Special Opinion to the Mirror by Charles Landis
In the mid 1850’s the great issue leading up to the Civil War was the promise of the Declaration of Independence of “all men are created equal” and the denial by Chief Justice Roger Taney’s interpretation of the Constitution (Dred Scott-1857).
Lincoln said “I believe this government cannot endure, permanently if half slave and half free… I do not expect the Union to be dissolved… I do not expect the house to fall… but I do expect it will cease to be divided… it will become all one thing or the other.”
Today we are as divided and again it can be said we cannot be, permanently half of one thing and half of another. We cannot be half a constitutional democratic republic with capitalism and half a progressive socialist democracy dependent on government control of lives and livelihoods .
Party labels aside, our division is essentially the populism ushered in by election of Trump versus the progressive movement of the left. To simply view the divide as between Republican and Democrats is to ignore the existential essence of the divide.
Trump populism began when he announced his candidacy as an outsider Republican against establishment elites and progressive interests: main street media, the political class, academia, mega tech, and the deep state…the SWAMP. As with any populist movement, it was ordinary people (middle class, blue collar, and working folk) against elitists; assaults against time honored value precepts.
Th e one thing or the other question begins with two different views of the election process:
On January 11 (5 days after the January 6 official Electoral vote count) I participated in a briefing for members of Heritage Foundation on a meeting of the Heritage president with Vice President Pence that morning. The takeaway was the critical importance of the integrity of the voting/electoral process and what happened in 2020 must never happen again. Specifically, the widespread violation of Article 2 Sec. 1 of the Constitution which mandates the state legislatures as the sole authority in writing the rules in the voting process. Under cover and pretext of Covid considerations, Democrats persuaded election boards, governors, and judges to circumvent the Constitutional requirement and prejudice the integrity of the vote process.
Most important, was identification and verification requirements for both in-person and mail-in votes. The greatest and most egregious issues, of course, arose in contested elections in Democrat controlled battleground states. Democrats consider almost any identification or verification requirements as voter suppression.
The Heritage project is essentially a populist effort to insure integrity of the election process by working with state legislatures to enforce integrity by identification, absentee ballot controls, and verification standards to avoid abuses in 2020 election.
The progressive Democrat left has a different agenda. In HR 1, , The Peoples Act of 2019, the socialist Democrat party endeavors to federalize the election process by eliminating the Art. 2, Sec. 1 requirement of state legislatures and reconstituting the Federal Election Commission. A 5-member board, of which 3 members would be appointed by the president, would make election rules a federal partisan political n process. HR1 has passed the Democrat controlled House but may be defeated in the Senate. How the Constitutional challenge will be met without amendment is unclear.
What is clear, however, is the one way of the populist Republicans is faithfulness to the Constitution and a democratic republic. The other way of the Socialists Democrats reeks of Marxism. The Peoples Act is as of every other socialist/communist Peoples Republic. First there was the 1619 Project to rewrite our history. Now, on the 400 hundred year anniversary of that misguided assault, the socialist Democrats progress with the 2019 Peoples Act to the end of the great experiment.