Barack Obama’s Issues Are America’s Issues

Because Americans need to know more about the many scandals to which President Barack Obama and members of his administration are connected, I decided to share this slightly-modified version of a believable conversation that’s been floating around the web.  Please read and share!

Barack Obama Caricature by Political GraffitiBob: “Hey Jim, did you hear about the Obama administration scandal?”
Jim: “You Mean the Mexican gun running?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean SEAL Team 6?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Obama saying ObamaCare would save the average family $2,500 on their premiums?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Forcing business owners to violate their religious beliefs by making them pay for drugs that abort the unborn?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Violating the rights and sanctity of our churches?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Spending $634 million on the ObamaCare website that doesn’t work?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Obama calling for an increase in the debt ceiling after he lambasted President Bush for the very same thing?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Obama having NSA spy on 124 billion phone calls in one month?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Saddling our kids with $17 trillion in debt which they can never get out of?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Bailing out Detroit after decades of corrupt Democratic management?”

Justice for ChristopherBob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the State Department lying about Benghazi?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean voter fraud?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Intentionally trying to hurt Americans during the sequester?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Blocking veterans who secured our freedoms from their monuments but giving the ‘green light’ for illegals to use National Mall?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Denying school kids the ability to tour the White House but still spending lavishly on his parties?”

"Healthscare" by Political GraffitiBob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean Obama saying we can keep our doctors and insurance if we want to?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the military not getting their votes counted?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The NSA monitoring foreign diplomats?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the use of drones in our own country without the benefit of the law?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Giving A123 Systems $300 million right after it declared bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the president arming the Muslim Brotherhood?”

Bob: “No the other one.”
Jim: “The IRS targeting conservatives?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The DOJ spying on the press?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Sebelius shaking down health insurance executives?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean Obama spending $3.7 trillion on welfare during the past five years?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Giving Solyndra $500 million dollars three months before they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought the company?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything else?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Millions of Americans losing their health care coverage?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Forcing Americans to include coverage in their insurance policies of items they do not want?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Ordering the release of nearly 10,000 illegal immigrants from jails and prisons, and falsely blaming the sequester?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Denying Arizona the right to protect its borders?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Providing weapons to Syrian rebels, many of whom apparently are al-Queda”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The president’s repeated violation of the law requiring him to submit a budget no later than the first Monday in February?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The 2012 vote where 115% of all registered voters in some counties voted 100% for Obama?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The president’s unconstitutional recess appointments in an attempt to circumvent the Senate’s advise-and-consent role?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The State Department interfering with an Inspector General investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Clinton, the IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The President using nearly $1 trillion dollars of stimulus money to fund his cronies?”

Judge Fast and Furious Holder 9-30-13Bob: “No, the other one”
Jim: “You mean ‘Fast & Furious?’”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “I give up! … Oh wait, I think I got it! You mean that 65 million low-information voters who don’t pay taxes and get free stuff from taxpayers and stuck us again with the most pandering, corrupt administration in American history?”


Hat tip:  2 Million Bikers to DC on Facebook

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Obama Supporter Involved in Online Comment Controversy

A Barack Obama supporter in North Carolina admitted to me this afternoon that he wrote a now-controversial Facebook comment in which he stated that he had already voted four times and was planning to vote a fifth.  During the same conversation, however, he steadfastly denied having violated election laws or having plans to do so.

I became aware of the comment authored by someone named Jim Turner after a conservative blog with which I am not very familiar published a post featuring a captured image of the comment, the text of which appears below (minus names of the actual towns he named):

I have voted once in (name of town #1), once in (name of town #2), twice in  (name of town #3) and will vote in my precinct in (name of town #4), I will do whatever it takes to save our country from the world envisioned by Mitt and his fear mongering followers.  I do not want my granddaughter to have to re-fight the battles won by women 40 years ago or to make less than my grandson for performing the same work he does.  This election is not about taxing the wealthy.  It is about the American spirit and caring for our fellow man.  Let’s continue to move forward, not slip in the dark past.

Above the image was a link to the Facebook page of the Jim Turner alleged to be behind the comments.  When I visited that page, I found no evidence of the controversial  comment but did read a comment containing words that seemed to reference the controversial comment.  The words that appeared in the second comment are shown below:

“I posted a comment to Jami’s page earlier today and it now lives in cybersomewhere.  I can’t seem to get with the whole facebook thing.  I made bold comments on the future of my grandchildren under a Romney presidency and now it is gone.  I think my comments were deleted as part of a conspiracy inspired by some who see our national glass as half empty.”

When I looked for someone named Jami on the aforementioned Facebook page of Jim Turner in North Carolina, I found a “friend” by that name but nothing in the form of any recent, publicly-visible posts or comments by anyone named Jim Turner.

Still curious to learn more about this particular Jim Turner, I searched for him by name and city, careful to confirm that any address shown for him was also the address listed for his wife, a woman he describes in a section of his Facebook page as his “high school sweetheart.”  I was amazed at what turned up.

By clicking on one of the search results, I was lead to an Obama campaign website where I found this statement:  “Join us at the home of Jim and (wife’s name) Turner to make calls that will help re-elect President Obama.”  Below the statement was contact information(i.e., home address and phone number) for Jim Turner and his wife.

After I confirmed that the phone number shown matched one I had found on an online phone directory, I used it to try reaching Jim Turner.  After several tries today, I finally reached him at approximately 2:45 p.m. Central.

As stated above, the Jim Turner with whom I spoke admitted to writing the controversial comment but vehemently denied having actually voted more than once or having plans to do so.  When I changed the subject and asked if he and his wife have hosted any phone bank sessions for the Obama re-election effort, he politely ended our two-minute phone conversation without answering that question.

Editor’s Note:  Turner told me he has received death threats as a result of this controversy.  Because I do not condone death threats or harassment of any sort, I removed several links and other information from this piece so as to make it more difficult for anyone wishing to do harm to Turner to reach such an objective.

“BY HOOK OR BY CROOK” UPDATE 11/03/2012 at 7:36 p.m. Central:  NAACP operatives invade polling station in Houston.

“BY HOOK OR BY CROOK UPDATE 11/04/2012 at 8:16 a.m. Central:  538′s Nate Silver predicts Obama win.

UPDATE 11/04/2012 at 1:03 p.m. Central:  It appears that more than one news outlet has let the “genie” out of the bottle; therefore, I’m offering links to their stories here, here and here.  Note, my story is the only one that mentions the phone bank angle.

UPDATE 11/04/2012 at 9:17 p.m. Central:  So many conservative sites are sharing news about Jim Turner, but I remain the only one to share news about him hosting phone bank sessions for the Obama re-election campaign.  Now, I’ve added the photo above with Turner’s address and phone blocked out.

UPDATE:  Turner was cleared of wrongdoing, according to this report.

Bob McCarty is the author of “Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice,” a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including His second book, “The CLAPPER MEMO,” is set for release this fall.

Dead People Receive Ballots in New Hampshire

Opportunities for election fraud that stem from prospective voters not having to show identification in order to obtain ballots are not limited to cities like Chicago and St. Louis.  Now, it seems “dead” people in every city and town in New Hampshire can play that game.

Yesterday, reporters from Project Veritas walked into several New Hampshire polling locations during the presidential primaries and, without being required to provide identification of any sort, used the names of dead people to obtain ballots for voting.  The video, Dead People Receive Ballots in New Hampshire (above), appears as Part One of the group’s latest investigative series.

In each case, the video shows reporters working for James O’Keefe‘s organization were able to state the name of a dead person — some who had been Republicans, others Democrats — obtained from obituaries that appeared in New Hampshire newspapers.  In almost every case, they were able to obtain a ballot for voting purposes soon after.

Wow!  Can’t wait to see Part Two.

The ‘Scoop’ On Barack Obama’s True Identity

By Paul R. Hollrah, Guest Blogger

Since the day that Barack Obama burst onto the national scene, there has been much speculation about his true identity… who and what he is and where he came from. These are odd questions to be asking about a mysterious man who sits in the White House, signing laws and appointing dangerous left-wing ideologues to the federal bench… his finger on the nuclear button.

One of the most interesting speculations about Obama centers on his Social Security number, 042-XX-XXXX, a number which, according to Social Security Administration procedure, was reserved for a card holder who resided in the State of Connecticut… a place Obama has never lived.

One report has the holder of the Obama SSN residing or working at the following Chicago addresses: 180 N. LaSalle Street, 5046 S. Greenwood Avenue, 5450 S. East View Park, 5429 S. Harper Avenue, 5324 S. Kimbark Avenue, and 7436 S. Euclid Avenue.   However, the holder of that SSN is also reported to have resided at 365 Broadway in Somerville, Mass., and 300 Massachusetts Ave. NW, in Washington, D.C.

If the Social Security number is, in fact, the number that Obama has used throughout his adult life, the associated addresses are all within reason. Obama spent a number of years in South Chicago working as a community rabble-rouser and later attended Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass., just south of Somerville.  He may also have rented an apartment at 300 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, in Washington, D.C., just blocks from the U.S. Capitol.

However, the mystery of Obama’s Social Security number took an interesting turn recently when Susan Daniels, a Cleveland, Ohio private investigator, discovered that the Social Security number in question was originally issued to a Connecticut resident who was born in 1890 and who applied for an Social Security number in or around March 1977.

Other investigators report that the Social Security number in question was issued to a man named Jean Paul Ludwig who was born in France Feb. 17, 1890 and who came to the U.S., via Ellis Island, Aug. 12, 1924. After arriving in the U.S., he was employed in Washington, D.C., by U.S. Sen. David Reed (R-Pa.), helping the senator translate his French language texts to English.  Other than those sketchy details, not much is known about Ludwig’s life except that he moved to Hawaii late in life and died in Honolulu, apparently intestate, in June 1981, at age 91.

Needless to say, in the absence of a complete and thorough investigation, this raises some very interesting, and very serious, questions. For example:

If a man named Ludwig arrived in the United States in 1924, at age 34, and lived all of his adult life in the United States, why did he wait until 1977, when he was 87 years old, to apply for a Social Security number?  And if Ludwig, or another 87-year-old person, was assigned the number 042-XX-XXXX in 1977, how did Obama manage to obtain the same number… given that the Social Security Administration never issues the same number to two people?

Allow me to engage in some unproven but highly-plausible speculation… speculation that Oliver Stone, who produced JFK and Nixon, might wish to turn into a movie titled, Obama.

In 1967, when Obama was just six years old, he and his mother moved from Honolulu to Jakarta with her second husband, Lolo Soetoro, a citizen of Indonesia.  Upon arriving in Jakarta, it was time for Obama to be enrolled in school.  However, since the Indonesians did not recognize dual citizenship and required all students to be citizens of Indonesia, Obama was adopted by his stepfather… losing his U.S. citizenship and acquiring Indonesian citizenship in the process.

Then, in 1971 or 1972, when Obama was ten years old and his mother’s second marriage had failed, she returned him to Hawaii to live with his grandparents, Stanley and Madelyn Dunham.  It was there he completed his primary and secondary school education at an expensive private prep school, the Punahou School, in Honolulu.

Of course, that raises the question: since his grandparents were not wealthy, why did they not send him to a public school? Was he sent to Punahou, because public schools in Honolulu required documents such as birth certificates, passports, visas, and power of attorney signed by his mother… documents Obama may not have possessed… while entrance to Punahou, with scholarship assistance, was possible on the basis of competitive testing alone?

Then, during his teen years, sometime between 1977 and 1979, Obama wished to earn a bit of spending money or college money.  This presented the Dunhams with a bit of a dilemma.  The 16-year-old grandson who lived with them was no longer a U.S. citizen; he was a citizen of Indonesia and was not in possession of a valid U.S. passport or a Social Security number. They were aware that it was possible to purchase a bogus Social Security card off the “street,” but they hesitated to engage in that sort of illegal conduct.

Instead, as a vice president of the Bank of Hawaii, Obama’s grandmother had access to Social Security information on depositors and Honolulu residents that was not available to ordinary citizens. Sorting through bank records and the Social Security database, she found a new Social Security account belonging to an 87-year-old Honolulu resident, Jean Paul Ludwig, who had recently arrived in Hawaii and who had paid nothing into the Social Security System during his entire working career.  As such, he had no hope of ever receiving any form of Social Security benefits.

How could an 87-year-old man exist in the U.S. for more than 50 years without ever registering with the Social Security Administration? It’s easy.  As a French-English interpreter, he simply operated on a cash basis, without ever paying federal or state income taxes, and paying no F.I.C.A. taxes.  This made Ludwig the perfect target for identity theft because, even if he learned that someone else was using his Social Security number, there was not much he could do about it without exposing himself.  The criminal penalties and the tax liabilities he would incur made it highly unlikely that he would ever register a complaint.

If Ludwig died in Honolulu, intestate, in June 1981, and if his death was never reported to the Social Security Administration by family members seeking benefits, the Social Security account would have remained active. And once he was dead and gone, an identity thief had nothing more to fear about using the stolen Social Security number.  He would only have to be very careful to conceal his true identity for the rest of his life.  He could never put himself in a position where he might trigger an investigation into the details of his Social Security number.

So, when Obama went to work for Baskin-Robbins in Honolulu sometime between 1977 and 1979, he would have been required to enter a Social Security number on his job application. Did he apply for a Social Security card?  I would guess that he didn’t.  If he had no birth certificate, and if he was traveling either on a void American passport or a valid Indonesian passport, the complications of applying for reinstatement as a U.S. citizen were far too daunting.  I would speculate that when he filled out his Baskin-Robbins job application he simply pulled from his pocket the slip of paper that his grandmother had given him and copied the number 042-XX-XXXX into the appropriate box.

Donald Trump has said that his private investigators in Hawaii and elsewhere “can’t believe what they’re finding.” If they really want to earn their money they’ll do a bit of investigating at the Baskin-Robbins corporate headquarters in Canton, Massachusetts.  If they find that, at some time between 1977 and 1979, Baskin-Robbins employed an 88- or 89-year-old ice cream scooper named Barack Hussein Obama at one of their stores in Honolulu, then we will know for certain that the man who now resides in the White House is a felony identity thief… among other things.

And, if the Baskin-Robbins archives are complete, except for job applications from a single store in Honolulu covering the years 1977-79, then they will know that the Obama “scrubbing” team got there before them.

Admittedly, much of what I have written is speculation, but it is informed speculation that deserves further investigation.  What is not open to speculation is that Obama is using a Social Security number first assigned to a Connecticut resident in 1977… a man born in 1890.  Susan Daniels, P.I., has established that fact and I trust the work she has done, although she is now of the opinion that Obama had a different Social Security number as a teenager and only began using the stolen number during his college years.  Since the use of a Social Security number issued to another person equates to identity theft, it deserves to be investigated and prosecuted.

But who is to investigate and prosecute the crime?  The Republicans who control the House of Representatives tremble at the thought of impeaching Obama because he is a black man, while those in the Department of Justice with the responsibility for enforcing our laws work for Eric Holder, Obama’s Attorney General, the most corrupt man ever to serve in that office.

We are now just seventeen months away from the 2012 general election, so it is important that we all remember this: Friends don’t allow friends to drink and drive… nor do they allow them to vote Democratic.  Once Obama is out of the Oval Office, he must be arrested and prosecuted.

Paul R. Hollrah

Hollrah is a senior fellow at the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a contributing editor for Family Security Matters and a number of online publications.  He resides in northeast Oklahoma.

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Conservative Forced Out of Public Meeting

Adam Sharp of found out freedom of speech isn’t so free when your point of view conflicts with those holding a public meeting in a public facility with at least one public official present.

Sharp had the nerve to ask thought-provoking questions of people attending a public meeting attended by a representative from the office of Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster in a public library April 17, and that got him kicked out of the meeting by a man in uniform who appears to be a St. Louis police officer.

The host of the meeting was Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), a group formed as a reconstituted version of the controversial Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN).

Heaven knows, left-wing radicals who meet to discuss, among other things, squatting in foreclosed homes don’t want to answer questions that force them to consider the lunacy of their actions.  And what was the AG’s rep doing there?  Strange.

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Oklahoma Leads Way in Election Law Reform

By Paul R. Hollrah, Guest Blogger

Paul R. Hollrah

When I first moved to Oklahoma from New York in 1963, Tulsa was known far and wide as the Oil Capital of the World.  Other than possessing more miles of lake frontage than any other state in the nation, Oklahoma was not among the nation’s leaders in any other category, with one possible exception: the state could easily have won the title of Vote Fraud Capital of the World.

While attending my very first political meeting in September 1963, I learned how Oklahoma elections were won and lost.  I learned, for instance, that in forty-four of the state’s seventy-seven counties, there was no such thing as a secret ballot on Election Day. Since statehood in 1907, Democrats has systematically denied voters the right to a secret ballot; there were no voting booths and no voting machines.  Voter intimidation was widespread.

Between 1963 and the fall of 1966, I organized and led a statewide election reform program called “Operation: Secret Ballot.” Over a period of months in the summer and fall of 1966, using donated funds, all volunteer labor, and a borrowed West Tulsa factory building, we built enough voting booths to supply from 800 to 1,000 precincts.  And when we had threats on our lives if we attempted to deliver voting booths to some rural counties, the Oklahoma National Guard provided troops and trucks to make the deliveries.

In the 1966 general election, with our voting booths in use all across the state and Democrats afraid not to use them, we elected the state’s second Republican governor and the state’s first Republican attorney general.  It was the biggest dose of political reform in state history and a major factor in the political renaissance that has made Oklahoma one of the reddest of red states. Now, some 45 years later, all of that is in the past and Oklahoma has become the national model for anti-fraud legislation.

For example, Oklahoma law now provides that each person appearing to vote “shall provide proof of identity,” where “proof of identity” is defined as a document that shows the name and photograph of the person to whom the ID was issued, an expiration date, and the identity of the issuing authority… the United States government, the State of Oklahoma, or the government of a federally recognized Indian tribe or nation.  If a person declines or is unable to provide proof of identity, the voter may sign a statement, under oath, affirming that he/she is the person listed on the precinct registry.  False swearing or affirming under oath is a felony crime.

Oklahoma State Capitol

Like most other states, Oklahoma has had difficulties with absentee ballot fraud.  In one rural county, a single “mobile notary public service” requested and received 250 absentee ballots in one election.  Under a new section of Oklahoma law, “Any person who knowingly executes a false application for an absentee ballot shall be guilty of a felony.”

In 2004, the New York Daily News reported the results of a study which showed that some 46,000 people, more than 70 percent of them Democrats, were registered to vote in both New York City and in Florida.  Only 12 percent were Republicans.  Researching previous elections, the Daily News found well over 400 voters who had voted in both New York and Florida in the 2000 general election… a Florida election that George W. Bush won by just 537 votes.

Oklahoma law now provides that, if a registered voter who has requested an absentee ballot attempts to vote in person on election day, that voter is required to sign an affidavit swearing or affirming that he/she did not cast the requested absentee ballot and is, therefore, entitled to vote in person.  Falsely signing such an affidavit under oath is a felony crime.

Under amendments passed by the Republican-controlled legislature and signed into law by former Democratic Governor Brad Henry, Oklahoma election laws were substantially strengthened, effective January 1, 2011:

  • Under Section 16-102 of the law, “Any person who votes more than once at any election, who votes in a precinct after having transferred voter registration to a new precinct, or who, knowing that he or she is not eligible to vote at an election, willfully votes at said election, shall be guilty of a felony.”
  • Also under Section 16-102, “Any uniformed or overseas voter who willingly votes and submits an absentee ballot later than the day of the election, and any person who knowingly votes and submits an absentee ballot issued to another person, shall be deemed guilty of a felony.” The mobile notary public that requested and received 250 absentee ballots is now out of business.
  • Under Section 16-102, subsection 3, the new Oklahoma law states that, “Any unauthorized person who knowingly removes a ballot from a polling place or who knowingly carries a ballot into a polling place shall be deemed guilty of a felony.”
  • Under Section 16-103, “Any person who knowingly swears or affirms a false affidavit in order to become eligible to vote, to obtain and vote a provisional ballot, or to obtain and vote an absentee ballot, or to cause the cancellation of a qualified elector’s voter registration, shall be deemed guilty of a felony.”
  • Section 16-103.1 of the Oklahoma law, what might be referred to as the anti-ACORN clause, provides that “any person who knowingly causes any qualified elector to be invalidly registered, who knowingly causes any unqualified person to be registered, or who knowingly causes the collection or submission of voter registration forms containing false, fraudulent, or fictitious information shall be deemed guilty of a felony.”
  • A newly amended section of Oklahoma law, Section 16-105A, should be sufficient to cause fraud-minded Democrats to lose a lot of sleep.  The section reads as follows: “Any person who knowingly conspires to commit fraud or perpetrates fraud, or who steals supplies used to conduct an election, in order to change a voter’s vote, or to change the composition of the official ballot or ballots, or to change the counting of the ballots, or to change the certification of the results of an election, shall be deemed guilty of a felony.”

In the 1968 General Election, while serving as a ballot security officer in the eastern Oklahoma ballot security office, I received a telephone call from a Cherokee County Republican official who reported that a person or persons unknown had stolen all of the Republican presidential ballots for that county. When we advised that we would have attorneys on the way to Cherokee County within minutes, the informant suggested that he was certain he knew who had stolen the ballots and that he would attempt to retrieve them.

We recommended against such unilateral action because of the dangers involved. Unfortunately, our advice went unheeded.  Our informant was found several hours later in a rural roadside ditch in Cherokee County.  He had been beaten nearly to death with lengths of heavy log chain.  He had found the stolen ballots, but it could have cost him his life.

But what is most significant about the new law is the change in penalties that became effective on January 1st.  While the earlier statute provided that, “Any person deemed guilty of a felony under provisions of this act shall, upon conviction, be confined in the State Penitentiary for not more than two (2) years, or fined not more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000), or both,” the amended law increases penalties for the above-described offenses to incarceration for a period not to exceed five years, or a fine of not more than $50,000, or both.

The new Oklahoma law should be sufficient to inform those who would attempt to steal elections through fraud, violence, and intimidation that there are now serious penalties for doing so.  What is left undone is a public information campaign to inform Republican election officials and the voting public of the provision of the new law so that they can bring the guilty to justice.

In 2008, Oklahoma (77 counties) was the only state, other than Alaska (27 counties), in which a majority of voters in every county voted for John McCain and Sarah Palin.  Then, in the 2010 General Election, the people of Oklahoma elected a Republican Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer, Labor Commissioner, State Auditor, Insurance Commissioner, and Superintendent of Public Instruction, all positions previously held by Democrats.

In the state legislature, Republicans gained eight House seats, going from a 62-39 to a 70-31 majority, and six Senate seats, going from a 26-22 to a 32-16 majority.   In terms of party registration, CapitolBeatOK reports that, through January 15, 2011, there were 2,090,130 registered voters in Oklahoma.  Between January 15, 2010 and January 15, 2011, Democrats increased their numbers by 88, from 999,855 to 999,943, while Republican registrations increased by 36,174, from 813,158 to 849,332.

With both houses of the state legislature in Republican hands, a Republican governor, and a Republican attorney general, Oklahomans have every expectation that they can be assured of open and honest elections.  It is a record of major accomplishment.  If Oklahoma leads the way, other states can do it as well.

Hollrah is a senior fellow at the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a contributing editor for Family Security Matters and a number of online publications.  He resides in northeast Oklahoma.

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Super Bowl Ad Targets Wrong Audience

While many Americans will park in front of their televisions to watch football on Super Bowl Sunday, others will tune in just to see the commercials.  Unknown to most Americans, one commercial will be seen only by members of the U.S. military deployed overseas.  Sadly, it’s a spot that probably needs to be shown to federal, state and local election officials, too.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen has arranged for a public service announcement (below) to air on the Armed Forces Network‘s commercial-free broadcast of Super Bowl XLV in Dallas.  The objective of the PSA produced in conjunction with the Federal Voting Assistance Program is to remind overseas military of their right to vote.

Why should the FVAP spot be shown to election officials?  Because election fraud, electioneering, vote fraud — call if what you will — seemed to run rampant during the 2010 election cycle.

Prior to the 2010 general election, several reports surfaced about problems with absentee ballots for military members stationed outside of their states of legal residence:

  • The Buffalo News reported on ballots being mailed after the federal deadline had passed;

The four articles above stand as but a few examples of the voting problems faced by servicemembers deployed to other states and overseas in places like Afghanistan and Iraq.

Not surprisingly, the subject — “Allegations of fraud, including illegal voting by felons and a formalized refusal by some states to follow election law regarding ballots for the military, raise the dark possibility of the manipulation of elections.” — finished in sixth place on World Net Daily‘s list of most covered-up stories of 2010.

Let your elected officials know you want to ensure members of the military have their votes counted.  Send each of them a link to this post!

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