Showing up at work with an “I voted” sticker on our chest has long been a proudly worn badge signifying fulfillment of civic responsibility. Others voted on their way home. Washington and Oregon have forsaken polling places in favor of mail-in only ballots. Arizonans have mail-in ballots as an option, as well as polls that are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. — providing a wide array of choices.
This process has worked well for us, our parents and preceding generations. But the Democrats, specifically newly minted 2020 presidential candidates Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand and retread Bernie Sanders, fallaciously claim the numerous voter accommodations exemplify, “voter suppression.” In their bizarre thinking, the only way to circumvent this obvious contrivance said to keep minorities from voting is to give everyone paid days off — regardless of whether they have mailed in their ballot or chose not to vote. Perhaps follow-up paid days off should also be considered to allow a rest period following the arduous effort that was expended exercising their right to vote.
Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell minced no words as he went to the heart of this foolish and costly proposal, in a senate speech, with this question and response:
“This is the Democrat plan to restore democracy? A brand-new week of paid vacation for every federal employee who would like to hover around while you cast your ballot?” McConnell asked from the Senate floor.
“Just what America needs, another paid holiday and a bunch of government workers being paid to go out and work for I assume … our colleagues on the other side, on their campaigns,” McConnell added.
Sanders, currently a registered Independent who caucuses with the Democrats, closing in on 80 in 2020, became a Socialist in college. He’s had several political incarnations including being a member of the far-left Liberty Union Party of Vermont. The other declared leftist presidential candidates mounting challenges to President Donald Trump, are radical fringers who run on free universal healthcare, child care and college for all, though still lagging behind the new crop of Socialists elected November 2018, notably Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) and Rashida Tlaib (MI). None of them explain how the free-everything-for-all will be paid for, but they all want to impose punishing tax rates on those they consider “the rich.” AOC wants a 70% tax rate on job creators to redistribute as Karl Marx envisioned. His mantra was the basis for the failed Socialist system which has brought suffering and devastation wherever it has been instituted, pledging: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”