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Georgia GOP will lose if focus is on prior election

The most important election since 2020 in Georgia is coming up in 2022. It’s only a year and a half away and I can already see the state’s GOP has a big problem. Trump beat and bashed the party into a stupor and if Georgia’s GOP acts like a beaten wife they’re doomed to have a repeat beating at the polls.

The news here is intensely focused on making sure this state remains in the blue column. The coverage of Kemp and the Georgia GOP show them as confused and flailing away while the Democrats are solidifying their position. This may be true. I hope not.

Here the Atlanta Journal hammers in on Brian Kemp.

Republican delegates in more than a half-dozen counties passed resolutions over the past week assailing Kemp for not doing more to help Trump’s false claims of voting fraud. And several more also punished Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who have also drawn Trump’s wrath.

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Here again the Atlanta Journal is painting Raphael Warnock as unbeatable.

Fresh off a narrow January victory, Raphael Warnock “is arguably” one of the most vulnerable U.S. Senate Democratic incumbents on the 2022 ballot. But instead of a superstar Republican quickly joining the race, so far only lesser-known challengers are lining up for the seat.

While competitive U.S. Senate races are already taking shape in other states, the slow-to-develop race to face Warnock is more notable for who is staying on the sidelines rather than who is already maneuvering to take a shot at the freshman Democrat.

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There is a lot to like here in Georgia and I’m not sure the people here truly appreciate what they already have. Rather, they are concentrating on what they don’t have or what the politicians are trying to take away. I think if the republican party in Georgia concentrates on the positives they have a great chance of holding the governor’s chair as well as taking back the Senate seat from the democrats.

I come from the Chicago area. Chicago is heavily segregated. The northern suburb I used to live in was about 80% Caucasian. My subdivision was a little more mixed than the town as a whole but by and large the minority voices were small. Contrast that to where I’m living now. When I walk my dog I can see that this subdivision is probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 50% Caucasian. If people are looking for diversity of races it looks like you have it. Even when I’m going from town to town you can see that the greater Atlanta metropolitan area is far more integrated than anything in Chicago. I’m not saying racial diversity is a good thing or a bad thing. Quite frankly I don’t care much about race at all. But this is what people have been screaming about for a long time so it’s important to a lot of people.

The cost of living in Georgia is comparatively low. Property taxes are reasonable and amenities are abundant. Just about every person I’ve run into here have been friendly and welcoming. The public employees are actually friendly and efficient. In Illinois and Chicago I haven’t run across that in my entire life.

The Democrats are trying to capitalize on the voting reform law. They are lying about it and the media is helping them. I do see some advertising trying to combat the lies but I’m not sure it’s taking hold. The GOP need an all out effort to fight back because the new voting law is actually reasonable. If you are unable to cast your ballot with the rules put into place then you’re not making any effort on your own to vote. There is absolutely no reason anyone that is registered to vote can’t vote. There are no impediments whatsoever. Anything else you’re hearing is a lie.

I hope the republicans can get their act together because I would hate for my new state to turn into my old state. Illinois is a mess and getting worse. They’re drowning in public pension debt, the tax base is leaving the state, and they are looking to increase income, property, sales, and other taxes to pay for their out of control spending. Georgia, right now, is an efficiently run state where the general assembly actually returned surplus money to the taxpayers. That has never happened in my life in Illinois.

Are there things to improve. Sure. There are always things that can be made better. But don’t sacrifice the good you have now for some perceived good in the future.

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Democrats poised to steal an election in Iowa

A congressional election was had. There was a recount. Both times the Republican came out the winner. The results at the end was a mere 6 votes. But, according to the state, all the rules were followed and the vote was certified and the congressperson was sworn in and seated. The Democrats in congress are illegally attempting to overturn that election.

Democrats have been talking a lot these past few weeks about the sanctity of election results, but their principles on that score may be malleable based on who wins. This week a House committee took the first step in what looks like an effort to unseat the Republican Member for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional district and install a Democrat instead.

GOP Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks won the November race by 47 votes in the first count and six votes after lawyers wrangled over ballots in a recount. Democrat Rita Hart wants the House to use its constitutional authority as “judge of the elections” of its Members to impose another recount and reverse the outcome.

Wall Street Journal

This has happened before, although not with the same set of circumstances. Both times Democrats were in control of the House of Representatives.

The last time the House reversed a state-certified election result was in Indiana’s “bloody eighth” congressional district in 1985, and the last time it replaced a sitting Member with his opponent was in 1938. In both cases the House was under Democratic control.

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I guess it’s only bad to challenge elections if your a Republican… or Donald Trump

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Some Georgia Republicans think they’ll gain votes by being spineless

The mistake Republicans make is thinking that moderating their views will win over people that are not inclined to vote for them. I don’t think this has ever happened in the history of politics. I like to vote for people who have a set of principles and they try to stick to those principles even in the face of being unpopular. Sometimes the unpopular thing is the right thing.

Despite the Senate passage Monday, some of the state’s top Republicans have indicated they oppose curbing mail-in voting.

One of those Republicans, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, is opposed to removing no-excuse absentee voting and some other measures proposed by fellow Republicans and opted not to preside over the debate. Three vulnerable Republican senators from swing districts — John Albers, Kay Kirkpatrick and Brian Strickland — were the only ones who did not co-sponsor the bill and opted to be excused from the vote. Republican Sen. Chuck Hufstetler was excused from the vote as well.

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Do these Georgia politicians think they are going to win over votes just because they didn’t vote on this bill? If anything they will be viewed as spineless by republican voters. Not only will they not gain voters from their wimpiness they will lose votes and subsequently lose their seats. This is what happened in the runoff elections for U.S. Senate here in Georgia. Too many republican voters stayed home because they believed either their vote wouldn’t count, they disliked Trump, or they disliked the candidates. Republican voters stayed home and democrat voters didn’t. Republicans lost.

Voting is a responsibility. It should not be so easy as to sit around in your chair at home and drop something in the mail. Voting is also not a right but a privilege set up by the government we created. It’s not a right because it is not at birthright. It is not like your right to life, your right to think, and your right to live your life as you see fit. Voting is part of a process to elect representatives to government. There should be some friction to voting in order to make it fair, free, and accurate.

When I talk about friction I don’t mean laws preventing people to vote because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other labeled group you can think of. When I talk of friction I’m talking about legal friction. Are you a citizen? Do you reside in the place in which you’re voting? Did you only vote once? Did you vote on time? Nothing more and nothing less. Mail-in voting, same day registration, and extensive early voting removes these frictions.

If voting is as important as we say it is then it should be proportional to the effort to cast the vote. If we are to keep early voting it should be limited to the week prior to election day. If you can’t find the time to cast your ballot over the course of a week then it’s not that important to you. Mail-in voting should be limited to those requesting absentee ballots. If you will be in the city in which you are voting you should show up in person to cast that vote. Right now in many places you have a month to find the time. Same day registration should be banned. This is a vector for fraud like no other. Imagine overwhelming a system by hoards of people registering to vote on election day. If your vote is important enough to you you’ll make sure you’re registered.

My solution is to have national guidelines. Not mandates as our country is big and diverse. The same rules for NYC won’t apply in Casper, Wyoming. Below are my guidelines.

  • National voting week for national elections.
    • Hard beginning and end. No exceptions
  • Any absentee ballot must arrive before end of day on the final day of voting. No exceptions
  • Voters must be registered a minimum of 30 days prior to election day. 60 days is optimal to me, however
  • Identification is required to cast a vote. No exceptions

I don’t think any of the above is too much to ask of a responsible citizen. Republican lawmakers need to stick to their positions on this. Not because they’ll win votes but because it’s the right thing to do.

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2024 Republican Presidential possibilities

At the top of my list of possibilities for the 2024 Republican nomination for President of the United States are both Ron DeSantis and Kristi Noem. Both are governors of states that used common sense when it came to COVID-19. Governor Noem exercised a little more probably because it was easier her state given the smaller population and demographics. DeSantis wisely opened up Florida in September of 2020 and didn’t look back. Neither state has death or infection rates near the states that issued strict lockdowns and mask mandates. Proof positive that all the “mitigation” measures where all about the theater of health.

I include Ted Cruz as a possibility. Although I’ve always found him a little weaselly. He’s smart and can think on his feet. I think running against Trump during the primaries taught him a lot about how far he can actually go and keep the Republican base.

Here are each person’s speech from CPAC which occurred over the weekend.

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Why Georgia needs to remain red

I come from Illinois where the government never met a tax or fee it didn’t like. Living in Illinois for 53 years, never has a proposal been pushed to reduce taxes of any kind. We had one case where the state raised the income tax rate from 3% to 5% then rolled it back to 3.75% for two years. This only happened because the huge percentage increase was shocking to people. But the shock quickly wore off because the state increased it again to 4.95% where it sits today.

This takes me to Georgia where I currently reside. During 2020 when the nation was shut down Georgia cut it’s budget to weather the storm.

… lawmakers cut state spending by $2.2 billion because they feared tax collections would plummet due to the COVID-19 recession.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Illinois did no such thing. Georgia instituted a soft lockdown that didn’t completely destroy the state’s economy. Illinois had strict lockdowns all across the state crippling its already virtually bankrupt position. Georgia had better than forecast revenues into the state. Illinois also did better than forecast but the economy still cratered because there were no cuts to spending. Here’s where things get strange for me. Georgia is proposing to return money to the taxpayers.

Almost a year after the COVID-19 pandemic sent the economy tumbling and forced Georgia lawmakers to reduce spending, a revenue recovery has state House leaders looking to cut state income taxes.

House Ways and Means Chairman Shaw Blackmon, R-Bonaire, filed legislation this week to increase the standard deduction Georgians can take when they do their income taxes. By reducing the amount of income taxed, House Bill 593 would cut what’s owed by millions of Georgians who use the standard deduction when they fill out their returns.

“It’s the fairest way to help the most people keep more of their money,” Blackmon said. “If we are able to afford it, we ought to let people keep some more of their money.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

What a concept! It’s fair to help people keep more of their money?? I’ve heard of these things happening before but never experienced it. The news story was even fairly reported. Nothing about “how will we pay for this tax cut” baloney. If Georgia becomes controlled by the Democrat Party I will guarantee this state will never see this sort of thing again. The majority of my life Illinois was controlled by the Democrats at almost all levels of government. It resulted in hundreds of billions of dollars in unfunded public employee pensions that are draining the taxpayers dry.

I just might like it here.

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How to rig an election without rigging the election

The conspiracy is now known and admitted. This article in Time Magazine breaks down how “The Swamp” and allies of The Swamp colluded to rig the election against Trump. The conspiracy is real. They call it exactly that but they frame it as if the conspiracy was altruistic to save the country. Instead I think they may have broken the back of our republic.

They changed the method of voting and poured hundreds of millions of dollars for the effort.

Their work touched every aspect of the election. They got states to change voting systems and laws and helped secure hundreds of millions in public and private funding. 

Time Magazine

Naked admission of a quest to have a “proper outcome” to the election.

This is the inside story of the conspiracy to save the 2020 election, based on access to the group’s inner workings, never-before-seen documents and interviews with dozens of those involved from across the political spectrum. It is the story of an unprecedented, creative and determined campaign whose success also reveals how close the nation came to disaster. “Every attempt to interfere with the proper outcome of the election was defeated,” says Ian Bassin, co-founder of Protect Democracy

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Fortifying is the new rigging. You can rig an election as long as you say you’re fortifying it.

That’s why the participants want the secret history of the 2020 election told, even though it sounds like a paranoid fever dream–a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information. They were not rigging the election; they were fortifying it.

Time Magazine

COVID-19 was used to suppress in-person voting and push not only absentee voting but mail-in voting. Mail-in is far different from absentee and this group knew this was the key to beating Trump. $300 million was also funneled into the effort by Facebook… or rather the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Should a person investing that much into the election also be allowed to de-platform the person running for election?

In March, activists appealed to Congress to steer COVID relief money to election administration. Led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, more than 150 organizations signed a letter to every member of Congress seeking $2 billion in election funding. It was somewhat successful: the CARES Act, passed later that month, contained $400 million in grants to state election administrators. But the next tranche of relief funding didn’t add to that number. It wasn’t going to be enough.

Private philanthropy stepped into the breach. An assortment of foundations contributed tens of millions in election-administration funding. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative chipped in $300 million. 

Time Magazine

Progressive operatives figured out they couldn’t argue their ideas online and started their de-platforming campaign. They would use social media companies’ terms of service to find the hammer to smash the nail of wrong think.

The solution, she concluded, was to pressure platforms to enforce their rules, both by removing content or accounts that spread disinformation and by more aggressively policing it in the first place. “The platforms have policies against certain types of malign behavior, but they haven’t been enforcing them,” she says.

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They flooded traditional media to push the narrative that mail-in voting is not subject to fraud.

Beyond battling bad information, there was a need to explain a rapidly changing election process. It was crucial for voters to understand that despite what Trump was saying, mail-in votes weren’t susceptible to fraud and that it would be normal if some states weren’t finished counting votes on election night.

Dick Gephardt, the Democratic former House leader turned high-powered lobbyist, spearheaded one coalition. “We wanted to get a really bipartisan group of former elected officials, Cabinet secretaries, military leaders and so on, aimed mainly at messaging to the public but also speaking to local officials–the secretaries of state, attorneys general, governors who would be in the eye of the storm–to let them know we wanted to help,” says Gephardt, who worked his contacts in the private sector to put $20 million behind the effort.

Time Magazine

They had a feeling Trump’s support was bigger than they feared. So the conspirators shared their data with the media so they would be aware to keep pushing stories that would suppress the Trump vote. They knew votes by mail would be the key to defeating him.

Podhorzer, meanwhile, was warning everyone he knew that polls were underestimating Trump’s support. The data he shared with media organizations who would be calling the election was “tremendously useful” to understand what was happening as the votes rolled in, according to a member of a major network’s political unit who spoke with Podhorzer before Election Day. Most analysts had recognized there would be a “blue shift” in key battlegrounds– the surge of votes breaking toward Democrats, driven by tallies of mail-in ballots– but they hadn’t comprehended how much better Trump was likely to do on Election Day. “Being able to document how big the absentee wave would be and the variance by state was essential,” the analyst says.

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If Trump won they planned to flood the streets with massive protests. Does anyone think these protests would be peaceful? They would have been conducted by the same groups that rioted and burned buildings in all the major cities in the United States.

Activists began preparing to reprise the demonstrations if Trump tried to steal the election. “Americans plan widespread protests if Trump interferes with election,” Reuters reported in October, one of many such stories. More than 150 liberal groups, from the Women’s March to the Sierra Club to Color of Change, from Democrats.com to the Democratic Socialists of America, joined the “Protect the Results” coalition. The group’s now defunct website had a map listing 400 planned postelection demonstrations, to be activated via text message as soon as Nov. 4. To stop the coup they feared, the left was ready to flood the streets.

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“As long as all the votes were counted…” I take this to mean, “As long as they were able to keep counting votes”. Trumps numbers were surging running up to the election and the cabal to defeat him knew they had to manufacture votes.

Election night began with many Democrats despairing. Trump was running ahead of pre-election polling, winning Florida, Ohio and Texas easily and keeping Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania too close to call. But Podhorzer was unperturbed when I spoke to him that night: the returns were exactly in line with his modeling. He had been warning for weeks that Trump voters’ turnout was surging. As the numbers dribbled out, he could tell that as long as all the votes were counted, Trump would lose.

Time Magazine

“TV anchors were bending over backward to counsel caution and frame the vote count accurately.” Frame the vote count? The word accurately is thrown in there to make it seem legit. But if the vote is accurate and you’re reporting it accurately then there is nothing to “frame”. All you have to do is report.

While he was talking, Fox News surprised everyone by calling Arizona for Biden. The public-awareness campaign had worked: TV anchors were bending over backward to counsel caution and frame the vote count accurately. 

Time Magazine

They basically threatened GOP leaders in Michigan with endless investigations should they even seem to agree with Trump that there were problems with the vote in Michigan.

If Trump were to offer something in exchange for a personal favor, that would likely constitute bribery, Bassin reasoned. He phoned Richard Primus, a law professor at the University of Michigan, to see if Primus agreed and would make the argument publicly. Primus said he thought the meeting itself was inappropriate, and got to work on an op-ed for Politico warning that the state attorney general–a Democrat–would have no choice but to investigate. When the piece posted on Nov. 19, the attorney general’s communications director tweeted it. Protect Democracy soon got word that the lawmakers planned to bring lawyers to the meeting with Trump the next day.

Time Magazine

The 2020 election was a shit show. Our elections were not and still are not transparent. All electronic voting machines should have open source code. The tally should be public information and not solely available to the Associated Press and other media outlets. De-platforming and flagging posts should be illegal unless you’re posting illegal content. Social media companies should not be allowed to discriminate content otherwise they are publishers and not platforms and should be regulated as such.

Trump was right. The election was rigged. The powers-that-be, both Republican and Democrat, the “deep state” if you will, all could not stand that an outsider got to the top of their club. They were determined from the moment he won in 2016 to make sure he would be gone and it didn’t matter what they had to do to the fabric of our nation. This “Secret Bipartisan Campaign” wanted the virus of Trump gone and they used COVID-19 as their carrier to push through changes to how we vote. They infected the nation and our republic may die because of it.

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Rand Paul for President

Senator Rand Paul seems to be the only person using his rational mind in examining the 2020 election. George Stephanopoulos comes off as a giant asshole and Paul rightly calls him out as less than a journalist.

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The tragedy and lost opportunity that was the Trump Administration

President Donald Trump is leaving the Office of the Presidency exactly as he came in, unapologetic, obstinate, and hated equally by Republicans, Democrats, and the media. The funny fact is he was perhaps the most malleable of all people to hold that office in the last 200 years. Here was a man interested only in his own legacy and would have done anything to have been great and to be loved. Too bad members of congress were just as selfish and narcissistic as the man they hated to see the opportunity before them.

Some of the goals of the Democrat Party were universal healthcare, a path to citizenship for illegal aliens, redistribution of wealth from people with high incomes (not wealth) to low incomes, and Green New Deal levels of socialism. I believe they could have accomplished almost all of this under a President Trump. He would have been loved to be perceived as the President that provided for the citizens of this country. He has never believed in “conservatism”.

Instead the Democrats hated him so much that they had to create scandals out of thin air. The Russian collusion hoax, the “very fine people” hoax, the Ukraine impeachment, and on and on and on. For four years the Democrats with a complicit media wasted time and opportunity attacking someone they could have used. They ended up with less than nothing. For half the country they bred distrust in our media fostered the feeling that they are to be ignored. They helped to create a wide chasm between the large urban parts of the country and the rest of the nation. They never sought to inform the public or address their concerns. They only offered disdain and condemnation.

The Republicans are just as reprehensible. There was a sizeable contingent of Republicans that could not stand that such a crass individual defeated their long roster of “qualified” candidates. Trump berated them during the primary of 2016 and showed them to be the weak paper tigers the public already knew in their hearts they were. Trump could not be forgiven for his off-the-cuff insults and they did all they could to make sure he would not get the adoration he wanted. The Republicans were smarter than the Democrats in that they knew they had someone they could use. They rammed through more judicial appointments than maybe any other time in history. They were able to tip the balance of the Supreme Court for at least the next decade. They didn’t totally lose sight of their agenda.

And now, what is the United States to do with this fractured nation? Trump is finally out. He knows he’s out. Yet the Democrats and the media continue their blind hatred and want to force a resignation or another impeachment with 12 days to go in the Trump Administration. Joe Biden called out the protesters as domestic terrorists. What end does this serve other than their narcissism? Do they expect to bring the country together with this? Do they care? Nearly half the country support President Trump and the Democrats will again waste the opportunity to use this moment to win them over.

The last four years exposed us for not having the courage of our convictions. We no longer believe in freedom of speech and liberty and justice for all. We give lip service as long as people do what we want them to do and say what we want them to say. The last four years have been shameful. Shameful that the hatred of one man prevented what could have been the most enlightening four years in United States history.

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Media disinterest in voter fraud and irregularities is irresponsible and harmful to the republic

I just watched a press conference by the Trump Campaign and the Republican Party. There are many serious allegations regarding the vote in Pennsylvania and Michigan. The Republican Party in Michigan have affidavits from people alleging fraud. They have a whistleblower from the City of Detroit alleging back dating of ballots.

Maybe it’s true and maybe it isn’t. But, why is the media so disinterested in this story? They seem to only like “whistleblowers” when it fits their political ideology. Why are they not assisting in investigating reports of voter fraud and election officials refusal to follow their own rules for elections? There is more evidence here for fraud and abuse than there ever was with the Trump/Russia collusion allegations.

This is bad for the country. The media is basically a pseudo arm of the Democrat Party and the politics of the progressives. How can we expect to get the real story when they won’t even approach it? We’re left to hope that the courts take this seriously and the cases get moved through the system in rapid fashion.

We won’t know what is true or not until this gets sorted out.

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5 good things that happened for republicans this election

Regardless of Trump winning or losing (I hope he continues the fight and smashes the crap out of the current systems of handling elections) there were many good things Trump did for the Republican Party. They only have Trump to thank for this and if they don’t continue Trump’s agenda they may lose

  1. An expanded Republican voter base
  2. Instead of a blue wave there was a red tide
  3. Trump forever exposed media bias
  4. Trump exposed big tech’s bias
  5. Trump’s coattails allowed Republicans to make gains in state legislatures

What will the Republican Party do should Trump not prevail with his legal challenges? My guess, since establishment republicans largely hated Trump as much as the democrats, they will squander all that was gained. They will go back to their old playbook and in the mid-term elections the blue wave that was averted will arrive.

When Republicans look at their own foot they for some unknown reason take aim and shoot.