VOTE EARLY & OFTEN

Trump’s Seditious Chaos Sowing

It’s all just a joke with Donald Trump. Imagine a preacher giving their Sunday sermon at the church pulpit and proclaiming that any woman who had the audacity to wear red is a whore. Not only would that cause much disdain throughout the congregation, but everyone in the sanctuary would be looking around to see what the attendees were wearing. When people in positions of authority say untrue or outrageous things, we sometimes accept them until we think about what they said.

Donald John Trump encouraged people to send in an absentee ballot and then go vote in person on Election Day, “Let them send it in and let them go vote, and if their system’s as good as they say it is, then obviously they won’t be able to vote. If it isn’t tabulated, they’ll be able to vote. That’s the way it is. And that’s what they should do.”

Voting twice in the same election is illegal and both President Trump and Attorney General William Barr know it. During an interview on CNN, Barr didn’t object to President Donald Trump’s statement that voters should cast two ballots this November. Bar expressed no outrage or dissent about Trump’s extreme suggestion. Barr said, “This is playing with fire. We’re a very closely divided country here. People trying to change the rules to this, to this methodology — which, as a matter of logic, is very open to fraud and coercion — is reckless and dangerous and people are playing with fire.”

William Barr is a disgrace to American justice. He doesn’t have the balls to stand up and tell the citizens of this country that VOTING TWICE IN AN ELECTION IS UNLAWFUL! To make matters worse, he’s the source of the Trump screed that mail-in voting is full of fraud. Having a loaded gun in your hand is extremely dangerous, but it’s not a “matter of logic” that merely holding a weapon will always lead to death. It’s wrong to demand that sick and vulnerable people risk their lives to vote. If I had a say in the matter, William Barr would be the first person I would fire in a new administration. His father gave us Jeffrey Epstein, and William gives us baskets of bullshit.

Donald Barr & Jeffrey Epstein

Barr went on to answer the question of what Trump was trying to say, “I don’t know exactly what he was saying, but it seems to me what he’s saying is, he’s trying to make the point that the ability to monitor this system is not good.” I am fed up with these feckless, fat assholes telling us how bad things are, but don’t have the brains or conviction to fix them. Listening to Barr could lead you to believe that his Justice Department is an arm of Trump’s campaign.

Continuing from the Trump playbook, Barr claimed, “I accept that there is some preliminary activity that suggests that they might try again. It wouldn’t surprise me if Russia tries something again of the same general genre before.” After that pronouncement, he added, “I believe it’s China, because I’ve seen the intelligence and that’s what I’ve concluded.” Following that, Barr declined to give more details.

I am sick and tired of William Barr, a non-elected head of the Department of Justice, spewing out his conclusions like he’s a judge. He’s an employee of the Executive Branch, but he acts more like the President’s personal lawyer.

Let me get this off my chest. When asked if Obama and Biden committed “treason” by “spying” on the Trump campaign in the lead-up to the 2016 election, the Attorney General of the United States said, “Well, treason is a legal term. I think he’s using it colloquially. To commit treason, you actually have to have a state of war with a foreign enemy. But I think he feels they were involved in an injustice. And if he feels that, he can say it.” No, No, No! If the top guy in the White House is saying that Biden committed “treason” without any charge or credible evidence, he’s attempting to hurt his opponent and not just riffing on the subject of law. Why can’t Barr just say the President shouldn’t use that term? Why did he give Trump a Get-Out-of-Jail card with the word, “colloquially?”

President Trump has said Barr could, “…go down as the greatest Attorney General in the history of our country, or he can go down as just an average guy. It depends on what’s going to happen.” While Barr wants the legal community to believe he’s doing his job in righteous ways, he uses terms like “spying” instead of surveillance, which is something the FBI does every day to Americans. Barr used the term, “Russia-gate thing” describing a fully functional and sanctioned investigation into Russian interference in our election by Robert Mueller. I concluded early on that William Barr was not a real Attorney General. He’s just another political appointee, operating in ways that clearly demonstrated he doesn’t have the American’s people’s back on the subject of “liberty and justice for all.”

Another conclusion that tumbled from his fat, bull-frog mouth is there is “no systemic racism” in America’s law enforcement agencies and police departments. William Barr admits that racism exists, and there are some police officers who might have racism in their souls, but he’s hung up on his own definition of racism. He’s trying to say there aren’t some built in racist polices, practices or procedures in the training of police officers and the exercising of their duties. He did admit that we have much work to do. What work would that involve? Making sure we know who the “bad cops” are and keeping them off the forces or in the streets with loaded guns. You see, if there isn’t a system to fairly, honestly and completely eradicate racists from law enforcement, then we have a systemic weakness. He admitted that in a roundabout way but did not say anything meaningful regarding those he oversees on the federal level.

Thinking ahead, I would love to have the next Attorney General be Preet Bharara. He was the US Attorney of the Southern District of New York before Trump fired him. Bharara is one of the only US attorneys to land a conviction during the housing and money scandal of the mid-2000s. It would then be great if new A.G. Bharara appointed another former SDNY US Attorney, Geoffrey Berman, to serve as special prosecutor in an investigation of the Trump administration. We the people need to know the depth of the corruption, who was involved and who should never hold any political office ever again. Hey, it may sound like LOCK HIM UP… but lots of Trump guys have already been jailed. Sue me if you like, but make sure you have a good attorney.

Finally, I’ll sew up this post. I voted early by mail in the Florida primary that was held on August 18, 2020. I was curious to know what would happen if I tried to vote again in person. I walked into my polling place and spoke with the folks there, explaining that I had already voted by mail and was curious what would happen if I tried to cast another vote here. They were very friendly and helpful, electronically running my driver’s license (one registers to vote in Florida when you get a license) and showing me that my vote had already been counted. They also directed me to a website where I could see if my vote was in the count for the future. You see, William Barr, you and all others who think Florida is unorganized and fraught with “logic-based” fraud are WRONG!

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THE PANDEMIC VOTING ACT

Trump’s Attempt at Voter Suppression 

I believe there is a way for the United States to make voting safer with more accountable and reliable results. I am proposing the PANDEMIC VOTING ACT, which you will see later in this post.

I don’t remember the first time I voted, not because it wasn’t a special moment, but because it was more than fifty years ago. The only time I failed to vote was in 2000 when I was living in India. We saw how that one turned out. I was embarrassed by not voting, but the Bush vs. Gore fiasco that gave us “hanging chads” proved that EVERY VOTE COUNTS. So, we should always vote.

Let’s look at what the Constitution says. In Article I, Section 4, the most important document in our country says, “The times, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by law make or alter such regulations.” It’s clear that the time and rules of elections are not in the domain of the Executive Branch.

Congress determined in Title 3 of the United States Code that we will have presidential elections every four years, on the first Tuesday in the month of November. The election of the president and the vice president of the United States is an indirect election in which citizens of the United States, who are registered to vote in one of the fifty US states or in Washington, DC, cast ballots not directly for those offices but instead for members of the Electoral College. Those members may or may not have to pledge to vote for the person who won the state or their district, but this might become more defined by the Supreme Court before November of this year.

The 15th Amendment states, the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. The 24th Amendment to the US Constitution eliminated poll taxes nationwide, which means that no one must pay to vote. And that would include, paying with their lives.

 

Now with the COVID-19 global pandemic, we need to consider safer and better ways to vote. We should never see long lines of potentially sick people like we did in the most recent Wisconsin primary election. As of this writing, state health officials in Wisconsin are reporting 19 new cases of coronavirus linked to election activities. So, what are we going to do?

Even though November 3, 2020 seems like a long time from today, we don’t know what is going to take place with the virus, and we have someone in power who thinks that anything other than face-to-face voting is somehow tainted. Donald Trump has long suffered from a mental defect where he takes one little piece of information and then explodes it into a full-blown conspiracy theory without any further research. He has proven repeatedly that he lacks the ability or intelligence to figure out what is really happening in any complicated issue.

Donald Trump lost the popular vote in the last election, NOT because of cheating voters or a bad system, but because some of the largest states have democratic majorities. Trump also has been told by partisan political statisticians that if America had a mail in vote Republicans would never win another election. How do I know this strange revelation? Because he said it out loud!

This thin-skinned, paranoid, narcissist of a president cannot imagine losing and looking bad, so he is going to do everything he can to push back on voting by mail, even though he himself used an absentee ballot in the 2018 midterm election. If Congress oversees the rules and procedures of voting, exactly how far is Trump willing to go to block voting by mail?

How diabolical is Trump? He’s attempting to bankrupt the Post Office. If the USPS is not operating in November, there is no way for America to vote by mail. He’s not really attacking the Post Office just because they deliver packages for Amazon, he’s doing it to divert your attention from his true goal, SUPPRESSION OF VOTES.

THE PANDEMIC VOTING ACT

The best way to handle our elections is simple. First, why just one day? Polling places should open on November 3, 2020 and stay open for four days to eliminate the long lines for those who want to vote in person. Next, any registered voter should be able to obtain in advance of voting a paper ballot, then mail it or drop it off at their voting place. This becomes a record of their vote, and the voting officials in every state should feel good about having a paper back up for every vote cast. One person, one vote.

Trump cannot and will not stop this election. If he attempts to delay or postpone the election, the people will rise and act. The COVID-19 crisis has slowed our lives and four days of voting would encourage more people to vote. An unfound fear of paper ballots hasn’t stopped this concept from successful use in many states. Twenty states permit voters to cast absentee ballots but require an excuse, six states and the District of Columbia allow voters to request “Permanent Absentee Status” and three states (Oregon, Washington and Colorado) conduct their elections completely by mail. If you want to read more on the subject, click here. That’s 28 states, plus the District, that already have these procedures in place, and they’re working.

Donald Trump is a Neanderthal. He wants us to go back to coal, his minions have gotten rid of many environmental rules and policies and he doesn’t want us to vote by mail. It’s good enough for him, but not for the common man? Trump simply doesn’t understand technology and wants everything to revert to the good old days. It’s time for the American public to just scream at the guy in charge, “We don’t want to go backwards!”

Trump couldn’t conceive of a novel virus bringing down the economy. How did he miss that? He keeps mentioning the pandemic of 1917, when it really started in 1918. You would think he would remember because the flu that year killed his grandfather. Frederick died on May 30,1918. Donald Trump should recuse himself from any discussion about voting and voting restrictions. I mean, why should he be involved; he’s one of the candidates.

Yes, if the virus is still here in November millions of people will vote regardless of how they cast their ballot. A smart government, however, would use this crisis to make our voting procedures better and safer.  Every vote should count. Trump’s opinions are worthless. I am sure a bunch of lawyers are waiting for any false move from Trump and will seek legal relief from the courts. We all must keep our eyes on him. Trump cannot be allowed to pry Democracy from our caring, protective arms.

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