THE HIGHLANDS TEA PARTY
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January 24, 2016
Trevor Loudon’s “The Enemies Within”
Can your Congressman/woman pass the FBI background check?
Jan 31, 2017 – No Speaker Scheduled at this time
Feb 07, 2017 – John Casey, “Catastrophic Earthquakes in the US”
Feb 14, 2017 – No Speaker Scheduled at this time
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Mar 14, 2017 – Eric Golub, “Political Atmosphere Since Trump Election”
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PRESIDENT TRUMP INAUGURAL ADDRESS: ‘2017 IS THE YEAR THE PEOPLE BECAME THE RULERS OF THIS NATION AGAIN!’ (VIDEO)
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President Donald Trump gives a powerful Inaugural Address and the message is- America First!
Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you.
We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.
Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.
We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.
Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.
Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.
For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.
Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.
Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.
The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.
Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.
That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.
It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.
This is your day. This is your celebration.
And this, the United States of America, is your country.
What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.
January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.
Everyone is listening to you now.
You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.
At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.
Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.
These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.
But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.
This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.
We are one nation – and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.
The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.
For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry;
Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military;
We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own; And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.
We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.
One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.
The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.
But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.
We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.
From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.
From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.
Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.
We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.
I will fight for you with every breath in my body – and I will never, ever let you down.
America will start winning again, winning like never before.
We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.
We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.
We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.
We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.
We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world – but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.
We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.
We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones – and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.
At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.
When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.
The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”
We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.
When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.
There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected.
We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.
Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.
In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.
We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action – constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.
The time for empty talk is over.
Now arrives the hour of action.
Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.
We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.
We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.
A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.
It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.
And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.
So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:
You will never be ignored again.
Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.
Together, We Will Make America Strong Again.
We Will Make America Wealthy Again.
We Will Make America Proud Again.
We Will Make America Safe Again.
And, Yes, Together, We Will Make America Great Again. Thank you, God Bless You, And God Bless America.
President Trump even named the enemy when he mentioned Islamic terrorism!
We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate from the face of the Earth.
He closed with a powerful message telling us Americans to have no fear because we are protected by God!
There should be no fear. We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement. And most importantly, we will be protected by God.
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Celebrities, Pundits, and Politicians made their predictions and had their laughs like George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Bernie Sanders, Seth Meyers, Joy Behar (The View), Bob Beckel (CNN), Julia Roberts, Ann Coulter, Bill Maher (HBO), Stephen Colbert (The Late Show), Nancy Pelosi (congresswoman, former house speaker), Harry Reid (senator), Barack Obama, The Simpsons (TV show), Elizabeth Warren, Fareed Zakaria, George Stephanopoulos (ABC News), Mark Cuban (Billionaire), Chris Matthews (Hardball MSNBC), John Oliver (The Daily Show Comedy Central), Keith Ellison (Congressman), Ron Reagan….and More!
28% of federal employees may quit their jobs when Trump assumes office: Poll
– The Washington Times – Thursday, January 19, 2017
Almost two-thirds of federal employees voted for Hillary Clinton during the presidential election, according to a new survey. The poll also found that six of 10 felt that the election itself gave Americans a negative impression of federal service. So it may come as no surprise that some federal employees are considering leaving their employment when President-elect Donald Trump assumes office.
“More than one in four federal workers, or 28 percent, will definitely or possibly consider leaving their jobs after Jan. 20 when Trump is sworn into office and becomes leader of the executive branch,” according to the survey conducted by the Government Business Council and Government Executive, which both track the trends of the field. Half said that Mr. Trump’s business experience would “hinder his management of the federal government” while almost two thirds believe that his business relationships pose a conflict of interest. Both points are also popular narratives within the Democratic Party as well.“
About half of those who will consider leaving are eligible for retirement and would do so earlier than they originally planned, while another 37 percent said they would seek another job outside of federal government,” the analysis said. “Just 1 percent said they would quit and figure out their next step at a later time, while an additional 12 percent said they were not sure what they would do.”
Five takeaways from Trump’s inauguration
First order of business is to clean up our congress; we need to get the deadwood out,
we need to press on President Trump for Term Limits. We need to vote out those
members of congress who support or are members of the Communist Party of America,
there are several as detailed in Trevor Loudon’s book and video:
“The Enemies Within:
Could your Congressman pass an FBI Security Check?
This President cannot wear an American Flag on his Lapel? HIs last 3 hours, Thank God and President Elect Donald Trump
Obama Concedes Defeat Over Naval Prison
In his own somewhat gracious way, President Barack Obama bowed his head in defeat on his last full day in office, conceding to the Republican victory off preventing the closing of the naval base on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As you all remember, on Day 2 of his first term in office, Obama signed an executive order to close down the prison within the year. That year came and went, and seven years later, GITMO is still open for business.
Obama penned a letter to congress expressing his concern and disdain for this members who worked against him on keeping the prison open, accusing them of playing politics “above the ongoing costs to taxpayers.” We all know that his wanting to close GITMO had absolutely nothing to do with saving taxpayer dollars. Absolutely nothing to do with it. To his credit, while he wasn’t able to shut down the prison, Obama was able to diminish the prisoner rolls, exporting many of those Islamic enemy combatants back to the Middle East.
Unfortunately, many of those former GITMO detainees have rejoined their jihad against the U.S. and the rest of the western world. “No person has ever escaped one of our super-max or military prisons here, ever. There is simply no justification beyond politics for the Congress’ insistence on keeping the facility open.”-President Obama
President Donald Trump has vowed to keep the prison open, and could begin to populate the prison with more prisoners once he takes office.
Indiana Middle Schoolers Introduced to Whitewashed Sharia
Modest or repressive? Women in Saudi Arabia in the required clothing. (Photo: © Reuters)
A middle school in Indiana has come under fire for a worksheet teaching students about sharia law that whitewashes the many human rights violations inherent in the body of Islamic law reported the Courier-Journal. “The way that the worksheet is left would be like describing how effective Hitler was at nationalizing Germany and creating patriotism but leaving out that he slaughtered 6 million Jews,” said Dean Hohl, one of several parents who voiced his opinion at a recent school-board meeting.
The worksheet is part of the curriculum for seventh-graders at Highland Hills Middle School. On one part of the sheet is an account written by a fictional character, a 20-year-old Saudi woman named Ahlima, who writes that she feels “very fortunate” to live under sharia law in Saudi Arabia. She describes how she will soon become the second wife to a Saudi man. As for the clothing a woman is her required to wear in Saudi Arabia, Ahlima says “Perhaps two differences Westerners would notice are that women here do not drive cars and they wear abuyah. An abuyah is a loose-fitting black cloth that covers a woman from head to toe. I like wearing the abuyah since it is very comfortable, and I am protected from blowing sand.”
As for her “rights“ under sharia law, she says, “Women in the West do not have the protection of the Sharia as we do here. If our marriage has problems, my husband can take another wife rather than divorce me, and I would still be cared for…I feel very fortunate that we have the Sharia.” Ahlima also says, “I understand that some foreigners see our dress as a way of keeping women from being equal, but…I find Western women’s clothing to be horribly immodest.” “That document by itself, it’s almost propaganda,” said Jon Baker, another parents who has a daughter in the class. “If you read that, you would think everything’s wonderful in that world.” CLARION – Read On>>>>>
President-elect Donald Trump has asked roughly 50 senior Obama administration officials to remain in their roles in order to “ensure the continuity of government,” spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday. The decision comes as Trump is reportedly struggling to fill important posts in his new administration. Among the Obama holdovers are key national security officials, including Brett McGurk, special envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
The move is somewhat surprising, given Trump’s repeated criticism of Obama’s effort to combat the terrorist group. He called the president “the founder of ISIS” during a campaign event last April. McGurk, however, does have bipartisan credentials. He served as an adviser on Iraq and Afghanistan under President George W. Bush. Spicer told reporters during a briefing in Washington that McGurk will remain at the State Department “until a replacement can be named.”
“What we’ve ensured is that, for the time being, we’ve got a team in place that will continue to advise him and make sure that the country remains safe and that our priorities will be carried out,” he said.
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“CHOICE” || Spoken Word Poetry – Two videos you must watch – They would shock you! Roe Vs Wade will be an issue in the Trump Administration.Babies killed after Roe vs Wade 53,310,843 Million.
In light of the fact that churches across the country will be observing “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday” in a few days, and that January 22 will mark 44 years since the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision, I wanted to share with you a relevant short video that Living Waters recently produced. It’s called, “Choice,” and it’s a Spoken Word poetry presentation that boldly and lovingly addresses the sanctity of human life.
I would be eternally grateful if you would please watch this video and consider sharing it through your social media platforms. It’s less than 5 minutes in length. It’s my prayer that God will use “Choice” to save lives and souls for His glory.
I realize that you get many requests and that you’re quite busy, so please don’t feel pressured at all to do this. I’m just grateful for your consideration.
Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association
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Published on Jan 9, 2017
Abortion destroys precious individuals who are made in the image of God. “Choice,” a riveting Spoken
Word poetry video by Living Waters President, Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne, drives this urgent truth
home, and holds up the glorious gospel as our only hope and remedy.
Please watch it, and share it, for the sake of lives and souls.
EIGHT MINDS CHANGED ON ABORTION IN SECONDS
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Abortion. Is it a woman’s choice? Or is it murder?
”180” has been called a half-hour of “video adrenaline,” an “emotional rollercoaster,” and “mind-blowing.” This riveting, award-winning
documentary carries a unique message in which you will see eight people change their minds on abortion in a matter of seconds…because they were asked one question.
Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), is a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court on the issue of abortion. It was decided simultaneously with a companion case, Doe v. Bolton. The Court ruled 7–2 that a right to privacy under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion, but that this right must be balanced against the state’s interests in regulating abortions: protecting women’s health and protecting the potentiality of human life. Arguing that these state interests became stronger over the course of a pregnancy, the Court resolved this balancing test by tying state regulation of abortion to the third trimester of pregnancy.
Later, in Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), the Court rejected Roe‘s trimester framework while affirming its central holding that a woman has a right to abortion until fetal viability. The Roe decision defined “viable” as “potentially able to live outside the mother’s womb, albeit with artificial aid.” Justices in Casey acknowledged that viability may occur at 23 or 24 weeks, or sometimes even earlier, in light of medical advances.
Secretary of Defense nominee James Mattis really doesn’t care who people sleep with, especially in the military. He dismissed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s question about LGBT members of the military during his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday, saying, “I’ve never cared.” “Do you believe that allowing LGBT Americans to serve in the military or women in combat is undermining our lethality?” Gillibrand asked.
“Frankly, senator, I’ve never cared much about two consenting adults and who they go to bed with,” he replied. Gillibrand pressed, “So the answer is no?”
“Senator, my concern is on the readiness of the force to fight and to make certain it’s at the top of its game,” Mattis said. “For the record, I’d like, in writing whether you believe gender or –” She tried to get Mattis to put it in writing that he is fine with LGBT in the military and women in combat, but was cut off and reprimanded by Sen. John McCain. “The senator’s time has expired. Please adhere to the rules of the Senate,” McCain said. “Thank you, mister chairman,” she replied.
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Why did Arizona re-elect this guy? America deserves much better than the jealousy-driven, dirt-digging, gossip-monger called Arizona Senator John McCain
Jan 12, 2017 — Judi McLeod
Following in the footsteps of his outgoing leader President Barack Hussein Obama, Senator John McCain is trying to plaster the sudden status of ‘citizenship’ as his end all and be all.
In his ‘GoodBye but I’m still here’ Farewell speech on Tuesday, Obama proclaimed that now that he’s one himself, citizenship is the strongest pillar of democracy.
McCain, who admitted yesterday it was he who passed the dirty dossier of claims of a Russian blackmail plot against president elect Donald J. Trump was only doing ‘what any citizen should do’.
For the record, a 62-million strong citizenship delivered Trump to the White House. Citizen McCain, a dirty dossier intended to stop Trump from inauguration.
Obama and McCain are not American-loving, patriotic citizens but two rabble rousers of the 1st Rank.
“McCain – a longstanding anti-Trump Republican who had disassociated himself from the candidate’s campaign weeks before the election – cast himself as an innocent and concerned member of the public as he justified his move. ()
“He claimed he had no idea whether it was accurate or not – but that he believed the FBI should have it because it was ‘sensitive’. In reality, he believed the FBI should have the dossier as a last-ditch effort to derail Trump. McCain is not an “innocent and concerned member of the public” but a paid from the public purse, backstabbing U.S. senator, transitioning back and forth from Republican to Democrat, depending on which vote is up for debate.
‘That’s why I gave it to the FBI. I don’t know if it is credible or not but the information I thought deserved to be delivered to the FBI, the appropriate agency of government.’ (Daily Mail, Jan. 11, 2017) “He added: ‘It doesn’t trouble me because I don’t know if it is accurate or not. I have no way of corroborating that.”
When was the last time you turned over information you had no idea was accurate or not over to the FBI? McCain obviously felt there was no need to sign himself as a longstanding anti-Trump Republican who had publicly disassociated himself from Trump’s campaign weeks before the election.
A citizen who did the same thing would surely be charged with Public Mischief.
That a senator did it makes it nothing less than Malicious Public Mischief.
‘The individual gave me the information. I looked at it. After receiving that information I took it to the FBI.’ (Daily Mail)
“He added that he was now aware from media reports that the FBI was apparently already in possession of the information. ’
“The Arizona senator had issued a public statement amid mounting questions of his exact role in the affair – and how a document riddled with errors and unverifiable claims came to be published.
‘Late last year, I received sensitive information that has since been made public,’ he said.
“Upon examination of the contents, and unable to make a judgment about their accuracy, I delivered the information to the Director of the FBI.
‘That has been the extent of my contact with the FBI or any other government agency regarding this issue.’
“But the 2008 Republican loser, who disowned his party’s candidate weeks before the election, may have been far more intimately involved than that.’ “
This is certainly a different way to look at what’s happened!Written by an anonymous source
Writer states:Obama is amazing, and is rebuilding the American dream! The writer gives us an entirely newslant on the “amazing” job Obama is doing, and says thank God for the President.Keep reading for additional comments and an explanation. When discussing Obama, writer says:1. Obama destroyed the Clinton Political Machine, driving a stake through the heart of Hillary’spresidential aspirations -something no Republican was ever able to do.2. Obama killed off the Kennedy Dynasty – no more Kennedys trolling Washington looking for boozeand women wanting rides home.3. Obama is destroying the Democratic Party before our eyes!
Dennis Moore had never lost a race.Evan Bayh had never lost a race.
Byron Dorgan had never lost a race.
Harry Reid – soon to be GONE!
These are just a handful of the Democrats whose political careers Obama has destroyed. By the endof 2016, dozens more will be gone.Just think, in December of 2008 the Democrats were on the rise. In two election cycles, they had pickedup 14 Senate seats and 52 House seats. The press was touting the death of the Conservative Movementand the Republican Party. However, in just one term, Obama put a stop to all of this and gave the Houseand the Senate back to the Republicans.4. Obama has completely exposed liberals and progressives for what they are. Sadly, every generation seems to need to re-learn the lesson on why they should never actually put liberals in charge. Obama is bringing home the lesson very well: Liberals tax, borrow and spend. Liberals won’t bring themselves to protect America. Liberals want to take over the economy. Liberals think they know what is best for everyone. Liberals are not happy until they are running YOUR life.5. Obama has brought more Americans back to conservatism than anyone since Reagan. In one term, he had rejuvenated the Conservative Movement and brought out to the streets millions of freedom loving Americans.Name one other time when you saw your friends and neighbors this interested in taking back America!6. Obama, with his “amazing leadership,” has sparked the greatest period of sales of firearms and ammunitionthis country has seen. Law abiding citizens have rallied and have provided a “stimulus” to the sporting goodsfield while other industries have failed, faded, or moved off-shore.7. In all honesty, 4 years ago I was more afraid than I have been in my life. Not afraid of the economy, but afraidof the direction our country was going. I thought, Americans have forgotten what this country is all about. Myneighbors and friends, even strangers, have proved to me that my lack of confidence in the greatness andwisdom of the American people has been flat wrong!8. When the American people wake up, no smooth talking teleprompter reader can fool them! Barack Obamahas served to wake up these great Americans!Again, I want to say: “Thank you, Barack Obama!” After all, this is exactly the kind of hope and change wedesperately needed!!9. He has saved Carter’s legacy and made Jimmy Carter happy, since Jimmy is no longer the worstwe’ve ever had. Credit goes to where credit is due. I feel better now!THANK YOU OBAMA!
Illegal and Unconstitutional; Controlling Elections In Any Manner Is Not In The Enumerated Rights of The Federal Government.!
As a parting shot days before Trump takes the oath of office, Obama’s DHS Chief Jeh Johnson did something very controversial: He unilaterally designated America’s election machinery a “critical infrastructure”. The move was predicated on the main stream media’s fake news stories conflating Russia as the Wikileaks’ source of the damaging Podesta emails in the final days of the campaign.
So a little known outgoing bureaucrat says our elections are “critical.” Sure America’s election machinery is a very important to the security of the vote. And the Russian hacking fake news is just that. So what’s the big deal, right? It’s about semantics and legal definitions. Because words have legal power, the Left crafts words and definitions to effect a legal purpose often contrary to the intent of the Constitution. Recall the redefinition of the word “marriage” changed the very essence of marriage in the eyes of the law for purposes of a host of federal and state programs to redistribute taxpayer dollars. Think of it as the art of legal pretzel twisting.
The Chief Jeh Johnson’s designation “critical infrastructure” is the key phrase triggering federal power to hijack states’ elections processes. The New American explains:
In his announcement, Johnson said “election infrastructure” means “storage facilities, polling places, and centralized vote tabulations locations used to support the election process, and information and communications technology to include voter registration databases, voting machines, and other systems to manage the election process and report and display results on behalf of state and local governments” — in short, anything and everything involved in the electoral process. . . . the current legal definition of “critical infrastructure” “would allow the Department of Homeland Security or anybody else to come in and get into our systems.” . . . Furthermore . . . Johnson’s “designation allows for information to be withheld from the public when state, local and private partners meet to discuss election infrastructure security — potentially injecting secrecy into an election process that’s traditionally and expressly a transparent process.”
By invoking “critical infrastructure”, the Feds bootstrap authority to “manage” the states’ election process and systems, its voting machines, the vote tabulation and reporting, even supervising the polling places with billy club carrying All-Votes-Matter goons in official looking federal paramilitary attire (no doubt in the unifying color of purple as a hat tip to SEIU and the Clintons). Because it’s not who votes; it’s who counts the votes. This would take the power to count votes away from the states and give it to the Feds. Smacks of union thuggery or third world corruption. The DHS action is, of course, unconstitutional. The Founding Father specifically reserved control of election machinery to the states. Therefore, to make such a radical change to our republic would require a Constitutional amendment, not a phone or a pen or even a quickie press release from a political appointee like Jeh Johnson.
Moreover, the incoming Trump administration can and likely will reverse the pronouncement it in a matter of weeks. So why do it? Why now? What does it gain liberals?
First, it’s one more thing to undo. More red tape for the Trump administration. And Trump’s undoing it becomes another media story proving how Trump is actually in league with the Russians by ensuring Russian hacking will continue in future elections (the all-important mid-terms will either erode or increase the slim Republican majority in both houses of Congress). Second, it is yet another Liberal salvo against States’ rights — safety versus independence. Just read how a ranking Democrat Homeland Security Committee Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) described it:
In the long term, this will put our electoral systems on a more secure footing and maintain public confidence in our elections,” he said. “For future elections at all levels, State officials who want to engage with DHS on enhancing the cyber and physical security of their electoral systems will have Federal partner working with them.” The Left has played this word game forever and they are in the long game to advance centralized government and destroy the protections of the Constitution. To sacrifice independence for security was the argument Liberals made to push Obamacare.