A Change For The Better: Keeping America’s Elections Clean

Recent actions taken by states to enhance the integrity of America’s electoral process by requiring voter ID cards, an idea that most Americans support, has caused quite a stir amongst liberals. Author James Boyard once wrote, “Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.” Wolves don’t play fair, especially up here in Alaska. The other day, a wolf devoured a dog right in front of its owner despite her best efforts to defend it. If we do not demand fair and honest elections, wolves of another kind will one day rule us.

Those opposing voter ID laws hurl accusations, suggesting such laws are driven by hatred, as Vice President Biden said back in February. Others say it’s a racist move intended to prevent minorities and poor people from voting, which is not the case given that states requiring voter ID offer cards free of charge.

But let’s be real, here. We need identification for just about everything, like buying alcohol and cigarettes, getting cable TV, purchasing a cellphone plan, boarding an airplane, going to the doctor, getting a driver’s license…or a passport… or a social security card, qualifying for welfare, entering government buildings, and even signing up for Obamacare.

Liberals support ID rules for every other occasion. The First lady required a social security number and photo ID to attend her book signing in 2012. Attendees at the 2012 Democrat National Committee convention in Charlotte were asked to whip out their state-issued IDs in the same state (NC) where 30,000 dead people were found on its voter rolls. And just last month, NAACP organizers for a “Moral March” rallying against photo ID laws told marchers to bring photo identification to participate. Oh, the hypocrisy!

So, why are they so afraid of voter ID? Maybe because Liberals couldn’t win elections without rampant voter fraud? Consider: A recent investigation by New York City’s Department of Investigations had its undercover agents show up at polls pretending to be people who had moved, were incarcerated, or deceased. According to the report, they were allowed to vote 97 percent of the time. In another investigative report, a large number of non-citizens were registered to vote in Florida; and a 2012 Pew Poll reported at least 1.8 million deceased voters are registered to vote across the U.S.

True the Vote, an organization that claims to be in the IRS’ crosshairs, says that back in 2012, more than 24 million voter registrations were invalid; more than 2.75 million people were registered to vote in more than one state; various counties in Indiana and Ohio had more registered voters than residents; 160 counties in 19 states had over 100 percent voter registration; and the Democrat Party of Florida and the National Council of La Raza were under investigation for alleged voter registration fraud.

Recent news from the Philadelphia Inquirer potentially exposes a much darker side to the voter ID issue. The March 17 investigative report, “Kane Shut Down Sting That Snared Philadelphia Officials,” stated that four area Democrat legislators allegedly took “multiple bribes ranging from a few hundred dollars to thousands in cash and Tiffany jewelry….in exchange for votes or contracts, including opposition to Pennsylvania’s proposed voter ID law.” Republicans were also offered bribes, but did not bite. Despite what the Inquirer described as solid evidence, the state’s new Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, “secretly dropped the case in 2013″ — without as much as a peep from AG Eric Holder.

Given those who are dead, incarcerated, or non-citizens aren’t likely to complain if someone fraudulently casts a vote in their name, wouldn’t you say voter IDs are a great idea? Otherwise, the wolves will circle the last bastions of democracy; and voting will become as worthless as casting a ballot in Pyongyang.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

This New Poll Should Make Conservatives Very Scared

Recent findings from a Pew Research poll titled “Millennials in Adulthood” should leave conservatives, capitalists, and generally anyone embracing smaller government, deeply concerned — because the America they know today will be much different in the near future. And here’s why.

According to this poll, millennials, now ranging from age 18 to 33-1/2, are unique, in that they are “relatively unattached to organized politics and religion.” The Pew poll also found millennials are “distrustful of people” but still lean heavily Democrat, despite the intellectual dishonesty liberals regularly display.

The poll points out that the racial makeup of millennials “is one of the key factors in explaining their political liberalism.” Millennials are “the most racially diverse generation in American history, with 43 percent non-white,” due to “a trend driven by the large wave of Hispanic and Asian immigrants who have been coming to the U.S. for the past half century, and whose U.S. born children are now aging into adulthood.”

To America’s credit, we are a nation of immigrants. But the problem for conservatives is a majority of non-whites lean left; and the trend will continue over time with “about half of newborns” in America today being non-white, and the U.S. Census Bureau predicting whites will be the minority by 2043.

Moreover, the survey found white millennials have moved much further left than white counterparts of older generations in their support of issues like marijuana legalization and same-sex marriage. Millennials also join liberals in their reluctance to be affiliated with any religion. They do, however, lean right regarding abortion and gun control.

Besides religion, this generation has also distanced itself from another core institution of society, marriage, with only 26 percent married as compared to 36 percent of Generation X, 48 percent of Baby Boomers, and 65 percent of the WWII Generation — when those generations were the same age.

Sadly, 69 percent said they would like to marry but lack “a solid economic foundation” they deem a prerequisite. A study titled “Intimate Inequalities: Love and Work in a Post Industrial Landscape,” conducted by Harvard University and University of Virginia in 2013, supports this marriage decline. It found the Obama economy has stifled millennials’ ability to marry due to “the decline and disappearance” of stable full-time jobs with health insurance and pensions, which has had profound effects on young working-class Americans, now less likely to marry and have children within marriage.

Millennials have soured on Obamacare about as much as they have soured on the president. According to ABC News, millennials comprise “only a quarter of the enrolled, down two points from a month ago,” making them “a crucial missing demographic for the law, which banks on the young and healthy millennial generation to bring down costs.” Previously, the administration’s enrollment goal of 7 million needed a 40 percent millennial participation to make it viable, explaining why President Obama diminished the office of president with an appearance on the internet comedy show “Between Two Ferns” to garner support.

Nanny State Obamanomics has failed the 86-million strong largely educated and debt-burdened millennials who can’t afford to carry the Obamacare burden, let alone get married or even leave home. According to Harvard University, half of the 6 in 10 who are employed only work part-time.

GOP beware: Although another Harvard poll found that 52 percent of young millennials and 47 percent of the elders want Obama ousted, millennials love you less, thanks to Republican dinosaurs like Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and others who pollute the conservative message.

Once the GOP cleans its own house, conservatives stand a better chance to create jobs and give millennials the opportunity they deserve to chase the American Dream capitalism affords.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

Truth Floats Despite Tyranny On The Potomac

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Progressivism thrives best when truth is suppressed, but suppressed truth is still truth. You can try to sink it, shred it, cover it and destroy it, but truth eventually rises to the surface. Truth floats. Always.

Currently, the various scandals within the Obama administration have put Progressives in defensive mode to protect an ideology built on lies. Each day brings with it a new scandal or a new angle to a previous scandal. Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS, and the DOJ’s seizure of phone records have one thing in common: suppression of truth.

Americans are discovering Progressivism isn’t all it is cracked up to be. Even the coolest of Progressive presidents can’t deliver the goodies they promise if what they really intended to deliver was hidden inside a bag of lies.

By now, most everyone understands Progressive-speak for “hope and change” translates into high unemployment, an abysmal economy, a disastrous healthcare bill, excessive poverty, starving children, ridiculous food prices, losing wars, and terrorist attacks on our homeland. Four bucks gets you a gallon of gas, a college degree gets you nowhere, and with each new scandal, the White House deflects the blame on someone else and runs off to play another round of golf. That, my friends, is Progressivism in a nutshell.

In a most enlightening article, “Seventeen Techniques for Truth Suppression,” author David Martin nails it when he states “strong, credible allegations of high-level criminal activity can bring down a government” and “the success of these techniques depends heavily upon a cooperative, compliant press and a mere token opposition party.” Without a doubt, we have the makings of a perfect storm.

If you’ve never understood the connection between Progressivism and lies, all you need to do is take an objective look at the current administration’s scandals. While all investigations are still active, a common thread weaves through each in that either the truth was suppressed to cover an action or an action was taken to suppress the truth.

In Benghazi it appears the administration suppressed the truth about an act (an al-Qaida-linked terrorist attack) to fit its pre-election “al-Qaida-free” story line. The same rings true regarding the seizure of reporters’ phone and email records by the Department of Justice. Attorney General Holder claims records were seized for national security reasons, but that doesn’t gel with what the Associated Press describes as an “unprecedented” seizure of records. In a recent statement, AP president Gary Pruitt said his organization held the in-question article describing a terrorist plot by an al-Qaida-linked group in Yemen “until the government assured us that the national security concerns had passed.” With that in mind, might a more reasonable reason be that administration officials spent an awful lot of time traveling around the country pre-election reporting al-Qaida was no longer a threat?

Each day carries with it new discoveries about the heinous IRS scandal wherein acts of suppression served to squash the voice and rights of those who, unlike Progressives, have the intelligence to differentiate between the U.S. Constitution and a roll of toilet paper and embrace the freedoms and protections therein.

If you don’t like what you see, it’s time to get loud (not violent) Americans. Silence is acceptance. And so far, your silence is deafening… and dangerous…because silence becomes the well-insulated womb to which tyranny is given safe harbor to grow.

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Susan Stamper Brown is an opinion page columnist, motivational speaker and military advocate who writes about politics, the military, the economy and culture. Email Susan at writestamper@gmail.com or her website at susanstamperbrown.com.

This commentary originally appeared at CagleCartoons.com and is redistributed here by permission. This column has been edited by the author. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author.

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It’s Harvest Time In Washington

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Not even Barack Obama can defy the laws of physics.

Certain things are absolute. As Newton said, what goes up must come down. The wrinkles you see staring back at you in the mirror validate the second law of thermodynamics: eventually, things fall apart. And, as any farmer will tell you, if you plant cucumbers in the spring, no matter how hard you try, you will never reap watermelons in the summer.

It’s the same with deeds; good and bad, we reap what we sow. From the onset, the Obama administration has woven a web of fabrications so thick it is hard to see where reality ends and make-believe begins. Over time, Obama has woven that web tighter by installing a gang of Chicago allies, confidants, tongue-biters, and tale-tellers as a “shadow government” answerable only to him. There was safety in this tight-knit crew of like-minded associates, or so they thought, until recently when parts of Obama’s web began to unravel.

As the old time pastor R.G. Lee once said, “Nature keeps books pitilessly. Man’s credit with her is good. But Nature collects.” And now it seems Nature has come knocking on the front door of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

It all began with Benghazi. We now know that celebrating in the end zone about bin Laden’s death made for good re-election bumper stickers and water cooler conversation but had little impact on America’s security or the security of the grossly under-protected consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Far-fetched stories about a video spun by a circle of close confidants desperately desiring four more years of power fell apart during recent testimonies. We reap what we sow.

Now we hear the IRS was party to Soviet-style scare tactics in the inappropriate targeting of conservative groups prior to the 2012 election. The Washington Post reports that the tentacles of this scandal reach beyond the supposed few rogue agents in Cincinnati to Washington. Doing what they do best, Progressives deflected the blame to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision — purporting had it not been for it, there would be no need for the IRS’s intrusion into the private lives of conservatives. Had the IRS targeted liberal groups, Democrats would have blamed it on a Republican plot to steal the election. And of course, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney remains steadfast: the administration is beyond reproach. Sure.

So, how about a sprinkle of invasion of privacy to go with that healthy dose of scare tactics? The Associated Press (AP) discovered that Attorney General Holder’s Department of Justice secretly seized two months of reporters’ phone records (including both work and personal numbers), something the AP called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into news-gathering. While the jury’s still out regarding motives, it should be noted this was not the first time for this administration. As originally reported by Breitbart.com, former Holder spokesperson Tracy Schmaler colluded with the far-left group Media Matters for America to “smear media figures, whistleblowers, and members of Congress.” Transparency? Not.

Scandal by scandal, the president remains resolute and does his sanctimonious best to remain blameless. The dominoes are dropping; it is harvest time for this corrupt administration, which believes that justice is due for everyone but itself and will do everything in its power to avoid reaping the consequences for which it has sown.

Benghazi: Are We A Nation Run By Fools?

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It seems like only yesterday when President Obama stood in front of an electrified audience at the 2012 Democratic National Convention just days before the deadly September 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, reminding supporters, “al Qaeda is on the path to defeat and Osama bin Laden is dead.”

Days later, on September 14, a somber-faced Obama and his sullen-faced Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stood in front of four flag draped coffins at Andrews Air Force Base, assuring the small group of grieving family members that their loved ones did not die in vain. Their ill-informed message suggested these patriots weren’t killed by terrorists; they died because of protests about a YouTube video.

Since then, the administration has done its best to dodge questions and distance itself from the events of September 11 (and acquired a convenient case of amnesia along the way.) Nine months in, and Americans still have no clue why initial talking points from top officials claiming the attacks were most likely executed by al Qaeda-linked terrorists were reduced to “a YouTube video.” Did they fear acknowledging such a claim so close to the 2012 presidential election? Or did they actually believe the video story?

Hopefully, some of these questions were answered by way of three courageous State Department whistle-blowers scheduled to testify before the House Oversight Committee May 8. Pre-hearing interviews from one of the whistleblowers, Gregory Hicks (the second highest diplomat in Libya at the time of the attacks), were released to the press. Hicks claimed a Special Forces team, which could have saved lives and protected evidence, was ordered to “stand down” despite multiple pleas for help. Contrary to the administration’s claims, Hicks also said, “…everybody in the mission thought it was a terrorist attack” from the beginning.

Hicks’ statements seem to fit in with the timeline obtained by the Weekly Standard from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The Weekly Standard article “The Benghazi Talking Points” describes how “senior Obama administration officials knowingly misled the country about what had happened” and made “substantive revisions” to the “CIA’s talking points” six weeks outside the 2012 presidential election.

So where’s your thirst for truth, America? Why aren’t we outraged? Maybe because, as White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “Benghazi happened a long time ago.” Maybe Carney should ask grieving family members wanting answers and longing for closure how long it’s been since their loved ones lost their lives in Benghazi. Or maybe we are at a point in this country where a politician’s political aspirations trump everything else.

The last time something of this magnitude happened, a U.S. president stepped down. But that was during a time when good men who made bad choices still had the intestinal fortitude to accept personal responsibility for their actions. It was also a time when journalists were principled enough to set aside politics to do their job and make politicians accountable.

Some in the mainstream media are reluctantly pulling their heads out of the ground. On May 5, CBS news anchor Bob Schieffer acknowledged the possibility the administration might have been involved in a “cover-up.” Others are unenthusiastically following suit because they have no choice. Of course, the illegitimate diehards will remain with their heads in the sand until the storm passes.

As the pieces of this puzzle come together, one thing is certain: full and honest disclosure is always the best policy. Regardless of how Benghazi pans out, we will discover that either the Obama administration was involved in a cover-up and played us as fools, or our government is run by fools who actually believed the Benghazi attacks were in response to an uprising over an amateurish anti-Islam video by a man now serving jail time for a separate issue. Either way, we lose.