One of the biggest complaints about government is that it doesn’t serve people. Particularly when boosted by a perpetually growing bureaucracy, government tends to serve itself. It should come to no surprise to anyone that politicians often serve their own self-interests first. We often see that too when it comes to reforming voting laws.
Victor Davis Hanson has penned a piece titled “Proposed Voting Changes are About Power, Not Principles.” Hanson goes after the Left for a host of proposals, including ditching the Electoral College and dropping the voting age to 16. Of course, the accusation against conservatives usually consists of claims they want to limit the number of voters. But more often than not, those limits consist of restricting those who legally should not be voting.
One of Hanson’s big points is about hypocrisy on the Left:
A cynic might suggest that had Hillary Clinton actually won the 2016 Electoral College vote but lost the popular vote to Trump, progressives would now be praising our long-established system of voting.
Had current undocumented immigrants proved as conservative as past waves of legal immigrants from Hungary and Cuba, progressives would now likely wish to close the southern border and perhaps even build a wall.
If same-day registration and voting meant that millions of new conservatives without voter IDs were suddenly showing their Trump support at the polls, progressives would insist on bringing back old laws that required voters to have previously registered and to show valid identification at voting precincts.