Sunday, January 17, 2021

First Goal - Save Our First Amendment Rights

When I hear Katie Couric say on the lefty Bill Mayer show that Republican congressmen and women who were Trump supporters would need to be “deprogrammed” and listen to distainful remarks from Willy Geist regarding what constitutes almost half of America, I know something is terribly wrong.  These are not hard line political commentators. These are soft side not particularly erudite TV hosts that would in normal times be overseeing cooking segments with celebrity chefs or chatting up an actor on his new film. Yet there they are chirping out dangerous comments on the American people. 


They are part of a bubble that encapsulates the majority of our media. Most of the people they talk to and work with every day hold views similar to them — Trump bad, people who support or supported him, bad also. They believe they, the bubble brigade, represent the country. People who hold contrary opinions seem weird and even sinister to them or at best malprogrammed needing reprogramming or worst yet total silencing. 


But there is a more dangerous component to this. The  big tech leadership that controls modern communication and provides the screens  that our children spend a great deal of time using are intrinsically linked to this bubble. Hence, they provide the people who want to shut down opposing viewpoints the tools for doing just that. We only have to look at how the New York Post was stopped from echoing negative but accurate information on Joe Biden during the election and worst still how President Trump and other conservatives have been banned from the major social media platforms.  These corporations have grown so powerful that they can effectively squash free speech. It’s a new problem that requires new solutions, before unelected corporate elites who are part of the bubble control the flow of information for the entire country.


And the solution doesn’t lie just in finding and using other marginal platforms -  you already see what happens there, Parler is just an example. We have to stand together on issues that are important - free speech the main one of them. Start locally. Blast the local paper with letters now. Contact your local and state representatives on this issue now. Stay on the main stream social platforms and blast away going to the pages of elected officials and  influencers and insist that companies not be enabled to restrict our first amendment rights. It is nonsense to say that these social giants are private companies that can do what they want - they are monopolistic utilities that control access to huge populations.  These platforms are the printing presses of today and we can’t be silenced on them if we are to remain a free people. We also need to resort to email, snail mail and other traditional ways to get our message out.  - tmurtha

Sunday, November 15, 2020

The Election Fix

 Provided by Peter Feaman, National Committeeman RPOF

Election Data Team to Call 1.25 Million Voters Over Anomalies in 6 Contested States
BY CHARLOTTE CUTHBERTSON November 13, 2020 Updated: November 14, 2020
WASHINGTON—The former data and strategy director for President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign has canceled his vacation plans to comb through election data for voter fraud.
Matt Braynard and his wife had planned to be in the Dominican Republic, but “right now, this is where I’m needed,” he said on YouTube on Nov. 8.
Braynard has assembled a team to look for inconsistencies in the six contested states—Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Nevada.
So far, they’ve identified 1.25 million voter issues that they’re following up on through phone calls and against other databases.
The largest issue they’ve found so far is with voters who had submitted a National Change of Address form to the post office indicating they moved out of state, yet appear to have voted in 2020 in the state they moved from.
“We’re calling them to confirm whether or not they actually cast the ballot, or if that ballot was cast by somebody else in their name,” Braynard told The Epoch Times.
In Georgia, the team found 17,877 early or absentee voters who had filed out-of-state move notices—a higher number than the current vote differential in the state. The current vote tally in Georgia as of 1 p.m. on Nov. 13 shows Democratic nominee Joe Biden ahead of Trump by 14,164 votes.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has called for a recount and audit of the presidential race in his state, which began on Nov. 13 and is expected to conclude at midnight on Nov. 18. Georgia is obliged to certify its election results by Nov. 20.
Braynard’s team has also found conflicting out-of-state move notices and votes cast with 7,426 Pennsylvania voters, 6,254 Wisconsin voters, 5,145 Nevada voters, 5,084 Arizona voters, and 1,688 Michigan voters.
So far, they’ve confirmed 631 double-voters in Pennsylvania and 987 in Nevada—and that’s before they’ve checked the Election Day in-person voting information.
“I’m surprised by how many out-of-state national changes of address we found. Because that does indicate very strongly that somebody established residency somewhere else,” Braynard said. “And then they got mailed an absentee ballot, were able to get one, and they cast it. And in many cases, as we found, they not only cast that ballot, they cast a ballot in the new state they live in as well.”
Aside from the change of address issues, Braynard’s team is calling people who received absentee ballots but didn’t return them. They’re asking the person if they requested the ballot, and if so, did they return it, only for it not to be counted.
The third chunk of phone calls relates to precincts that had an extremely high turnout. They’re calling voters who had never voted before, but voted early or absentee in this election, to confirm whether they indeed cast that ballot.
So far, Braynard and his team have found “a few hundred” people who have been willing to sign declarations, which will then become affidavits if lawyers want to include that case. Braynard said he has passed all relevant information to the Trump campaign.
Stay tuned.
Peter Feaman RPOF National Committeeman

"Pennsylvania Election Violated Federal Constitution" - Trump's Brilliant Complaint

by James V DeLong 

The complaint filed in Pennsylvania by the Trump campaign is a superb piece of legal craftsmanship. It was filed in federal court, not state.  The gist is that some of the state's actions, and particularly the exclusion of Republican poll-watchers during the counting of hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots, violated federal constitutional requirements.

 The point is obvious enough once one thinks of it, but it's brilliant all the same.  It shifts the focus from state law, where a politicized Pennsylvania court has the last word, to federal law, where the U.S. Supreme Court rules.

As for the obviousness of the point, consider as a thought experiment a state law requiring that all votes be counted in secret by an unelected board named by the party in power.  Could it survive a constitutional challenge?

 As my old Harvard constitutional law professors would have said, "to ask the question is to answer it."  It is hard to count all the constitutional guarantees violated here: Equal Protection, Due Process, Privileges and Immunities.  Indeed, the complaint stacks up the Supreme Court precedents supporting its arguments, including the long line of ringing statements in the chain of one-person-one-vote decisions.

 Even the late Justice Ginsburg, who never met a progressive argument she could not support, would have trouble upholding such a law.

 Given this framework, the historic decision in Bush v. Gore becomes useful but unimportant.  The problem there was that the Florida Supreme Court pretended to be interpreting state law, and the legal convention is that the U.S. Supreme Court must defer on state issues, even though the Florida court was making up new law as it went along and changing its mind shamelessly.

 The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Bush v. Gore was muddled by the need to wiggle around this problem without addressing it head-on, because it would not do to cast doubt on the integrity of fellow judges.  (The union is strong.)  Only a three-justice concurrence said flatly that the Florida Court was contradicting the Legislature, and that would not do.  Four justices went off on an opaque Equal Protection argument.

 A result of this muddle, say friends in academia, is that progressive legal scholars are contemptuous of the decision and dismiss it as irrelevant.

 Trump's Pennsylvania case does not have the complication of the state versus federal law interaction because it jumps over the state law and, as noted, relies on a host of U.S. SCOTUS cases about the importance of voting.

 The complaint has much more, designed to bolster its central point. Many other instances of fraudulent activity are cited, which lends credibility to the main accusation.  They are also indispensable to establish a factual case — that the exclusion not only occurred, but mattered, because thousands of ballots were counted in secret.

 Reading the news reports, it appears likely that similar complaints are going to be filed in other swing states and that perhaps we are seeing the exposure of a broad-based effort to corrupt the election.  Joe Biden claimed that the Democrats were mounting the biggest voter fraud effort in history, and a good rule for living is that when someone tells you he is about to screw you over, believe him.

 It is possible, then, that a number of cases will hit the Supreme Court in about three weeks.

 Everyone in the legal world assumes that the justices, bruised by the excoriation the Court has received over Bush v. Gore (even though the result was right), would never put itself in the position of reversing the apparent results of a presidential election.  This assumption is the reason for the Democrats' efforts to create an irresistible bandwagon effect, but the president's lawyers may have out-maneuvered them.  The justices may have no choice except to decide the election, one way or the other, and to be put to the choice of reversing the media-claimed results or ratifying massive fraud.

 The legitimacy of the Court could survive through, and even be enhanced by, a carefully explained reversal of initial results.  It could not survive a mealy-mouthed ratification of obvious fraud.  If Trump's lawyers make their case factually, the Court must agree.

 As Lincoln said: "we cannot escape history.  We ... will be remembered in spite of ourselves ... in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation."

 

James V DeLong lives in the Shenandoah Valley and is a former editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

When Democracy Died In America -Journalism Soviet Style

 THE BACKHOE CHRONICLES

When Democracy died in America-------- 


Joe Biden took questions from reporters today for the first time since Tucker Carlson’s interview with Tony Bobulinski, a former business associate of Hunter Biden who accused the Biden family of using their political influence to rake in millions from foreign governments.


But the media members on hand didn’t bother to ask about it. 


Biden briefly faced reporters after voting in Wilmington, Del. less than 24 hours after Bobulinski, a retired lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, raised concerns that in 2017 the former vice president's brother, Jim Biden, and Joe Biden had ties to a possible joint venture with a Chinese energy firm owned by the Chinese government. 


Reporters ignored the bombshell allegations, instead, asking the Democrat presidential nominee about ongoing looting and unrest in Philadelphia and the Affordable Care Act, before he hurried off into a waiting black SUV.


“What we saw there was another failure by the news media to ask Joe Biden about Hunter Biden and whether or not he will admit that he lied to the American people about his son’s foreign business dealings,” Trump 2020 campaign spokesperson Erin Perrine said on "Outnumbered Overtime."


“This is a story the media refuses to cover, even when they have the candidate there, taking questions, which he so rarely does.


Chronicle fans, this is Soviet-style journalism. Don't report on anything that might be negative about the party you support, yet run with ANY unsubstantiated allegations that might be negative about the opposition party.


OMG. 


Democracy died today.


Please, please, please....vote Trump.


Peter Feaman

Sunday, October 18, 2020

The False Narrative of Systemic Racism

 The false narrative of America  being essentially a hierarchy of privilege based on race comes out of writings by the Urban Institute.  A left leaning think tank funded largely by government grants and more recently corporate foundations, the  Institute is a leftover from the Johnson Administration. At the time of its founding  in the mid -1960s, the country was emerging from an era  when segregation and other injustices existed and the legal framework that provides African Americans the power to more fully participate in the advantages of a free society was created.  Today although remnants of past racial injustice remain, the social, economic and legal constructs have long been in place to insure that all Americans have the ability to fix any unfairness on the basis of race.  

 

But the institute among many other organizations and individuals who benefit from the racial injustice industry continue to invent convoluted narratives to support their existence.  Worse yet other groups have emerged to create over exaggerated and dangerous responses to episodes of injustice that could have been handled fairly by existing law.  


According to Urban Institute centuries  of bondage, Jim Crow, and their enduring legacies constitute a period of 400 years during which policy, practice, and violence blocked and stripped Black people of wealth accumulation.  They claim whites were able to accumulate wealth through inheritance and blacks until 1965 were prevented from doing so.   That is to say that white children today are more privileged because their parents and grandparents accumulated wealth and passed it on to them.  This is a distorted narrative designed to justify a socialistic agenda of wealth redistribution. 


In truth a large percentage of white people, asians and blacks who are economically comfortable today and whose children have prospered inherited nothing from their parents other than a value system that taught them that hard work and a decent, if not great education, would  lead to a better life.  One only has to look at Cubans whose children have prospered here who came here with nothing to escape a failing socialist state. 


Slavery and segregation were wrong and should be acknowledged as such.  As were the wrongs against native Americans and many groups of new immigrants.  But the cult of bitterness towards America should not be encouraged.  It is wrong to instead of encouraging  a love and respect for a country that has provided freedom and the ability to achieve the fullness of potential, to condemn its very foundation and the symbols of the freedom we all enjoy.  What is true is that most American children today did not inherit wealth, they inherited the freedom to pursue their dreams and advance as far as their hard work and determination could take them.  


Sadly the theory of racial injustice perpetuates any inequalities that may exist by discouraging blacks from trying to achieve by implanting the idea of hopelessness. Their narrative is that blacks can’t succeed because “systemic racism” works against them no matter how hard they work - an untruth that destroys possibilities. Instead of inspiring with the uplifting  message of freedom and hope and what that offers, the self-serving racial industry continues to discourage black Americans as victims who are in a hopeless situation. 


 Tmurtha

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Charlotte County Republican Registration Has Spiraled -- Now We Just Need to Get Out the Vote

Back in the early days of Charlotte County, practically everyone registered to vote was a Democrat.  In the first recorded numbers we have in 1930, there were 1589 Democrats to 79 Republicans.  The Democratic Party, of course, was a different party back then.  The Southern Democrats of the 1930s would not recognize their party today.  Through to the 1960s the Democratic Party continued to dominate the County, two Democrats to every one Republican.  In 1967, there were 8292 Democrats to 4315 Republicans, for example.  But times they were a changing.  By 1980 Republicans slightly outnumbered Democrats and the trend continued through today, as the gap between the parties increased in  Republican favor. (Also increasing though were the number of  Independents and others with a dramatic rise in the 1990s that has continued - another story).   

Today, compared to 2016, the increase in the number of Republicans  over the increase in Democrats is almost 10,000 voters.  Republicans increased in number of registrations in that period by nearly 25% with 70,216 registered voters while Democrats only increased by about 11% now with 40,080 voters.

It's not surprising that we see more Biden signs dotting our community, there are a lot of Democrats despite the overwhelmingly more Republicans.  And of more concern is voter turnout.  Due to a very aggressive Vote-by-Mail campaign, the Democrats who we outnumber almost 3 to 1 are outvoting us.  To date - 11,569 Democratic voters have returned their ballots, while only 10,258 have returned theirs.  Granted the percentage of Democrats getting vote by mail ballots has been much larger, but in real numbers Republicans still requested 2000 more ballots.

We need to get our ballots in and vote.  If you have a ballot, mail it or bring it to the Supervisor of Elections office in Punta Gorda now, or return it to one of the polling places during early voting.  And if you don't choose to use vote by mail, please early vote.  Don't wait.  Anything can happen.  Your vote is needed to win this important election.  And if you can volunteer to help with the Get Out the Vote program at charlottegop.com


Thursday, September 17, 2020

Kamala Harris and the 1619 Project

 The woman who could very well become the President of the United States has expressed support for the “1619 project.” What is the 1619 Project and why should you be concerned? 


The “ 1619 Project,” published by the New York Times as a special 100-page edition of its Sunday magazine in August of 2019, presented a distorted version of American history entirely through the prism of race and full of hatred towards the country that has been dedicated for most of its history to furthering human liberty and equality.  It ignores most of the factual history of worldwide slavery laying the blame for slavery on white America.  Among other omissions it ignores  the hundreds of thousands of white people who died not only for the basic freedom of all Americans but to free enslaved blacks.  The Project asserts that every aspect of American life has only one lens to view through that of slavery and what it reeped. “America Wasn’t a Democracy Until Black Americans Made It One,” proclaims the introductory essay by Nikole Hannah-Jones; “American Capitalism Is Brutal. You Can Trace That to the Plantation,” says another by Matthew Desmond. In some cases, history is reduced to nonsense : “How Segregation Caused Your Traffic Jam.”


With claims that this country’s true founding was 1619, and that that all of American history is rooted in race hatred—specifically, the uncontrollable hatred of “black people” by “white people.” Hannah-Jones, the instigator and promoter of the project writes in the series’ introduction that “Anti-black racism runs in the very DNA of this country.”  Despite the pretense of establishing the United States’ “true” foundation, the 1619 Project is a politically motivated falsification of history. Its aim is to create a historical narrative that legitimizes the effort of the Democratic Party to construct an electoral coalition based on the prioritizing of personal identity i.e., gender, sexual preference, ethnicity, and, above all, race.


While many leading scholars of American history have spoken out against this false and disturbing view of our American founding and development, the Times with support of Pulitzer Center printed hundreds of thousands of extra copies of the magazine issue containing this fallacious propaganda for free distribution at schools, libraries and museums across the country. 



Kamala Harris has praised the 1619 Project, this distorted racially divisive and threatening to the very core of our democracy view as “a powerful and necessary reckoning of our history”   stating that “We cannot understand and address the problems of today without speaking truth of how we got here.”. This compilation of falsehood and propaganda is not truth,  it is garbage.  


It is frightening to think that a person who very well could become President of the United States supports a view that America was founded in 1619 not 1776, Lincoln was a racist who held back blacks, and that the American Revolution and the Civil War were conspiracies to perpetuate white racism. 


Wake away America. This devisive-spirited woman cannot ever be close to being the President of our union. 
<t. murtha>