The crisis for Republicans has truly arrived. Since Jan. 20, President Joe Biden has issued nearly 60 executive orders (the number may still be growing), reforming the United States in all directions without approval from Congress.
Republican Endorsement No Longer Needed for New Policies
Federal budgets are supported by taxes collected from taxpayers. In any case, when introducing new policies, the interests of the people should be considered. However, the Democrat Party, having control over the three branches of government—executive, legislative, and judicial—now openly satisfies its own selfish interests.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, when speaking on the COVID-19 relief bill at the Senate Session on Feb. 2, mentioned that several Senate Republicans went to the White House a few days after Biden was sworn in and proposed bipartisanship on handling the pandemic, but were rejected by the Democrats.
The highlights of the relief bill drafted by the Democrat Party are as follows:
1. The Democrat Party decided to include spending completely unrelated to fighting the pandemic. Of the huge $1.9 trillion proposal, less than 9 percent (approximately $171 billion) will be used for medical care, and less than 1 percent ($19 billion) for vaccination. At the same time, a total of $350 billion will be allocated to state governments and local governments in mismanaged blue states.
2. Large-scale expansion of Obamacare subsidies, which disproportionately benefit the rich.
3. Funding for the expansion of a Silicon Valley railroad, ridiculed by the GOP as “Nancy Pelosi’s subway;” funding for a seaway international bridge linking Massena, New York and Cornwall, Ontario in Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) territory; and funding for family planning, which is basically funding for abortion.
4. The bill also provides stay-at-home payments to federal employees with children. In addition to receiving $21,000 in subsidies, full-time federal employees can have up to 15 weeks of paid leave if he or she has a child attending virtual school due to the pandemic.
The H.R. 1 Voting Reform Bill Intends to Put Democrats in Power Forever
The real portent comes from the H.R. 1 voting reform bill recently submitted by the Democrat Party.
On March 2, the Democrats in the House of Representatives pushed reform bill H.R. 1 to the House of Representatives chamber for discussion and voting, which caused dissatisfaction among Republicans.
The most controversial clauses in the H.R. 1 bill include: allowing nationwide large-scale voting by mail, allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote in advance of their becoming 18, permanently allowing early voting, minimum verification of online registration, legalizing ballot harvesting, and restoring voting rights to felons who complete prison terms.
H.R. 1 also stipulates that each state must count every mailed ballot within 10 days after election day and all states must allow “ballot harvesting” which enables paid political activists to collect absentee ballots from places such as nursing homes. This will coerce the most vulnerable voters in the United States and increase the risk of their votes being tampered with. At the same time, state and local election officials will be prohibited from verifying voter qualifications. Voter ID documents will be banned from use everywhere.
The H.R. 1 bill was actually the first bill the Democrat Party introduced since it gained control of the House of Representatives in early 2019. It was then implemented in Democrat-controlled states and swing states such as Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Arizona. Republican politicians in these states temporarily modified election regulations on the grounds of the pandemic and willingly became the minions for the Democrat Party and its special interests allies to manipulate the election. If such practices are fixed by law, the Democrat Party will become the permanent ruler of the United States.
As Republican Congressman Mo Brooks said in an interview on Breitbart News Daily on March 4: “There are dozens of provisions in this legislation that undermine the sacredness and the accuracy of the elections, and what we saw in a few places in the country in 2020 with the massive voter fraud that was occurring in those places would now become commonplace throughout the United States.”
The one-person-one-vote election system and the two-party system which rotates through fair elections are the two basic characteristics of the democratic process. The Democrat Party has already undermined the one-person-one-vote system in the 2020 election. If the H.R. 1 bill is used to normalize the 2020 election model, it not only spells the demise of the Republican Party, but also the demise of the American democratic system.
Can Republicans Reverse the Situation?
At present, Republican states are using the autonomy granted by the Constitution to block the reform that the Biden administration incurs on their individual states. For instance, state governments can refuse to implement executive orders, as Texas and Florida have chosen to do. Another method is to abolish newly passed voting bills and executive orders at the state level. However, as a law-abiding party and an organization lacking strong unity, it is very difficult for the Republican Party to confront the Democrat Party, a party that is accustomed to operating in the grey areas of the law, good at uniting the party over interests, and currently holds power over the three branches of government and has control of the media.
The Epoch Times published an opinion piece on an article published in Time magazine on Feb. 6, “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election.”
Although the Time article was about the stealers of the election showing off their victory, it clearly revealed a fact: in terms of election campaigns, be it organization, mobilization, or propaganda capabilities, the Republican Party is still in the industrial age, while the Democrat Party has long become a skillful campaigner that combines its mastery of high-tech operations with a “1984” style Leninist method to control society and public opinions.
The cohesion of the Democrat Party mainly comes from two aspects. One is profit-sharing among all its members, and the other is the unprincipled shielding of party members’ crimes.
The former is a characteristic of all modern organizations and political parties, but the latter is originally a characteristic of gang organizations and should not belong to any political parties in a democratic country. Such protection is most prominently displayed in turning a blind eye to any illegal or unethical conducts of its key members, and obstructing any attempt to hold them accountable through various underhanded means.
Take Biden as an example. His family has long been involved in a corruption scandal that uses Biden’s influence to accumulate wealth in foreign countries.
After the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee publicized an 87-page document titled “Hunter Biden, Burisma, and Corruption: The Impact on U.S. Government Policy and Related Concerns,” the Democrat Party turned a blind eye to it, pretending it never existed.
Axios, after a year-long in-depth investigation, discovered that starting from 2011, Fang Fang, an alleged Chinese female spy, infiltrated U.S. politicians through campaign fundraising and romantic or sexual relationships.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) was one of Fang’s key targets. However, protected by Democrat leaders, he is still holding an important position on the House Intelligence Committee.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo caused a large number of senior deaths in nursing homes due to his mishandling of the pandemic, and several women have accused him of sexual harassment, including his former secretary. California Governor Gavin Newsom was caught in various corruption scandals and political misconduct, and the “Recall Gavin 2020” campaign has collected over 2 million signatures. But the Democrat leaders harbored both of them.
Such practice reflects how degenerated this party is. Although the Democrat Party has been abandoned by the backbone of society—small and medium-sized business owners and working-class citizens—it is capable of unifying its members together and hence demonstrating strong political power. Why is it so? Harboring each other’s shortcomings and crimes is a strong force that glues the party together.
The Republican Party certainly must not degenerate itself in the same manner, but Republicans need to sober up to the fact that lack of unity and failure to protect the legal rights of their voters will place themselves at a disadvantageous position in their struggle with the Democrats.
When tech companies suppress conservative speech, when conservative employees or lawmakers are fired, and when banks freeze accounts belonging to conservative customers, the Republican Party often fails to provide the victims proper support. When Republican representative Marjorie Taylor Greene was expelled from various congressional committees because she opposed political correctness, the Republicans failed to lend full support for her. All these phenomena, which have become the new norm in American society, are the very reason why the Republican Party lacks unity.
To put it bluntly, in the 2020 general election, Republicans in swing states aided the Democrat Party’s manipulation of elections. This is an important reason why the Democrat Party was able to steal the election successfully. After the election, when the Trump campaign team and supporters struggled to win back the election, some Republicans refused to condemn the election fraud. Instead, they abandoned Trump and sided with the Democrat Party. The situation continued to worsen and the Republicans have basically lost the ability to compete with the Democrats at the present stage.
The CPAC conference was just the beginning of a reunification. The Republican Party must also strengthen its local-level organization and mobilization capabilities for its campaign activities to meet the needs and changes of a technological age. For instance, it needs to establish new social media platforms to be able to influence public opinions.
If the Republicans wish to lead their 74 million voters to take back the White House, they will have to learn from the opponents’ strategy and tactics, as detailed in the Time magazine article “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election.”
He Qinglian is a prominent Chinese author and economist. Currently based in the United States, she authored “China’s Pitfalls,” which concerns corruption in China’s economic reform of the 1990s, and “The Fog of Censorship: Media Control in China,” which addresses the manipulation and restriction of the press. She regularly writes on contemporary Chinese social and economic issues.
Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.