The state of Iowa and many other states around the country are grappling with the decision of whether or not to grant voting rights to felons, but 2020 presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wants to take it a step further and allow prisoners to vote while behind bars.
While meeting at a middle school gym auditorium in Muscatine, IA on Saturday, Sanders was asked whether or not individuals in prison should be allowed to vote. Sanders gave the notion a full-throated endorsement.
“I think that is absolutely the direction we should go,” he said.
Sanders’ liberal state of Vermont is the only state in the nation besides Maine to allow prisoners to vote while they are still incarcerated. As President, he would work to expand those policies to the rest of the nation.
“In my state, what we do is separate. You’re paying a price, you committed a crime, you’re in jail. That’s bad,” he said. “But you’re still living in American society and you have a right to vote. I believe in that, yes, I do.”
While Sanders paints his proposal in terms of fairness and social justice, the more likely reason why he and other liberals would want prisoners, felons, and other law-breakers to vote is because they are known to cast their ballots overwhelmingly for the Democratic Party candidate.
A study conducted in 2002 by researchers Christopher Uggen and Jeff Manza discovered that “Democratic candidates would have received about 7 out of every 10 votes cast by the felons and ex-felons in 14 of the last 15 US Senate election years.”
Uggen and Manza also argued that if felons were allowed to vote in Florida, the hotly contested 2000 presidential election would have swung in Democrat Al Gore’s favor.
“Had disenfranchised felons been permitted to vote, we estimate that Gore’s margin of victory in the popular vote would have surpassed 1 million votes,” Uggen and Manza said in their study.
“Regardless of the popular vote, however, one state – Florida – held the balance of power. If disenfranchised felons in Florida had been permitted to vote, Democrat Gore would certainly have carried the state, and the election,” they added.
A different academic survey that was published in The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science showed that felons prefer the Democratic Party by a wide margin.
In New York, 61.5 percent of felons who registered to vote registered as a Democrat while only 9 percent registered Republican. In New Mexico, 51.9 percent of felons registered Democrat versus 10.2 percent that registered as a Republican. The results were the same for North Carolina as well, with 54.6 percent of felons registering Democratic and only 10.2 percent registering as Republican.
While reviewing a May 2005 Public Opinion Strategies survey of 602 adults in Washington State, crime researcher Dr. John Lott noticed the findings showed that felons preferred Democrats. Dr. Lott found that “felons were 36 percent more likely than non-felons, with the same characteristics, to have voted for John Kerry over George W. Bush and 37 percent more likely to be registered Democrats.”
“African-American and Asian felons in Washington reported that they voted exclusively for Kerry,” Dr. Lott said, also noting that additional studies estimated that former President Bill Clinton dominated the felon vote with 86 percent in 1992 and an incredible 93 percent in 1996.
Allowing prisoners to vote in addition to felons will only swing things even further in the direction of the Democrats, who also have progressive globalist financier Soros helping to caravan the next generation of liberal voters up from the third-world across the porous US southern border. Sanders wants to stack the deck electorally to transform America into a fully socialist nation.
“Moderate” Democrat Senator Joe Manchin Wants Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz Removed From the Senate
So much for moderation and unity…
Conventional wisdom can often be misleading and at times dangerous if we believe in it too strongly.
Take for example West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. He is constantly marketed as the Democrats’ most moderate Senator. There is a grain of truth to this. Manchin has publicly stated that he opposes ending the filibuster and has also poured cold water on $2,000 stimulus checks. But that’s where the moderation ends.
Manchin is now saying that the Senate should entertain the idea of expelling Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) by using the 14th Amendment over their recent decision to challenge the Electoral College results.
On PBS’s Firing Line, Manchin said the Senate should look into the option after right-wing activists stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Manchin is of the opinion that President Donald Trump and Senators like Hawley and Cruz “incited” these demonstrators.
“That should be a consideration,” Manchin stated. “He understands that. Ted’s a very bright individual, and I get along fine with Ted, but what he did was totally outside of the realm of our responsibilities or our privileges.”
According to the 14th Amendment, no elected official “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”
Hyped up leftist pundits believe that the 14th amendment is applicable to Cruz and Hawley due to how they allegedly “incited” the riot by talking about electoral fraud and pointing out electoral irregularities.
“I’m totally convinced it was done because of political reasons. This was all politically motivated. This was calculated,” declared Manchin. “I believe that all my colleagues truly made a decision that was politically best for them and expedient for them. It was not what they believed to be true or false.”
Unquestionably, Manchin is an establishment hack through and through. He may have reasonable views on gun policy, in part due to West Virginia’s strong gun culture, but Manchin is still a member of the D.C. swamp. His recent statements demonstrate this. Republican nationalists should relieve him of the burden of holding public office in 2024.
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