While conservatives are debating how to save a comatose Republican Party, Democrats are working overtime to create a permanent electoral majority. And as is always the case, the few brain waves left in the Republican Party are being expended towards the pursuit of that Democrat majority.
In case you thought Terry McAuliffe’s executive order granting voting rights to 206,000 felons was an anomaly, think again. It is the end-game of “criminal justice reform” aka the jailbreak movement in Congress and in all 50 states. On Monday, at a town hall with Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Pat Leahy (D-VT), Booker admitted that criminal justice reform is needed to make sure criminals get to vote in swing states. He singled out “states like Florida” that have too much of the black population “victimized” by losing their voting rights, representing in his view the greatest voter disenfranchisement of our lifetime.
First, it’s important to point out the irony of their concern about voter disenfranchisement. In Chapter 8 of my upcoming book, Stolen Sovereignty, I discuss in detail the most profound manifestation of voter disenfranchisement: non-citizens voting, unconditional birthright citizenship and illegal aliens counted in the Census and reapportionment. Not only are these folks not concerned with that consummate form of disenfranchisement, they champion it as a civil right enshrined into our Constitution.
Moreover, as we’ve noted many times, the talking point about racial disparity in prison is a crock; it merely reflects crime rates. In fact, blacks have a lower incarceration level relative to crimes committed and the trajectory is growing wider. The prison population has been decreasing across the board over the past decade, with the sharpest drop among blacks.
Either way, Democrats are publicly telling us that criminal justice deform, like every fiscal and social policy of the Left, is designed to create more votes in the swing states, following the lead of Terry McAuliffe. Just this week, the Justice Department announced its intention to expunge the “disparaging” words “felon” and “convict” from its lexicon. This is yet another similarity to immigration in which the Left began banning the word alien in order to legitimize illegal immigration, which in itself was also in pursuit of more Democrat votes.
Yet, when Republicans return from recess, this issue is their top priority! And yes, all of the leaders who are promoting this on a state and federal level were reelected and few in Washington are even opposed to this bill.
This is yet one more reason why, Trump or no Trump, this party is deader than dead.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.