Domestic enemy of the voter?

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(CNN)Georgia Republican lawmakers are pushing to clamp down on voting rights Monday, potentially passing a sweeping election bill that among other things would repeal no-excuse absentee voting. Under SB 241, voters would need to be 65 years old or older, absent from their precinct, observing a religious holiday, be required to provide constant care for someone with a physical disability, or required to work “for the protection of the health, life, or safety of the public during the entire time the polls are open,” or be an overseas or military voter to qualify for an absentee ballot. The bill aims to undo a 2005 Republican-backed law allowing no-excuse absentee voting.

The bill comes as Georgia has become ground zero for election law changes in the wake of the 2020 election. Republicans in the state, citing baseless allegations of voter fraud pushed by former President Donald Trump and other GOP officials, have moved to roll back access to mail-in voting and early voting.The legislation is expected to pass the GOP-led Senate on Monday in an hours-long session that will also include final debate and votes on at least 11 other pieces of election related bills. Once approved, the bill would go onto the Georgia House of Representatives, where the bill is expected to pass in the coming weeks. Around the country, Republican-controlled state legislatures are relying on election falsehoods to mount aggressive changes to voting rules. As of February 19, lawmakers in more than 40 states had introduced more than 250 bills that included voting restrictions, according to a tally by the liberal-leaning Brennan Center For Justice at New York University, which is tracking the bills.

Well, of course, the next step is for Democrats to pass legislation that prevents people from voting unless they pay a tax or take a test. Oh, wait, Republicans tried that already and lost in the Supreme Court a few decades ago. Maybe the Dems should say that no one can vote unless his/her speeding and parking tickets have been paid. That might work.

For sure, the Republican Party can’t have the very same people they oppress also be the same people who vote. (Eyeroll, please.)

Ha! Now we know WHY!!!!!

Last week the State of Oklahoma passed legislation that gave direction to review all federal executive orders and determine if they were constitutional.

“The Bill would allow the Oklahoma state legislature to review each executive order and determine if the order should be given to the Oklahoma attorney general, who would determine if it is allowed under the U.S. Constitution. If the attorney general deemed an executive order unconstitutional, the bill seems to indicate the attorney general could sue for a court order invalidating the executive order.

If the attorney general decides not to take action on an order, the legislature could conduct a majority vote declaring it unconstitutional.

If the legislature invokes its option to declare an executive order unconstitutional, the statute is unclear whether the Oklahoma government would file suit or the state would ignore the order inside the state, leaving it to the federal government to enforce or try to take it to court.

Apparently, the State of Oklahoma had advance notice that President Biden is about to sign an Executive Order that would allow federal agencies to work with any state’s election board to serve as a voter registration center.

The administration describes the executive order as an “initial step” to protect voting rights — one that uses “the authority the president has to leverage federal resources to help people register to vote and provide information,” according to an administration official.

As reported by others, Republican Party members in multiple states are seeking 250 laws across the nation to suppress the vote at some level. Taking cues from the Bible, it shall be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a poor person, a person who uses a PO box, a person without a driver license, or a predominantly black community or Indian nation to register to vote or to actually vote.

So now we know why the State of Oklahoma passed such an incredibly unique law. It one fell swoop the Attormey General could declare that this Executive Order to work with states on elections is unconsitutional… and then begin to ignore the federal government.

As we have seen in this recent election, the Republican Party wishes to have sole control over who is allowed to register and, utlimately, who can actually vote in all elections.

And the Democrat Party wants to allow everyone to vote, whether or not they are citizens.

May God save us from both!

Participatory Democracy

Well, you are about to see the conclusion of six weeks of effort to impeach a President.

What did you do to participate in YOUR democracy? If you did nothing, then it’s not your democracy, is it?

If you read the memes and watched the news, you did the same thing that every person in the world did. You became an informed and silent citizen whose opinion was never counted…whose voice was never heard.

This is a participatory democracy. You get what you put into it. If you put nothing in, then you get whatever comes out from other people’s participation.

Perhaps you will remember four years from now that the Democrats exaggerate everything and the Republicans do nothing. Doesn’t matter whether its a pandemic or a budget or voter ID or whatever. If you don’t participate, you get the dregs of every democracy in the world: the worst candidates, the worst policies for people, the worst outcomes, and the worst legislatures, judges, and executives.

Every policy and every law and every outcome is because someone with a voice speaks for it or against it. When your voice is not heard, nobody cares about you. Why should they if you don’t speak up in a participatory democracy?

You can write your Congressman, you can send letters to the editor. You can inform others. You can comment on this blog. You can go to Washington. You can march in the street. Heck, you can even storm the Capitol.

I hope you choose to participate in the future. If you want a world for your children, and your grandchildren, that keeps them safe and allows them to succeed, you need to do something about it.

Participate. With Respect. With Honor. With American principles in mind.

Lend your voice. Be gracious when you lose. Be grateful when you win. This is the best American most of us can ever be.

ROFL: 1st Amendment Rights?

In a brief filed on the eve of the impeachment tria l, lawyers for the former president leveled a wide-ranging attack on the case, foreshadowing the claims they intend to present when arguments begin Tuesday on the same Senate floor that was invaded by rioters on Jan. 6.

They suggest that Trump was simply exercising his First Amendment rights when he disputed the election results and argue that he explicitly encouraged his supporters to have a peaceful protest and therefore cannot be responsible for the actions of the rioters. They say the Senate is not entitled to try Trump now that he has left office, an argument contested by even some conservative legal scholars, and they deny that the goal of the case is justice.

So let me get this straight, the President wasn’t undermining the Federal government process when he said Mike Pence should throw out the certified elections of 50 states? He was exercising his 1st Amendment right?

When the President called the Georgia Governor and wanted him to “find” 47,000 votes, the President was exercising his 1st Amendment rights? When the President conspired in a three-hour meeting in late December to weaken the police presence, whip his followers into a frenzy, and launch them towards the Capitol to disrupt the Electoral College on January 6th, the President was exercising his 1st Amendment rights?

Give me a break.

Who thinks this stuff up? Do they think everyone is an idiot?

Who was Sen. Graham talking to?

“If you open that can of worms, we’ll want the FBI to come in and tell us about how people pre-planned this attack and what happened with the security footprint at the Capitol.”

Those are the words of Senator Lindsey Graham regarding the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.

How exactly is this a threat to Democrats? Is there something we are not aware of?

In my view, inviting the FBI to talk about the three-hour planning meeting held at the White House with Rep.elect Marjorie Greene and “several Republicans” on overturning the Electoral College vote would be an illuminating conversation. (see previous post)

We know the Commission that oversees the Capitol Police forbid the use of guns and cut the number of police on duty to an ordinary day’s component. Even though there were tens of thousands of MAGA supporters who had been whipped up to a high froth by the likes of Alex Jones and Rudy Giuliani, among others, the police staffing was not increased. You can watch the videos of both of them on the internet.

Was Senator Lindsey Graham perhaps also sending a warning to the President’s defense counsel? If they bring in one witness, Senator Graham will go all in and let the President’s conspiracy committee be exposed for what it really was?

And me? I’m thinking the FBI is doing its job and that President Biden trusts Christopher Wray (Director of the FBI) and that is why he kept him on. He counts on Wray to conduct an impartial inquiry into the actions and the actors who planned this event and whether they took any orders from the WH cabal that held a 3-hour planning meeting 9 days prior to January 6th.

The question remains, Who was Sen. Lindsey Graham actually talking to?

And is there a connection between House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s trip to former President Donald Trump, and this WH planning session, and the impeachment process, and then all of Donald Trump’s legal team quitting? So many questions and so few facts, and so little information.

I know everyone wants this to go away. But I have to say, I’m expecting a series of indictments for those anonymous Republicans engaged in a 3-hour planning meeting at the White House.

Perhaps the WH visitor logs will tell the story…if Biden and the Executive Branch lawyers will turn them over to the WH Press Corps. They were requested today.

WH Plan to overthrow election: foiled by Trump supporters

The Washington Times reports its news from a Republican perspective. It chooses its words to highlight the values of Conservatives and diminsh the values of Liberals. While it doesn’t scream like Breitbart, it is a source of Conservative and Republican news and views even if its thumb is on the scale.

Missing from the Washington Times online archives is an article written by Dave Boyer. It was printed in the December 28, 2020 National Weekly edition that is mailed to subscribers. I don’t know why it’s missing but my searches have failed to turn up a Washington Times e-version. I was able to find an e-version over at Pressreader.com

https://www.pressreader.com/usa/the-washington-times-weekly/20201228/281526523665558

The article reports on a WH planning session with the President, Vice President, then Representative-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene, and “several other Republicans”. I don’t know why they aren’t named but perhaps anonymity is best when planning to overthrow the US presidential election.

Quoting Rep-elect Greene exclusively in the article, there is evidence that the White House was planning to overthrow (sorry, maybe I should be PC and use the word “challenge”) the election results.

Collusion and Intent. That is exactly what it was to undermine the authenticity of electoral college votes… only in states that, per Rep-elect Greene, “When you look at what’s happened in a lot of these liberal swing states, that have liberal governors, and liberal secretaries of state, you can see that they have broken the law and gone against the our Consitution with this election.”

There isn’t a shred of truth to these wild allegations and yet she uttered them. Do you need a run down? A) There are no liberal and conservative swing states. If she knew what a swing state was then she would never have said that. B) In the swing states, three of them have Republican governors and three have Democrat governors. C) The Secretaries of State are the same party as the Governor. D) There is no evidence that any elected official of any state interfered with the vote counting or vote result reporting.

The WH Plan was to contest the vote in several states and simply not count those Biden-electoral college ballots until Joe Biden was under the 270 votes needed to reject his win in the national election.

In addition, the Republican Party brought a Republican slate of electors to Washington for them to vote (instead of the Democrat slate of electors) to increase the Electoral College count, if needed. This was obviously discussed as a strategy but discarded as too farfetched.

However, what may have been discussed is what happens if both candidates do not receive the 270 EC votes to win. In which case Congress votes; the House votes for President and the Senate votes for Vice President. In an interesting twist, each state gets one vote in each chamber. It isn’t one vote per Representative or one vote per Senator. It’s one vote per state. And there are more Republican states than Democrat states in Congress. The election could easily turn into a referendum for Republicans.

But it didn’t. Why?

Because the invasion of Trump supporters caused the Electoral College to be halted and, when it resumed, Congress decided NOT to contest the certified election results.

If the Capitol had not been breached, there is an excellent chance that Donald Trump would still be president today.

The Coming(?) War in America

It is evident that the two political parties are at war with each other and both are executing scorched earth politics.

The Republicans accept Marjorie Taylor Greene into their Congressional caucus and she has said she wants to kill Nancy Pelosi. What kind of irresponsible behavior is that from Kevin McCarthy, the Minority Speaker of the House, who wants that kind of person in his Party? She is a nut job and McCarthy thinks she represents average American values?

And what the He77 is he thinking when HE TRAVELS to Florida to suck up to former Presdent Donald Trump?

And NOW, Trump is invited to a secret retreat of Republican donors to lay out his plan to change the election laws in the United States before the mid-term election process. ALREADY Arizona Republicans have submitted legislation that allows its state Legislature to over rule the election results

You can see that when you add this law it allows any political party to throw out the election results of its citizens and substitutes the political party make-up of its state legislature.

You should expect crazy legislation from Republicans that allow them to toss out election results or limit which ballots they will count. This is how Republicans cheat in the election. They prevent ballots from being counted and they gerrymander the districts.

Is gerrymandering successful? Yes, you only have to look at the election results of 2020 to see that while President Trump lost the vote, the Republicans picked up more seats in Congress. You can thank gerrymandering for those results.

Hang on to your tickets, my friends. You might be watching the rise of a fascist political party in the US who control the election results across the country for decades to come.

Treasonous Behavior

President Trump is crossing over the line between treasonous behavior and honest criticism of governmental processes. It’s time to impeach him again, before he leaves office on January 20th.

He has made false and fraudulent allegations about the Department of Justice, the FBI, the election processes in 6 different US states, and his own cabinet appointees. He continues to sow distrust of the American government and the election process and any one who speaks the truth to his power. This is undermining faith in the American processes without evidence of fraud. In one case, a Republican attorney wants his own vote thrown out with several thousands of other votes simply because he cast an absentee ballot.

The people supporting Trump and his campaign are issuing slanderous, libelous messages and one of Trump’s lawyers has even called for the torture and execution of a fired government employee with nothing more than the employee disagreed with President Trump. This is an OUTRAGE and the President should disavow this person and fire him immediately. Execution seems extreme even for the person calling for it.

All of these things are in the news cycle right now but if you would like a link, let me know, I will be happy to forward it to you.

Amended at 1:18 PM Central Time:

On Tuesday afternoon, the Trump Lawyer said the following: “For anyone listening to the Howie Carr Show, it was obvious that my remarks were sarcastic and made in jest,” he said. “I, of course, wish Mr. Krebs no harm. This was hyperbole during political discourse.”

I’m guessing this is a kind of apology but I really want to know what other kinds of things the lawyer considers hyperbole in political discourse.

The Dishonesty Of the Trump Campaign Recount in Wisconsin

Not having found evidence of fraud , the Trump campaign continues its attack to invalidate the votes of citizens in the predominately liberal areas known as Milwaukee and Dane County.

The recount teams are separating ballot challenges into bundles so that the Trump Campaign can take them to court and seek to have them thrown out. They wish to invalidate the ballots because of things like two different colors of pens were used or the ballots were folded. Folded for mailing appears to be a problem for the Trump Campaign.

Here’s the story:

Destroying Democracy to Retain the Presidency

The Trump Campaign is employing three approaches to prevent Joe Biden’s ascendancy to President of the United States. The Trump Campaign takes the approach that the election is illegitimate as a result of the popular vote in sovereign states and by the state electoral college.

Approach # 1 is to challenge all aberrations at the local level and imply there is a conspiracy to steal the election at the state level. IF there is sufficient doubt about the integrity of the election process, the Trump Campaign seeks to have state legislators choose electors to vote for the federal election.

Approach #2 is to challenge any/all changes in the election rules that were implemented due to COVID or to the use of large mail-in voting. This is to restrict the number of ballots to be counted and is considered to be voter suppression.

Approach #3 is to use unprecedented challenges at the federal level to throw the election to the Supreme Court. The fewer the people to influence, the greater the opportunity to win one’s argument.

It is dishonorable to destroy the integrity of the American election process to keep Donald Trump as President.

I predict we will see multiple Republican states take measures to vote by legislature when the election integrity is challenged. I also suspect that the federal government will challenge the Constitution and try to assert control over federal elections instead of allowing the states to control the election.

There are two more months for the Trump Campaign to invoke measures that break the backbone of American Democracy. If they are successful, be prepared for oligarchs to rule America and your only value as a human being is to support the oligarchs.