Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Today, it's not the voting but the counting that matters



A woman holds a "Wanted 4 Election Fraud" sign at vote counting protest outside Broward County Supervisor of Elections' Brenda Snipes office.
Photo By Holly Guerrio | Shutterstock.com

"It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count the votes."
– Joseph Stalin

In 1787, Thomas Paine arrived at the convention with a list of issues patriots wanted addressed in our Constitution.


As he approached The Hall, his friend Ben Franklin cautioned, “They won’t allow you in.”

Paine retorted, "Why?" 

Franklin responded: “They don’t like your views on slavery or voting.” Paine asked, “Who’s going to present the ideas of the people”? Franklin said, “I will” as he grabbed Paine’s books. 

As Paine bade farewell, he never thought it’d take 17 decades for all Americans to secure that right. 

And he didn’t fathom 230 years later many of those votes would be corrupted.

Since our framers did not address suffrage at the Convention, the venue and process of voting was assigned to the states. 

This led to century-long battles over voting rights, with Democrats fighting to deny voting rights and Republicans fighting to protect voting rights.

Frederick Douglas Quotes: “I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress...I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored man's political hopes and the ark of his safety.” 

The nucleus for the most aggressive rights movement commenced when former slave Fredrick Douglas joined with Susan B. Anthony. 


These two Republicans created a powerful union that paved the way for the 15th Amendment that granted blacks the right to vote and the 19th amendment that granted women the right to vote. By 1920, states were forbidden to abridge any qualified American citizens' right to vote.

“Voting rights matter. They are a major part of who we are as Americans.”
– Marc Veasey

Even though the 14th Amendment passed by Republicans granted blacks the right to vote, that right was abridged by Southern Democrats with literacy and poll tax requirements until 1965. Some black voters were harassed while trying to register or vote. 

But that changed when a Republican Congress proposed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 

Like previous attempts to rectify this flaw in our Constitution with amendments, it would not be easy. The Senate filibuster led by Democrat Senator Robert Byrd, a former recruiter for the Ku Klux Klan, lasted 114 days. 

Hours before the bill was championed by Republican Senator Everett Dirksen and passed, a reluctant President Lyndon B. Johnson, who was to sign the bill into law, retorted: "I know the risks are great and we might lose the South, but those sorts of states will be lost anyway."

Americans battled for equal voting rights from the Declaration to the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, an act that was necessary because the Democrat-controlled Southern states persistently oppressed the rights of blacks to vote that was granted by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. 

Note that, for the U.S. presidential elections of Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, 55 percent of U.S. women, 73 percent of Asian, 71 percent of Hispanics, and a whopping 93 percent of African-American citizens voted. This exceeded the total percent of all whites. “We have come a long way baby’’ in securing American voting rights.

For 35 years, there was nary an incident of anyone being deprived of their right to vote. 

Just when it looked as if we had resolved all issues with voter disenfranchisement, it raised its ugly head during the presidential election of 2000. 

Unlike the past, this time it was openly blatant and played out on national TV. It was not against those who had been denied voting rights before. It was an obvious plan to disenfranchise an entire party of voters, Republican Party voters, who had proudly cast their votes for the candidate of their choice.

“We can’t sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal any election.”
– Rick Scott

During the 2020 Election Eve in Florida, liberal pundits falsified poll results to discourage Republicans from voting. 

By the time the polls closed, they had deceived Floridians and an entire nation. When Bush was declared victorious, the left was more shocked than Clinton when Monica snitched on him. 

This started a five-week war over ballots, rules, and laws as Democrat lawyers searched waste baskets and Dumpsters to harvest votes. They looked for ballots to beef up the count for Gore. 

After weeks of this assault targeted to abrogate Republican voters, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to stop this charade. This was a new low for disenfranchisement.

“Believe me, every vote counts.”
– Al Gore

In reaction to the left’s attempt to hijack the 2020 Florida election, the federal government ordered major renovations in the voting process to ensure there were no further infringements against the rights of a selected group of voters again. 

But that did not stop Democrats from crying foul every time they told the media and America there was no chance they could lose. 

By Election Day of 2016, they convinced the world Hillary Clinton would “trump” Donald Trump. But when all votes were counted, Trump “trumped” her. Democrats have been crying foul since the last ballot was tallied.

“Someone who fails to get elected will always console himself thinking there was something not fair.”
– Plutarch

“Every election is a repeat performance for sore losers.” And we are looking at that now in Florida for the 2018 Mid-term election, after this last 2016 general election. It’s another “three-ring humdinger.” Once again, according to the left, the wrong candidates won. And since the polls closed, they have been busy harvesting votes again. 

They learned from 2000 if they cry foul to their liberal buddies in the media, they can invent all of the votes they wish until someone takes them behind the woodshed and spanks them.

“We must change the structural legal barriers if we wish to produce more progressive wins.”
– David Faris

Progressives have been working overtime since Trump was elected to discredit him and everything he attempts to do. 

They vowed to impeach him but needed control of the House to do so; and they did just that. 

But the House can only accuse the president. The Senate must hold the hearings to remove him from office. 

The left was contesting elections in states around the U.S. to control the Senate. 

In Florida, Arizona and Georgia, they were manufacturing votes faster than Obama could say “I won, you lost”. 

They succeeded in Montana so one out of four “ain’t that bad.”

“Steal a little and they'll put you in jail, steal a lot and they'll make you king.”
– Bob Dylan

The leftist author of "It’s Time to Fight Dirty," David Faris claims the Constitution is deeply flawed and it puts progressives at a disadvantage to take over American government. He lays out a strategy for fighting dirty though obstructionism and procedural warfare: establishing statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico; breaking California into several states; creating a larger House of Representatives; passing a new voting rights act; and expanding the Supreme Court.


“The stakes have never been higher. This is our path for long-term, progressive control of the United States.”
– David Faris

There was a time in our nation we needed to correct the flaw in our Constitution that didn’t address the untimely contentious issue of suffrage. But we had the wisdom to correct that with the 15th and 19th amendments. We iced the cake with the 1965 Voting Rights Act that was designed to stop Democrats from abridging the right to vote granted by the 14th  Amendment to the Constitution . 

Now, instead of ethnic groups, progressive Democrats are disenfranchising the rights of an entire party, the Republican Party, if they can’t win on socialist ideology. 

When President Trump stated that we should send federal agents to monitor the counting of votes at offending polls, Democrats put their Alynsky-ism propaganda machine into overdrive comparing him to Kim Jong-Un of North Korea.

“The structural environment is biased against Democrats.”
– David Faris

Knowing politics would divide our republic, our founders left major policy decisions up the states. 

Through the years, we’ve addressed policy and human rights issues not predicted at our founding. 

With constitutional amendments and the 1965 Voting Rights Act, we corrected abridgment of individual and minority rights. 

Now we are in danger of destroying our republic! 

When a party, the Democratic Party, colludes with election officials to suppress another party, the Republican Party, that’s a tyrannical attack against democracy! 

It is time for federal intervention. 

States violating our voting rights laws are committing a federal crime. They must be punished like bad children. To protect all voters, they need federally appointed supervision!

"Every citizen should be guaranteed their vote matters, their vote is counted, and in the voting booth, their vote has as much weight as any CEO, or member of Congress.”
– Barbara Boxer

Contributing Columnist William Haupt III is a retired professional journalist, author, and citizen legislator in California for over 40 years. He got his start working to approve California Proposition 13.



Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Election 2018: Off to the Racists


By Raynard Jackson

Bottom Photo: Businessman, military veteran and Black Republican John James lost to White Democrat Debbie Stabenow in the 2018 Michigan Election for a US Senate seat.

The sky is blue, the sun rises in the east & sets in the west, Hillary Clinton lost to Obama, Black Democrats lose to white Republicans because of racism and voter suppression, yada, yada, yada.

Just as sure as the above truisms are absolute, so can you count on liberals using the race card after every election that doesn’t go their way.

Every time a Black Democrat candidate loses to a White candidate, the liberal media, especially those who are Black, fall back to their default position:  racism and voter suppression!

One need to look no further than the Florida and Georgia governors’ races to see exhibit A & B.  

The Democrats nominated current Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum in Florida and former Georgia state representative Stacey Abrams in Georgia to be their standard bearers.

Both candidates were radical, leftist, socialist candidates who won their party’s respective primaries, beating out more mainstream candidates within their parties.  

They won their primaries, not because they were better candidates, but because they each faced a very crowded primary field; thus, the vote was split into very narrow constituencies where a small plurality of the vote handed them a giant victory.

But, in all honesty, Gillum and Abrams both ran incredibly impressive, well-organized general election campaigns.

They both lost, not because of racism and voter suppression; but because their Republican opponents, former Congressman Ron DeSantis of Florida and former Georgia secretary of state Brian Kemp, got more votes than them!

Liberals find it IMPOSSIBLE to admit to such a simple fact. 

I call this the Hillary Principle, as in Hillary Clinton.  

Like the liberal media trying to explain away electoral defeat of Democrats, she is incapable of admitting that her loss had everything to do with her candidacy; not extraneous factors like gender, sexism, media bias, etc.

In a similar manner, radical Black so-called journalists and liberal Black media pundits’ default position is RACISM and VOTER SUPPRESSION, with absolutely no evidence to prove their case; but a lie that is oft repeated becomes the truth.

Not one peep from radical Black journalists when Black Republican John James lost to White Democrat Debbie Stabenow in the 2018 election in Michigan for a US  Senate seat. 

Who are some of these radical Black fake journalists?

Well, just a short list that comes immediately to mind are:  Roland Martin, Joe Madison, Karen Hunter, Laura Coates, Marc Hill, Al Sharpton, Tom Joyner, Steve Harvey, Joy Reid, Jason Johnson, just to name a few of the more dangerous liberal puppets.

They do more damage to the Black community than anyone with a white hood over their faces (that will be the subject of a future column).

They are incapable of giving Black folks analysis, but rather simply read from Democrat talking points that they are told to read.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I served as senior advisor to Congressman Ron DeSantis’ successful campaign for governor of Florida. I have known DeSantis since he came to Congress back in 2012.

Congressman DeSantis called me right after he won the primary and told me that he was very serious about making inroads in the Black community in his race for governor and asked me to come to Florida and make things happen in the Black community.

He then authorized and empowered me to do what was necessary to get him the results he wanted. The last pre-election poll I saw showed us polling at 2% of the Black community.  

According to CNN’s exit polls from election day, DeSantis actually received 14% of the Black vote!!!  

That is why Gillum lost his bid to become Florida’s first elected Black governor; his loss had nothing to do with racism or voter suppression.

Enough Black voters in Florida didn’t agree with Gillum’s position of supporting amnesty for those illegally residing in Florida.

They rejected his call to increase taxes on small businesses by 40%.

They rejected his call for a single-payer health care system.

They totally rejected his wanting to end Florida’s school voucher program which disproportionately benefited low income Black families.

Listening to these radical Black quasi-journalists, you wouldn’t have known that the people of Florida rejected Gillum’s platform, NOT his race!

When radical journalist Roland Martin found out that I was working with Congressman DeSantis, he sent this email to me: “You are advising him? Oh, he’s guaranteed to lose now!!! LOL.”


Yes, he and most liberals, think Blacks are too stupid to make a rational choice when it comes to how they vote.

14% of Blacks in Florida over-wrote their strong desire to make history by electing the first Black governor in Florida’s history.

They decided that a person’s policies were more important than one’s skin color.  

I often tell Republicans that Blacks may not be able to help you win an election; but we sure in hell can help you lose one.

DeSantis deserved to win the governor’s race in Florida and should be held up as an example of what can be done when a candidate gets serious about the Black vote.  

Yes, the final vote was much too close for my liking, less than 1% margin of victory, but a win is a win.

Raynard Jackson is president and CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a Washington, D.C.-based public relations/government affairs firm.

Monday, November 19, 2018

It's Morning Again For African-American History



The Yocum African-American History Association
Lesson Plans

You can help with setting the civil rights record straight.

Here's how.

Contact the members of your local school board.

Refer them to the well-researched and documented civil rights history lesson plans prepared by the Yocum African-American History Association (YAAHA), a 501 (c) (3) organization.

Inform them that the lesson plans are designed for high school and college students and are suitable for use by public and private school teachers.

Tell them you believe the lesson plans will help set the civil rights record straight and undo the harm caused to our youth by the rewritten history currently being taught.

Provide them with the below links.

The YAAHA lesson plans that can be viewed at:  https://morningagainforafricanamericanhistory.blogspot.com/

The YAAHA promotional video and an introductory video of one of the lesson plans can be viewed on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcoZsHahJoqQ1i0XU_-xodw

Provide them with the below information about the Yocum African-American History Association.

The YAAHA Mission:

The Yocum African-History Association is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the events which shaped the lives and contributions of African-Americans.

The YAAHA Vision:

Through partnerships, the Yocum African-American History Association is committed to researching, documenting, preserving and disseminating information on the history of the African-American community in the United States of America.

The YAAHA Goals:

1. Collect, compile, and archive significant information and material related to the African-American experience from the era of slavery until modern times.

2. Promote awareness of the restored integrity of African-American history through the use of online courses, seminars, workshops, special events, and individual oral presentations.

Thank you for your help.

The Yocum African-American History Association
Sandra K. Yocum, Founder/President
Sandy@itsmorningagain.com

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Republican Scott secures Florida U.S. Senate seat after recount


By Bernie Woodall


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - Rick Scott, Florida's outgoing governor, was declared the winner on Sunday of his hard-fought U.S. Senate race against incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson following a hand recount of ballots, giving Republicans control of both of the state's Senate seats for the first time since the 19th century.

In the recount of the Nov. 6 election, Scott won by 10,033 votes out of 8.19 million cast statewide, Florida elections officials said. Scott took 50.05 percent, compared to 49.93 percent for Nelson, they added.


A three-term senator first elected to the chamber in 2000, Nelson, 76, telephoned Scott, 65, to concede the race, then issued a statement voicing worry about "a gathering darkness" in American politics in recent years. Republicans including President Donald Trump made allegations that the recount process was marred by fraud.

Scott's victory gave the Republicans 52 seats in the 100-member Senate. In Mississippi, Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democratic challenger Mike Espy will compete in a Nov. 27 runoff election after neither won a majority in their U.S. Senate race.

Nelson became the latest incumbent Democratic senator toppled in the midterm congressional election in which the Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate but lost control of the House of Representatives.

Other defeated incumbent Democratic senators included Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota and Claire McCaskill in Missouri.

Republicans will hold both Senate seats from Florida, the third most-populous U.S. state and a regular battleground in presidential races, for the first time since 1875, during the post-Civil War period.

The recount process was just as contentious as the campaign itself, with the candidates filing lawsuits and leveling allegations at one another including Scott saying Nelson was trying to "steal" the election. 

Even before the recount process was completed and he had not yet been deemed the victor, Scott appeared last week in Washington at an event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell welcoming newly elected Republican senators.

"I just spoke with Senator Bill Nelson, who graciously conceded, and I thanked him for his years of public service," Scott said in an emailed statement.

The statement ended, "Let's get to work."

In his own recorded statement, Nelson lamented the tone of American politics in recent years and hoped for "a safe and sane future." He took what seemed to be a veiled swipe at Trump.

"We have to move beyond a politics that aims not just to defeat but to destroy; where truth is treated as disposable, where falsehoods abound, and the free press is assaulted as the 'enemy of the people,'" Nelson said.

Trump said on Twitter, "From day one Rick Scott never wavered. He was a great Governor and will be even a greater Senator in representing the People of Florida."

Scott, who was prevented by state law from running for a third term as governor, initially emerged from the election with an official lead of less than 0.5 percentage points, which prompted a recount.

The Florida Senate battle and the race to replace Scott as governor were closely watched contests Democrats had hoped to win.

On Saturday, Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded to Republican rival Ron DeSantis, an ally of Trump, in the governor's race, which also had gone to a recount.

Scott entered politics from the business world, having amassed a personal fortune as a healthcare executive. He dipped into his wealth to help finance his campaigns, winning the governorship in 2010 and 2014.

Nelson has been a fixture in Florida politics since he won a seat in the state legislature in 1972. He then served in the U.S. House of Representatives and has held state Cabinet posts.

***

________________________


RELATED ARTICLES



Democrat Andrew Gillum concedes in Florida governor’s race to Republican Ron DeSantis



Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded Saturday to GOP challenger Ron DeSantis in their contentious race for the Florida governor’s mansion.

The announcement from Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, came via a Facebook Live post made alongside his wife.

Gillum said he wanted "to congratulate Mr. DeSantis on becoming the next governor of the great state of Florida."

Gillum also tweeted about his concession.

"I want to congratulate @RonDeSantisFL on becoming the next Governor of the great state of Florida. My wife R. Jai and I could not be prouder of the way we ran this race," Gillum tweeted. "Most importantly, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for being part of this campaign. I wouldn’t be here without the support that was shown by millions of Floridians. I encourage y’all to keep fighting for what we believe in."

Gillum had conceded to DeSantis on election night, but retracted it after the margin between the two candidates narrowed. The race went to a legally required recount, but after an initial machine recount, DeSantis still led Gillum by more than 30,000 votes.

In his Facebook post, Gillum said that "although nobody wanted to be governor more than me, this was not just about an election cycle."

"This was about creating the kind of change in this state that really allows for the voices of everyday people to show up again in our government and our state and our communities," he said. "We know that this fight continues in spite of the outcome of this election, R.J. and I are committing ourselves alongside each and every one of you."


In response to Gillum's concession, DeSantis tweeted: "This was a hard-fought campaign. Now it's time to bring Florida together."


_________________

Democrat Stacey Abrams Loses Georgia Governor Race but Refuses to Concede


Governor-elect Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams. Photo: Getty Image

Stacey Abrams has lost her bid to become the first African-American Woman to become elected a state’s governor.

However, in announcing that she will end her challenge against the now Governor-elect Brian Kemp, Abrams refused to concede, saying that voter suppression helped him win, according to the Associated Press.

“Let’s be clear, this is not a speech of concession,” she said during a news conference on Friday. “Because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith I cannot concede that.” 

The AP reported that Abrams was considering the unprecedented move of invoking a state law that would let her challenge the results based on “misconduct, fraud or irregularities … sufficient to change or place in doubt the results.”

The race between Abrams, the Democratic candidate who has received the backing of major Hollywood players including Oprah Winfrey, and former Georgia secretary of state Kemp, was too close to call on election night on Nov. 6.

With the race too close to call, Abrams had been pushing for a runoff, which would’ve taken place on Dec. 4. Per Georgia law, a runoff would be automatically triggered if neither candidate received 50 percent of the vote. 

On Election night, Kemp had just a hair over 50 percent of the vote.

Is the CIA a Rogue Agency?


By John Hinderaker | POWERLINE 


Someone leaked the CIA’s assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman directed the murder of Islamist Jamal Khashoggi to the Washington Post

The Post’s account sounds like it came from inside the CIA, but we can’t be sure of that: perhaps someone in another agency, like the State Department, who was familiar with the CIA’s report was the leaker.


The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month, contradicting the Saudi government’s claims that he was not involved in the killing, according to people familiar with the matter.

The CIA’s assessment, in which officials have said they have high confidence, is the most definitive to date linking Mohammed to the operation and complicates the Trump administration’s efforts to preserve its relationship with a close ally.

There is much more, which you can read at the link. The Post attributes its leak, which includes information on the CIA’s methods, to “people familiar with the matter,” “people familiar with the call,” and “a U.S. official familiar with the CIA’s conclusions,” who seems to be the key leaker.

Why would CIA (or maybe State Department, etc.) officials leak this information to the Post? Their motive is the same as the Post’s reporters’: to reflect badly on the Trump administration, which (like prior administrations) is friendly to the Saudis, and to constrain President Trump’s freedom of action with regard to Saudi Arabia and its Crown Prince.

Whoever leaked the CIA’s conclusions, along with reporters Shane Harris, Greg Miller and Josh Dawsey, as well as the editors of the Post, behaved disgracefully. 

President Trump ordered the CIA review in order to inform his own decision-making, not to publicly impugn Mohammed bin Salman or to limit his own potential courses of action. 

Whatever officials were involved in the leak violated–at a minimum–a fundamental ethical standard, by making themselves political players rather than objective advisers to the President.

Juan Cole is a far leftist who is wrong about pretty much everything, but he gets this one right:

The CIA has leaked against Jared Kushner and Trump that Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS), the Saudi crown prince, ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

President Trump had asked the CIA to do an assessment of the murder. Apparently, from the leak to the US press, part of the evidence came from National Security Agency wiretaps of the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC.

***

Trump had asked for the report, but it is unlikely that he wanted it made public. The CIA is deliberately leaking it. Since the agency is aware that Mohammed Bin Salman is teflon inside Saudi Arabia, it seems probable that the target of the leak is in the US. 

The member of the administration closest to MBS is Jared Kushner, though Trump himself has admitted that he wants the sale of US arms to MBS more than he wants Khashoggi’s killer brought to justice. The CIA may be attempting to discredit Kushner and to detach Trump from his alliance with the crown prince.


It is not, of course, the business of the CIA to run a foreign policy in opposition to that of the President

I don’t have an opinion, offhand, on whether this leak violates the Espionage Act, or might subject the leakers, reporters and editors to criminal sanctions on some other ground. 

But this is precisely the sort of conduct that ought to land leakers, reporters and editors in a federal penitentiary. Let’s hope that President Trump’s Department of Justice is up to the task.