Donald Trump has been pounding on the podium recently contending that there is ‘election fraud’ during this upcoming election. Is he right?
I believe that there could be election fraud, but not for the same reasons as Trump. Are you familiar with the Voter ID Laws? A voter ID law is a law that requires some form of official identification in order for a person to register to vote, receive a ballot for an election, or to vote.
In the United States, voter ID laws have been passed in thirty-three states. At the federal level, the 2002 Help America Vote Act requires a voter ID for all new voters in federal elections who registered by mail and who did not provide a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number that was matched against government records.
Voter ID laws first generated controversy in 1999 when Virginia attempted to implement an ID requirement in a pilot program. Proponents argue that the laws are a common-sense effort to reduce voter fraud and place little burden on voters. Opponents argue that voter fraud is extremely rare and has been magnified as an issue to create barriers to voter registration and voting that discriminates against minority groups and others who are statistically less likely to possess photo IDs.
So here are the ways that the states have dealt with voter ID requirements. Seven states require strict photo ID in order to vote. Three states have a strict non-photo ID requirement. Nine states have a non-strict photo ID requirement, which includes my state. I find this interesting as my home state would not issue us a ballot without a picture ID, so I am confused as to what non-strict photo ID requirement actually means. It’s not the first time I have been confused. I digress. Thirteen states have a non-strict non-photo ID requirement. Appallingly, there are eighteen states and the District of Columbia that do not require any ID to vote at the ballot box.
By now, you realize that the voter ID requirements are certainly diverse and nondescript. If I could provide simple definitions for those five levels of voting requirements, I would. But here is where I become concerned. I view my vote as being precious as it is a part of the great democratic process by which we elect our political representatives. Nowhere in any of these laws does it require proof of citizenship. There are many states that will issue photo IDs without requiring proof of citizenship. Thus, with the photo ID, an illegal alien is now voting in our elections. With the number of illegal aliens now in the United States, there is little doubt that they will influence this election.
I have needed a photo ID to board a plane, to board a cruise ship, to renew my car insurance, to use a credit card, to write a check, to buy Sudafed, to see a doctor, to check in to a clinic or hospital and to vote.; to name a few. How is this discriminatory as people of all races and backgrounds do at least two or three of what I have listed. Provide a birth certificate and get a photo ID. How difficult is that? Yet, I have seen people vote by presenting an electric bill with an address that is located in the polling place precinct. No ID was required as to whether the voter was the name on the electric bill. How many times could that electric bill be used to vote? How many times can dead people continue to vote? No, I am not making this up.
Minnesota has had two election recounts in recent years. In both instances, the Republican candidates where leading by small margins. After the recount, both candidates lost. In both cases, uncounted ballots were suddenly located in the heart of the liberal metropolitan area. Surprisingly, just enough Democrat votes were found. Voter fraud? Ballot box stuffing?
Also in Minnesota, a young reporter went into a courthouse in a Minneapolis suburb with a hidden mini-camera. He went into the courthouse with the following story, “I work in a nursing home, and I am concerned that some of our patients will have difficulty getting to the polling places.” The result? The clerk handed him 25 absentee ballots without question, without proof. What happened next? He was able to do it again with the same results at another courthouse! Voter fraud? That little item appeared on 60 Minutes.
It astounds me that we now have chips on our credit cards to avoid theft, but far less care is taken to protect the sanctity of our elections. If this is what Trump is referring to when he speaks of election fraud, then I certainly can concur.
Or, is Trump referring to the biased media reporting? During the last debate, he came under fire for what he said about women in a tape from 2005. His type of talk was referred to as ‘locker room talk.’ I have referred to it as ‘gutter talk.’ (By the way, this kind of talk would eliminate 90% of the men I have known in my life from being president, as well as an equal amount of women!) Either way, the screaming liberals came out of the woodwork to express their disdain for such talk. Republican politicians began jumping ship from his support. Donald scored some points during the debate by saying that talking about women was one thing, but abusing them in action was another. Of course, this was a not so veiled reference to Bill Clinton. That pretty much rocked Hillary for the rest of the debate. An then….and then….just as Grandma P predicted (which I found very uncanny and somewhat frightening) women could not come forth fast enough to tell their stories of how Donald Trump groped them and made sexual advances upon them. This was no doubt to bring Donald down to the level of Bill (he would have to practice to match Bill!) and to detract from those damn pesky deleted emails that Wikileaks keeps publishing. As I am writing this, more of these accusation stories have proven to be fictitious.
Those deleted emails are getting more interesting by the day. They have indicated that there is collusion between the Clinton campaign and the media. There is plenty of evidence of what was done to erase those damaging emails. There are references about influence peddling as Secretary of State coupled with contributions to the Clinton Foundation. There is now evidence that they attempted to pressure the FBI to declassify some of the emails, so the campaign can say that no classified emails were sent on a non-secure computer. It appears Hillary received the questions concerning the debates before the debates. Bill Clinton received a million dollar birthday gift from the country of Qatar, while at the same time, the State Department was indicating that Qatar was sponsoring terrorism! I am waiting for the shoe to drop on Benghazi and the Clinton Foundation. The Clinton Foundation being the personal piggy bank of the Clinton family and no doubt funding a huge portion of her election campaign with foreign contributors. Of course, this is illegal, but that has not stopped the Clinton money machine yet.
But with all of this information about the missing emails….with all the serious illegal, immoral and indecent items that are being released in these emails….the mainstream media has devoted seven times more TV air time to Trump’s female accusers than they have on the deleted emails. In fact, some of the major TV networks are not reporting about the released emails at all!
The timing of these women accusing Trump could not be more suspicious. If they were so concerned about how he treated women, why did they not come forth during the primaries. Certainly these maidens of virtue would have been Ted Cruz supporters and would have wanted to do the proper Christian thing. But noooooooo, after winning some points against Bill during the last debate, that is the response that Trump received. I am not saying Trump is an angel, but the timing and the number of these accusations appears to be coordinated.
It is obvious to me that these ranting self-righteous Liberals are not students of history. The Democratic party has had more than their fair share of presidential and political bad boys When Franklin D. Roosevelt died in Warm Springs, Georgia; he was not with Eleanor, his wife. He was with his mistress of decades, Lucy Mercer. We all know that JFK was a presidential bad boy. So were his brothers Teddy and Bobby. Then we go to LBJ. Another presidential bad boy who had mistresses in the White House. Then there is Bill Clinton. “I did not have relations with that woman.” Well, he did have relations with that woman and lied numerous times about it. “People who live in glass houses should not throw stones!”
If Jesus Christ would appear on earth and run for president as a Republican, I am convinced the liberal, biased media would tear him apart.
This is the sleaziest election of my lifetime. The personal attacks have no boundaries or limitations. I fear it will only sink further before election day. It is very disheartening to see the media, our watch dogs of society and of truth, fall lockstep into this biased reporting and smear campaign. Forget the issues, don’t report the relevance of those missing emails….smear, smear, smear!
Does Donald Trump have justification for saying the election campaign is rigged? If you take into consideration the biased media, fictitious accusations, voters voting without an ID, voters voting who may not be US citizens, well, how could you disagree.
God Help America. God Bless America.