By Larry Braden
| Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 at 12:25 pm
Nancy Pelosi & Co. are deliberately violating the Constitution to “deem” a bill has passed which has not been voted upon. This violation of their oath to uphold the Constitution and its potential consequences are superbly articulated in this article by market analyst Karl Denninger — A *Very Serious* Warning To Nancy Pelosi :
You are making a grave, perhaps nation-ending mistake. Article 1, Section 7:
Attempting to “deem” the Health Care bill passed when it has not actually been voted on is not Constitutional.
All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.
Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.
This is the black-letter law of the land….
There is a bright white line for every person in this country who has taken an oath to uphold our Constitution. It is in different places for each of those individuals, but you had better believe it exists.
For some it will be crossed if you try to disarm Americans, as was attempted after Katrina.
For some it will be crossed if you try to occupy their homes.
And for some, it may be crossed if you attempt to “deem” this bill passed, when The House has not actually passed it….
You will almost certainly lose your Speaker’s Gavel come November, as the mortal sin against the Constitution of deeming a bill passed without actually voting on it is so inimical to a republican form of government and displays such gross arrogance that you have forfeited your right to wield that gavel by mere contemplation of the act….
But what I pray for … is that your office, and those of your fellow Democrats who are about to violate your sacred oaths willfully, intentionally, and with malice aforethought – is all you lose.
Go read all of it.
By Tom Wright
| Sunday, February 28th, 2010 at 2:51 pm
Most conservatives are wondering, “What can I, personally, do to help stop Obama’s anti-America juggernaut?” Recall that grammatically incorrect statement — “All politics is local.” It’s true! Every marxist and conservative in Washington is there because of local politics.
Do this. All patriotic citizens who cherish the vision of our founding fathers for the United States should attend the local Precinct Convention for their political party. It is at these meetings that the process of composing the party platform begins. At the Convention you will be asked to vote for or against Resolutions that will be forwarded to the County Convention, and if passed there, on to the State Convention. This is how national party platforms and some state laws are formed.
You can affect both party platforms and state laws. Make up your own Resolutions. Make them plain and specific to one issue. Give concrete and detailed reasons why adopting the resolution is necessary. If your Resolution is against the actions of a group, give no quarter. Take 3 copies to be signed and forwarded to the County Convention. Take many more to pass out to attendees.
The primary elections in the race for Texas governor will be held this Tuesday, March 2 for both major parties. Following the primaries, precinct meetings will be held to compose the party platforms. Conservative Texans are urged to attend their Precinct’s Convention about 7:15 p.m. next Tuesday. When you vote, ask someone where it will be held. It will likely be in a school classroom, cafeteria, etc.
At other times and in a variety of formats, similar efforts will be taking place in all of the other states. All patriotic Americans should learn the particulars for their location and become involved. The ideological forces of Marxism and Islamic sharia have insinuated themselves into the fundamental levels of our democratic process, and have permeated our public education. An overwhelming participation by true patriots is needed to rout them.
Here’s a bit of background. In 1961 (or 1962, I forget), I attended a meeting of the Christian Anti-Communism Crusade in the Emerald Room of the (then) Shamrock Hotel, in Houston, Texas. One of the many guest speakers was Herb Philbrick — whose real life experience in infiltrating the Communist party was the basis for the TV series, “I Led Three Lives.”
Philbrick told how the communists had taken control of many civic organizations across America, including his home town’s civic association in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The communists had previously gone to classes to learn Robert’s Rules of Order — and they learned those rules perfectly. They then went to many civic organizations’ meetings and participated. At every opportunity, they raised simple “points of order.” They would then, helpfully, state how some motion, etc., should have been handled. Soon, they had the confidence of the usual hometown Americans — who frequently knew nothing about the use of parliamentary law in meetings. Soon, everyone agreed that the person who knew the rules should become the president of the local organization.
Once in the controlling positions of the organization, they used the organization (and the organization’s money) to promote the communist agenda. As a local civic association, they had the local stature to raise funds. As the controlling officers, they had the power to direct those funds to the use of the Communist Party’s causes. The local civic organizations became communist fronts.
The same thing is going on today, not only by proponents of socialism, but now in addition by muslims, who seek to institute Sharia Law in our communities. One of their prime targets is the Precinct Convention meeting — after the primary polls close.
- Buy a copy of and brush up on Robert’s Rules of Order.
- Many towns have “Parliamentary Law Clubs,” where ladies (mostly) fellowship together in a civic club with a purpose. Frequently, the members of such clubs are officers in other community organizations. If your town has one, join it. Those ladies are great contacts for networking.
- Get your friends and neighbors to attend your Precinct meetings. Yes. I know. “It’s a pain.” Just do it. Or let the Muslims have the power in your local community.
- Carry multiple copies (many require three copies) of typed party planks, to be voted on and forwarded to the County and State conventions. Don’t try to prepare them on the spot.
- Do not allow any muslim to intimidate you by saying that you are persecuting him because of his religion. Islam is both a religion and a political system. Sharia Law is a political issue.
But, first and foremost: Don’t let foreign subversives — whether Marxist or Islamic — get control of your local organizations, precinct chairmanships, county organizations, or state organizations.
I’m a Texan so, as an example, let me share the resolution that I will be offering this Tuesday evening. For background, read this article — Organizing Kids for Obama:
President Barack Obama’s budget has added more than $100 billion of federal taxpayers’ money to what is called “education,” so that means it will be spent by alumni of the Saul Alinsky school of radical community organizing and/or the Chicago Democratic machine…. Obama is using the public schools to recruit a private army of high-schoolers to “build on the movement that elected President Obama by empowering students across the country to help us bring about our agenda.” We now know that Obama’s “agenda” is to move the United States into European-style socialism….
Obama’s Internet outreach during his campaign, Obama for America, has been renamed Organizing for America (OFA) in order to recruit students to join a cult of Obama and become activists for his goals. …the teacher of an 11th-grade government class in Massillon, Ohio, passed out the sign-up sheet, headed with Obama’s “O” logo, asking students to become interns for Organizing for America….
This must never happen in my state. Here’s my Resolution:
Resolution Opposing Use of Texas Public Schools for Community Organizing
WHEREAS in his inauguration speech, President Obama promised to “transform this country;”
WHEREAS in his budget, the Obama administration added more than $100 billion in taxpayer’s money for what he listed as “Education;”
WHEREAS at American Taxpayer expense, his Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, mailed instructions to every school on how to participate in the September 8 political speech that was broadcast to public school children, making it clear that he has no reservations about using taxpayer money to promote his agenda;
WHEREAS Mr. Obama’s campaign Internet outreach — Obama For America — has been renamed “Organizing for America” (OFA) with the purpose of recruiting students to become activists for his goals;
WHEREAS the application to join the OFA Internship program states its goal as, “empowering students across the country to help us bring about our agenda of change;”
WHEREAS the application further states, “credit must be approved by your school ahead of time;”
WHEREAS OFA’s “National Intern Organizer Curriculum” includes a reading list that includes Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals;”
WHEREAS OFA’s reading list also includes Zack Exley’s “The New Organizers” in which it brags about “an insurgent generation of organizers” inside the Obama campaign that has “almost without anyone noticing … built the Progressive movement a brand new and potentially durable people’s organization, in a dozen states, rooted at the neighborhood level;”
WHEREAS on OFA’s reading list is Rinku Sen’s “Stir It Up: Lessons from Community Organizing and Advocacy;”
WHEREAS on OFA’s reading list is Obama’s “Dreams of My Father,” who is well known as a radical Marxist-Leninist;
WHEREAS a federal government organization, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), having a budget of $1.416 billion, oversees other taxpayer funded “service organizations;”
WHEREAS CNCS oversees Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America, which regularly dole out millions of Dollars to radical liberal organizations; and
WHEREAS the U.S. Senate has recently confirmed CNCS’s new chief executive, Patrick Corvington, who was a senior official of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which has given over a million and one-half dollars to the Acorn network of organizations;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we urge the Texas Legislature to enact legislation requiring that neither Texas public schools nor their students be used as instruments for political agendas, such as community organization, but, rather focus on history, reading, writing, mathematics, and science.
Adopted this 2nd day of March, 2010, at the Precinct Convention of Precinct # ____ of the Republican Party of Texas.
Precinct Convention Secretary
UPDATE: The Right Sided American Kafir created the following references to go with this article:
Robert’s Rules of Order
Parliamentary Motions Guide (chart)
By Jerry A. Kane
| Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 at 3:56 pm
When Congress passed, without reading, the $787 billion Porkulus Bill back in February, Brother O and the Bread and Circuses Salvation Sideshow Administration promised it would create jobs and boost the economy.
Frankly, the largest spending bill in American history was nothing more than a gift of taxpayer money to Democrats for their pet projects and special interest groups. Touted for saving both jobs and country by propagandists in the mainstream media, the bill has done little to stimulate job or economic growth, but it did increase the national debt, escalate unemployment rates, and produce dubious projects.
According to clueless Joe Biden, “Every dollar being spent from Recovery Act [Porkulus] is helping put someone back to work.”
Flash floods of stimulus spending have put workers on the following projects:
- $300,000 for a GPS-equipped helicopter to hunt for radioactive rabbit droppings at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state.
- $30 million for a spring training baseball complex for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.
- $11 million to build a bridge connecting Microsoft’s two headquarter campuses, which are separated by a highway, in Redmond, Washington.
- $430,000 to repair a bridge, which carries 10 or fewer cars a day, in Iowa County, Wisconsin.
- $800,000 to build a backup runway, which serves about 20 passengers a day, for the John Murtha Airport in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
- $219,000 for Syracuse University to study the sex lives of freshmen women.
- $2.3 million for the U.S. Forest Service to rear large numbers of arthropods, including the Asian longhorned beetle, the nun moth, and the woolly adelgid.
- $3.4 million for a 13-foot tunnel for turtles and other wildlife attempting to cross U.S. 27 in Lake Jackson, Florida.
- $1.15 million to install a guardrail for a persistently dry lake bed in Guymon, Oklahoma.
- $9.38 million to renovate a hundred year-old train depot, which has not been used for three decades, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
- $2.5 million in stimulus checks sent to the deceased.
- $6 million for a snow-making facility in Duluth, Minnesota.
- $173,834 to weatherize eight pickup trucks in Madison County, Illinois.
- $20,000 for a fish sperm freezer at the Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery in South Dakota.
- $380,000 to spay and neuter pets in Wichita, Kansas.
- $300 apiece for thousands of signs at road construction sites across the country announcing that the projects are funded by stimulus money.
- $1.5 million for a fence to block would-be jumpers from leaping off the All-American Bridge in Akron, Ohio.
- $1 million to study the health effects of environmentally friendly public housing on 300 people in Chicago.
- $356,000 for Indiana University to study childhood comprehension of foreign accents compared with native speech.
- $983,952 for street beautification in Ann Arbor, Michigan, including decorative lighting, trees, benches and bike paths.
- $148,438 for Washington State University to analyze the use of marijuana in conjunction with medications like morphine.
- $462,000 to purchase 22 concrete toilets for use in the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri.
- $3.1 million to transform a canal barge into a floating museum that will travel the Erie Canal in New York state.
- $1.3 million on government arts jobs in Maine, including $30,000 for basket makers, $20,000 for storytelling and $12,500 for a music festival.
- $71,000 for a hybrid car to be used by student drivers in Colchester, Vermont, as well as a plug-in hybrid for town workers decked out with a sign touting the vehicle’s energy efficiency.
The clowns in the Bread and Circuses Administration say that $159 billion from Porkulus has created or saved more than 640,000 jobs. Even though more than half the jobs were in education and not in the private sector as promised, that economists say it’s impossible to calculate jobs that are saved, and that ABC News calculated the cost to taxpayers as $160,000 per job, clueless Joe obstinately insists, “we’re on track.”
Come November 2010, clueless Joe, Brother O, and his clowns in the Salvation Sideshow will discover just how well that track and the Porkulus Act has worked out for them.
By Jerry A. Kane
| Friday, October 23rd, 2009 at 12:36 pm
The candidacy of Dede Scozzafava has divided the GOP between its Reagan conservatives and the party establishment.
Leftist progressive Republicans might not raise the eyebrow of your average Snowe-blind Maineiac, but the thought of adding another DIABLO (Democrat In All But Label Only) statist-minded representative to Washington has GOP conservatives and libertarians apoplectic.
Scozzafava is in a three-way race with Democrat candidate Bill Owens and Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman to fill the seat of departing Republican John McHugh in New York’s 23rd Congressional District.
Scozzafava, who has been lauded by Newt Gingrich, supports abortion, homosexual marriage, Brother O’s stimulus spending, cap-and-trade, and Card Check; and is endorsed by Markos Moulitsas, founder of The Daily Kos; NYSUT (New York State United Teachers), the largest labor union in New York and affiliate of the National Education Association, and ACORN’s (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now’s) Working Families Party.
Hoffman, the Reagan conservative in the race, is supported by former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, former vice chairman of the 2008 Republican National Committee Platform Committee, Ken Blackwell, former Majority leader Dick Armey, Minnesota congresswomen Michele Bachmann, former Republican Senator and Republican presidential candidate, Fred Thompson, founder of the Campaign for Working Families, Gary Bauer; the Wall Street Journal and the conservative Club for Growth in Washington, D.C.
Right now Democrat Bill Owens is leading Hoffman Scozzafava, but Hoffman’s poll numbers have been steadily rising and have surpassed Scozzafava, which means that Scozzafava is now just a spoiler and could keep Republicans from holding the seat that McHugh routinely won by 2-to-1 margins.
Hoffman is running as the Conservative Party’s candidate because New York’s local GOP establishment entered their “smoke-filled room” and chose Scozzafava behind closed doors, bypassing a primary and the party’s grass-roots voters.
Scozzafava’s leftist politics aren’t the only embarrassment for the Republican Party. She called the police on John McCormack, a Weekly Standard blogger, who questioned her about support for Card Check and then used the propagandist media to smear the journalist.
The call has gone out for Scozzafava to withdraw or be dumped from the race. More than a dozen conservative bloggers and organizations have called for her resignation and for the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) and the Republican National Committee (RNC) to withdraw their support and put their resources behind the real Republican in the race.
If Hoffman wins the big one, his campaign will become the template for grassroots conservative campaigns nationwide next year. The special election for New York’s 23rd Congressional District just might be the spark that ignites an internal revolution to regain the soul of the GOP and bring common sense and sanity back to the party of Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater.
By Jerry A. Kane
| Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 at 8:59 am
GOP success in 2010 would end the progressive agenda in America. According to Vice President Joe Biden, if Democrats lose 35 House seats in 2010, it’s doomsday for Brother O’s agenda.
“If they take them back, this is the end of the road for what Barack and I are trying to do,” Biden said at a fundraiser for Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in Greenville, Delaware.
Republicans need 40 additional seats to regain control of the House. Currently Democrats hold 49 seats in districts that Senator John McCain (R-Ariz) won in last year’s presidential election.
Biden gives the Republicans only “one shot” to stop Brother O’s agenda, and if they fail “the dam is going to break” … letting loose “[a]ll the hidden Republicans that don’t have the courage to vote the way they want to vote because of pressure from the party” to merge with the collective stream of Democrats and form a new era of bipartisanship.
Biden reserves the term bipartisanship for those Republicans who are willing to set aside free market principles and ideas of limited government to capitulate to Democrat desires to control people through a centralized government and a planned economy. Republicans who hold to their principles and oppose statism are condemned as hatemongering, racist obstructionists.
Nonetheless, Biden’s assessment of the 2010 landscape is interesting. He readily admits Brother O’s attempt to increase the power and size of government to control the private sector could mark the end of the progressive agenda. And it could happen, but only if enough people will do what must be done before it’s too late.
By Nancy K. Matthis
| Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 at 6:47 am
You cast a vote that will outrage your constituents? No problemo. Just expunge it.
California was dripping with red ink. The current budget deficit was projected at $26.3 billion and the state was handing out IOUs instead of paychecks. After around-the-clock travail in the legislature, politicians from both parties agreed on a package of spending cuts, fancy accounting scams, and shortfalls to local governments to pass a budget for the coming fiscal year.
Not just a neat budget, mind you, but a package of 31 painfully crafted bills, which all together would do the job for the moment. It is not a sustainable plan — the state is desperate for revenue. There are all those illegal immigrants to support:
A study done by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) found the cost of illegal immigrants in California to amount to $10.5 billion annually. This figure includes the cost of incarceration, health care, and education of illegal immigrants.
Ten and a half billion? Whoa, that’s almost 40% of the deficit. I have a suggestion…
One proposal on the table was to allow offshore drilling for oil, as California is sitting next to untapped lucrative natural resources, with the potential for bringing in over $100 million per year. But there is a lot of opposition for fear of an oil spill on the famous beaches, and the legislators voted it down 43 to 28 on July 24. That’s all well and good — there are two sides to every issue.
But what happened next was outrageous in a nominally still free country. Not wanting their constituents to know how they voted, the sleazy California politicians decided to let the results of the vote stand, but to expunge the recorded tally. And so they did. The record was destroyed.
Unfortunately for them, one member kept notes on paper, and sent them to Glen Beck. Now not just California, but the whole world can enjoy their discomfiture. Here’s the roll call. What might have been a mini-teapot-tempest in one state is now a national scandal. And just in case someone hacks Glenn’s servers, here’s the list — Assembly vote on opening new oil drilling:
Anthony Adams, R-Hesperia
Joel Anderson, R-Alpine
Juan Arambula, independent-Fresno
Bill Berryhill, R-Modesto
Tom Berryhill, R-Ceres
Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo
Charles Calderon, D-Whittier
Connie Conway, R-Tulare
Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley
Chuck DeVore, R-Irvine
Mike Duvall, R-Yorba Linda
Bill Emmerson, R-Redlands
Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield
Ted Gaines, R-Roseville
Martin Garrick, R-Carlsbad
Danny Gilmore, R-Hanford
Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills
Kevin Jeffries, R-Lake Elsinore
Stephen Knight, R-Palmdale
Dan Logue, R-Linda
Jeff Miller, R-Corona
Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert
Roger Niello, R-Fair Oaks
Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber
Jim Silva, R-Huntington Beach
Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita
Van Tran, R-Costa Mesa
Mike Villines, R-Clovis
Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco
Jim Beall, D-San Jose
Robert Blumenfield, D-Woodland Hills
Julia Brownley, D-Santa Monica
Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo
Anna Marie Caballero, D-Salinas
Wilmer Amina Carter, D-Rialto
Wesley Chesbro, D-Arcata
Joe Coto, D-San Jose
Hector De La Torre, D-South Gate
Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles
Mike Eng, D-Monterey Park
Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa
Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles
Paul Fong, D-Sunnyvale
Felipe Fuentes, D-Sylmar
Warren Furutani, D-Gardena
Cathleen Galgiani, D-Livingston
Mary Hayashi, D-Castro Valley
Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo
Alyson Huber, D-El Dorado Hills
Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael
Dave Jones, D-Sacramento
Paul Krekorian, D-Burbank
Ted Lieu, D-Torrance
Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach
Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco
Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia
William Monning, D-Santa Cruz
Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara
John Perez, D-Los Angeles
Manuel Perez, D-Coachella
Anthony Portantino, D-Pasadena
Ira Ruskin, D-Redwood City
Mary Salas, D-Chula Vista
Lori Saldana, D-San Diego
Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley
Audra Strickland, R-Thousand Oaks
Sandré Swanson, D-Alameda
Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch
Norma Torres, D-Pomona
Alberto Torrico, D-Fremont
Mariko Yamana, D-Davis
NOT VOTING (8)
Karen Bass, D-Baldwin Vista
Marty Block, D-San Diego
Mike Davis, D-Los Angeles
Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego
Isadore Hall, D-Compton
Diane Harkey, R-Dana Point
Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina
Jose Solorio, D-Anaheim
Dear readers, I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed posting that list.
Nancy Matthis is the publisher and executive editor of the weblog format news magazine and multimedia outlet American Daughter Media Center.
By Nancy K. Matthis
| Friday, October 31st, 2008 at 4:09 am
Barack Obama told his followers to take the whole election day off from school or work — commonly known as “playing hooky” or, less kindly, truancy. Most employers who give standard benefits — vacation, sick leave, etc. — also give two hours of paid leave on election day so that their employees can go to vote during working hours. For those who cannot fit in this option, most polling places open early and close late, so people with jobs can vote before they go to work or after they get home.
By making this comment, Obama revealed once again how un-American he is, how much he is out of step with our culture. In his article Our First French President? Jed Babbin nails it:
….Race isn’t an issue for conservatives, but cultural indentity is. And that’s a problem because if he’s elected, Barack Obama will be our first French president.
The man who would lead the most productive, hard-working, achievement-oriented society in history told on his campaign website to take the day off to vote at our ease and make sure all our relatives and friends do the same. He tells students to ask their professors to let them out of class to canvass neighborhoods and drive people to the polls….
In America’s heartland, many families have a mom and a dad who each work two jobs to put the kids through college. Lots of people work Saturdays or Sundays or both. We take Christmas and Thanksgiving and July 4th off and — if we’re lucky — we save up to take a week’s trip somewhere in driving distance.
And this guy wants to stop the world just to make sure he gets elected?
Just think about this: if every American voter took the day off on Tuesday, it would cost our economy a big chunk of cash. How much?
In 2004, there were about 123 million voters. The best estimate says there are about 181 million registered voters today. One economist did a computation for me, using that probable voter base. If they all work for the average wage and all take an unpaid day off, the cost would be about $22.3 billion in lost wages for the first Obamaday.
How much would the stock market fall just because the earth stood so that we could elect Obama?
In France, they care little about such things. That’s why they have — by law — a 35-hour workweek that’s interrupted by strikes and five-week vacations…..
All over America, we go to work, we go to school and some time during the day — before we go to work or after we get home, on a long break from school or when classes are over that day — we manage to vote. We accomplish our duties, meet our responsibilities, and manage to perform our patriotic duty to vote all on the same day.
Much of this happens in the suburbs and this is the candidate who’s not interested in how that works. Remember? He said, “I’m not interested in the suburbs. The suburbs bore me.” Of course they do: that’s where all those gun-and-bible-clinging people live.
This election is the most important in living memory, and the Democrats’ candidate is proving that — underneath the trim American exterior — a Frenchman lurks….
Nancy Matthis is the publisher and executive editor of the weblog format news magazine and multimedia outlet American Daughter Media Center.
By Irene Davis
| Wednesday, October 15th, 2008 at 11:55 am
Check out this editorial cartoon. There is always some truth in good humor!
By Nancy K. Matthis
| Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 at 8:08 am
The election of 2008 promises to be an all-out battle throughout the country for the soul of America. Will we continue to be a nation of individuals who pride themselves on personal responsibility? Or will we keep sliding deeper into increasing government entitlement programs (and meddling) on the path to socialism?
The answer will largely be determined by the outcomes of the 435 hard-fought Congressional races throughout the United States. And in many of those races, the margin of victory or loss on average may be less than three percent. Which is to say that illegal aliens may decide the future of our democracy.
Our voting processes are deeply flawed. For quite some time the problem of voter fraud has been discussed, but tolerated. The website Illegal Aliens US comments:
Those ‘undocumented’ are actually ‘highly documented’ with fraudulent documents our government readily accepts.
Because of virtually no vote fraud enforcement, motor voter registration, driver’s licenses for illegal aliens, amnesties and other factors, American’s most precious liberty, voting, is being rapidly undermined by illegal aliens.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) reports:
In 1996, Congress enacted the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, making it a federal crime for non-citizens to vote in any federal election (or state election, unless authorized by state law). As a penalty, ineligible non-citizens who knowingly vote may be deported. Additionally, a non-citizen who falsely claims to be a United States citizen is in violation of this law.
However, there are many documented reports of non-citizen voting, and there is no evidence of prosecution of the aliens for their action. With nearly 19 million foreign-born residents who are not U.S. citizens in the country in the 2000 Census and an estimated 9-11 million illegal residents (many of them not also counted in the Census), the potential is enormous for non-citizens to affect the outcome of elections.
Accuracy in Media adds:
A recent study released by the conservative think-tank the Heritage Foundation provides proof that illegal aliens and immigrants with green cards are committing rampant voter fraud in the United States.
Just last week, Libertarian Republican posted about a specific case in San Antonio:
300 busted in San Antonio — Illegal Immigrants have been voting in US Elections for decades. California most especially has been plagued by hundreds of thousands of illegals voting in elections. Republicans have alledged for years that Democrats have undertaken massive voter registration drives of Illegals in heavily Mexican neighborhoods around Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego County and other Border regions. Even Mid-Western States such as Ohio and Missouri have also seen problems with Illegal Immigrant voting. Now, Texas has been hit….
Specific Components of the Problem
1) By all estimates, the 1993 federal Motor Voter law is the biggest concern. It mandates that states allow people to register to vote when they get a driver’s license. And 47 states don’t require any proof of U.S. residence for enrollment.
2) For states that require some form of identification at the polling place, driver’s licenses are always accepted. And up to the present time, those can easily be finessed, obtained through bribery or forged. You will recall that seven of the 9-11 hijackers used fake driver’s licenses to board the planes. One of the terrorists used a bypass code to get a California license without a social security number.
Nawaf Alhazmi …. used a loophole, since closed, in California law that allowed hundreds of thousands of foreign drivers without Social Security numbers to use a generic number in its place…. Although the process changed a year ago, some of the drivers still have their original licenses… …a 1994 court decision required the state to also give driver’s licenses to qualified applicants, such as foreign students, who had no Social Security number…. 184,000 such licenses were issued between 12/2000 and 2/2002.
Security technologist Bruce Schneier reminds us:
Three of the 9/11 terrorists had valid Virginia driver’s licenses in fake names, after bribing a DMV clerk.
For those who can’t finesse the system or bribe a state employee, there is always forgery. And it is rampant. Just this week, reports US Border Control, a California man was charged with running a fake ID factory in a rented room:
Police have arrested Luis Alberto Montana, 44, and charged him with renting a room in a Watsonville, California home and running a document factory there, producing a variety of ID cards…. Evidence seized included sheets of blank social security cards, immigration cards, driver’s licenses, W-2 forms as well as completed cards, including driver’s licenses from California, Arizona, Oregon and California license plate stickers, Matriculas and resident alien cards, according to police.
So much for authentic identification.
3) Many jurisdictions allow people to vote based on property deeds, rent receipts or utility bills. That may be a fair indication that those folk live in the voting district, but says nothing about their eligibility to vote! The Northwest Indiana Times lists some of the documents that will work:
…the state-required residency documents, such as a child support check, current utility bill, property deed….
And, as we observed in an earlier article, lots of illegals own property. Many more have rent receipts. The only cases where such papers might be scarce are those (quite numerous) where several families share a rented apartment.
4) In a Wall Street Journal article, John Fund notes:
The Justice Department has often blocked states from weeding out people who have died or changed addresses. That’s important because in most states you don’t have to show photo identification to vote, making it quite easy for someone to vote in someone else’s name.
Even when big government does not interfere, precincts are notoriously lax in updating their rolls.
5) The manipulation of absentee ballots is another source of voter fraud. In 2005, the Detroit News cited:
The national average for voting by absentee ballots is 14 percent, according to the United States Election Assistance Commission…
On a nationwide scale, that’s a lot of room to move! Twenty-six states permit any registered voter to vote by absentee ballot. In these states voters are not even required to state a reason for voting by absentee ballot. It’s “convenience voting.” Oregon has taken it to the limit. Oregon conducts all elections solely by mail ballot, and has eliminated the expense and manpower requirements of maintaining polling places.
From My San Antonio News comes this gem:
Four Duval County residents have been indicted by a Brooks County grand jury and charged with illegally handling ballot applications and mail-in ballots that belonged to other voters … according to the state attorney general’s office.
The charge of possessing and handling the ballot of another person is a … violation of the Texas Election Code. The four San Diego residents indicted Thursday were Lydia Molina, 70; Maria “Kena” Soriano, 71; Elva Lazo, 62; and Maria Trigo, 55….
Check out those last names. What border do you think they came across?
6) Nursing homes are another prime source of legitimate voter names that can be manipulated. And from what population of day laborers might all those low-paying service jobs in the nursing homes be filled? The attendants, janitorial staff, groundskeepers?
In Alabama, the Montgomery Advertiser discloses:
Sadly, the use of absentee ballots to commit voting fraud has been well documented in Alabama in past elections. While many people used absentee ballots legitimately, past court cases have disclosed numerous instances where the outcomes of elections have been skewed by people who manipulate absentee ballots in one way or another…. Residents of nursing homes have legitimately filed for absentee ballots only to find that someone else had already filed in their name….
And the state of Florida, as a retirement destination, has a disproportionate senior population. Nursing home fraud is pervasive:
In 1998, the mayoral election in Miami was thrown out after it was learned “vote brokers” had signed hundreds of phony absentee ballots…. “In this area there’s a pattern of nursing-home administrators frequently forging ballots under residents’ names,” says Sean Cavanagh, a Democratic county supervisor who uncovered the scandal. He believes law enforcement turns a blind eye to voter fraud in many other places….
7) State-wide voting, rather than precinct voting, increases the chance for fraud. The poster child for “dead souls” is Maryland:
It should normally be difficult to pick the worst state legislature in America, but Maryland’s is way out in front…. Democratic legislators … passed three election-related bills and again mustered the necessary three-fifths votes to overturn his [GOP Gov. Bob Ehrlich, 2006] vetoes. Together the election laws would so weaken safeguards against voter fraud as to make Maryland the nation’s prime example of Election Day irresponsibility….
The most troublesome bill undermines the concept of local polling places by allowing all voters to vote anywhere in Maryland using a provisional ballot. Gilles Burger, chairman of the state’s Board of Elections, flatly says the bill invites fraud. His testimony prompted the Beall commission to warn that it would mean “a provisional ballot could be cast successfully in multiple counties and not be detected until after the votes were certified.”
As you can see, there are two factors in the danger of state-wide voting. First is the lack of local scrutiny regarding eligibility. Second is the potential for using the same ID in multiple precincts.
8) Incredibly, there are jurisdictions that do not require any identification at all at the polling place:
…California and many other states don’t require voters to show any identification at the polls. This continues at a time when you have to show photo ID to cash a check, board an airplane or even get a library card. Those under age 27 now have to show ID to buy cigarettes, but not to vote.
California? Er, Mexifornia? The home of sanctuary cities?
9) Rushing the naturalization process also leads to large numbers of ineligible individuals getting the opportunity to vote:
Some politicians try to make the current system even more susceptible to fraud. Vice President Gore’s office took the lead in convincing the Immigration and Naturalization Service to waive “stupid rules” on background checks so that hundreds of thousands of people awaiting citizenship would be “processed in time” for the 1996 election. It was later learned that 75,000 new citizens had arrest records when they applied. A spot check of 100 random new citizens by the House Judiciary Committee found that 20% of the sample had been arrested for serious crimes after they were given citizenship.
10) The practice of allowing non-citizens to vote in local elections also poses a problem. Phyllis Schlafly of the Eagle Forum explains:
The Scam of Voting by Noncitizens — ….the Democrats are seeking odd-ball constituencies to enhance their numbers. They and their liberal-advocacy law firms and lobbyists … are going after the votes of noncitizens. Many millions of noncitizens live in the United States, some legal and some illegal, and the Democrats see this as a win-win effort to get them to the polls on election day. They figure the percentages are pretty good that those constituencies will vote Democratic. Local decisions to allow noncitizens to vote in city, county and school board elections should not give them a pass to vote in federal elections, but once they are on the precinct registration rolls, who is going to stop them? Certainly not the Democratic polling officials.
And the numbers are significant:
“Thousands of non-citizens are registered to vote in some states, and tens if not hundreds of thousands in total may be present on the voter rolls nationwide. These numbers are significant: Local elections are often decided by only a handful of votes, and even national elections have likely been within the margin of the number of non-citizens illegally registered to vote,” said Hans A. von Spakovsky, a researcher at the Heritage Foundation.
“There is no reliable method to determine the number of non-citizens registered or actually voting because most laws to ensure that only citizens vote are ignored, are inadequate, or are systematically undermined by government officials. Those who ignore the implications of non-citizen registration and voting either are willfully blind to the problem or may actually favor this form of illegal voting,” said Spakovsky, an expert on the subject of illegal aliens and immigration law…
11) And then there are those pesky electronic voting machines. From Popular Mechanics — Hack The Vote:
Four companies, Diebold, Sequoia Voting Systems, Hart InterCivic and ES&S, are supplying the large majority of the machines… Proponents of the new technology insist these ATM-like devices will save us from the debilitating ambiguity and sloppiness of old tallying methods that complicated the 2000 deadlock in Florida. But critics fear that this generation of machines may create far more problems than it solves, such as systemwide breakdowns, lost votes–even the potential for widespread tampering.
The danger will be exacerbated in Maryland with its state-wide voting:
Maryland will now become the only state in the nation to allow statewide early voting on touch-screen machines that lack a verifiable paper trail.
Opposition To Election Reform
Civic-minded folk who work for reform will face legal obstacles and public derision:
… anyone who combats vote fraud comes in for abuse. The Justice Department has become expert at raising cries of “voter intimidation” at any attempt to monitor polling places. Last week Justice dispatched investigators to Fort Worth, Texas, merely because a political activist there distributed leaflets alleging Democrats were casting absentee ballots on behalf of shut-in voters. When the Miami Herald won a Pulitzer Prize for its reporting on the fraud in that city’s mayoral election, the Pulitzer jury noted it had been subject to “a public campaign accusing the paper of ethnic bias and attempted intimidation.” Local officials who’ve tried to purge voter rolls of felons and noncitizens have been hit with nuisance lawsuits alleging civil-rights abuse.
Estimating the Percentage
There’s a quick and easy way to guesstimate the percentage of illegal aliens registered to vote — winnowing the juror pool. The Cutting Edge shares this data:
In 2005, the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that up to 3 percent of the 30,000 individuals called for jury duty from voter registration rolls over a two-year period in just one U.S. district court were not U.S. citizens….
Thousands of non-citizens are registered to vote in some states, and tens if not hundreds of thousands in total may be present on the voter rolls nationwide. These numbers are significant: Local elections are often decided by only a handful of votes, and even national elections have likely been within the margin of the number of non-citizens illegally registered to vote.
WSJ Opinion Journal — Voting Early–and Often
WSJ Opinion Journal — Phantom Voters
Eagle Forum — The Scam of Voting by Noncitizens and Felons
Accuracy in Media — Is Rampant Voter Fraud by Illegal Aliens Being Ignored by Government and Media?
The Heritage Foundation — The Threat of Non-Citizen Voting
American Enterprise Institute — Absentee Balloting for Convenience This is a good article on the historical development of absentee balloting and the trade-off between convenience and privacy.
This has been a production of the Guard the Borders syndicate.
Nancy Matthis is the publisher and executive editor of the weblog format news magazine and multimedia outlet American Daughter Media Center.
By Nancy K. Matthis
| Friday, June 20th, 2008 at 1:48 pm
…a lot of Florida, actually. In November 1999, Elián González’ mother sacrificed her own life in an attempt to bring her son from Cuba to freedom in the United States via a leaky boat. The child survived floating on an inner tube, and was rescued by fishermen. His relatives already living in Florida took the now motherless lad into their own home. He began to enjoy the life of an American youngster, happily playing in the yard with new friends.
But this was during the Clinton administration, and under the aegis of Attorney General Janet Reno (who was also responsible for children being burned to death in Waco) the child was ripped from his family’s arms and returned to Cuba. Eric Holder, then Deputy Attorney General, and Gregory Craig, Assistant to the President and Special Counsel in the White House, were principals in this cruel drama. Lawyer Craig actually represented the Cuban father in his battle with the American relatives to regain custody of Elián.
The transaction was NOT handled with finesse. The “jack-booted thugs” of the federal government crashed into the private residence of the American relatives in the dead of night and confronted the startled sleeping family with drawn guns. They forciby siezed the child and deported him to Cuba, where it was reported this past Monday that he has become a member of Cuba’s Young Communist Union.
Four years ago, the Kerry campaign was also criticized for being clueless about Florida when they hired Gregory Craig:
…during the months-long custody battle over the shipwrecked boy, Craig antagonized Miami’s Cuban exile community by keeping his client [Elián González' father] in Washington, surrounded by Cuban government advocates and operatives. Hired by church groups interested in seeing the boy reunited with his father, the exile community accused him of doing Castro’s bidding.
Now both Eric Holder and Gregory Craig are working with the Obama presidential campaign. Eric Holder serves on the vice-presidential search committee — you remember, the one that also boasted James Johnson. And Gregory Craig is a — get this — foreign-policy advisor. The problem? Obama is scheduled to addresses a conference in Miami tomorrow, and Florida is populated with Cuban exiles who have long memories.
The Miami Herald notes:
Elián saga might hound Obama visit
Some Cuban Americans are planning to protest Democrat Barack Obama’s visit to Miami on Saturday….
Summoning a time of political upheaval in Miami, a great-uncle of Elián González plans Friday to publicly denounce two Barack Obama campaign advisors who helped send the boy back to his father in Cuba eight years ago.
One day before the expected Democratic nominee addresses a conference of mayors in Miami, Delfín González will hold a 1 p.m. news conference outside the Little Havana home where Elián lived with relatives for several months in 2000….
‘We’re going to express opposition to Barack Obama’s visit to Miami, and explain how we’re opposed to him having individuals on his campaign who were associated with Elián’s seizure in 2000,” González said. “Some wounds are so deep that they do not heal over time, such as taking a child and sealing his fate to a communist dictatorship.”….
…Cuban Americans are also planning to protest Obama’s speech Saturday at the InterContinental Hotel at the nearby Torch of Friendship in Bayfront Park
The bloggers at Red State take note:
Hope and Change More Like Same Old, Same Old
Cuban Americans in Florida see through Obama’s Rhetoric
By Kevin Holtsberry
It will not come as news to RS readers, but Barack Obama, the supposed candidate of Hope and Change, has an awful lot of connections to the same old failed personalities and policies of the past. Jim Johnson went under the bus because his history clashed with Obama’s self-righteous denunciations on the mortgage crisis. But there are a number of suspect characters still left advising the presumptive Democratic nominee. Eric Holder and Greg Craig for example.
And it seems the Cuban American community in Florida doesn’t appreciate it….
But Obama has a handy way of dispensing with past mistakes:
Asked to respond to the concerns about Obama’s advisors, campaign spokesman Josh Earnest issued a statement that focused more on the candidate’s proposal to change U.S. policy toward Cuba.
”Senator Obama — like the vast majority of voters — is looking to the future, not the past, which is why he believes we should both: keep the embargo to pressure the Cuban government to respect human rights and lift travel and remittance restrictions for Cuban Americans so that families can visit and support one other,” he said.
So, you’ve made a mistake. No prob. No need to admit. No need to repair and regroup. Just look to the future! Keep focused on HOPE and CHANGE and … I have a bridge for sale.
UPDATE, Friday evening: The Friday afternoon press conference announced by Delfín González was reported by the McClatchy Newspapers. From The Arizona Republic:
MIAMI – Standing in the front yard of the house where immigration agents seized Elian Gonzalez, the child rafter’s great-uncle and great-aunt detailed plans for a protest Saturday when Barack Obama will speak to a mayors’ conference.
Delfin Gonzalez, who called Friday’s news conference at the Elian Little Havana house, said he, his sister Caridad and other Gonzalez family members were upset that among the presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee’s advisers are two men who helped return the child to Cuba eight years ago….
“My fear is that those who collaborated with the Cuba’s communist government and made a great mistake with a defenseless child will make the same mistake again against this nation that is facing danger from terrorism,” Delfin Gonzalez told reporters at the small one-story house that immigration agents raided April 22, 2000. It now also serves as a museum detailing the boy’s odyssey….
UPDATE, June 24, afternoon — Four days after we noted this trend here at ADMC, The Politico catches on:
Elian Gonzalez saga could haunt Obama
Eight years after the furor over the repatriation of Elian Gonzalez to Cuba possibly cost Al Gore the state of Florida in his 537-vote loss to George W. Bush, the international custody saga has returned to haunt another Democratic presidential nominee: Barack Obama.
Having two top advisers who played key roles in the episode — Greg Craig, who represented Gonzalez’s father in Cuba, and Eric Holder, then a Clinton administration deputy attorney general when federal agents stormed the Miami home of Gonzalez’s relatives to remove the then-6-year-old and return him to Cuba — Obama now finds himself on the wrong side of an emotional issue in a battleground state….
Nancy Matthis is the publisher and executive editor of the weblog format news magazine and multimedia outlet American Daughter Media Center.