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Daily Archives: February 13th, 2020

All throughout the campaign, subsequent election and now in administration, this President has acted in ways that are personal to him. In accordance to his prior and current dealings, each action and utterance is about him. The operative word is his (TOTUS) personal optics. This resident of the White House has from the beginning has operated as if the country is one his businesses. It is unfortunate and fortunate at the same time that we have come to know that our Congress is not representing us in the manner we have come to expect. Our politics have always been shady but we were fortunate to have members who understood their jobs well enough to cross party lines to get the peoples work done. We now have 500 plus seat fillers who are using the ineptitude of the Resident to cover their own self dealings. It has been pondered by many voters as to how a person can be elected to public office and become millionaires by the time they leave public service. An example: political donations which find its way into the personal accounts of elected officials. It is sad enough that years ago “our” Congress enacted (quietly) a law that grants them a “cost Of Living Increase” automatically- this curtails public hearings and so no public outcry but now to abet the ill conceived actions of a ego driven many times failed business man. Each action by TOTUS is personal for him and his legacy while perhaps not the worse (so far), it will certainly be looked upon as a huge backwards step nationally and with our allies. TOTUS is governing by tweet and unfortunately “entertaining” many of us into a false narrative on his motives. Each action taken by this administration on the surface appears to be legal , isn’t. Consider the immigration issue and think about how you would feel if it happened to you! This quote from an Abraham Lincoln debate speech in 1858 states plainly what we should consider when we vote:

I charge you to drop every paltry and insignificant thought for any man’s success. It is nothing; I am nothing; Judge Douglas is nothing. But do not destroy that immortal emblem of Humanity, the Declaration of American Independence.”


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The enabling GOP has blocked an attempt to secure future  elections. This is falling in line with White House’s view of elections which is to win at any cost illegal and legal.MA

Jordain Carney,  The Hill   6 hrs ago


Senate Republicans blocked an effort by Democrats to unanimously pass three election security-related bills on Tuesday, marking the latest attempt to clear legislation ahead of the November elections

Democrats tried to get consent to pass two bills that require campaigns to alert the FBI and Federal Election Commission (FEC) about foreign offers of assistance, as well as legislation to provide more election funding and ban voting machines from being connected to the internet.

But Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) opposed each of the requests. Under the Senate’s rules, any one senator can ask for unanimous consent to pass a bill, but any one senator can object and block their requests.

Blackburn accused Democrats of trying to move the bills knowing that GOP lawmakers would block them and giving them fodder for fundraising efforts.

“They are attempting to bypass this body’s Rules Committee on behalf of various bills that will seize control over elections from the states and take it from the states and where do they want to put it? They want it to rest in the hands of Washington, D.C. bureaucrats,” she said.

Election security has become a point of contention during the Trump era. House Democrats have passed several election-related bills, including a sweeping ethics and election reform measure, but they’ve hit a wall in the GOP-controlled Senate.

A release from Democrats this week that blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for a “legislative graveyard” included a list of 10 election security-related bills that have stalled in the upper chamber.

Senate Democrats have tried repeatedly during the past year to try to bring up election security bills on the floor without success.

The latest attempt comes as Democrats are embroiled in their own days-long scandal after an app malfunctioned, throwing the Iowa caucuses into chaos. The snag was not due to a hack or cyberattack, but a “coding issue,” according to the Iowa Democratic Party.

It also comes as Democrats are turning their attention to the 2020 election after the months-long impeachment battle, as they try to find ways to pressure GOP senators to buck President Trump. The New Hampshire primary is underway on Tuesday, and voters in both Nevada and South Carolina are expected to head to the polls this month.

“The current president of the United States, far from having the same fears about foreign interference as our founders, has been very public about his openness to foreign assistance and manipulation in support of his election,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said.

“The president was just impeached over this issue, and the Senate just concluded a trial in which it appeared a bipartisan majority of senators broadly accepted the fact that the president leveraged hundreds of millions of dollars of military assistance to Ukraine to compel its government to investigate one of his political rivals,” he added.

Trump has denied wrongdoing in his dealings with Ukraine, with the administration arguing he was concerned about corruption and cost-sharing with other European countries. Several GOP senators who voted to acquit Trump on House-passed articles of impeachment also described the president’s conversation with Ukraine President Zelensky as “shameful” and “inappropriate.”

Democratic Sens. Mark Warner (Va.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) and Ron Wyden (Ore.) each tried to clear bills on Tuesday.

The bills from Warner and Blumenthal would require campaigns to report offers of foreign assistance, including donations or coordination, to the FEC and the FBI.

“The appropriate response is not to say thank you, the appropriate response is to call the FBI,” Warner said.

Blumenthal, referring to the impeachment fight, argued that Republicans had let Trump “off the hook.”

“There is no doubt that he will only be emboldened in his efforts to illegally enlist foreign governments in his reelection campaign,” he added.

The Securing America’s Federal Elections, or SAFE, Act-the third bill Democrats tried to clear-authorizes more funding for the Election Assistance Commission and includes language that would ban voting machines from being connected to the internet and being produced in foreign countries.

“America is 266 days away from the 2020 election, and Majority Leader McConnell has yet to take any concrete steps to protect our foreign elections from hacking or foreign interference,” Wyden said.

Wyden also argued that not having a nationwide ban on connecting voting machines to the Internet was like “stashing our ballots in the Kremlin.”

Congress passed a mammoth spending package late last year that included an additional $425 million in election security funding.


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