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The Left’s “Rule or Ruin” Radicalism Threatens Hassan of New Hampshire And Her State’s Special Status

AMAC Exclusive – By Seamus Brennan

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Already on the list of the 2022’s endangered Democratic senators, New Hampshire’s Maggie Hassan has added dramatically to her vulnerability with a vote in recent weeks that strikes at the heart of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary status, a sacrosanct political tradition in the Granite State, even as it also threatens to make small states like New Hampshire largely irrelevant in future presidential elections – something that isn’t likely to sit well with many of her voters.

While Hassan was going to be facing damaging GOP TV attack ads for her consistent support of the radicalism and extreme rhetoric of the progressive wing of her party, her recent vote for the Democrats’ attempted federal takeover of elections is likely to prove the political equivalent of a bridge too far for most of her constituents. The full consequences of what the election takeover would have meant for the entire nation are just now being understood, but no state would have been more adversely affected by its mammoth and largely unconstitutional changes than New Hampshire.

For Hassan, running in independent-minded New Hampshire, 2022 was already going to be a tough reelection bid. Despite attempting to brand herself as a “moderate” since she took office in 2017, Hassan has largely marched to the beat of the Democratic Party’s drum – a drum that has sounded increasingly progressive in recent years. She has voted to end the filibuster, signed onto legislation granting D.C. statehood (which is an unambiguous attempt to cement a permanent Democratic majority in the Senate), and has flirted with the idea of expanding the Supreme Court.

But it is Hassan’s active and open participation in Democrats’ election law push which may truly alienate her voters, even some progressives. Hassan supported the so-called “For the People Act” and later the “Freedom to Vote Act,” both of which had little to do with voting rights and more to do with outlawing common-sense and widely popular election integrity measures like Voter ID, and allowing mass mail-in voting and ballot harvesting, undermining the sacredness of the secret ballot. While both bills have currently stalled in the Senate thanks to united Republican opposition and Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema’s refusal to abolish the filibuster, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer have made clear that passing these laws or something similar remains a top priority.

To begin with, these laws would have altered the entire nature of the traditional American presidential campaign. Besides the corruption brought by abolishing Voter ID and legalizing ballot harvesting, the bill’s passage would have inevitably meant the sheer number of new voters in key and mainly large states would drive New Hampshire into early irrelevancy if not oblivion.

Just as startling, the bill that Hassan voted for would have given the federal government control over primary elections as well as general elections, a provision which would have left the New Hampshire state law which mandates that the state always move its primary ahead of every other state at the mercy of the new federal law and Democrats in Congress. Why would Hassan be so naïve to think that the same party intent on tearing apart every other major American institution from the Electoral College to the Supreme Court to the make-up of the U.S. Senate would suddenly stop when it comes to protecting New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary status? By the same logic employed by Hassan and other Democrats, why shouldn’t a progressive stronghold state like California or New York instead hold the mantle and influence of being the first-in-the-nation primary? Aren’t these states—according to Democrats—more representative of America’s diversity than a rural, mostly white state like New Hampshire?

Hassan’s politics of dismantling esteemed institutions and traditions when politically convenient will all but certainly lead to this conclusion—and when it does, she will have no one to blame but herself. As scholar Elaine Kamarck wrote for the Brookings Institution in 2016, “the voters of New Hampshire really care about their primary. They like the attention, the visibility and the economic stimulus that it brings every four years.” She continued: “Unlike voters in any other state, the voters of New Hampshire expect their politicians to protect their first in the nation status. And they do.”

Will Hassan be able to protect New Hampshire’s special status when the left-wing mob decides it’s the next thing that has to go in the name of “equity” or some other nebulous progressive buzzword? What will she say when radical Democrats charge that New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary status is an instrument of white supremacy oppression and must be abolished?

Even beyond New Hampshire’s primary status, Democrats’ aims to “reimagine” American elections would further jeopardize the state’s influence and relevance in elections. Take, for example, the longstanding progressive goal of eliminating the Electoral College and expanding or doing away with equal representation in the Senate. As it stands now, candidates need to do well in New Hampshire’s primary, and then realize that they may need those four Electoral College votes to push them over the top on Election Day. Without the Electoral College, politicians would focus the vast majority of their time and attention on states with large populations like California, Texas, and New York.

This means that the concerns of people in small states like New Hampshire under Democrats’ new vision for elections in America would become largely irrelevant – something the Founders of our country expressly feared and guarded against by establishing the Electoral College and equal representation in the Senate. As James Madison wrote in Federalist 62, “the government ought to be founded on a mixture of the principles of proportional and equal representation.”

As an elected representative of a state that benefits overwhelmingly from this “proportional and equal representation,” Hassan’s desire to dramatically weaken the voices of her own constituents in the nation’s capital is, to say the least, a puzzling political strategy. The last thing most Granite Staters want is for their representation in the Senate and national elections to be further chipped away at in favor of other constituencies from other states that overwhelmingly support progressive policies and causes.

But as counterintuitive as Hassan’s support for such policies may seem, it may just be the new normal in today’s Democratic Party. As Daniel Roman wrote for AMAC Newsline earlier this month, Democrats have once again adopted a “rule or ruin” attitude—a phrase that derives from Abraham Lincoln’s Cooper Union address, in which he, as Roman observes, “correctly diagnosed the uncompromising approach of the South” prior to the Civil War, and how that approach sowed the seeds of destruction for the Confederacy before it even began.

“Your purpose, then, plainly stated,” Lincoln declared in the historic remarks, “is that you will destroy the Government, unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us. You will rule or ruin in all events.”

So put it together – if the Democrats don’t get their way, they are perfectly willing to destroy the sacredness of the secret ballot, abolish the Electoral College, pack the Supreme Court, alter the U.S. Senate, and destroy the meaning of citizenship with open borders. Those institutions and the separation of powers they stand for represent the genius of the U.S. Constitution and its capacity to protect freedom and order. As was noted recently, the Democrats seem to be determined to save American democracy by destroying it. 

This shortsighted approach to politics, to echo the famous words of another Republican president, ultimately sent the Confederacy to the ash heap of history.

It may already be too late, but Maggie Hassan should be careful not to borrow more—whether intentionally or not—from their playbook. Otherwise, she—as well as her constituents, her state, and perhaps her country itself—will very likely pay the price.


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Joy R Hunt
6 months ago

Each state should continue to run and manage the elections as has been done in the past. We do not need to change things as it will then play favoritism of one party over the other including knocking out the independent voters. Demos need to work at solving this cashless bale system that is putting criminals back on the streets, the rise of crime in our cities, close the border, resolve then lack of products in our stores, put people back to work and stop all the free money handouts!

Steven H
6 months ago

As I’ve said before, all the Democratic Party wants is power at any cost. They prostitute themselves to Soros and his warped desire to change this country through his bank accounts. They have no shame.

Judy
6 months ago

I’m almost done AMAC!! Sick of my comments awaiting approval!!! And I’m not the only member!!

If AMAC is under attack by big tech hackers, we have a right to know about it!! After all, we are ‘Mature American Citizens, RIGHT??

Judy
6 months ago

AMAC, why am I just getting this article since there are comments on here from two days ago?? The point of these articles is to inform and amuse us allowing us to engage and express our personal knowledge and opinions in relevant timing.
I also hope you are straightening out the issue with the comments monitor so that our comments can be relevant at the time of the articles release.
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Thank you!

Now……..I do appreciate what your organization is doing in backing the institution of ‘Common Sense.’
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From a ‘contributing’
AMAC member.

I’ve only one thing to add in response to the article; If election integrity is not the most important issue before ANY election granted U.S. Citizens in our Constitution of the United States, which the traitors to the American people are trampling on, then anything said about any DemoCommunist and what their misopportunities are in being elected to office in this country, is an absolute nothingburger!!
This country is already 3/4 done!!

Georgeann Kruzel
6 months ago

Who is running against her.

Mike S
6 months ago

I’ve long felt very strongly that if the Democrats are ever successful in their effort to change the United States of America into a socialist nightmare, the conservative states will secede, using the Constitution as its law of the land before it was gutted by the socialists and communists. The events that occurred in the 19th century will be a guide to what happens after that. Only the results will be different.

Steven H
6 months ago
Reply to  Mike S

Unfortunately, too many innocent people who can’t afford to move will be trapped in those Communist places. It will be like North and South Korea.

Xtech
6 months ago

It does not matter what state you are looking at, the Democrat party has been overrun with Marxists calling themselves by the misnomer, “progressive”, and MUST be REMOVED from office, preferably by voting, if not, then by any means possible!

Garye
6 months ago
Reply to  Xtech

We all acknowledge NY,CAL,WASH,OREGON,ILLINOIS, MICHIGAN,MINN,have marxist progressive democrats ruining them, THROW THEM OUT!
It’s Our responsibility to SAVE America!
Removing their destructive people,policies and anti freedom ideas is critical to preserving this Great Country!
It’s time for legal Citizens to take control of Our Country and future!

Xtech
6 months ago
Reply to  Garye

WE have power IF, or WHEN, we stand up united in numbers they can’t ignore. We could end this injection mandate in a week if everyone, jabbed and not jabbed, stood up and said NO!

HocasPocas
6 months ago
Reply to  Xtech

There are republicans in that mix

GKP
6 months ago

Wake up New Hampshire because Maggie Hassan is a radical witch in disguise//Vote her out and move forward without your liberal loonies ruining your state///. check out the red states and join//

sick of the stupid
6 months ago

It’s obvious that she didn’t read the bill or is that stupid and doesn’t understand what she’s doing or what the constitution means. They just want total control over our lives, thoughts, health and families. Then they want to destroy the country as we know it at the Ballot box. Look what they have done to this great nation in 1 year on with the Border, supply chain, inflation, miss management of the Covid funds by this administration and these were the so called adults, They look like a bunch of Facebook brats to meet they don’t get there way and they want to tear it down. No thanks vote them all out in November and then resist this government until 2024 when we can get 45 back in and have the real adults in charge.

Spade David
6 months ago

Hassan and her Marxist Democrats should really start to question why they are even in Congress. They do not use common sense, they vote for the most progressive bills, they move lockstep with the most liberal Democrats, and they really do not like American values. They will find out what this progressive liberal journey has done to their party in November, and they will be working on their concession speeches sometime early this summer which will be delivered in November.

sick of the stupid
6 months ago
Reply to  Spade David

Don’t want to hear there speeches just go get out and go home.

Garye
6 months ago
Reply to  Spade David

Better yet – REMOVE THEM

HocasPocas
6 months ago
Reply to  Spade David

Better fix 2020 first and get the election back to states and keep zuckerbuck and others out

Doug
6 months ago

I believe that the Demorats are going to lose the majority of the senate and the house. I feel that M. Hassan has been bought out by the powerful dem elite and sold the people of NH. out. I just wish that the people of NH. would wake up and see that the dnc of this state is out to socialize all of us.

Art
6 months ago

WHO CARES IF THEY CEASE TO EXIST BY THE SWORD OR VOTE ???THE WINGNUT CANCER HAS BEEN METASTASIZED TO EVERY GOVERNING ORGAN. THE INFECTION MAY HAVE SPREAD FROM TAXACHUSETTS. IT IS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. GEE WHIZ IF ONLY FAUCI WOULD RECOMMEND A VACCINE FOR IT OR SOME OTHER PROCEDURE TO PROTECT US FROM IT. Sorry too much snow here in the Bay State.

George
6 months ago

As is typical of the Progressive locusts, they infuse and area, denude it to ruin, then move on to more fertile ground to repeat the process.

BAE
6 months ago
Reply to  George

You are so right; they like to destroy. The progressive locusts: Pelosi, Schumer, AOC and the 4 creeps! Scary stuff!

anna hubert
6 months ago

what can one possibly say there are no words left perhaps there will be a miracle on Pennsylvania avenue

Robert
6 months ago

Just by looking at her you can see that she is clueless. Another dumb Dem.

Scott Hammond
6 months ago

It’s been happening in NH for decades: MA liberals moving just north of the border to escape what they don’t like in MA. Before long, they start voting for liberals and laws that mimic where they came from – liberal MA. Why did they ever leave?

It’s happening in many places. NV is already being called “Eastern California” and the locals hate it. The mayor of Boise ran on the slogan “Let’s keep the damned Californians out” and won. Once again, the common issue is liberal policies choking freedoms and stealing peoples’ money.

Keith S. Clark
6 months ago

This woman has NEVER don anything that remotely helps the Citizens of NH. She votes lock step with the Communists on every bill.

jocko
6 months ago

ANOTHER soros PAID EMPLOYEE

Gen. Grant
6 months ago

SAYONARA Hassan, you leftist scumbag_, enjoy retirement you are toast in November.

HocasPocas
6 months ago
Reply to  Gen. Grant

She shouldn’t be entitled to a taxpayer assisted retirement. Neither should a lot of other imposters who are claiming to be representatives of the citizens

Stephen Russell
6 months ago

Threatens ALL nationwide

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