In the closing days of 2021, the New York City Council approved legislation that will allow nearly one million documented non-citizens to vote in local elections. (Image source: iStock)
The language could not be any clearer. You can participate as a voter in our American democracy if you are a citizen, over 18 years of age on Election Day, and meet certain state requirements regarding residency and registration – except in some areas of our nation which, inexplicably, now "allow non-citizens to vote in local elections only."
What still stands unchallenged is that in all federal elections you must be a citizen of our nation where our leaders are chosen by individuals who are either born into that solemn responsibility or have sworn:
"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America ..."
Unless of course if you are living within the five boroughs of the City of New York, where the criteria for voting in local elections has been redefined to meet a Progressive political agenda while broadening the potential for ballot harvesting.
In the closing days of 2021, the New York City Council approved legislation that will allow nearly one million documented non-citizens to vote in local elections. For people seeking to displace our Constitution and alter the very fabric of our nation, this action, coupled with open borders, essentially loads the dice for their candidates, their manifesto, and for non-citizens having an increasingly large say in how America's cities are run.
In an NPR interview, San Francisco State University political science professor Ron Hayduk suggests that because securing citizenship is a long and challenging task, immigrants should be given the right to vote regardless of their status. But that, Professor Hayduk, is the whole point. One should need to work hard to achieve the priceless gift of deciding how the most populous parts of our country are governed. Allowing non-citizens to vote creates an overwhelming voter advantage on any given Election Day for people who are not American citizens.
Given President Biden's current dismal showing in the polls, and that last year alone, more than two million new arrivals poured across our southern border -- many of whom are being secretly spirited in the dead of night by our government to cities throughout America and with millions more on the way -- significant number of Americans are indicating that they are losing confidence in how major issues facing our nation are being managed. The idea of non-citizens lining up to vote will surely have much appeal to those who feel that they cannot win elections if only American citizens are allowed to vote.
COVID, and the agenda of people committed to fundamentally changing our country, have the means to make our future unrecognizable. Abroad, Russia and China seek to confront and regain global military power, while in Washington the president's press secretary is leaving to take a job at MSNBC, viewed by many critics as just an extension of a one-sided, partisan PR machine.
While her actions might reflect the Biden Administration's view of "the truth," this is now a time that calls for protecting voter integrity, and recognizing that even great nations can fall.
Lawrence Kadish serves on the Board of Governors of Gatestone Institute.