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The socialists and communists plaguing western institutions, degrading our virtues, incentivizing broken families and single motherhood, etc. have normalized turning America in to a country with no morals, no stability, no family, and no hope.
Capitalism would have bred these people out long ago had strong families been allowed to not fund them through forced government distribution of wealth and mentally inoculate their children against these destructive behaviors. Instead, they have their money stripped away to be spent on public school indoctrination camps.
Add on to that raising taxes so high that both parents have to work. Keep the children away from the parents as much as possible. Isolate them. Make them view their rulers as their providers. “See, if it wasn’t for us, what would your mommy and daddy do? You couldn’t survive without us! We provide. We are your real parents!”
Governments seek to grow. They grow when people are dependant on them. And the best way to do that is to physically destroy and mentally demoralize them. Shrink the state, and it loses the funding for its human experimentation and subjugation.
Now don’t get me wrong, cities like Austin have been liberal for a long time, and out of step with the rest of the state for almost its entire existence. Austin was pro-Union during the Civil War (as was Sam Houston), for example, while the rest of the state’s population was solidly Confederate.
First, the Hill Country (and Central Texas in general), where Austin is located, was settled not only by the more conservative Scotch-Irish who settled in the eastern parts of Texas most closely aligned with the Old South, but also by Germans, Czechs, and Poles, most of whom were differently educated than most Texans of the time, and many of whom were freethinkers (agnostics and atheists) who came to Texas to escape the political and religious tyranny of their homeland. There is even a monument to these freethinkers of the 1840s-1860s in my brother’s hometown of Comfort, Texas, which was for a long time the only atheist monument in America.
In addition, the state chose Austin as its capital and the home of its namesake university. (Texas A&M, built with the federal largesse of the land grant acts, is actually older than the University of Texas, but its original purpose was more narrowly focused.) The University of Texas, being one of the largest universities in the world in the 20th century, attracted an international academic crowd that was, typical for academia, more diverse in its beliefs and thus by necessity more tolerant of different ideas than would otherwise be the norm in a former slave state.
Then there was the Depression. Farmers and ranchers in west and central Texas were devastated by the Dust Bowl and the Depression, and FDR’s social programs were a lifeline to them. (In East Texas, on the other hand, Depression-era survivors I have met have described themselves as having never gone hungry, since you could just go down to the bayous and fish and hunt your fill.) Rural electrification of the Hill Country, brought to this part of the nation by LBJ, was another big government spending program that was incredibly popular. In one generation families went from barely eking out an existence in an almost medieval economy to joining the rest of the nation in the 20th century.
Then came the 1960s and 1970s. Over the 20th century, Austin had become a kind of capital for Texas artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and weirdos (remember “Slacker”?). During the 1960s especially, Austin was regarded as the only place in the South where liberals not only felt safe but were in the majority. Politicians and individuals could be openly liberal – radical by today’s standards – in Austin. Madalyn Murray O’Hair founded American Atheists in Austin in 1963 and went about her business largely unbothered, something that would not have been the case elsewhere in Texas. Janis Joplin, to cite one famous example, got her start in Austin after having been, in her mind at least, run out of Port Arthur. The Velvet Underground, too radical for even Californian sensibilities at the time, found Austin one of the few places in the country besides Boston where they were welcome, and Sterling Morrison left the band to teach English at UT. Austin was famous for public nudity at Hippie Hollow and (topless only) Barton Springs, and the Drag was the most famous entertainment district in Texas (later replaced by Sixth Street, the Warehouse District, and lately Rainey Street). It was no accident that Nashville rebels, led by Willie Nelson, relocated to Austin and created an entirely new form of country music there in the early 1970s. And in the late 1970s, Austin had more punks per square foot than any city in America, including New York.
This radicalism was not confined to politics and pop culture either. It was when he came to Austin in the 1970s and 1980s, coincidentally (or not), that John Wheeler at UT was putting forth questions and speculations about quantum physics that challenged the orthodoxy of the Copenhagen Interpretation and which continue to be hotly debated and researched to this day.
If anything, Austin has become significantly less liberal in recent years, even with – maybe especially with – the arrival of putatively liberal Californians (and their real estate spending power). It’s harder for artists and social activists to make a living or afford homes now; in one generation, Austin has gone from being one of the most affordable cities in Texas to the least. Increasingly, Austin’s liberalism is more and more of the limousine variety. But it’s still at odds with the rest of the state, and will likely remain that way.
If Texas’ four major cities were the Bass Brothers, Austin would be Ed – off doing his own thing in his own weird way. And that weirdness usually has a liberal bent.
The Eventual Takeover
In all but one of the last seven presidential elections, Republicans reportedly lost the popular vote. George W. Bush and Donald Trump won only by capturing narrow majorities in the Electoral College.
Hence the grand strategy of the left: to enlarge and alter the U.S. electorate so as to put victory as far out of reach for national Republicans as it is today for California Republicans, and to convert the GOP into America’s permanent minority party.
In the Golden State, Democrats control the governors’ chair, every elective state office, both U.S. Senate seats, 46 of 53 U.S. House seats and three-fourths of each house of the state legislature in Sacramento.
How does the left expect to permanently dispossess Middle America?
Let us count the ways.
In 2018, over 60 percent of Floridians voted to expand the electorate by restoring voting rights to 1.5 million ex-cons, all of Florida’s felons except those convicted of sex crimes and murder.
Florida gave Bush his razor-thin victory over Al Gore. Even though Trump didn’t lose Florida in 2020, he is still a one-term president. And if the GOP loses Florida indefinitely, the presidency is probably out of reach indefinitely.
Florida’s Amendment 4 was thus a great leap forward in the direction in which the republic was being taken. Gov. Terry McAuliffe of the swing state of Virginia restored voting rights to 156,000 felons by executive order in 2016, calling it his “proudest achievement.”
In California and Oregon, moves are afoot to reduce the voting age to 17 or 16. Understandable, as high schoolers are more enthusiastic about socialism.
Last year, a bold attempt was made by House Democrats to lower the U.S. voting age to 16. It failed — this time.
Some House Democrats apparently felt that with “Medicare-for-all” and the Green New Deal of Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez on the table, they would have enough progressive legislation to satisfy the socialist base.
Thanks to Gov. Jerry Brown, every adult citizen in California who gets or renews a driver’s license, gets a state ID card, or fills out a change of address form with the Department of Motor Vehicles is automatically registered to vote. Purpose: expand voter rolls to include those who have shown no interest in politics, so they can be located on Election Day and bused to the polls.
Ari Berman of Mother Jones wrote that Nancy Pelosi’s 700-page For the People Act that did pass the House contained “a slew of measures designed to expand voting rights, which … include nationwide automatic voter registration, Election Day registration, two weeks of early voting in every state … restoration of voting rights for ex-felons, and declaring Election Day a federal holiday.”
House Republicans offered an amendment to the bill with language that said, “allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.”
All but six Democrats voted against the GOP proposal.
The Democratic Party does not want to close the door to voting on migrants who broke our laws to get here and do not belong here, as these illegals would likely vote for pro-amnesty Democrats.
If the new U.S. electorate of, say, 2024, includes tens of millions of new voters —16- and 17-year-olds; illegal migrants; ex-cons; new legal immigrants from Asia, Africa and Latin America who vote 70 to 90 percent Democratic, the political future of America has already been determined.
California, here we come.
As a Democratic insurance policy, Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen has introduced a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College.
Some Republicans support statehood for Puerto Rico, which would add six electoral votes that would go Democratic in presidential elections about as often as Washington, D.C.’s three have, which is always.
Ben Franklin told the lady in Philadelphia, “We have a republic, if you can keep it.” Our elites today, however, ceaselessly celebrate “our democracy.”
Yet John Adams was not optimistic about such a political system: “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes exhausts and murders itself. There never was a Democracy yet, that did not commit suicide.”
Thomas Jefferson, a lifelong believer in a “natural aristocracy” among men, was contemptuous: “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51 percent of the people may take away the rights of the other 49.”
Madison wrote in Federalist 10, “democracies … have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”
If one day not far off, as seems probable, tax consumers achieve a permanent hegemony over the nation’s taxpayers, and begin to impose an equality of result that freedom rarely delivers, the question of who should choose the nation’s rulers will be tabled anew.
We do not select NFL coaches or corporate executives or college professors or generals or admirals by plebiscite. What is the empirical evidence that this is the best way to choose a president or commander in chief?
Peoples are wondering that the world over, as our democracy does not appear to be an especially attractive stock.
Houston Mayor Destroying Oil and Gas Industry
If you’ve been following President Joe Biden’s executive orders you already know Democrats are destroying jobs all across the country, including (and especially) here in the Lone Star State. And somehow Mayor Turner has managed to find a way to throw gas on the fire.
On June 28th, we got a big announcement from the Houston Mayor’s office. It seems our honorable Mayor Sylvester Turner has a new job.
Oh, you haven’t heard? I received the following email from Sylvester:
Today, Climate Mayors of America announced that Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will become the next Chair of the nationwide coalition.
Climate Mayors of America?! What the heck is that?!
In short, it’s exactly what it sounds like: a group of mayors from all over America who are 100% liberal democrats have agreed we need to stop consuming petroleum products and get more solar panels and unicorn-fart powered bicycles (or something like that). Their main goal is to somehow control weather by discouraging you from using oil & gas products. It’s printed all over their website and vividly explained in previous press releases.
In this role, Mayor Turner will help catalyze climate-forward actions taken at the local level, provide an example of climate action for leaders at all levels of government, and advocate for an economic recovery grounded in equity and environmental stewardship. Mayor Turner succeeds Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston, who President Joseph R. Biden nominated to serve as United States Secretary of Labor.
Equity! There’s that word again. Democrats in 2021 just love saying “equity” because they know it sounds like equality but it’s actually something else. I’m sure we all agree equality is great: with equality we each get the same chances in life. All men and women are created equal, right? But equity is different. Equity is an effort to give everyone the same outcome. Another word you might use to describe the concept is socialism or cultural Marxism.
So now Mayor Turner will be leading other mayors in a charge to use less of the thing that his city sells to the world: petroleum products. Liberals call them “Fossil fuels,” and they supply the world with life saving energy and medicine, among other things.
Again, the products Mayor Turner is discouraging people from using are the lifeblood of Houston’s economy. This is how we generate revenue. Good thinking, Sylvester! Who needs tax money when we’ve got unicorn farts and good intentions, right? People are losing jobs all over the place while crime spikes in the city and our mayor just became the leader of a group that’s primary focus is to crush our local economy. Never mind the fact that Houston is still trying to avoid a budget crisis caused by last year’s lockdown orders.
Mayor Sylvester Turner says, “I congratulate Mayor Walsh on his appointment and thank him for his work to prioritize climate change. It is an honor to succeed him as Chair of Climate Mayors… Cities are powerful drivers in the race against climate change. Mayors are investing in clean energy, greening our economies, and creating more sustainable and resilient communities across the U.S. The global pandemic has brought the connection between climate change and community health to the forefront of our cities and our society. With a new administration in the White House, Climate Mayors are prepared to lead swift, bold action on climate that will help our nation recover and build for a better future.”
Oh, that’s rich. Now we’re suddenly shifting focus to the climate crisis because the Democrats no longer want us to worry about the plandemic. Liberal elected officials in places like New Orleans, California, and Chicago are unlocking their economies now (just as Biden is taking over in DC) despite COVID infection numbers being just as high as ever . That’s gonna make Biden’s economic growth look great! Even still, the Left still needs a way to scare us, which is why they’re pivoting back to Climate Change rhetoric.
But wait, there’s more!
Mayor Turner has been a long-standing climate champion for the City of Houston, having served as Mayor during Hurricane Harvey and enduring multiple 500-year storms in just four years.
I know what you’re thinking. What does the hurricane have to do with anything Mayor Turner is mentioning in this press release? There’s no conclusive evidence that carbon emissions cause hurricanes, earthquakes, or tornadoes but they’re hoping you’re not smart enough to know better. We’ve had hurricanes in southeast Texas since centuries before we had the oil industry. But now people like Mayor Turner and national Climate Czar John Kerry are going to control the weather by taking away your jobs (and probably eventually raising taxes… we know it’s coming).
As part of the City’s recovery efforts, Mayor Turner launched Resilient Houston on February 12th, 2020, and the Houston Climate Action Plan on Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary on April 22nd, 2020. These critically important initiatives are focused on transitioning the Energy Capital of the World to a clean energy future and increasing the resilience of communities across the City, prioritizing health, job creation, equity, and sustainability.
Critically important? As a member of the local news media, I can assure you nobody thinks that stuff is critically important. If those things weren’t being mentioned in this press release, nobody would know that Earth Day (a holiday created by Ira Einhorn, the Unicorn Killer) was about to celebrate it’s 50th anniversary. This information affects almost nobody.
Under Mayor Turner’s leadership, the City of Houston has committed to purchasing 100% renewable energy and is the largest municipal user of renewable energy in the nation.
In other words, we’re going to stop giving money to the companies who do business in Houston.
As part of this effort, the City recently approved the Sunnyside Solar Project – a public-private partnership to convert a 240-acre closed landfill in one of Houston’s most vulnerable communities into the largest urban solar farm in the nation.
Oooh – a solar farm?! That sounds great! And it produces almost enough electricity to fuel a lightbulb, but at only 500 times the normal cost! Solar panels are great for helping to sustain a small rural community, but they aren’t going to help a city as large as Houston which is probably the reason only rich people can afford to buy solar panels.
In conjunction with his Complete Communities Initiative, the project is a prime example of how cities can work with the community to address long-standing environmental justice concerns holistically, create green jobs and generate renewable energy in the process.
You have to take note of the timing of all of this. We just shutdown the Keystone pipeline. That’s over 10,000 jobs (many previously held by Texans) that disappeared over night because of Joe Biden’s executive orders. And Mayor Turner endorsed him. We also just banned fracking on Federal land: something Biden promised not to do as recently as last October. Remember the presidential debate? And let’s not forget how Democrats also shut down the border wall construction project: more Texas contractor jobs gone to waste.
But now our mayor is the leader of a committee that’s chief goal is to destroy Houston’s economy.
Defunded Police Departments
Due to severe staffing shortages within the Austin Police Department, sworn police officers will stop responding to non-emergency calls starting next week.
Under the new policy, burglaries no longer in progress or collisions with no injury would not be cause for a 911 call. Instead, residents in Austin would call 311 and file a non-emergency report.
Amid nationwide protests seeking police reforms last summer, the Austin, Texas, city council decided to cut about one-third of its police budget – the largest cut of any major city in America.
Councilman Greg Cesar, a progressive who spearheaded the push to cut funding, said the vote offered a moment to “celebrate what the movement has achieved for safety, racial justice and democracy.”
But since the budget cut, Austin has gotten much less safe. According to statistics compiled by the data analysis firm AH Datalytics, the city has seen a nearly 71% increase in homicides over the past year. While homicides have increased nationwide since 2020, Austin’s increase is one of the largest the firm has tracked.
The funding cuts brought with them a series of changes to the Austin Police Department. Cadet classes were canceled, making it more difficult to bring more officers onto the force. Certain specialized units were cut back. Attrition soared. By May 2021, police staffing shortages led to a 30% increase in 911 response times.
“Recently, the Austin Police Department asked the public here to start calling 311 instead of 911 for a host of emergencies and certain crimes, citing, in part, the staffing shortage that they have. They just simply don’t have the manpower,” Lars Trautman, national director of Right on Crime, told Fox News.
In August, the council – under pressure from a rise in violent crime and a new state law that penalizes cities that defund the police – reversed course on its cuts, approving a substantial increase in police funding.
But activists at Save Austin Now think it’s too little, too late. They successfully worked to put a referendum, Proposition A, on the ballot, with a special election set for Tuesday. The measure would require the city to maintain two police officers per 1,000 residents (Austin is currently around 1.6), promote additional training and offer incentives to recruit officers who speak additional languages.
“People here locally do not want to fund defund-the-police efforts. They do not want to defund the police,” Save Austin Now co-founder Matt Mackowiak, who is also a long-time Republican activist, told Fox News.
It would be easy to think Save Austin Now is tilting at windmills, given that the city is known for its progressive values. But despite opposition from most local politicians and progressive activists, voters in the spring supported a ban on on homeless encampments – another Save Austin Now effort.
The battle lines around Proposition A are similarly drawn.
The Travis County Democratic Party and dozens of progressive organizations have formed No Way On Prop A, a coalition that argues that shifting tens of millions of dollars into police staffing and hiring would undermine other city priorities. Their signs, which dot left-leaning neighborhoods across Austin, implore voters to “protect Austin parks & libraries” by voting against the measure.
“What they are trying to do is create an unfunded mandate that … would then defund our schools, defund our libraries, defund our parks and EMS and fire,” Travis County Democratic Party chair Katie Narjanjo told Fox News.
There’s also the question of whether funding alone could solve the police staffing problems.
“APD has a hiring problem. They don’t have a funding problem,” Naranjo said. “And so I do support them being fully staffed. At the same time, they don’t need the additional officers or the additional funds if they can’t even staff the positions they have now.”
Recently, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office put up a billboard advertising a $15,000 signing bonus to lure Austin police officers away. Indeed, eastern Washington would likely offer a friendlier climate to officers than Austin, which saw substantial rioting aimed at officers in 2020. It’s not clear that handing the department a bigger budget would solve staffing problems alone if Austin’s political climate is seen as unfriendly to potential police recruits.
In early October, the Austin Firefighters Association came out against Proposition A. AFA President Bob Nicks is no anti-police ideologue. He is sympathetic to the police, and he told Fox News about how his own son, who is also a firefighter, was attacked with firecrackers during the anti-police riots.
But he worries the referendum would harm his department.
“The problem is the law is poorly written and will literally eviscerate other public safety entities,” Nicks said.
Donald Baker, the police association’s secretary, disagreed, arguing that there’s more than enough money in the budget to fund Proposition A.
“Will the city council have to look at some of their pet projects and some of their other discretionary spending and decide they want to put that money back into the police services? Yes, they will.” Baker said.
Virtually every Austin resident Fox News spoke with said violent crime was a problem, but they differed on whether beefing up the APD would make things better.
Debate around the role of policing amid a record jump in homicides is raging around the country.
Taxes On Unrealized Capital Gains
Tilman Fertitta, the owner of the Houston Rockets and several other businesses, warned during an interview this week that if Democrats pass a tax on unrealized capital gains that it would destroy capitalism in the United States.
Fertitta, who appeared on “Fox News Primetime” with host Brian Kilmeade, also weighed in on the supply chain crisis that is currently impacting consumers, saying that it was a contributing factor to surging inflation rates, adding, “we better get a hold of it quickly.”
Fertitta said that he has 4,000 openings across his numerous businesses, which span the restaurant and entertainment industries.
When asked about a supposed “billionaires tax,” Fertitta said that if it passes it will “make me not build as much because I won’t have the ability that creates so many more jobs.”
“And then you’re paying so many different taxes,” he continued. “Every employee pays payroll taxes, all your sales taxes, all the taxes they pay. It’s truly a mistake. It’s a social way of not doing things in this country. It’s the European way. Our great capitalism will slowly come to an end. And do I believe in taxes to make our country great? Absolutely. I don’t think a balance sheet billionaires tax is the way to do it. Do it on income. You can’t do it on balance sheets. It’ll never be right.”
While the state Capitol is occupied by mostly conservative lawmakers, the city is a liberal oasis in the reliably red Lone Star state.
Austin is the 12th most expensive U.S. city to move to, according to a recent study. Houston and Dallas are not far behind.
Living expenses for the average mover’s first month in the city was about $1,533. That number factors in the cost to rent a 1-bedroom apartment, set up a phone, food and drink, and transportation. Moving expenses to Austin averaged $805.82 (based on a 155-mile move), which is more than San Francisco by more than $60. (By the way, most locals blame people moving from California for the rising prices
The average apartment rent is expected to climb 11 percent by 2020, according to Austin Culturemap, from $1,189 in 2016 to $1,376 in 2020.
Thinking of buying a house? Be ready to pay the price. The median list price for a home in Austin has increased more than 78 percent since December 2011, going from $210,000 to $375,000 in December of 2016 according to Zillow.
Liberal Cities Drunk On Power With Coronavirus Restrictions
Austin and other liberal Texas cities are “drunk on power” as they continue with stricter coronavirus measures than those being implemented under state reopening orders, Texas Republican Rep. Lance Gooden stated last year in May.
In an interview on “Fox & Friends First,” Gooden said that the contrast between the message from state officials — including Republican Gov. Greg Abbott — and Democrat city officials has caused confusion among residents and business owners.
“The state has basically said, restaurants, businesses — they have the choice of whether or not to open up. But, the municipalities, the cities, they don’t have that choice. They have to let them do it,” Gooden stated.
“And, in liberal cities like Austin, you’ve got mayors who are just drunk on power. They’ve got their plastic bag bans, they’ve got homeless roaming the streets, and have said that they can sleep anywhere on the sidewalks, and they love implementing [policies] that would never ever pass in the statehouse,” he remarked.
“And, that’s what we have here.”
Abbott had announced another set of reopening plans after allowing the partial reopening of a number of businesses across industries, including restaurants, retailers, and hair salons.
Originally, Abbott said bars would also get the green light by mid-May, but ended up putting a pause on setting a date, saying he needed more information from experts to figure out how to reopen them “safely”.
Gooden said that city leaders were reporting they were in compliance with the state’s reopening guidelines, but failed to measure extra directives that were issued to businesses.
“We’re talking about underhanded tactics like forcing restaurants to keep these tabs on patrons. No one’s going to go to a restaurant and say, ‘Here’s my address. I’ll have the hamburger,'” he exclaimed. “And then, you’re shaming these restaurants and scaring them with threats such as ‘we’ll put your name up’ and ‘we’ll make sure the city knows that you’re not following…protocol.’ It’s stuff like that that the attorney general said, ‘This is ridiculous; we’ve got to put this out.'”
Gooden pointed out that while not every large city in Texas has gone rogue, the more liberal cities love to play politics “in the name of science.”
Rigged Voting Machines
A so-called computer “glitch” in the voting machines flipping votes during the 2020 US Elections caused a major controversy. The source and ownership of the voting machines used in the elections has become an urgent issue because of real fears that hackers, whether foreign or domestic, might tamper with the mechanics of the voting system. However, insiders and investigators at GreatGameIndia, along with various investigators found that the vendors, not hackers may actually be behind the rigging. One of the vendors, a Denver-based Canadian Crown Agent company Dominion Voting Systems has a long history of allegation of election rigging and interference in elections of various nations, including census data theft in India and interference in US Elections of 2020.
Numerous allegations of a computer glitch switching votes were raised in November. A so-called computer ‘glitch’ in one of Michigan’s counties has led to 6,000 votes switching from President Trump to Joe Biden. It was revealed in Georgia that the “glitch” was caused not by hackers but by the vendor itself uploading a piece of software at the last minute.
As reported by Politico:
A technology glitch that halted voting in two Georgia counties on Tuesday morning was caused by a vendor uploading an update to their election machines the night before, a county election supervisor said.
Voters were unable to cast machine ballots for a couple of hours in Morgan and Spalding counties after the electronic devices crashed, state officials said. In response to the delays, Superior Court Judge W. Fletcher Sams extended voting until 11 p.m.
The machines belonged to a company called Dominion Voting Systems. Dominion Software is used in 47 US states including all of the battleground states or swing states. This has forced the Head of the Republican Party demanding an additional 47 counties be recounted after the fix since these 47 counties also use the same Dominion software.
Dominion Voting Systems Under Scrutiny
The Dominion Voting Systems, which has been used in multiple states where fraud has been alleged in the 2020 U.S. Election, was rejected three times by data communications experts from the Texas Secretary of State and Attorney General’s Office for failing to meet basic security standards.
In Dec 2019, Dominion Voting Systems came under scrutiny for its suspicious operations and hidden ownership.
The source of the nation’s voting machines has become an urgent issue because of real fears that hackers, whether foreign or domestic, might tamper with the mechanics of the voting system.
That has led to calls for ES&S and its competitors, Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems and Austin, Texas-based Hart Intercivic, to reveal details about their ownership and the origins of the parts, some of which come from China, that make up their machines.
Chinese Parts In Dominion Voting Machines
In January, U.S. lawmakers expressed concern about foreign involvement through these companies’ creation and oversight of U.S. election equipment. Top executives from the three major companies were grilled by both Democratic and Republican members of the U.S. House Committee on House Administration about the integrity of their systems. CEO of Dominion Voting Systems revealed that they rely heavily on Chinese parts because there is no alternative.
Dominion Voting Systems CEO John Poulos and Hart InterCivic President Julie Mathis said their companies use Chinese-made LCD screen components, chip capacitors and resistors, arguing that in some cases there’s no option for manufacturing those parts in the United States.
“We would welcome guidelines and best practices from the committee and from the federal government,” Poulos said. “This is not a problem that’s unique to the election industry.”
Clinton Foundation’s DELIAN Project
The Dominion Voting Systems is tied to the Clinton Global Initiative through the DELIAN Project. According to the Clinton Foundation website:
In 2014, Dominion Voting committed to providing emerging and post-conflict democracies with access to voting technology through its philanthropic support to the DELIAN Project, as many emerging democracies suffer from post-electoral violence due to the delay in the publishing of election results. Over the next three years, Dominion Voting will support election technology pilots with donated Automated Voting Machines (AVM), providing an improved electoral process, and therefore safer elections.
Further, in 2015 Washington Post reported that Dominion Voting Systems donated between $25,001 and $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
Dominion “got into trouble” with several subsidiaries it used over alleged cases of fraud. One subsidiary is Smartmatic, a company “that has played a significant role in the U.S. market over the last decade,” according to a report published by UK-based AccessWire.
Litigation over Smartmatic “glitches” alleges they impacted the 2010 and 2013 mid-term elections in the Philippines, raising questions of cheating and fraud. An independent review of the source codes used in the machines found multiple problems, which concluded, “The software inventory provided by Smartmatic is inadequate, … which brings into question the software credibility,” ABS-CBN reported.
The Fight Against the Deranged Left
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is ramping up his campaign for reelection by touting his conservative credentials, warning against a “socialist” takeover and raising money in anticipation of a bruising 2022 battle with former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
Abbott crystalized his strategy in a Tuesday telethon-styled fundraiser that masqueraded as a town hall meeting.
His message as he pleaded for campaign cash: The socialists are coming.
“Whichever socialist they put up, we’re going to defeat,” Abbott said. “We’re fighting against more than just people on the other side; we’re fighting an ideology, an ideology that is trying to ruin Texas and ruin the United States of America. And it’s a fight that I can’t wage alone.”
Though he’s taken some hits during the past year over the deadly winter storm and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, Abbott is in a strong position for reelection, analysts said.
But the governor, a former attorney general and state Supreme Court justice, has routinely made moves to shore up his standing with conservative activists, while hoping to continue to have the resources to fend off a general election challenge.
The 2022 reelection campaign is shaping up to be different from any campaign Abbott has staged. He faces opposition in the GOP primary from former state Sen. Donald Huffines of Dallas. And former Texas Republican Party Chairman Allen West is expected to announce his campaign against Abbott when he addresses next month’s Conservative Political Action Conference meeting in Dallas.
The idea among like-minded, anti-Abbott activists appears to be forcing the governor into a runoff and hope his popularity declines.
Huffines said he’s the true conservative in the race and that Abbott stole from him the idea of building a wall along the state’s border with Mexico.
“Abbott has had six years to secure our open border and only now is expressing an interest in taking action because he is facing a serious primary challenger — making his new-found stance on border security politically convenient,” Huffines said in a statement. “Texans are not ignorant. They know if Abbott wanted to secure the border he would have done so a long time ago.”
The left is pulling out all the stops to fight common-sense reforms such as requiring voter ID and ensuring campaign operatives can’t intimidate voters who use absentee ballots. From comparing reforms to segregationist Jim Crow laws to calling reformers racists, the left has baselessly accused conservatives of pushing laws that deliberately make it harder for minorities to vote while touting themselves as the new incarnation of the 1960s civil rights movement.
We’ve heard Vice President Harris compare Democrat legislators who fled Texas to avoid voting on election reforms to the Selma civil rights marchers of 1965, without, of course, mentioning that instead of facing fire hoses and police batons, they’re flying chartered jets, staying at nice hotels, and going to elite cocktail parties in Washington. Trying to play up these absurd comparisons to true heroes, the Texas legislators twice broke into spontaneous renditions of the civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome” in front of TV cameras, except they botched that too, singing “We Will Overcome.”
But the attacks on legitimate election reforms aren’t just happening with Texas. A few months ago, Georgia, Arizona, and several other states were targets. As I stated, these attacks are about more than just opposing election reforms. Here’s how they are a Trojan horse to get rid of the Senate filibuster:
- Average American citizens — Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike — realize there are serious issues with the way elections are handled and have lost confidence in many of their outcomes.
- Conservatives and centrists in several states have responded by passing election reforms that provide greater election security and reduce the potential for fraud and mismanagement. Many reforms also expand early voting and other voter conveniences (quite the opposite of the so-called voter suppression conservatives are being accused of engaging in).
- Many Democratic politicians oppose these reforms. Democrats at the federal level have devised legislation that would allow the federal government to take over elections and make it illegal for states to do things like require voter ID, ensure that noncitizens don’t vote, and crosscheck voter rolls to make sure people can’t vote twice in two different states.
- Democrats realize they can’t get 60 votes in the Senate to stop a filibuster and pass these election takeover bills or most of the other unwise and dangerous legislation they want to pass. But if they could get rid of the filibuster, they would only need 50 votes.
- So, Democrats and their allies have been attacking the state election reforms as racist voter suppression. President Joe Biden even claimed that state reforms are “the worst challenge to our democracy since the Civil War.” The left is now calling for the federal government to step in just as it did during the 1960s civil rights movement — this time, taking over elections from the states. But they complain to the American people that they don’t have the votes to achieve this “great good” as long as the filibuster exists. It has to go.
If the left kills the filibuster, it can pass virtually all of its agenda with just 50 Democrat votes. The door would be wide open for passing not only an election takeover but things like the economy-destroying Green New Deal; the repeal of the 2017 tax cuts that saw even the lowest income earners taking home bigger paychecks; “free” taxpayer-funded college tuition; packing the Supreme Court to increase the likelihood that its decisions are pleasing to the party in power; and so much more.
These politicians aren’t fighting for civil rights. They are fighting for their own power, and they are working to convince people they are the good guys while shamelessly hijacking the mantle of the civil rights movement to do it.