Although I have no idea what will happen tonight, based on the insane, anti-Constitutional, and un-American proposals being floated by the New York Times, Vox.com, and CNN, I do know what the media believe will happen: a historic shellacking is in store for Democrats and President Obama.
How else to explain why the New York Times wants to forever cancel the midterm election. You read that right, cancel them. Outright. According to the Times, midterm elections no longer make sense. The problem is that the midterm electorate “has been whiter, wealthier, older and more educated than during presidential elections.”
Mind you, no one is stopping the non-white, non-old, or non-educated (i.e., Democrats) from voting in midterms. There is no law against Democrats voting (except for that pesky citizenship stuff). The only problem, according to our media overlords, is that voting every two years is something conservative-leaning voters are more willing to do than Democrats.
The answer to this hideous crisis, obviously, is to rewrite the Constitution so that voting is more convenient for Democrats — meaning you only have to make that arduous journey to the polling place once every 4 years instead of 2. The way to do this is easy: Congressional terms become 4 years instead of 2, and Senate terms move from 6 to 4 or 8.
Voila! Democracy is fixed.
Other than taking away the vitally important power We The People currently enjoy to make a national course correction every 2 years, the Times also believes that eliminating the midterm election will strengthen the power of the presidency — as though more power in the hands of one person is a virtue.
Finally, the Times believes that national elections taking place only every 4 years will weaken a “grotesque campaign finance system.” As the media repeatedly makes clear, they hate, loathe, and despise unlimited outside corporate money affecting American politics — unless of course the unlimited outside money is being spent by a media corporation to affect American politics.
In summation: the gatekeepers believe that only gatekeepers should gatekeep.
Vox.com not only loves the idea of eliminating the midterm, Ezra Klein’s yellow-ey Web site sees an added advantage of less congressional gridlock. To understand this thinking you first have to wrap your mind around the fact that the media actually see gridlock as a bad thing. There will never be enough laws, regulations, and controls on the books to satisfy this crowd.
Without irony, Vox attempts to sell this idea based on the argument that midterm elections were recently eliminated by the French … the French.
The people behind Vox.com and the New York Times are not dumb. They understand perfectly that the framers of our Constitution knew what they were doing, which was putting in place a system to actively encourage gridlock and to discourage exactly what it is the elite media want: less democracy and more power in the hands of a central government, the president, and America’s elite (like the media).
This 4 year proposal would also greatly diminish the power of the states. Elections would be driven more by national concerns than local ones. Sorry Democrats, but it is vitally important to the health of our democracy that local politics have a profound effect on national policy.
Elections only every 4 years, believe it or not , is not the worst idea floated by the media this week.
CNN is so worried about tonight’s outcome that the left-wing network is championing outright fascism: Every American should be forced to vote.
“Let’s imagine a future in which Americans must vote, or face a penalty,” CNN writes, as though that’s not terrifying.
The left and media (please excuse the repetition) believe that higher turnout benefits Democrats. I’m not convinced of that, but they are so that’s why the left wants us all forced by a coercive government to vote. Also, leftists pretty much love any law that gives a central government the power to tell the rest of us what to do.
Yes, boys and girls, we now live in a country where one of our two major political parties and almost all of our media want to criminalize you not doing something — not voting, not buying health care.
Finally, Vox.com and the Los Angeles Times are floating the idea of dropping the legal voting age to 16. Naturally, this is due to the fact that young people are more likely to vote Democrat because young people are more likely to be ignorant and narcissistic.
Originally, the voting age in America was 21. Keep in mind, though, that when the Constitution was drafted more than 225 years ago, 21 years of age meant a full-fledged mature grown up. You were more than likely married, had children of your own, and were making your own way in life. Today, more often than not, 21 means you’re still a child, still living at home or in school.
Either way, a massive majority of 21 year-olds today have absolutely no concept of the real world. In short, too many are lazy, self-involved morons easily swayed by Soviet-style HOPE posters and the promise of Big Daddy Government ensuring they will never have to step away from the video game controller.
Stupidly, in 1971, America agreed to drop the voting age from 21 to 18. To drop it further would certainly help Democrats, and by logical extension hurt our country. It would also violate the spirit of a Constitution that wisely understood that a democracy influenced by children cannot survive. Vox, the L.A. Times, and the left in general don’t care about the spirit of our Constitution. It’s the spirit of Scotland that has them excited.
These proposals from our media elite come from a place of frustration; a place that makes them believe that they would not be losing a major election tonight if things were structured in the “correct” fashion. Then there’s the left’s natural and unceasing desire for government order and control. Everybody in America being forced to vote every four years is “neat and clean.”
The media love neat and clean because the beautiful messiness of freedom and democracy will always make those who want to control others uncomfortable.
John Nolte on Twitter @NolteNC