In one of the many examples of the continuing need to fuel his massive out-of-control, ego-maniacal craziness, Donald Trump is on a mission to prove his repeatedly debunked conspiracy theory about how he lost the popular vote to Hillary in 2016.
According to Trump, he would have won the meaningless popular vote if not for the “millions of illegal votes” that went to his Democrat opponent. In order to prove his tinfoil hat theory, Trump formed the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity by executive order.
Besides the oxymoronic appearance of the words “Trump” and “integrity” in the same sentence, this commission is a massive waste of time and resources for everyone involved. And while it’s one more reason to oppose Trump’s “witch hunt”—a word he likes to use whenever Russia comes up—the end result of this commission could be something that should concern believers in the Constitution . . . a nationalized voting system.
Such a result is not that far-fetched. In the months leading up to the 2016 election, the Obama administration, through Jeh Johnson in the Department of Homeland Security, gave serious consideration to creating a federally centralized system in order to protect the election’s “critical infrastructure.”
Just days after Trump was sworn in, Press Secretary Sean Spicer defended his boss’s conspiracy theory, saying that to protect “the integrity of (America’s) voting system,” a national voter ID law might be necessary.
In a recent letter to all 50 states, Trump’s commission requested the names, addresses, birth dates, and party affiliations of registered voters. It also requested records containing felony convictions, military statuses, and the last four digits of Social Security numbers.
Sounds like that would make a great foundation to building a national system, doesn’t it?
The Narcissist-in-Chief has accused the 30+ states that have already denied the commission’s request–a list that continues to grow–of “hiding” something if they choose not to comply with his request. The irony of being the man who refuses to release his tax returns accusing someone else of hiding information is apparently lost on Mr. Trump.
Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
Regardless of their motivation—Democrats opposing Trump or Constitutionalists protecting state’s rights—every state has the right and duty to refuse the release of this information. The founding fathers knew the dangers of centralized government, which is why they gave the states the power to run elections and determine the outcome, not Washington.
Originally posted at The Strident Conservative
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