Two Means to an End - An Opinion Piece
It dominates my thoughts; the state of the union...my union...my country.
I've tried to continue my fictional saga but the page remains blank, my thoughts always drifting back to the chaos.
When a glimmer of hope appears it is almost immediately squelched by news-feeds that find their way past the walls of protection I have erected.
There seems to be nothing that the current administration won't do or say to achieve their ends. There seems to be no one in the dominant party that seems to have the integrity, morals, or ethics to step up and put a stop to the outright thwarting of American law.
The firing of the FBI Director, the public admission that the firing was tied directly to the Bureau's investigations into campaign influencing, and the obvious lack of outrage by the majority of congressional leaders, is disheartening beyond measure...But it was the seemingly unrelated announcements by the administration and the department of justice that has instilled a fear that what has been dubbed the largest democracy in the world is about to turn into a nation forced into a single party dictatorship.
Here are the announcements that set me on edge:
1. executive order launches voter fraud commission
2. department of justice crack-down on crime; charges by federal prosecutors, mandatory sentences;
Before some start jumping to the conclusion that I'm against 'criminals' being punished; let me make my case as to why I think these changes by the current administration and department of justice are two means to the same end: to control the results of the next election;
First; consider the reactions to the changes that have taken place in the last 4 months;
The People, even those that voted right-wing in November are outraged at the total disregard for the needs and well-being of the people. Our leaders seem to be acting with no-fear, as though there are no political consequences for their actions. After-all 2018 is not that far away and anything that they do now can be over-turned should they loose the loyalty of their constituents and are voted out of office. So why are they so confident that they are untouchable?
The End of of the Means
Here is my theory;
What if the violent, drug, illegal immigrant crimes are not the actual target of the changes taking place within the department of justice? What if 'safety of the American people' is not the End of the Means?
A few quotes from a Los Angeles Times article:
"One former federal judge from Tennessee said he was forced to sentence a low-level drug dealer to life in prison. The defendant refused to take a plea deal for 20 years in prison and was convicted at trial.
“Under no circumstances was this sentence justice,” said the former judge, Kevin Sharp, who has become an advocate for sentencing reform. “We ruined his life.”
In drug cases, Sharp said, the judge’s role in sentencing is dramatically reduced. “I have yet to talk to a judge who says mandatory minimums are a good idea,” he said."
So what does this have to do with the next election?
Last night I listened to a news report that the new commission is requesting that every State provide all information regarding registered voters, including Party Affiliation. This sent a cold chill down my spine and the newscaster shared the same fear I feel, as did the representative of the NAACP; voter intimidation and coercion is on the horizon and if that fails; find a way of taking a person's right to vote.
To see how your state's laws impact voting rights if convicted of a felony see link below:
You may say: "Well if they commit a felony they don't deserve to vote", but before your thoughts go in that direction you might want to read these articles;
"a U.S. Attorney can find a way to charge just about anyone with violating federal law. In fact, it's nearly impossible for some business owners to comply with one federal regulation without violating another one. We're no longer governed by laws, we're governed by the whims of lawyers".
Or there are entire books on the subject:
"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws."
It's easier to lose your right to vote than you realize and an unscrupulous administration would not consider how this would impact your life overall - they just don't want to you to vote on the off-chance you don't support their agenda.
I thought of a statement from that buffoon in the white house; "I'm not going to try to find out who didn't vote for me".
I have to ask why he would make this statement? Being the compulsive liar that he is I have come to realize that what he says is opposite of his actual intent.
We're in trouble my fellow Americans and no matter what party you affiliate yourself; you should be concerned, unless you believe that this country should be ruled rather than governed, whether you believe that our country should move towards a dictatorship rather than a democracy, whether you believe people should have their right to vote thwarted out of fear of retaliation because they do not support the 'right' party.
Questions, Questions, and More Questions:
Why was disbanding of the commission one of the first acts by this congress? Why has the GOP pushed for the disbandment of the commision since it was created in 2002? Why is the GOP unconcerned for their jobs considering 2018 is fast approaching?
What is this commission you ask?
According to their website this is the summary of what they do:
"The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as audits the use of HAVA funds.
HAVA established the Standards Board and the Board of Advisors to advise EAC. The law also established the Technical Guidelines Development Committee to assist EAC in the development of voluntary voting system guidelines.
The four EAC commissioners are appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. EAC is required to submit an annual report to Congress as well as testify periodically about HAVA progress and related issues. The commission also holds public meetings and hearings to inform the public about its progress and activities"
To break it down (According to Wikipedia)
"The EAC is tasked with performing a number of election-related duties including:
Creating and maintaining the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines
Creating a national program for the testing, certification, and decertification of voting systems
Maintaining the National Mail Voter Registration Form required by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA)
Reporting to Congress every two years on the effects of the NVRA on elections
Administering federal funds to States for HAVA requirements
Administering federal funds for the development of innovative election technology, including pilot programs to test election technology
Studying and reporting best practices of effective administration
Communicating information on laws, technologies, procedures, studies, and data related to the administration of federal elections to those responsible for formulating or implementing election law and procedures, to the media, and to other interested persons"
Despite numerous intelligence agency stating uncategorically that our election was hacked, they are refusing to investigate whether someone tampered with the actual voting machines.
The right to vote and not to be coerced in our voting decision are supposed to be basic rights in a democratic society. It should concern everyone in the world because the fall of the American democratic process will have ramification across the globe.
If you believe I am alone in this concern then follow these links:Georgia-says-its-traced-an-attempted-voter-hack-to-DHS
Yes, you read that second title correctly. Did our own DHS try to hack the Georgia election?
And it all started because of mail
What set me off and led to my writing this post? After the election I began receiving mail from the GOP and at first I was amused and then I started becoming concerned when one particular mailing started with the statement:
"Thank you for supporting the Repubican party"
They went on to sing the praises of the ignoramous in the white house and how my continued support was needed to achive the goals of the new administration.
WHY? would I receive this atrocious mail? WHY? would they believe for a second I supported and voted for the three ring circus that is our federal government. HOW did my name come to be on the GOP's mailing list? HOW or WHY would they assume I supported them in the first place..Then
Just as suddenly as the mailings started, they stopped. When the investigations by the media into the election hacking went full swing the mailings suddenly stopped.
Call me paranoid if you wish but the circumstantial evidence is building and it is my belief that not only should the administration be investigated for election tampering but it should expand downwards to the state level because it is the states that would have provided my information to the GOP and it is the state that could have allowed tampering of my vote.
Is election tampering something we can ignore? Should we assume that our checks and balances system will prevent this tampering from occurring? The recommendation from the feds is that election machines should not be connected to the internet to prevent hacking. Great! I thought that would resolve the issue of the machines actually being hacked until I read this article: