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Comprehensive Election Reform Needed ASAP

EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a guest post by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico whose life experience includes having served two terms as a member of the Electoral College. Even if you disagree with him, this piece will make you think long and hard.

Click on image above to learn more about the Keystone XL Pipeline Project.

Click on image above to learn more about the Keystone XL Pipeline Project.

Now that Republicans have working majorities in both houses of Congress, the American people can once again enjoy the benefits of the constitutional republic that the Founders designed for us. Right? Well, not so fast. To expect the current crop of congressional Republicans to do what is necessary to restore constitutional government and repair the damage done by Barack Obama… let alone know what must be done… is entirely problematic. With this being said, when it comes to the elections, everyone is going to have their reasons as to who they decide to vote for. From posters to yard signs like the similar ones available on Super Cheap Signs, you have the right to support whoever you want and show your support in the best way possible, as long as it doesn’t offend.

As a case in point, the recent battle over construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline demonstrates the complete fecklessness of congressional Republicans. From the instant the last ballot was counted in November, it was clear that one of the first bills to pass in the 114th Congress would be a bill to approve construction of the pipeline… a bill that Barack Obama promised to veto if and when it reached his desk. Does Obama care about the environment or the leftists who politicize it? Of course not. What he does care about are the many millions of dollars that pour into Democrat Party coffers from a handful of radical environmentalists.

What congressional Republicans apparently failed to recognize was the immense political gains to be made if the issue was properly handled. By developing best estimates of the number of engineers, contractors, welders, heavy equipment operators, truck drivers, and laborers required to complete the project, along with the generous salaries, wages, and benefits that those workers would command, Republicans could have armed themselves with the most potent political weapon they’d ever been blessed to have. By seeing to it that every Republican in Congress had that information at his/her fingertips, with instructions to repeated it in every radio, TV, and print media interview, and in every public appearance, Republicans could have driven a very large wedge either between the Democrat Party and radical environmentalist, or between Democrats and organized labor.

By signing the pipeline bill Obama would reap the anger of the radical environmentalists and win the approval of organized labor. Conversely, by vetoing the bill he would win high praise from environmentalists, but organized labor would be angered enough to split the Democrat vote in many national and state elections. For Republicans, it was a win-win proposition. However, instead of using that opportunity to their advantage, making a veto override a real possibility, congressional Republicans treated that opportunity as if it were a sexually-transmitted disease.

While Democrats can be counted upon to always play hardball, Republicans seem intent upon playing political softball. So, if congressional Republicans aren’t smart enough to recognize a political advantage when one falls into their laps, how can we expect them to recognize the political damage to be done if Obama is successful in giving Social Security numbers, drivers licenses, and voter registration cards to millions of illegals, none of whom are eligible to vote?

Even though they are seriously victimized by fraud, violence, and intimidation in every election, congressional Republicans appear to be blithely unaware of the problem as Democrats continue to liberalize the electoral process. In fact, it is unlikely that election reform is even on their wish list. Although election law is generally a matter of state law, a comprehensive election reform law targeting federal elections would supersede state law. A comprehensive election reform bill… one that would put Obama and congressional Democrats in a tight box… would contain the following elements of reform:

1. Voter registration must be done only in person. Fraud-friendly motor-voter, postcard, Internet, and same-day registration schemes must be either repealed or superseded. In same-day registration states, Democrats have recruited teams of college students to travel from precinct to precinct, registering to vote and voting numerous times in the same day. In a heavily-Democratic county in Minnesota, an undercover investigator visited a county election board to ask whether or not it was necessary for new voters to register in person, saying that he had two friends, Tom Brady and Tim Tebow, who were unable to appear in person. The investigator was given twenty registration forms and was told that he could register twenty voters with the forms.

2. Registrations must be done only by full-time registrars, employees of counties and/or township government, and only in the state, county, and/or township in which the registrant maintains his/her primary residence. Third-party registrars, paid and unpaid, must be prohibited. In 2012, a voter registration study showed that, in North Carolina alone, some 35,570 voters shared the same first names, last names, and dates of birth with individuals registered to vote in other states. Another 765 North Carolinians had the same first names, last names, birthdays, and final four digits of a Social Security number as those who voted in other states. As a requisite for voter registration, each voter should be required to show proof of citizenship (birth certificate or passport) and proof of residence (drivers license, residential deed, apartment lease, utility bills, etc.).

3. Before voting, each voter must show an official government-issued photo ID (drivers license, passport, etc.), or an official state-issued voter registration card complete with telephone number, home address, Social Security number, and precinct number. As an alternative, and as a means of preventing voters from voting more than once in a single day, states may require voters to dip a finger into a vial of indelible ink after voting.

4. Court administrators must be required to furnish local election boards with name, address, date of birth, and Social Security number of every individual convicted of a felony. Election boards must be required to purge voter registrations rolls of all felons at least ten days prior to any election. County Coroners must be required to furnish election boards with copies of all death certificates. All deceased persons must be removed from the voter rolls no later than ten days prior to any election.

5. Registered voters who move from one state to another, from one county or township to another, or from one precinct to another, must be required to obtain voter registration transfer documents from their local election board. This document must be presented, in person, to voter registrars of the voter’s new place of residence.

6. Absentee ballots must be received no later than ten days prior to an election. Absentee ballots, other than those of overseas military personnel, must be tallied no later than the day and hour that polls close in any election. Absentee ballots completed by residents of hospitals, nursing homes, elder care, and mental health facilities must be completed only in the presence of representatives of both major political parties.

7. Other than absentee ballots, voting must be done in person, only on the day of the election, and only in the precinct in which the voter maintains his/her primary place of residence. Electronic voting and vote-by-mail schemes must be repealed or superseded. Provisional ballots must be limited only to the most serious instances of clerical error by election board officials.

8. The Voting Rights Act must be amended to provide fines and mandatory jail sentences for any individual who would, in any election in which the name of a candidate for federal office appears on the ballot, do any of the following:

a. Vote in the name of another person;
b. Vote or attempt to vote more than once in any election;
c. Vote in the name of a deceased or fictitious person;
d. Vote in more than one state or political subdivision;
e. Vote without benefit of U.S. citizenship;
f. Intimidate, interfere with, or cause injury to the person or property of any other person peaceably engaged in the political process; or
g. Cause any other person to do any of the foregoing.

In an April 10, 2014, speech before Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, Barack Obama attempted to rally his base by charging, falsely, that Republicans were attempting to suppress the black vote in the 2014 elections. Demonstrating once again that he is either totally dishonest or ignorant of the facts, he said, “The principle of one person-one vote is the single greatest tool we have to redress an unjust status quo. You would think there would not be an argument about this anymore. But the stark, simple truth is this: The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago.”

In truth, what Obama would like to see is a system in which only Democrats and illegal aliens get to vote twice. If Republicans had any courage at all they would insist on tightening the noose around vote fraud and stop ignoring Democrat efforts to create more fraud-friendly processes. They might use comprehensive voting reform as yet another issue that would require Democrats to identify themselves for who and what they are.

As Obama has said, one would think that there would no longer be a question about holding open and honest elections in the United States, but that’s not the way things are. Decent, honest, men and women will endorse the reforms outlined above. Democrats, on the other hand, are certain to oppose them.

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Is Bill Cosby Innocent Until Proven Guilty?

Is Bill Cosby Innocent Until Proven Guilty? That question is at the heart of a virtual conversation I had over the weekend with a gentlemen on Facebook.

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In a Facebook status update posted Saturday morning after I had already “unfriended” the gentleman for reasons I will explain later in this piece, I shared the words below:

Debate is a lost art to many. A short while ago, I challenged a Facebook “friend” who had used a few dozen words in a status update to try — as in “hold a virtual trial” — and convict Bill Cosby. When I mentioned the fact that his finding of guilt — before any grand jury was convened and/or any criminal trial took place — reminded me of what Ferguson protesters seemed to want, he demanded an apology and threatened to block me. I saved him the trouble and clicked “UNFRIEND.”

What prompted me to share the words in blue above? The fact that this now-former Facebook friend — whom I’ll refer to as “Bubba” throughout the remainder of this piece — posted something on his Facebook page that made him appear eager and willing to serve as judge, jury and executioner for Cosby, the 77-year-old comedian and actor facing a flood of sexual assault allegations. After I commented on his status update, things went sour.

A short time after unfriending Bubba and posting the words in blue above on my Facebook page, Bubba caught wind of them and responded with his own comments. He could still do that, because my Facebook page is public and my settings allow it.

With only minor formatting changes and the removal of both the time element and “Like” button info, I share the virtual conversation (“Part One”) below, beginning at the point when I took notice of Bubba’s status update:

Bob McCarty Writes: Bubba – I must have missed the trial. When did it take place?

Bubba:  20+ women….and successful women that are not after his money have described in detail what he did. Bob, you have a lot more confidence in our system than I do. He CAN pay off a judge. Wake up, man! I wouldn’t let my kids watch him growing up. He has always been controversial. You believe what you want, but I am going to believe the drugged women that swears he raped them!

Bob McCarty Writes: Wake up? Bubba, I’ve waded through many records of trials involving sexual assault charges. Heck, I even wrote a book about one of the cases. Am I confident that the legal system would produce a fair result? Hardly. At the same time, I shudder to think anyone would believe the outcome in today’s “court of public opinion” that finds a man guilty based solely on the words of individuals whose motives may or may not be pure.

Bubba: I also said a judge can be placed and bought! I just want the truth known. Bob, I have written a lot, too, but that don’t make me the expert. You have your opinion and I have mine. That’s what I love about the 1st Amendment.

Bubba: Oh, and I do want a trial in a changed venue!

Bob McCarty Writes: So, you want a trial without a grand jury decision first? If so, you would fit in well with the Ferguson protesters. But I doubt that’s the case. Hope it is anyway.

Bubba: I never said I didn’t want a jury…that’s precisely what I want, with a fair and impartial judge.

Bubba: Bob, if you compare me to that Ferguson gang again, I will “block” you from be so ignorant on my page!!!! That one deserves an apology.

Bob McCarty Writes: I’ll save you that step. [Translation: I “unfriended” him on Facebook.]

Again, Bubba could still comment on the words in blue near the top of this piece, and he did.

In addition to rehashing the words in Part One above, he added more — and so did I. The conversation I’ll refer to as “Part Two” appears below:

Bubba: Bob, I appreciate that. You are a typical, book writing, know it all. I have not read any of your books, but I do hope for the sake of the ones that do, you don’t write with the same arrogance that you wrote here with.

Bubba: I am that so called “Ferguson sympathiser” Bob mentions. I think every one of them that disobeys an officer of the law should be jailed on the spot, tried, and let the judge or their peers decide their fate. Bob “skews” things. I wonder if he does that in his books??? Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis, Bubba

Bob McCarty Writes:  Gonna have to block you now, Bubba. You’ve gone lib on me with name-calling and personal attacks. Suggest you take a debate class. Adios.

Bubba: Oh, that is the complete conversation i posted for ole Bob above. I am an open book…got nothing to hide. Please read the conversation and you decide. Feel free to look at my page. If you like it, send me a friend request. Bubba

I added one more thing (see below) before deleting his comments so that I could post this long-winded piece:

Bob McCarty Writes:  The one thing Bubba forgot to include in his comments was his initial post that got things started.

After that, I kicked myself for failing to take a screenshot of the original Facebook status update in which Bubba skewered Cosby.

While I can tell you that it included a photo — from a linked news item, I think, but I’m not sure. The photo showed a protest sign that labeled Cosby a “pervert,” but I can’t tell you much more about it apart from the message it conveyed to me before any legal process had taken place: “Cosby is guilty!!!”

In short, Bubba’s status update reminded me of what Al Sharpton and so many others demanded on the fire- and smoke-filled streets of Ferguson, Mo., before any grand jury decision was announced. They wanted someone to pay a heavy price before guilt had been determined.

Don’t get me wrong. This piece has nothing to do with whether or not Cosby committed the alleged sexual assaults for which he stands accused by so many women; instead, it has everything to do with civil discourse and fair administration of justice. Instead, it begs the question, Do we really want to do away with the grand jury system and subject ourselves to a justice system more akin to mob rule than truth? Some Americans believe we are near a dangerous tipping point. Do you?

NOTE TO BUBBA: Yes, I do skew things in my books. In my nonfiction books, Three Days In August and The Clapper Memo, I skew toward the truth instead of relying on gossip, hearsay and conjecture. In my fiction novel, The National Bet, I skew toward realism and drama. You should read them to broaden your horizons a bit.

UPDATE 1/7/2015 at 4:39 p.m. Central:  I never expected the controversy over the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby to spill over into the subject matter of my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo, but it did today in London. [Note to Cosby: Do not, under any circumstances, accept such an offer.]

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Bob McCarty Offers Weekly Recap: Nov. 29

The week of Thanksgiving began with a bang — or, more accurately, looting and mayhem in the city of Ferguson, Mo., following the announcement of the grand jury’s decision about the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown more than three months ago. Below, you’ll see several of my posts this week had ties to the aforementioned mayhem:

As I prepared to peel potatoes for our Thanksgiving meal Thursday, I felt like a Soldier put on KP duty -- then I realized I had been in the Air Force.

As I prepared to peel potatoes for our Thanksgiving meal Thursday, I felt like a Soldier put on KP duty — then I realized I had been in the Air Force. Click on the image above to see more photos of my Thanksgiving preparations.

Sunday, Nov. 23:  Guest writer Paul R. Hollrah shared his take on Ferguson in a piece published under the headline, Guest Writer Believes Race Relations Near Tipping Point.

Monday, Nov. 24: Not to be confused with the words coming out of the mouths of Al Sharpton and others provoking racial tensions in North St. Louis County, I asked readers to test their skills by playing, “Can You Spot the Liar?” Later that day, I shared the biggest news of the week, NO INDICTMENT OF OFFICER DARREN WILSON!, to which I would add 10 updates during the day.

Tuesday, Nov. 25: Five hours after going to bed at 2 a.m. Tuesday, I shared news about 25 structures burning down, thanks largely to the failures of Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.) to manage the response to protests about the grand jury decision. Later that day, I broke the story about the owners of the Little Caesars Pizza shop in Ferguson suffering their third major disaster in four years. Soon after, I learned about a GoFundMe account being established to help them and their employees recover. After that, I contacted as many people as I could in the local and national media with details. Though the effort had raised more than $2,800 by noon today, it pales in comparison to the effort to help a cupcake shop owner in Ferguson whose business was damaged by the protests.

Wednesday, Nov. 26: Shifting my focus for a moment, I shared news related to Kelly A. Stewart, the former Army Green Beret whose life story is chronicled in my book, Three Days In August. That news came in the form of a piece written by Stewart’s father that appeared under the headline, Father Seeks Support for Wrongly-Convicted Soldier, Son.

Kelly A. Stewart's uniform was covered with signs of his life as a Top One Percent Special Forces Soldier.

Kelly A. Stewart’s uniform was covered with signs of his life as a Top One Percent Special Forces Soldier. Click image to read more posts about Stewart.

Thursday, Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Day seemed an appropriate occasion to Be Thankful for Those Serving Their Country, so I shared one photo of a Soldier working in a mess hall in preparation for the annual feast and pointed readers to my Facebook page to see more. I also helped cook up a feast and caught up on things with a friend who I had not seen in more than a dozen years. I also shared with my Facebook friends news that no riots had taken place to protest the fact that 981 black babies had been killed during abortions in Missouri since the day Brown was shot dead in Ferguson.

Friday, Nov. 28: During the day, I took a break from working to watch college football and spend time with the aforementioned friend. After he departed, my wife and I watched the movie, Chef. After that, we watched Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary, America: Imagine the World Without Her. If I had to recommend only one, it would be the documentary, and I’d make everyone I know watch it.

Saturday, Nov. 29:  Earlier today, I shared snippets from Three Days In August in my piece, Army Prosecutor Wanted Special Forces Soldier to Break Law, Discuss Classified Info in Open Court; He Refused.

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Prediction: World Series Will Bring More Racial Unrest to STL

You might be tempted to label this “premature” since the St. Louis Cardinals still must win the National League Championship Series in order for it to become a reality, but indulge me for a few minutes as I wax poetic about the prospect of more racial unrest in St. Louis during the 2014 World Series.

The graphic above shows a list of the organizations endorsing "Ferguson October" Oct. 10-13.

The graphic above shows a list of the organizations endorsing “Ferguson October” Oct. 10-13.

Caveat: Because I’m not a St. Louis native, I escaped the formal indoctrination program that is part of early-education programs for all who live in the shadow of the Gateway Arch. I did, however, take part in a distance-learning version of the program. You see, as a child in my forever hometown of Enid, Okla., I listened to Cardinals ballgames on the Cardinals Radio Network via KCRC-AM 1390. That, combined with the fact I’ve lived in the area for 14 years, makes me at least partially qualified to comment on local events. So here I go.

If the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS and find themselves in the position of hosting at least three Major League Baseball World Series games at Busch Stadium during the final ten days of October, I predict downtown St. Louis — instead of little ol’ Ferguson, Mo. — will become the epicenter of more racial unrest and protests waged by members of the “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” crowd — still upset over the deadly shooting of 18-year-old Mike Brown by police officer Darren Wilson and unwilling to wait for the grand jury to determine whether charges should be filed against Wilson — will be hijacked by groups with no direct connection to anyone in St. Louis.

In case you haven’t heard, a practice event is scheduled to begin Friday and run through Monday. Formally known as Ferguson October, the event is endorsed by a laundry list of local, state and national organizations, many of them extremely radical (see graphic above). That list includes, but is not limited to, the following:

The Organization for Black Struggle — According to the group’s website, their program is “based upon the Black Freedom Agenda that was introduced at the founding of the Black Radical Congress in 1998 and ratified in 1999.”

Code Pink — A radical organization known, among other things, for its support of Hamas and other terror groups;

Million Hoodies Movement for Justice — “Established in March 2012 in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin,” according to its website, this group appears to advocate some worthwhile causes while also having a funny name and some seriously-misguided beliefs about guns and gun laws; and

New Black Panthers Party — After a long absence, this group reemerged on the national scene in November 2008 after some of its members were observed intimidating voters at a polling place in Philadelphia and then assisted by Obama Administration appointees who interfered with their prosecution;

The names of several other pro-union, anti-Israel, pro-Islam and left-wing political groups appear on the laundry list as well. Curiously, however, neither Al Sharpton’s National Action Network or Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition are listed on the website as being involved in this so-called “Weekend of Resistance.”  Rest assured, if the protest attracts national news media attention — and you know it will since its set to overlap with the first two NLCS games being played Saturday and Sunday — St. Louis-area residents can count on both race-baiting reverends to be there with bells on.

Factor in the possibility that gunfights — like the one that killed two and injured another in downtown St. Louis earlier this week — and Ebola might break out during the same period, and St. Louis could rocket back into the world media spotlight — and for all the wrong reasons.

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UPDATE 10/08/2014 at 12:13 p.m. Central:  After posting the piece above, I saw this article about Missouri authorities reportedly planning for possible riots if Officer Wilson isn’t indicted. Am I the only one now wondering if an announcement about the grand jury’s decision might be delayed until after the World Series? It wouldn’t surprise me if that happened. Just sayin’.

UPDATE 10/10/2014 at 7:10 a.m. Central:  Another officer-involved shooting of a young black man in St. Louis has tensions at a fever pitch. According to  this local news article, at least one police officer was injured when violence erupted Thursday night, as protesters blocked traffic, broke windows of at least one home and a business and burned American flags.

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