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It’s become a cliché to refer to whatever election is currently occurring as “the most important election” in one’s lifetime, or maybe even the entirety of U.S. history. Yet we are currently facing the most important American election in my lifetime — which is to say, of the last 20 years.

The 2020 presidential race was no exception to this trend of hyping elections. President Trump told the Republican National Convention, “This is the most important election in U.S. history,” a sentiment shared by the media and voters. While Trump and Joe Biden’s race was certainly noteworthy, it cannot claim the title.

Every major election has substantial stakes, but today’s runoff Senate race in Georgia will determine the country’s future for years to come. Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are all that stand in the way of a Democrat-controlled White House, House, Senate, and likely packed Supreme Court.

While neither President-elect Biden nor Vice President Elect Kamala Harris were willing to confirm or deny whether they’d pack the Supreme Court should Democrats win both the presidency and the Senate, their vagueness indicates the option is, at the very least, not off the table. Biden did express an intention to form a commission to “reform” the Supreme Court, which he considers “out of wack,” but never ruled out adding additional seats.

With a Democrat-run Senate, radical judges could be approved, who could serve as a rubber stamp for White House and Senate Democrats’ agenda, rather than their intended role as defenders of the Constitution. The structure of the Supreme Court is outlined in the Constitution as a safeguard against legislators and presidents overstepping the bounds of their roles or the foundations of our country’s law.

Whether the reforms ultimately become adding additional justices or some other method, it’s clear that Biden’s intent is to increase the politicization of the federal branch meant to be impartial. As the Supreme Court involves lifetime appointments and its decisions form binding precedents on federal matters, such alterations could have long-lasting effects.

The left is currently pushing massive policies that are disastrous and costly. Democrats’ proposed tax plan alone will realize broad tax increases across all income levels, wage decreases, and fewer jobs, according to four independent analyses. Corporate taxes will likewise see an increase to 28 percent.

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A Democratic win on Jan. 5 likely entails an end to fracking, costing thousands of jobs and harming the already fragile economy. Both Biden and Harris spent the 2020 primary openly promoting a ban on fracking, which they weekly attempted to backtrack despite video evidence. A fracking ban would cost an estimated 200,000 jobs, which the government is more than comfortable sacrificing in the hopes of offsetting climate change.

Do you like your current health insurance, or even just like having the option of private insurance? Enjoy it while it lasts, because the Biden-Harris administration’s health plan is intended cover nearly half of the country, eventually leading to a single-payer system entirely controlled by government. This plan starts at an estimated cost of $2 trillion, while slowly wiping out private insurance.

The Senate has been investigating Big Tech’s targeted censorship of conservative ideals, seeking to repeal, or at least limit, their immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Movement against Section 230 would be monumental towards ending the suppression of ideas, truth, and dialogue on social media. The left has no incentive to combat unjust censoring, as it directly benefits them, so a Democrat-controlled Senate would allow this to continue, and more important news stories will go unheard.

Substantial policy changes, government spending, jobs, and the structure of the Supreme Court all could hang in the balance of the Georgia Senate runoff. It is clearly a monumentally important election, certainly the most important in my lifetime, and possibly of many more.

Paulina Enck is an intern at the Federalist and current student at Georgetown University in the School of Foreign Service. Follow her on Twitter at @itspaulinaenck



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Convicted fundraiser who tried to work his way into Biden’s inner circle sentenced to prison

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Amajor Democratic bundler, who raised large sums for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and consorted with Joe Biden, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for what prosecutors said was a “mercenary” political influence scheme.

Imaad Zuberi, a Californian businessman was sentenced Thursday for schemes to funnel foreign money into U.S. political campaigns, then take millions of dollars for himself.

The Los Angeles Times reported that U.S. Assistant Attorney Daniel J. O’Brien said Zuberi was “purely a mercenary, funneling money to whomever he believed would do his bidding.”

Among the many unsealed court records, Zuberi was seen photographed with Joe Biden and Barack Obama when they were Vice President and President. He was also pictured with former President Bill Clinton and former presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. He took pictures with former Republican Rep. Paul Ryan when he was speaker of the House as well as the late Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Also included in the Times report was a hacked email chain released on WikiLeaks. Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook messaged colleagues saying, “I’m OK taking the money and dealing with any attacks.” Jennifer Palmieri responded saying, “Take the money!”

He also attended Hillary Clinton’s election night party in New York City in 2016 as well as serving as a co-chair of The Trump Presidential Inauguration Committee.

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Zuberi made more than $950,000 in unlawful donations to the political committees of Obama, Clinton, McCain and others. Zuberi’s activities extended as far as a recent attempt to work his way into the Biden circle, according to Politico.  

In addition to the money he made, Zuberi also raised $270,000 for Hillary Clinton and $1.3 million for President Obama.

Zuberi, 50, pleaded guilty to a “three-count information charging with violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)” for making false statements on a FARA filing as well as tax evasion and illegal contributions to political campaigns. He also pleaded guilty in a separate case earlier in June 2020 to a count of obstruction of justice.

“Zuberi turned acting as an unregistered foreign agent into a business enterprise,” Assistant Attorney General for National Secretary John C. Demers said in a Department of Justice news release.

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Cruz responds to pictures of him on Mexico flight, with Texas struggling from deadly winter storm

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Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz confirmed Thursday that he flew earlier this week to Mexico with family members, following the emergence of pictures appearing to show him in an airplane cabin and at a check-in counter, as fellow residents to recover from a deadly winter storm.

Cruz said in a statement that he accompanied his daughters on a flight Wednesday night to Mexico because they had the week off with school canceled.

“Wanting to be a good dad,” said Cruz, who also stated he is returning to Texas on Thursday afternoon.

The storms has been connected to at least seven deaths in Texas and knocked out power to as many as 2.5 million residents. The number of residents without electricity as of Thursday morning was down to less than 1 million, officials said.  

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“My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas,” Cruz also said. “We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm.”

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South Carolina House passes bill that would prohibit most abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected

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The South Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 79-35 to pass legislation that would prohibit most abortions. 

The bill must pass through a procedural vote in the House on Thursday prior to heading to GOP Gov. Henry McMaster who has indicated that he will sign it, according to the Associated Press. Two Republicans voted against the legislation while two Democrats voted for it. The state Senate passed the measure last month. 

The bill requires doctors to carry out an ultrasound to check for a fetal heartbeat and if a heartbeat is identified an abortion can only be performed in certain circumstances.

The legislation would not penalize a woman for obtaining an unlawful abortion, though the individual responsible for performing the abortion could face consequences.

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The outlet reported that other states have approved similar or even more stringent abortion prohibitions which could be implemented if the Supreme Court throws out the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. All of the other states’ abortion bans are currently entangled by court challenges and if the South Carolina bill is approved it will likely face litigation that prevents it from going into effect, according to the AP.

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