Democrats are moving further to the left, and losing power in the process. But rather than change their messaging to conform to the electorate, they appear to be changing the electorate to conform to their messaging.
And in the process, they’re taking seriously the non-serious advice of a mid-20th century German playwright.
Americans generally want to see immigrants who arrived here illegally be given a path to legal status — especially so-called Dreamers; those brought here illegally by their parents when they were young.
But America’s kindheartedness only goes so far.
Harvard University-Harris polls consistently find that American voters are in sync with President Donald Trump on immigration policy, including restricting chain migration, eliminating the visa lottery system, and building a border barrier.
Voters are dissatisfied with border security — as it now exists.
But Democrats aren’t listening. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called Trump’s proposal a "campaign to make America white again." Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., ignored the polls, saying, "This plan flies in the face of what most Americans believe."
As Clarence McKee observed, Trump’s immigration proposal gained the approved of "64 percent of black voters and 68 percent of Hispanic voters," two core groups of the Democratic Party.
So if the electorate is loathe to welcome open borders, the solution would be to change the electorate.
Last year, College Park, Maryland, located a few miles outside of Washington, D.C., gave non-citizens the right to vote.
But even absent a legal right, non-citizens — including illegal immigrants — have registered to vote. Last year thousands of illegals were discovered on Virginia’s voter rolls.
Going beyond the vote, three years ago a Los Angeles suburb appointed two illegal immigrants to city council positions, and last month California appointed an illegal immigrant to a statewide post.
Law and Order
In 2016, Gallup reported that Americans’ concern about crime, including terrorism, had climbed to a 15 year high.
The polling giant observed that "53 percent worry 'a great deal' about crime, compared with 39 percent in 2014," and that those concerned about drug use — 44 percent — had also climbed "significantly since 2014."
Yet the Barack Obama administration’s answer was to shorten jail sentences for many drug offenses, arguing that legally-enacted mandatory minimum sentences for such crimes were unfair.
And in one of his last official acts before leaving office, Obama commuted the 70-year prison sentence of Puerto Rican terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera.
Rivera was the former leader of the terrorist organization FALN, which took responsibility for the 1975 bombing at Fraunces Tavern in New York City — killing four.
Joseph Connor, the son of one of Rivera’s victims and an anti-terrorist activist told Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg, "It kind of tells you what we're dealing with, what we've been dealing with for the last eight years with this president."
One way around a Congress that may be reluctant to enact lighter sentences would be to change the electorate — give convicted felons the vote.
Kathy Min wrote in The Politic, "Even after leaving life behind bars, former felons continue to be punished over and over again."
There’s one problem with her reasoning: there’s no such thing as a "former felon."
Felons, like Marines, are forever.
The Feb. 14, 2018 shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school prompted the call for a string of draconian gun control measures proposed by Democratic lawmakers.
This comes despite the misgivings of some party members. "It hurts the message," said Brad Bannon, a Democratic strategist. "It basically raises the hackles of a lot of people who think Democrats are out to take away all the guns. It scares the bejesus out of people."
There’s always been a sharp divide on the issue between Democrats on one side, and Republicans and gun owners on the other, a Pew Research poll found.
The call for more gun control got a huge boost from the survivors of the February shooting, who led the March For Our Lives rally — a fact not lost on lawmakers.
Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., said, "This is going to be a serious issue in the elections. . . . Either we change laws or we change who’s in Congress. The kids get that."
And one way to "change who’s in Congress" is to change the electorate — specifically, by giving those same impassioned students access to the ballot.
After the Parkland shooting, the left began its call to give voting rights to 16 year olds.
John Nichols reasoned in The Nation. "Young people who are smart enough and engaged enough to shape the debate about gun violence are smart enough and engaged enough to vote."
And the idea is gaining traction among Democratic lawmakers. Sen. Corey Booker, D-N.J., said he wants to consider it.
But there’s a logical disconnect with the proposal. One of the laws being suggested is to prohibit gun ownership by anyone below the age of 21, under the theory that minors aren’t mature enough to possess a firearm. Yet they’re mature enough to vote?
The idea of changing the electorate to advance a political agenda was suggested by German playwright Bertolt Brecht in his poem, "Die Lösung" (The Solution).
He wrote it in response to the 1953 East German uprising against the communist German Democratic Republic.
Brecht suggested to the regime, "Wouldn't it be simpler . . . if the government dissolved the people and elected another?"
It appears as though that’s exactly what liberals are trying to do — change the electorate to one more to their liking by adding non-citizens, felons, and adolescents to the mix.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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