Editorial: Texas House Democrats seek to overturn United States Constitution

Editorial: Texas House Democrats seek to overturn United States Constitution

Image: John Jay, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton wrote The Federalist Papers, which argued in favor of ratification of the United States Constitution and explained its meaning.

Kelli Ann Cox, Publisher, and Eric Yollick, Editor-in-Chief, The Golden Hammer

Anyone who has studied the history of the United States Constitution has learned that it was the result of the “Great Compromise of 1787,” where under the leadership of Benjamin Franklin, the large states and small states ironed out the respective Constitutional rights to protect them and where there would be a careful balance between the rights of state governments, viewed as the protectors of the people, and the federal government.

In Federalist Number 59, Alexander Hamilton, writing as “Publius,” focused on the power to control elections as central to the existence of any government in a republican form of government. “Every Government ought to contain in itself the means of its own preservation,” Hamilton argued.

As a result, the state governments would have the right to control their own elections and the places and manner of holding elections for United States Senators and Members of the House of Representatives, while the United States Government would have the right to determine its own elections, with the aforementioned exceptions.

Hamilton and James Madison, the other primary author of The Federalist Papers, described that the rights to control suffrage and elections were the fundamental definitions of any republican government, as Madison argued in Federalist Number 52.

In recent days, however, the Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives, President Joe Biden, and United States Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (Democrat of New York) have expressed their desire to redefine the most fundamental right of states, which this Nation has recognized since 1787 is the right for state governments to control their own elections.

The July 12, 2021, statement of the Texas House Democratic Caucus could not have more starkly presented the Democrats’ real intentions:

“Today, Texas House Democrats stand united in our decision to break quorum and refuse to let the Republican-led legislature force through dangerous legislation that would trample on Texans’ freedom to vote. We are now taking the fight to our nation’s Capitol. We are living on borrowed time in Texas. We need Congress to act now to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act to protect Texans — and all Americans — from the Trump Republicans’ nationwide war on democracy.”

Democrats want to federalize elections. They want to transfer the most fundamental and defining authority of states under the United States Constitution to the federal government, an action most recently made the subject of a successful defense by United States Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, when even certain so-called “conservatives” sought to do the same, because they were unhappy with the results of the 2020 Presidential Election.

Arresting the wayward Democrats who fled from the Texas House of Representatives to bust a quorum is little more than a diversion from the real issue, which Republicans and conservatives must face: the American system of government, wherein the Constitution reserves certain fundamental rights to state governments, is under a direct attack. Democrats want to “federalize” elections, because they know that federal election bureaucrats will always lean heavily towards modern liberalism and the left-wing Democratic Party.

Rather than posturing about arresting Democrats, it’s time for Texas Governor Greg Abbott, House Speaker Dade Phelan, and Republican members of the Texas House of Representatives to fight the Democrats’ “fire” with “fire.” They must liken the Texas Democrats to what it exactly is: an attempt to destroy the authority of states to govern themselves forever. It’s nothing short of an attempt to overrule the “Great Compromise of 1787.”

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