How Mail-in Voting Will Ruin Elections Forever

Lord Acton’s quote gave birth to a paraphrase that seems to perfectly capture what we have all seen happen to so many that have risen to power and are subsequently left to their own devices: Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Our founders were wise enough to place within our system of government a number of checks and balances.

What they may not have anticipated, though, is that there would have been a moral breakdown in segments of the country. This would eventually result in having more individuals than not in leadership positions, whose personal ethical components had been compromised and whose internal check and balance systems had essentially been wiped out.

With regard to our governmental system, the number one check and balance, bar none, is a free and fair election. But over the course of the past several years, concurrent with the aforementioned moral breakdown, there has been a deliberate chipping away of our system’s self-policing mechanism.

The perpetrator that is largely to blame for the deterioration that has occurred is none other than the Democratic Party.

Democrats have a bad habit of giving lip service to the whole concept of democracy, while behind the scenes they are doing everything possible to undermine its very essence.

For example, when it comes to implementing anything that might help eliminate voter fraud, such as cleaning up the voter rolls, requiring voters to show IDs before casting ballots, etc., they fight tooth and nail to prevent it from happening.

At the same time they persist in trying to implement things that are tailor-made for voter fraud, including early voting, late voting, pop-up voting centers, same day registration, and scores of other schemes.

Democrats also keep trying to hand out voting privileges to anyone who will join their latest election pick-up game, including non-citizens, felons, and even those who have already exited their earthly home.

Along with their buddies in the media, Democrats have been massaging the public psyche to sign-on to the notion that voting ballots for the upcoming November election should be sent out willy-nilly to everyone.

Hyping concerns over COVID-19, they are trying to convince everyone that in-person voting would be hazardous to your health and the health of your neighbors. Therefore, you are supposed to conclude that the smartest thing to do this election-go-round would be to just have everyone vote by mail.

A few stats are helpful in bringing truth to light. According to data from the Election Assistance Commission, between 2012 and 2018, over 28 million mail-in ballots went missing.

In Spring of 2020 about 20 percent of the mailed absentee ballots in a municipal election in Paterson, New Jersey, were rejected due to fraud concerns.

And in June of 2020, New York City botched the handling of an unduly large amount of mail-in ballots.

Mail-in ballots are a setup for the implementation of another strategy that was crafted by the Democratic Party. It’s called “ballot harvesting,” and it is designed to disenfranchise certain Americans from their voting rights, namely those who align with an opposing party.

It allows third parties to be paid to gather mail-in, absentee, and/or other types of ballots on behalf of voters, and then deliver the ballots to election officials. It’s not hard to spot the problems that can and will inevitably occur with a strategy like this in place.

Because having third parties who are paid to go out and gather ballots is a formula for fraud, the practice of ballot harvesting has been outlawed almost everywhere in the country.

But interestingly in 2016, California quietly legalized a version of ballot harvesting that permitted any person to collect an unlimited amount of mail-in ballots and receive compensation for their efforts.

Then when the mid-term elections of 2018 took place, several Republican congressmen in Orange County ended up losing their House seats. And Nancy got her gavel back.

Nevada recently passed legislation during a night session. The vote tally ended up following strict party lines. Universal mail-in balloting, along with a ballot harvesting provision that follows the California model of allowing third parties to collect ballots, passed.

Same as California, the Nevada version imposes no limit on how many ballots can be collected. But Nevada’s version goes even further. It allows an individual to sign a ballot on another’s behalf.

Here’s the bottom line. Universal mail-in voting works as the opening act for ballot harvesting. Once the mail-in ballots are sent out, harvesters can go out to the homes of voters and collect ballots.

Some ballots may be blank. No problem, they can be completed later. If ballots are filled out, operatives are in a position to discard the ones of an opposing party. This can be done without any accountability. No checks, no balance.

Here’s the dastardly duo: mail-in voting and ballot harvesting.

We need to do everything we can to bar the polling place doors from these evil twins.

Otherwise free and fair elections will become a thing of the past.

Culture Is Politics and Vice Versa

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Andrew Breitbart once famously said, “Politics is downstream from culture.”

What Andrew was conveying is the idea that changes manifested in the culture will likely produce parallel changes in politics.

I myself contend that the country has changed so dramatically, the culture is now inseparable from politics and politics is inseparable from the culture. In other words, culture is politics and politics is culture.

There is no place in which the culture has been kept sequestered from the political, and likewise there is no place in which the political has been kept at arm’s length from the culture. In a very real sense it has taken on an eerily seamless quality.

An additional aspect that has affected the political-cultural relationship is the social media. In its advent, social media literally took the nation by storm. People, though, were too busy living through an immersion experience for the records to fully realize the unprecedented phenomenon it truly was.

Then there is the whole notion of search engines. These are the vehicles that enable us to gain access to the storehouses of information contained on the internet.

We all know that the use of digital devices has exploded. To millions of people, it feels as though these mini-computers are extensions of our bodies. If denied them for any length of time, the psyche may operate as though a piece is somehow missing and experience digital deprivation anxiety in the process.

And so it is that we find ourselves racing headlong into a confluence of digital forces. How were we to know that the power to control digital life itself would ultimately be concentrated in the hands of a few select individuals who run the Big Tech companies?

This year COVID lockdowns and woke content altered the way in which Americans consumed their digital amusement. Some eye-opening ratings help to tell the tale.

Recently, The New York Times took a hiatus from attacking the president long enough to notice that a watershed moment was taking place in the viewing habits of a central medium of our age—television.

While under COVID house arrest, the prime-time viewing audience preferred to watch one network over all of the others. The network of choice was none other than the oft-maligned Fox News.

This constituted a major shift of the culture, so much so that even the Times felt compelled to report it.

It is not surprising that Fox News would be on top when compared to other cable news outlets such as CNN and MSNBC. Fox has dominated this space for 18 years running.

But for Fox News to become the preferred prime-time destination over the increasingly woke broadcast and cable entertainment offerings? This was unexpected and turned out to be downright scary for the left.

“In June and July, Fox News was the highest-rated television channel in the prime-time hours of 8 to 11 p.m. Not just on cable. Not just among news networks. All of television. The average live Fox News viewership in those hours outstripped cable rivals like CNN, MSNBC and ESPN, as well as the broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC, according to Nielsen,” the Times reported.

“That three-hour slot is a narrow but significant slice of TV real estate, and it is exceedingly rare for a basic-cable channel to outrank the Big Three broadcasters, which are available in more households and offer a wider variety of programming,” the Times added.

“Even the return of live sports did little to stop the momentum: The Fox News programs hosted by Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity drew more live viewers than competing baseball and basketball games, including a Yankees-Nationals matchup on Opening Day,” the Times said.

Fox News is a place where folks can uniquely experience a pushback against virtually all of the other media outlets. They also get treated to a healthy dose of American exceptionalism.

In the past, the formation of American culture, even when dominated by the left, was still occurring in a free market environment. This is what we know as the American model, the one that allows more innovation and creativity than any other governmental approach ever has.

But now we see signs that our nation is moving towards a new model, one that embraces authoritarianism and seeks to implement a political agenda.

It is an emerging totalitarian model in which elected leaders impose selective lockdowns and arbitrary mandates using public health as a pretext. A model in which the same elected leaders allow, facilitate, and even cheer on criminal, insurrectionist, and terrorist acts. A model that encourages the erasure of national history, heritage, and identity in order to fit a far-left narrative.

Most tragically, it is an emerging totalitarian model that looks more like the Chinese communist system of governance than anything previously associated with the United States of America.

Tables Turn as Bibles Burn

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Good folks all over the place are so tired of being told that what’s been going on in cities like Portland and Seattle are peaceful protests.

Instead of trying to understand the wobbly language that’s being bandied about, the better route is to take a long hard look at what’s actually happening.

For more than two months street thugs armed with rifles, lasers, bombs, flame throwers, swords, spears, and an assorted array of sick weaponry have terrorized to the hilt average everyday people.

Meanwhile Democratic Party hacks and their media toadies give attaboys to the perpetrators. They insist that there’s no violence going on anywhere. They while away their leisure lockdown hours plotting ways in which they can torment their political enemies. And cruelest of all, they turn a deaf ear to folks who cry in the dark for help that never comes.

Here’s a little animal tale to ponder.

Early in June while on a walk through the park some Portland police came across a pig that had fallen asleep on the ground. The officers took to Twitter to see if the pig’s owner could be located. A photo of the little guy was displayed on the official police page along with a phone number and message that encouraged a happy reunion.

The presence of the animal in the park would be an eerie foreshadowing of something insidious that would take place about a month and a half later.

Last week rioters sent yet another symbolic message of the appalling kind. They set a pig’s head on fire. Atop the animal’s head was a police hat. An American flag completed the smoldering scene.

As if an incinerated pig’s head in police attire and a torched American flag didn’t assault the psyche enough, footage of another ugly event was posted on the internet. It showed participants, who were wielding Black Lives Matter signs and being cheered on by bystanders, happily hurling stacks of Bibles onto a blazing bonfire.

Providentially, Twitter user Ian Miles Cheong would catch the whole thing on tape.

Burning books is very much a specialty of fascists. The Nazis did it in the 1930s. But burning the Holy Bible? Even in fallen away corners this is not going to sit well.

Guess it should have been apparent though, considering the recent comments made by BLM activist Shaun King, who used a series of Twitter posts to urge the destruction of images and statues of Jesus Christ, his Blessed Mother Mary, and other figures from scripture.

“Yes I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down. They are a form of white supremacy,” King tweeted.

King also posted that “white Jesus is a lie” and is a “tool of white supremacy,” which in King’s words was created to help white people use Christianity as a “tool of oppression.”

King then wrote that all of the Christian imagery should be taken down, including “murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends.”

It was inevitable, being the Marxist-based global organizations they are, that BLM, Antifa, and like-minded radicals would attempt to defile, denigrate, and destroy the biblical message and its mystical messengers. After all, Judeo-Christian scriptures hold within them the very ideas upon which America in particular, and the whole of Western civilization in general, are built.

The Bible has often been viewed by the left with contempt, and for good reason. A government based on the Rule of Law, which sprang forth from laws transcribed by Moses and enshrined in the Ten Commandments, frequently prompts negative reactions on the part of those who are threatened by absolutes.

Donald Trump Jr. used his Twitter account to comment on the recent Bible burning.

“Now we move to the book burning phase. I’m pretty sure ANTIFA doesn’t actually stand for what they say it stands for. Maybe just remove the anti part of [its] name and it’s perfect,” Trump Jr. posted.

Organizations lurking behind the aforementioned street thugs are hell-bent on destruction.

Like all of the committed Marxists before them, the “utopian” world they seek can only exist when freedom dies.

The Bible is Truth. Truth will set you free. Freedom is forever.

Time to Make Up Your Mind — It’s One or the Other

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When it comes to picking a president this time around, there’s no middle of the road, no complaining about the choices available, and no leaving blank spots on ballots.

Each and every voter has a decision to make that involves a critical choice between two rival political parties, two 2020 presidential candidates, and two polar opposite futures for America.

Below is a summary of the two options that each and every voter has to ponder, pray about, and in the end, pick one or the other.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden

In an apparent attempt to unify his party, Biden is using a document created by a task force that he set up along with Socialist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. The document addresses six policy issue categories that include so-called climate change, health care, and immigration.

Biden refers to these issue areas as comprising a “bold, transformative platform.”

“Transformative” is the cryptic word here. Among other things, his proposed agenda includes the following:

–The repeal of travel bans currently imposed on dangerous terrorist countries, the opening of the borders to any foreigner who claims asylum, amnesty for those who are in the country illegally, and a 100-day moratorium on all deportations.

–Federal funding to create a “civilian corps” of unarmed first responders, which will include social workers. This will evidently go hand-in-hand with the Democrats expressed desire to de-fund or even abolish the police.

–The establishment of what is described as a “public option plan” of government health care; additionally, there is a proposed extension of coverage to illegal immigrants.

–With regard to the life issue, Biden recently commented on a Supreme Court decision concerning state restrictions on abortion. He described the right to end the life of a baby in the womb as a “constitutional right to choice under any circumstance.”

Presumptive Republican nominee President Donald Trump

Trump recently made an inspiring speech at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota. In his speech, he presented a platform of his own. Among other things, his dreams for America encompass the following:

–The recognition of “the solemn right and moral duty of every nation to secure its borders” and the obligation of our country to “care for its own citizens first.”

–The importance of safeguarding the First Amendment and encouraging a healthy exchange of ideas and an ongoing “free and open debate.”

–The need to “support the courageous men and women of law enforcement” and strengthen our commitment to “never abolish our police or our great Second Amendment.”

–The rekindling of the American spirit that encourages us to “teach our children to know that they live in a land of legends, that nothing can stop them, and that no one can hold them down.”

–The instilling of the confidence to believe that we “can do anything,” “be anything,” and that working with one another “we can achieve anything.”

–With regard to the life issue, Trump said, “Every child, of every color, born and unborn, is made in the holy image of God.”

During the imposed “lockdown” of our country, the Democrats gave us a preview of what the future will look like if they are in charge, unrestrained and able to fully implement their socialist wish list.

The contrast between the two choices presented above is clear as can be.

But here’s the most important thing for each and every voter to consider—the candidates’ visions for the future.

Ask yourself, What is my own personal vision for my children, my grandchildren, and for America?

And then ask yourself, Which candidate is going to help make my own personal vision become a reality?

Choose like it really matters, because it really does.

An Election Worth Fighting For

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It was a troubled time in history.

New York City was a mess. The streets of the Big Apple were plagued with crime, and folks felt anxious and downhearted.

Then along came Rudy Giuliani. He had made a run for mayor in 1989, but it wasn’t his time.

After having lost that election round, he stepped up a few short years later for a 1993 electoral re-match with then-NYC Mayor David Dinkins.

Law and order was the big issue on voters’ minds. This time Rudy would take the trophy. He became New York City’s official mayor and went on to make the city safe again.

New Yorkers would thank him with a second term, which would be monumental in its import and in its place in history as on one fateful day in September 2001, Rudy would rise to become “America’s Mayor.”

Fast forward to the Summer of 2020.

We sit in shock as in real time we watch a string of crimes play out on our television screens, tablets, and cell phones.

We gaze in horror as we witness the destruction of our shops, restaurants, and even our police stations.

Our hearts break as we see neighbors being beaten with fists, bricks, clubs, and skateboards.

We witness smashing, looting, burning, and unvarnished hatred unlike anything we have ever experienced before.

And we weep to the depths of our souls.

We learn a whole lot in the weeks to come, and the knowledge arrives in the form of revelations.

We hear about current Democrat state governors, including those in New York, California, Michigan, and Washington, and sitting Democrat city mayors in New York City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Seattle, among others, who allow and even encourage outright lawlessness.

We see elected Democrat leaders violate their oaths to protect lives and property and give carte blanche to terrorists.

We hear Democrat city mayors order police officers to stand down as cities are overtaken, livelihoods are demolished, and dreams of everyday folks go up in flames.

We recoil from the blows of vandals, who strike our own bodies as they deface cherished monuments and topple statues of heroes past.

We listen to Democrat state governors and Democrat city mayors order law enforcement to refrain from exercising their sworn duties.

We smell the stench of anarchy as we stare at city blocks, which are cordoned off in a neighborhood that many used to call work or home, the new area being proclaimed a “sovereign nation.”

We cry alongside a father, who is forced to bury his own son at a time that the Seattle Democrat mayor dubbed a “summer of love.”

We taste the bitter fear on our tongues—fear for ourselves, our families, our friends, and our neighbors—as Democrat officeholders de-fund our police departments.

We stop in our tracks for a moment to remember what happened just before the protests and riots.

We were, and still are, a nation in the grip of lockdown brought about by state and local officials who implemented harsh, and in many cases, illegal exercises of power.

We notice that the emergence of the coronavirus had handed governors, mayors, and myriad local officials the power of their wildest dreams, and the heightened profile that goes along with it.

Those who understand the allure of fame know how intoxicating it can be if gone unchecked. It is oftentimes checked by the virtue of humility, but we’re not seeing much of that in the current crop of Democrat gubernatorial and mayoral newfound “stars.”

Why does it matter?

Because power has been placed in the hands of individuals who appear to be overwhelmed by the high it provides and who likely find themselves craving it all the more.

Consequently, it is highly unlikely that they will ever want to hand that power back, in this case, back to the American people.

In 1993 New Yorkers were in a similar situation. The city’s high crime rate was making ordinary life anything but ordinary.

Here are some quotes that appeared in the New York Times in December of 1990, which divided NYC crime into two categories:

The first category had to do with “the large number of shootings of bystanders, whose victims were often children — crimes that frightened by their casualness and unpredictability.”

The second category had to do with “crime that seemed to follow a pattern…”

As the Times went on to explain, “The second sort led to a growing sense of chaos in the city as the criminals eluded capture. But the first kind gave many residents a more unsettling feeling: that anyone, at any time, could become a victim.”

After what our country has witnessed of late in the Democrat-run cities and states referenced above, these categories of crime may have a great deal of relevance to the upcoming elections.

In 1993 New Yorkers were not about to become victims, and this led to an unexpected, and very much welcomed, victory for Rudy.

We are about to find out in four months if Americans in 2020 are in the same New York state of mind.

May this be the election that proves the America that we know and love is so worth fighting for.

President Trump Emphasizes Reopening the U.S.

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As a nation we are all sacrificing to achieve a victory over the invisible enemy. However, we have another threat to with which to deal that involves an essential part of the American fabric, gainful employment.

President Donald Trump touched upon our need for honest and productive work in a recent briefing when he spoke about the importance of restarting the U.S. economic engine.

“Let me be extremely clear about one point. We will move Heaven and Earth to safeguard our great American citizens,” the president said. “We will continue to use every power, every authority, every single resource we’ve got to keep our people healthy, safe, secure and to get this thing over with.”

“We want to finish this war. We have to get back to work.”

This is a message we have heard from the president before. Rightly so because a shut down nation is not only unsustainable but actually poses a clear and present danger to all of us. The reality is that financial health has a great deal to do with the physical and psychological well being of the nation. For those who understand the risks economic damage is posing via a self induced-economic sleep, especially President Trump, the objective of getting the economy up and running as soon as possible is paramount.

The president indicated he had hoped to open up businesses by Easter, April 12, but he made an adjustment to the original time frame, extending our national social distancing effort to the end of April on the advice of his task force members.

President Trump also said he’s “thinking about” forming a panel to examine how best to restart the country’s economy, which he called a “good idea.”

“I’m thinking about it,” President Trump said at a White House Press briefing. “I continue to say, the cure cannot be worse than the problem itself.”

The president tweeted an endorsement of a such a plan offered by Dana Perino, former press secretary to President George W. Bush, and now a commentator on Fox News, among other public figures.

She had suggested putting together a group of experts well suited to advise the president about dealing with the economic ramifications resulting from the economic shutdown created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Perino said this group would complement the team led by Vice President Mike Pence, “Let 1st task force focus on crisis at the moment,” Perino tweeted.

Reopening the businesses of the country would be the focus of such a task force. As the president has emphasized the shutdown of our enterprises goes against our nature. “The U.S. economy wasn’t meant to be closed as it is…We’re not going to have separation for the rest of our time on the planet,” he said.

President Trump hinted only a couple of weeks ago that he was thinking about balancing public-health restrictions with economic concerns.

“WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF,” he tweeted and was predictably attacked by the media and craven politicians for the idea.

It is clear that the cure has already cost millions of Americans their jobs. The leisure and hospitality sectors have been decimated.

The fact is that we can plan for our nation to go back to work and we can do it while simultaneously protecting those most likely to harmed by exposure to coronavirus infection, those immunologically compromised, those with chronic diseases, and the elderly.

Younger people without complicating medical conditions who have recovered from the virus and have demonstrable immunity could be allowed to return to work.

At an appropriate time, we also can reopen businesses with social distancing limitations and restart a significant part of our economic engine.

Retailers that have been allowed to operate because they sell groceries have already shown the way by establishing new procedures to sanitize shelves and shopping carts, and regulate the number of shoppers present in the store aisles.

A host of retail uses such as clothing, furniture, and jewelry, etc. should be allowed to innovate and reopen following the same kinds of safeguards that grocery and drug chains have implemented. If Walmart, Target, and CVS can be open during a pandemic so can a long list of other retail chains and small shops.

Two sectors that employ even more people in the nation than leisure and hospitality are manufacturing and construction.

Workers in these sectors do not normally interface with the general public and could be allowed to start again with safe operating practices and with workers practicing social distancing.

Getting factories and construction sites back online would bring back needed jobs and move the country further along the road toward a total economic restart.

Seeing these sectors open up again would remove some of the uncertainty, instill hope, and allow a significant number of Americans to engage in gainful employment, the productive pastime our people love.