Without doubt the process of electing a President for the US Citizens, in 2016, will forever remain a story for the historians and linguists to expand and deliberate. Words were taken from cartoon character titles, pulled out of obscurity, inverted from the New Testament, and all used for effect during debates and press conferences. Words like supercilious, disingenuous, deplorable, and irredeemable were suddenly on the tip of tongues for comedy routines, social media posts, editorials, and popular meme’s or video’s.
Then came the moment, Election Day November 8th, when each journalist readied themselves to be first to call the election. While much of Hawaii would be still at work and commuters in California are still stuck in their infamous gridlocked freeways; their exit polls become real votes to the media and the phrase “call the election” is cloaked as “predicted”. All this to have a final story for 11pm news on the east coast. However, as the polls began to close on the West Coast, while many network and cable news stations and online journalists were cautiously and with great favored optimism pronouncing the wife of #42 the new #45th President. One news source used their local observation to NOT call Hillary Clinton the winner. Had the L.A. Times begun to digest the obvious absence of enthusiasm (aka minimal signage and bumper stickers) in California for Hillary Clinton. Had they sealed this observation with a conclusion differing from all others, when on November 7th she pulled her fireworks show for a victory event on Election Night?
Since 1981, The White House Historical Association annually honors, in order of sequence, a president or significant White House anniversary with a collectible, American made ornament. The 32nd President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (a Democrat), was honored for 2017. There are two distinctive elements of irony in the theme chosen for recognizing Roosevelt, given the general assumption it was to be a Clinton in office and if the design was established and approved before Nov 9th.
First being “his remarkable journey to restore the faith of the American people”
Secondly “The shape of the ornament is reminiscent of the silhouette of a tabletop radio – similar to those many Americans had in their homes and used to listen to the president’s reassuring Fireside Chats”. While many of equated Trumps affinity for Twitter to “Fireside Chats” in that they reassure the citizens of the President’s good intentions and best will for the Nation, despite different interpretation by the media. Furthermore, it is Trump who has broadened the public’s interest in the events of the Executive office, much as Roosevelt did by expanding an area for the Press in the White House.
While much has been said about the crowd size on Inauguration Day. However, the official portrait of the event by long time Inauguration photographer disproved well circulated media depictions using early arrival images as a basis for crowd size. It is ironic the Associations’ liaison to the National Park Service, Jonathan Jarvis, unprecedented release of a photograph to press, was a premature and thus inaccurate portrayal of the crowd, to the press. This is the same Jonathan Jarvis who earlier in 2015 was reprimanded for an unauthorized use of the NPS logo in a book which commemorated the Parks centennial, and he was removed from authority with their Ethics office. Therefore, with a similar distortion of ethics by Jarvis, one has to be concerned the NPS inauguration crowd photo will appear in the Association publications and documents.
Nevertheless, call it fate or Providence the 2017 ornament will coincide with an unprecedented election that time will tell if it plays out as an administration that similarly restored the faith of Americans in the agreement of government with the benefit of citizens.
© 2-25-17 AmericaIsInTrouble.com
Humor me as I discuss the election once more. Early on I suggested the necessity of Pray-Vote-Pray. And for many this last action has been dropped because we are told we should be sooooooo done. The Thanksgiving dinner should be an Election-Free-Zone.
The complexity of this election was solely orchestrated by the media perpetuating and instigating rumors, insinuations, and more. All to incite or waken the very base nature of our personalities while gaining justification to increase the price point for advertising. Furthermore, it all served to exhaust us of any initiative to pay attention afterwards. Not only on November 9th, but all the way through to cabinet and staff selection, electoral vote, and events on January 20th.
During the space between “ELECTION DAY” and the Electoral Vote we have been told to be so DONE. We are told by every avenue of media we are DONE. Paid rioters within hours of election results perpetuated the movement to say DONE. Rants by celebrities, theatrics by thespians, and even images of rampant bullying in play-yards, locker-rooms, and job sites all enforced the DONE movement.
The very people who were aware and affected in down-ballot election fraud, ironically many of them Trump supporters, have neglected any follow-through of those election results. No effective military action would suggest leaving all your ammunition and equipment after winning a battle, on the assumption you won the war. Such a presumptive, arrogant, foolish, and treasonous response would only provide your enemy with an invitation to thwart a complete cease-fire or undermine a win entirely.
A small but effective group of people have worked non-stop for over two years to lay the ground-work to challenge and force municipalities to clean up voter registration and follow through to combat voter fraud on election day. These efforts serve as re-enforcement to expose a calculated effort of not only a rigged election but an entire process. Oddly enough there was never a question, in the early hours of November 9th, of the state-by-state count of Electoral College votes. Instead a voter fraud effort exists solely as an argument, most likely with a lawsuit to be decided by a group of UN-ELECTED permanent court of nine, to rid the less populous states of their voice. Rid the nation of the Electoral College.
Let me repeat my concern: By ignoring the high stake of the Electoral College and the accompanying voter fraud we are blindly ignoring a contemptuous and highly manipulated argument to devoid the 2020 election of any possibility for individual citizens to elect a President. Instead only the people who are tied to the government (aka jobs or income) will select the President. A political class.
The recent expose of government employee salaries in the city of Santa Monica, details a very interesting argument of existence of a Political Class. City officials justified the disproportionate salaries, of a city with less than 100,000 people, as necessary because they want the employees to be able to live within a very expensive city. Meanwhile, long time residents revealed they had two-three jobs in order to continue living in Santa Monica. Similarly, in the area of Woodland Hills and Calabasas, as they work towards creating a very exclusive and expensive community by 2035.
California had FOUR MILLION votes yet to be counted a week after the election.
Media reports confirmed this as normal, but no one questioned this fact: the actual number of people who voted in 2016 was very close to 2012 and 2008. How could this be so? Early voting in a Los Angeles suburb with 1.7 million residents, the San Fernando Valley, had over five-hundred people standing in line AFTER one of four county early voting sites closed on November 5th.
Yet people who voted in person will vouch the polling sites were busy ALL DAY. If you wanted to throw an extra ONE or TWO million votes to make your argument to rid the Nation of the Electoral College which state(s) could you easily and effectively fulfill this agenda. WIth 22,356 precincts in California ( a maximum of 1000 voters per precinct by law) a minor effort of twenty invalid votes per precinct would provide 447,120 votes or conversely if you removed twenty ballots.
- How is it in California only one incumbent lost their seat, a Republican.
- How is it in Southern California the person on the street, the Hispanic restaurant employee, the sixty-year old naturalized citizen who had never voted, how is it all of these whispered I voted Trump AFTER the election.
- How is it California’s Dem vs Rep Presidential candidate actually had a marginal increase of 7% from 2008 elections. How is this possible?
Read these comments from Linda Payne of California’s Election Integrity:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE https://www.electionintegrityproject.com/
Serious voting irregularities being reported across California
Election Day, November 8, 2016 — Phones at Election Integrity Project are ringing off the hook today, with reports of voting irregularities at polling places throughout California. More than 5,000 trained volunteer observers have been deployed to witness the voting process widespread at precincts in almost every county in the state.
By 1 PM, the organization had received hundreds of incident reports, documenting the following types of activity:
• Voters allowed to drop off dozens of vote-by-mail ballots (obviously not from family members).
• Ballots being handed out to people standing in line, without proper check-in procedures.
• Ballots being filled out at community tables instead of in voting booths.
• Broken/non-functional vote-counting machines (especially in Los Angeles County); ballots and absentee ballots being thrown into non-secured boxes or stacking up on tables in public view.
• Voters learning that someone else has already voted in their name.
• Voters learning that someone they don’t know is registered at their address.
• Citizens finding out they’re not on the voting rolls, even though they’ve voted for many years and have not moved their residence.
The 2016 Presidential Election will remain a historical election, no matter the outcome of the Popular Vote and Electoral College. However, the intent of founding fathers in instituting a Republic is best summed up by Benjamin Franklin” “if you can keep it”. The point of electing a President every four years and members of the legislature every two – six years is not a summons to be complacent for 729 days. Rather it is to be diligent and hold our elected officials accountable, and not abdicate this diligence to the media. The last time I check most journalists are not in the habit of bringing to your attention the mandate of I Timothy 2:1-5
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
It is very disconcerting to see arrogance, let’s be generous and say it is naive, displayed to the world when a speaker at the 2016 Republican Convention says “we are the greatest country God ever created”.
While it is undisputably possible chants of U-S-A, generated or imposed upon a pumped-up crowd, are contagious and addictive. But at what point does boasting put us into the trap of pride? It’s not a matter of politics, it’s a matter of moral fiber required, a standard, a responsibility which goes with such a statement.
The question to ask ourselves: are we resting or coasting on the laurels of previous generations? If we are to be labeled or pronounce being a great nation it is because we were ENTRUSTED with the responsibility to become a beacon. A leader in times of great discord, as in WWI and WWII. It is because our founding fathers, (and women in supportive wisdom and prayer) listened to God direct them when they wrote our Declaration of Independence and Constitution.
It is not a matter of electing the first xyz President. It is rather who do we, as a Nation, serve?
The song Bob Dylan penned 25+ years ago resolutely challenges us:
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes
Indeed you’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody
However, we do stand above all nations, because we were the beacon that guided the world, one nation at a time, to change their form of government. A change utilizing their own unique constitution, based on this revelation, this recognition:
Our freedom, our being, is from God
and government is established to protect what GOD has given us
We had the first constitution in modern times and 187 countries followed us over the next 200+ years. Therefore, we have had more generations engrained in this concept of where our rights come from and therefore, the role of government with checks and balances, and a government with Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches.
Perhaps before we pick up the mantle, the banner, or attempt to boast of GREATEST, the candidates and each American should
- understand what it took to usher the great change in government around the world
- ask ourselves or introspectively review what it is that hinders greatness
- reverently ask God what it will take to restore the past greatness, for His glory and not our own
Hopefully, there will be at some point, an admission by our leadership, whether in the Executive, Legislative, or Judicial branch; an acknowledgement it is GOD who repairs and uses fragmented vessels for his ultimate purpose. Hopefully this conclusion will draw our nation, the people, to prayer, to their knees, instead of thinking someone in DC is an all powerful savior elected to take sole responsibility for the future path of our Country.
There are bully cops. There have always been bully cops. It is up to you and I when we encounter them to let it be known. I had a bully cop give me a ticket. He was not black. I am not black. He was xxxx. I am not xxxx. I did not record the incident on camera phone. Instead I wrote it down immediately. And then I called the local precinct and complained. I complained that this is why police get killed because someone with a short temper, someone who carries an opportunity in the form of lead, someone angry, someone who does not appreciate the police, will react differently. It was 110 degrees outside and we were both hot and tired. But HE CHOSE to be contentious. I contested the ticket and won because I carefully documented and could explain the circumstances and situation.
Here is the reality. Every time there is a problem the Federal Gov’t seems to offer a solution that results in you and I the CITIZENS of America having less freedom. It is not a mysterious self-imploding race war – it is an opportunity for a select group of people in our government, who themselves skirt the law, to impose stronger regulations on the rest of us – until we have a nation of two sets of laws: one for law makers and their cohorts and the other for the taxpaying citizens. This is called taxation without representation.
I refuse to hate any nationality, any group of people, or any American in a uniform. However, I am sick and tired of those in office perpetuating a no-win war in countries of the middle east who
1) do not uphold a Constitution for all the people (aka Christians)
2) who have been fighting for centuries –
3) who export enough terrorist hints that select unAmericans in our gov’t happily translate into a reason to regulate my freedom to walk, talk, and conduct business in my own country
How many former American soldiers have “lost it” or have converted to militant groups because of what they have been subjected to in a 14+ year old no win war?
GET US OUT OF AFGHANISTAN
GET US OUT OF IRAN
GET US OUT OF ISRAEL
GET US OUT OF SAUDIA ARABIA
GET US OUT OF IRAQ
- Perhaps if we displayed tough love and quit aiding and abetting their feuding and American corporate oil interests.
- Perhaps if we said SUPPOSE THEY GAVE A WAR AND NO ONE SHOWED UP
- Perhaps the blood our gov’t has shed will not come back to hurt our own citizens.
It is most unfortunate most news coverage is now tweaked to selectively report enough information to elicit emotional reactions. Conversely, rumor mongers in this age of e-information, social media, and videography run with even less of said news to incite an inflammatory counter response. All these emotions and theatrics are orchestrated to have a short life cycle in order to make way for the next wave of inaccuracies and half-truths, leaving little time to validate anything.
Pope Francis spoke to the US Congress in 2015, but a summation of his speech would seem to usher an endorsement for socialist candidate Sanders. However, a simple review of his speech, readily available to anyone with initiative and curiosity, would reveal not only the context of those statements but the full statements which are not as reported.
President Obama spoke in Hiroshima this past week, to a gathering of dignitaries and residents. There were also interviewed, by international press, relatives of those who lived through the bombing, but no mention it brought about the conclusion of the Pacific Theater of World War II. The entire transcript of his speech is readily available, but nevertheless it is excerpts and summations which are publicized by design to elicit an uproar by some Americans. While it is true the President did not mention the historical reasons leading up to the bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nor did he mention why these cities were chosen. He did emphasize the magnitude of lives lost during the entire world wide conflict.
“In the span of a few years, some 60 million people would die. Men, women, children, no different than us. Shot, beaten, marched, bombed, jailed, starved, gassed to death. There are many sites around the world that chronicle this war, memorials that tell stories of courage and heroism, graves and empty camps that echo of unspeakable depravity.”
So, while some would like the President to shout out to the Japanese – “you started it” and “so we had to finish it” he chose to respectfully recite cause and effect of war and the age old conflicts of human nature vs peace.
Meanwhile, it might be more important to require our own press to recite facts why Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed; either within the story or an accompanying article. A historical piece for today’s generation, and grand-children of WWII veterans.
Therefore, let’s review a few facts.
- Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, our territory, Dec. 7, 1942 at 7:55am, which
- killed 2,403 Americans
- wounded 1,178 Americans
- sunk or ran aground eighteen ships (of which five were battleships)
- initiated the entry of America into the Pacific Theater of WWII
- President Truman, a Democrat, had been elected Vice President in 1944 but took office as President in April of 1945 upon the death of Roosevelt, who had been in office since 1933.
- The House & Senate were a Democrat majority and had been such all during Roosevelt’s/Truman tenure.
- Congress (1933-1935) 61% Dem + Senate 72% Dem
- Congress (1935-1937) 72% Dem + Senate 74% Dem
- Congress (1937-1939) 78% Dem + Senate 77% Dem
- Congress (1939-1941) 72% Dem + Senate 60% Dem
- Congress (1941-1943) 69% Dem + Senate 61% Dem
- Congress (1943-1945) 59% Dem + Senate 51% Dem
- Congress (1945-1947) 59% Dem + Senate 56% Dem
- US military adviser’s, to the President, had wanted to invade major cities of Japan, with the goal to end the war. However, President Truman knew the loss of life would be greater than the one hundred thousand Americans and three hundred thousand Japanese from our invasions into the islands in Saipan, Leyte, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
- President Truman attended the Postdam Conference July 17 – Aug 2, 1945 also known as “Berlin Conference of the Three Heads of Government of the USSR, USA and UK” Numerous historical reports cite July 26th as when the leaders demanded “unconditional surrender” from Japan. Some opinions indicate Japan agreed others say there was no response until the day after Nagasaki was bombed, on August 9th, 1945, three days after Hiroshima.
- Now read a letter from 1952 by then retired President Truman http://www.atomicarchive.com/Docs/Hiroshima/Truman.shtml
“I asked General Marshall what it would cost in lives to land on the Tokyo plain and other places in Japan. It was his opinion that
such an invasion would cost at a minimum one quarter of a million casualties, and might cost as much as a million, on the American side alone, with an equal number of the enemy.
The other military and naval men present agreed. I asked Secretary Stimson which sites in Japan were devoted to war production. He promptly named Hiroshima and Nagasaki, among others. We sent an ultimatum to Japan. It was rejected.
I ordered atomic bombs dropped on the two cities named on the way back from Potsdam, when we were in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. In your letter, you raise the fact that the directive to General Spaatz to prepare for delivering the bomb is dated July twenty-fifth. It was, of course, necessary to set the military wheels in motion, as these orders did, but the final decision was in my hands, and was not made until we were returning from Potsdam. Dropping the bombs ended the war, saved lives, and gave the free nations a chance to face the facts.
Rather than focusing on reports which are half-truths of what President Obama has or has not said in Japan, we might review what he DID say in Japan.
“On every continent, the history of civilization is filled with war, whether driven by scarcity of grain or hunger for gold, compelled by nationalist fervor or religious zeal. Empires have risen and fallen. Peoples have been subjugated and liberated. And at each juncture, innocents have suffered, a countless toll, their names forgotten by time.
The world war that reached its brutal end in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was fought among the wealthiest and most powerful of nations. Their civilizations had given the world great cities and magnificent art. Their thinkers had advanced ideas of justice and harmony and truth. And yet the war grew out of the same base instinct for domination or conquest that had caused conflicts among the simplest tribes, an old pattern amplified by new capabilities and without new constraints.
President Truman, who authorized the Bomb, to end the War in the Pacific, was elected by the people of the United States. While he was not the President who had been in office twelve years prior; he had the same resources. A majority House and Senate from his own party. Thus, the blood and process of entering, financing, and ending WW2 was on a political party which today embraces peace only through socialism.
Au contraire! Kentucky’s 1891 law was enacted to allow legislators protection, to ensure they were able to vote. Drunkeness is another issue
Kentucky’s 1891 Constitution align the state laws with the US Constitution in regards to the slavery issues. It also allowed the General Assembly to pass amendments which would keep the Constitution current . Interestingly it also limited the salary of state officials to $5000/year. Currently they are paid $188.22 session per diem (which is 110% of the Federal per diem rate) and an additional $1.788.51/month base salary.
Why would Kentucky enact Section 43?
Stephen Voss, an associate professor at the University of Kentucky, has been interviewed by numerous media and explains the idea of legislative immunity goes back to before the U.S. Constitution. He has been quoted as saying
“It grew out of abuses of the legal system by the kings of England among other sources, in those days, before our legal system had been firmly established, people who disagreed with a lawmakers position would do whatever they could to make sure they didn’t get a chance to vote. They’d have arrested members of legislatures who weren’t on their side on an issue of the day,” he said. “As states began writing their own constitutions they often copied the language found in others. Kings would refuse to call a parliament into session, or lock up parliament members, for fear of opposition. Just terrible abuses of democracy. The basic fear was that the legal system could be abused to keep the people’s representatives from doing their jobs.”
The possibility of abducting legislators is not far-fetched and maybe Johnson’s incident will bring attention to the fact such an event occurred in order to pass the 16th amendment, which opened the door to a graduated income-tax and the enforcement of mandatory health care via a court-authorized reporting agency.
The protections afforded in the Kentucky 1891 Constitution are not an abuse of power, rather the behavior of the State Senator is a violation of vehicle code AND an affront to each person who voted for him, given his DUI transpired within 12 hours of swearing an oath to uphold the Kentucky and the United States Constitution.
The abundance of political commentary, campaigning in 2016 versus what it was in 2000 or 1990 or 1980 would seem incomparable. Yet those who control what is said, how often it is said, and how to slant what is heard still exist even in an age which seems to allow anyone to enter the realm of communication and commentary, without criteria previously held as a barrier.
Resources in 1980 to research or even discover evidence to support or disallow a candidate were limited to print and the electronic medium; which was for the most part radio & television. An elite group of university students, faculty, and alumni had access to “the internet” but it was not a world wide web…yet.
Subscription to periodicals, whether a daily newspaper or weekly/monthly magazines, peaked in 1989-1990 so it is safe to say most Americans of voting age were still garnering information by print in 1980 and even in 1990.
Inundation by mail would also peak, but not until 2000. Direct campaign mailers are still popular and utilized but the majority of mailers are pacts with no alliance to a party or candidate. They are a means for a hefty and quick source of income by consultants veiled as slate mailers. They are pitched as a last low cost, albeit deceptive, means for name recognition and little content by repetition to voters.
So how does this relate to raisins?
Those admirable and wonderful servicemen serving in the Pacific during World War Two, are familiar with the use of raisins to disguise the massive infestation of mosquitoes, flies, and other insects which dropped into the food, the bread dough, etc. The infantrymen, navigating the jungles of islands to prepare a means for the wave of Marines in the yearlong battle of Guadalcanal will also attest to the best efforts of the cooks to make meals palatable under the worst conditions. And yet they persevered because they had sworn allegiance to the tenets of our Constitution, they had hopes of a family to return home to or nurture in the future, they had leadership who encouraged them to press on for the preservation of freedom and a better world.
The conveniences, freedoms, and inventions we enjoy are the efforts and result of those who chose to defend your future at great risk and cost. What they had for a meal, often under fire from an unrelenting enemy, had raisins designed to disguise or make palatable the still distinguishable inundation of insects, flies, and mosquitoes.
So how is it we the grandchildren and great grandchildren of these honorable men and women, American Veterans from the Pacific theater, dare pick and complain at the inundation of material and media campaigning during a Presidential election, all while in the safety and convenience of our homes, cars, and meeting halls.
Voter Apathy: Planned Distraction and Distortion. The New Ten Percenters
10% of W SFV residents determined who legislates how big the bite taxes will have in your budget and how much more debt DC will incur. WHY?
Was the 25% LA County voter turn out a result of voter apathy or lack of personalization?
Is it possible the message, politicians are jamming (or in the case of Brad Sherman NO MESSAGE – NO MEDIA COVERAGE) down the throat of voters, is not applicable therefore it is ignored.
A marketing article can be used to explain the inability for voters to equate candidate selection with reduced or increased taxes (depending on said candidate).
In other words, fundamentally what legislators do is increase or decrease yours or my taxes. Yet no one says it this succinctly.
A carefully crafted message of community rather than individualism has taken the NEED to vote, away from the mindset of Americans. The barrage of noise by the media (including irrational, inappropriate, irrelevant news) has caused people to shut down.
“If you’re at a party with dozens of people chatting around you, you’ll likely find that you can easily ignore or tune out of those conversations. They’re just background noise. But, as soon as someone says something that is of particular interest to you, you will magically tune into that specific conversation. The important information will, thanks to your RAS (brain’s reticular activating system), rise above the noise.”http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/psychology-personalization
So did anyone notice there needs to be some accountability by the incumbent of his
- inordinately lower personal property taxes
- cut and paste efforts to produce an endorsement a week before the election date
- capitalizaing on other legislators actions and legislative efforts
- pronouncing the outcome of his election within 50 minutes of the close of voting? Even calling it at 60% which mysteriously seems to be the magic number term after term; no matter how much is spent (ie in excess of $10 million in 2012) or who opposes him.
Lastly: Will the incumbent participate and aid the efforts of other legislators, who won’t be returning in January, to push through lame-duck legislation with no fear of repercussions or accountability?
California’s 30th Congressional district has 744,617 people (http://www.census.gov/mycd/#) Less than 100,000 voted Nov 4th. Roughly 12% of the residents of the district voted and 64% of those voted for the incumbent. LESS THAN 10% of the people are determining how much taxes you will have imposed by way of legislation, how much more debt DC will incur, how much more or less freedom you will have to run your business or family or household. TEN PERCENT? HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
This article was originally captured on “Patch” writing for a Congressional Campaign. I retained all rights.