A conservative activist who is a veteran of Washington, D.C. politics has a grim prediction: There is little hope the Republican Party can compete and win against Democrats if election laws are federalized, the First Amendment is weakened, and rampant fraud is allowed.
At the same time President Donald Trump is preparing to exit the White House, leaving behind a fractured GOP in which the political outsider fought the Swamp, passage of H.R. 1 is being viewed as the political knife that will kill the GOP at the ballot box in the name of "democracy."
Democrats named H.R. 1 the “For The People Act” but even the far-left ACLU, which has drifted away from its First Amendment fight in recent years, publicly condemned the legislation last year over provisions “that unconstitutionally impinge on the free speech rights of American citizens and public interest organizations.”
The bill, introduced by Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) last year, passed in the Democrat-led House but has languished in the Senate, which is expected to become a Democrat-led legislative body next week with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris being the tie-breaking vote.
“I think the Republican Party has no future” if H.R. 1 becomes law, Sandy Rios, an American Family Radio talk show host, told the radio audience last week.
“It will enshrine mail-in voting for everything. It will take all control away from the states,” Rios warned.
The bill’s far-left cheerleaders are praising it for introducing automatic voter registration, early voting and online voting, and for what they are calling “democracy reform” in elections.
Reacting to the bill last year, Heritage Action pointed out the bill strips states from controlling their own elections; uses taxpayers’ money to finance campaigns; and strips the rights of state legislatures to draw their own congressional districts.
Mirroring the ACLU's concerns, among the most ominous objectives in H.R. 1, Heritage Action warned, is free speech issues:
Using a very vague standard, the bill regulates any speech that is deemed threatening to a federal candidate or election official, forces groups to publicly identify donors, regulates speech about legislative issues, regulates online political speech, forces groups to file reports with the Federal Election Commission when they sponsor political ads, imposes burdensome disclaimer requirements for issue ads, and much more.
“Republicans, I don't think, will ever win another election again,” Rios predicted, “unless they're really good Democrats who call themselves Republicans."
H.R. 1 is also opposed by AFA Action, which has warned about the dangers of turning over state-level election authority to the federal government, One News Now reported in a Jan. 8 story.
Editor's Note: AFA Action and American Family Radio are divisions of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.