democracy a colonialist enterprise might be good, too, if you’re hanging around with people who say “colonialism” a lot. 

    • #24
Become a member to join the conversation. Or sign in if you're already a member.