03.24.2021 0

Is this even America, anymore?

House-passed bills would create a country almost unrecognizable.

By Catherine Mortensen

In two short months the U.S. House of Representatives has passed four bills that will radically change America. The first, a Covid bailout bill has already been signed into law. The other three bills are scheduled for debate in the Senate:

  • HR 1 (Democrat vote-rigging bill)
  • American Dream and Promise Act (amnesty bill)
  • Farm Workforce Modernization Act (amnesty bill)

The Covid bailout bill is an attempt by Democrats to introduce European-style socialism by normalizing huge government handouts for every American, untethered to work. In the short term, politicians see nothing but upside. Their constituents are fat and happy with cash burning a hole in their pockets. My daughter and her husband got $2,800 and are on track to spend it before it even hits their bank account. A good friend told me her sister has five children under the age of 18 and their family is looking at banking more than $10,000 in stimulus, or “stymie” cash as many are calling it. And politicians on both sides of the aisle are floating the idea of a basic universal income. That has long been a dream of the progressive Left – to give every American money with no requirement for work.

Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning said we are slouching toward socialism. “During this pandemic, the federal government has been empowered to just send people checks without any recourse,” Manning explained. “The real danger is that politicians and voters will get hooked on government ‘stymies.’ When that happens, it will destroy the American work ethic which is at the core of our American success story.”

H.R. 1, another partisan bill Democrats call the “For the People” Act, would, according to the Honest Elections Project, eliminate or weaken protections against voter fraud at a time most voters want lawmakers to take the opposite approach. Large majorities rejected both particular provisions and the overall direction of H.R. 1. Only 29% of voters know anything at all about this expansive legislative attempt to reshape American elections, but when they are informed, only 28% support its passage. If Congress passes the “For the People Act,” it will do so in spite of them. Voters want credible elections that balance access and security.

The National Review calls H.R. 1 “a partisan assault on American democracy.” It is a massive power grab by Democrats to retain majorities of all branches of government and must be defeated.

Americans for Limited Government is backing a package of election reform measures in the Arizona legislature that would protect election integrity and is urging other states to introduce and pass similar measures. Our entire system depends on trust in the election process because our government depends upon the consent of the governed for its legitimacy.

American Dream and Promise Act and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act would provide mass amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. This comes at a time when our Customs and Border Patrol agents and our immigration system are completely overwhelmed. Even more concerning, illegal immigrants are being released into America even after testing positive for COVID-19. The first bill, H.R. 6, would provide green cards and a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants, including violent gang members. The other legislation would expand the H-2A Temporary Agricultural Worker visa program and grant agriculture workers a special certified worker status allowing them to stay in the United States for five and a half years. In addition, this status can be renewed and individuals may apply for U.S. citizenship.

 

This irresponsible legislation will only encourage more illegal immigration and worsen the crisis.  Joe Biden’s policies have directly led to this crisis, and Democrats in the House are only working to exacerbate it. Moving forward, we must immediately halt catch and release, resume construction of our Southern border wall, and reinstitute the remain in Mexico policy.

Our country feels perilously close to slipping away. Patriots everywhere are alarmed at what is happening, but our efforts to stem the tide of socialism often feel futile. We are in a fight to save our nation and we cannot give up. Our children and grandchildren may one day ask what we did in the great fight for freedom.

I am reminded of the St Crispin’s Day speech, part of William Shakespeare‘s Henry V. On the eve of the Battle of Agincourt, which fell on Saint Crispin’s Day, Henry V urges his men, who were vastly outnumbered by the French, to recall how the English had previously inflicted great defeats upon the French. The final lines of that speech apply to us today.

This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be rememberèd—
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

Catherine Mortensen is Vice President of Communications at Americans for Limited Government.

 

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