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Wednesday, November 30 - 9:15amSanction this postReply
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Like so many things in modern-day, American politics it is worthwhile to apply an understanding of the mindset of the progressives.  Their mindset starts from that basic 'moral' principle that the end justifies the means. 

 

We look at voting as a political mechanism that helps to institute the principle of the individual being soveriegn and the government being run by and for the individuals.  Progressives see the vote as a mechanism to be manipulated for taking more control and acquiring more power.  The unstated progressive goal is one where the government is soveriegn and the individuals are doing what they are told. 

 

We see the exercise of the vote as an imperfect method where individuals express their political choices and as something that should go on forever.  Progressives would eventually abolish it (or make it an empty facade, like a vote in the old USSR) as soon as their elites held sufficient, centralized power. 

 

We look for justice and fairness and the orderly execution of the proper laws in the exercise of the vote.  Progressives look for ways to disguise purposefully created biases in the exercise of the vote.  What we see as hypocrisy in calling for one person, one vote, while encouraging multiple votes if they are for the progressive candidate, is the simple progressive play-book in action: create a facade, a false front, and behind it, do whatever you can get away with to move towards the goal of total power over all things being centralized and in the hands of progressive elites.

 

Dishonesty is at the heart of all things progressive.  Dishonesty is where they gain their greatest day to day advantage, but in the end, it is the greatest weakness (because when a sufficient portion of the population see the degree of dishonesty inherent in progressivism, it collapses).



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Wednesday, November 30 - 9:36amSanction this postReply
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What is the best way to verify United States citizenship and enforce its verification for all persons casting ballots?



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Wednesday, November 30 - 10:35amSanction this postReply
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Luke, maybe someone else here could say what mechanism would be best for determining valid citizenship.... I don't know. 

 

But one problem is that some states, and some voting precincts don't want to enforce any rule that requires a voter to be a citizen, or even to be registered, or even to be who they say they are. 

 

I'd think that the first step would be a voting rights law (protecting the votes of those who are citizens) that mandates conditions for federal elections.  I believe that everyone should vote on the same day - no early voting.  That it is the governments obligation to have enough polling places to ensure that the lines don't get too long.  That registration has be be completed at least 60 days before the day of the vote.  That the state be required to validate each registration (How?  Don't know).  That there be no absentee ballots or mail-in ballots - those are too easy to scam.  The military can set up polling places on base even with foriegn deployments or vessels at sea.  The vote should taken on a week-day and it should be declared a national holiday (except, perhaps, for the military).  I have no problem with making each citizen acquire a form of identification that is adequate because the goal is to ensure honest votes are not wiped out by dishonest votes.  The purpose of voting is not to make it as easy as getting fried chicken from a take-out joint.  There should be effective, ongoing investigations into the honesty of the voting procedure to find any flaws or violations and criminals should be pursued agressively.  That's my two cents.

 

If I had it my way there would be some mechanism to separate out the low-information voters.  There is something absolutely insane about our elections being decided by people who tend to know almost nothing, and haven't made up their minds till the day before they vote.  The least knowledgable amoung us are chosing those who make and enforce the laws we all have to live by! 

 

Maybe a certification course would be the way to go.  The curicula would be public - visible to the whole nation to minimize the chance of it becoming a tool of the right or left.  It would teach (and then test on) the nature of a constitutional republic, the constitution, the theory of limited government, etc.  Maybe at that voter certification course the individuals would make application for a citizenship card - a card that certifies that they are a citizen, that this has been verified in some fashion, and that they have satisfactorily completed the course.  If one is a social conservative, a progressive, a socialist, a libertarian, or whatever, they should understand the basic principles upon which we were founded, even if they disagree with them, before they cast votes that determine our political future.  No one would be forced to take the course, but without the certification card, they would not be permitted to vote.  Unless one is an idiot, they get some training (and certification) to go swimming around under water with a tank of compressed air.  But to participate in steering the nation we have let progressives engineer things like drive-thru motor vehicle department voter registration, getting automatically registered at the same time a person gets a driver's licence, registration and voting at the same time at rock concerts, voting with absolutely no check on who you are and with electronic voting machines where no record of the vote (beyond the count) is kept.



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Wednesday, November 30 - 11:38amSanction this postReply
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We require immigrants to pass basic civics exams to become citizens.  I would like to abolish "natural born" citizenship altogether in favor of "earned" citizenship through the passing of that same exam rigor whether born in the United States or not.  All others would be "residents" rather than "citizens" and have consequential restrictions on legal rights.  This would require a constitutional amendment.  Good luck with that.



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Wednesday, November 30 - 12:46pmSanction this postReply
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Luke, I agree. 

 

Being born here shouldn't mean anything by itself.  But being born to a couple, at least one of whom is a citizen, would entitle the person to sit for the exam to go from legal resident to citizen.  Everyone would have to start at that same place.

 

Step 1 is the same:  Education of a significant number of Americans about the nature of progressivism.  That makes possible steps 2 through n.  And fixing some of the things in the constitution not only can't be done right now, but shouldn't be attempted till more of the population understand and support individual rights and capitalism.



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Thursday, December 1 - 4:42amSanction this postReply
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Meanwhile:

 

The Real Reason Hillary Asked for a Recount

 

Part of the answer is that people close to Hillary — Huma Abedin, Chelsea Clinton, and Sidney Blumenthal — encouraged her to ask for a recount as a way of lifting her spirits.  ...  "She is weepy, looks 10 years older and is very whiny," said one of Hillary's closest friends. "She has been drinking wine pretty heavily, much more than usual. ... She mopes around all day, swimming in a sea of recriminations and complaining that her campaign managers were 'incompetent,' Bill and Chelsea 'didn't work hard enough,' FBI Director Comey was 'in league with Trump.'"



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