Biden Is Challenging Voter Integrity

Regarding voter rights, President Biden has taken a forceful approach in recent days, recognizing that a Senate filibuster threat and Republican appointed SCOTUS justices will not allow the federal government to ride roughshod over state influence on elections. But many opponents resent the tone of Biden’s comments and the accuracy of them.

Biden has resorted to name-calling and inappropriate rhetoric about Republican state efforts to ensure our elections are fair. He says the GOP is attacking our democracy, and that the current situation is tantamount to a Civil War (a terrible reference, the Civil War ended slavery). What the president doesn’t do is apply common sense or moderation to his approach. For this reason, he will fail in his efforts to increase voter participation with his misdirected proposals.

Notwithstanding Democratic accusations that Republicans are trying to tilt elections in their favor, do they really believe that they are the only party taking the high road? Do Democrats believe only they are trying to streamline elections and ensure they are fair? Liberals are trying to convince the public that conservatives would trash our democratic ideals to win an election. Funny, this is exactly what the previous president accused Democrats of doing during the 2020 election.

There is plenty of voter reform that should be considered by federal and state regulators and Congress. Our election systems are falling behind and creating doubt among some voters, as to their accuracy. Myrna Perez, a Biden judge appointee said the following before she was recently installed on the bench: “Our democracy works best when we believe that everybody should have free, fair and accessible elections.” All Americans, regardless of political affiliation, should agree with this pronouncement. But freedom, fairness and accessibility have practical limitations.

Let’s analyze the situation in another way. What should every American want on Election Day? Every qualified voter should be able to be able to find time to go to a polling place or fill in an absentee ballot at home, and vote. Every voter must be qualified meaning that the person is alive and resides in a certain voting district.

Regarding absentee ballots, they make the process more universal, but there are major issues that need to be considered. Are ballots only going to qualified voters? Are they being sent to correct addresses? Are cheaters collecting absentee ballots and voting illegally? How can we be sure that the person submitting an absentee ballot is the one actually voting?

The system was far from foolproof before all of the grandiose Democratic efforts began in recent years to improve our voting system. That’s not to say change was not needed. Previously, in New York, a voter went to the polling place, signed in, entered a voting booth and cast a ballot. Now voters may vote early, days and months before Election Day. Blank absentee ballots are being mailed without any verification. Poll hours have been increased. Photo ID’s are not required in some places. Ballots can be deposited in drop boxes located throughout the voting area. There is a great deal of opportunity to cheat. What is troublesome is that some elections are being decided by a few hundred votes, so that just a little bit of malfeasance can change a campaign result.

Common sense has to reign over decisions to change our voting system. Some proposals will be beneficial to Democrats and some to Republicans. It’s nonsense to say that Republicans benefit by low turnout, and so they are working to cause voters to stay home. The fact is, most changes have come from Democrats up to this point. Republicans are responding to Democratic proposals to increase voting that make no sense and/or creating a dangerous opportunity to cheat.

I want more voters and more integrity of their votes.

Radical Elements Will Drive Elections

There are several festering political issues which could have a dramatic effect on both the midterm elections and the presidential election two years later.

As a reminder, Barack Obama was handcuffed politically by a change of one seat in the Senate. He lost a filibuster proof majority that completely derailed his agenda.

What are the most important controversies, and how are politicians on both sides of the aisle gearing up to deal with them?

Inflation. It’s been a long time since this destructive economic phenomenon has plagued America. It saps the buying power of average Americans. The outrageous spending affiliated with the pandemic, coupled with a shortage of available workers is wreaking havoc on prices across the board for consumers and distorting employment statistics.

Oil prices have increased dramatically during the past year. Food prices have spiked. Many kinds of building materials have skyrocketed. And, unemployed workers are not responding to demand for new workers as the economy heats up. Many people are holding off taking new jobs because handouts by the federal government are greater than what they would receive in low-paying jobs.

Of note, inflationary pressures coupled with higher oil prices and a shortage of every type of fuel brought down the Jimmy Carter administration in 1980. Americans will not accept lines at gas stations.

Immigration. Biden is attempting to brand US immigration as a kinder and gentler system compared to the previous administration. It hasn’t worked. Illegal aliens misread the president’s message and are flooding across our borders, overwhelming our border officials and cities close to the Mexican border. Even worse, immigrants are being treated like refugees in poorer parts of the world.

The US has been unable to pass US immigration reform because the political parties have different objectives. Republicans want a fair and reasonable inflow of new future citizens, while Democrats are attempting to buy future votes from those who are entering our country illegally. The successes of the former administration have been highlighted by the problems of the Biden administration. Voters are becoming increasingly impatient with the inability to stem the tide of interlopers who are putting a strain on our social and economic infrastructures.

Defending and reforming the police. A majority of Americans are strongly supporting reform of the police but are not in favor of taking away police funding or eliminating departments altogether. Our country cannot operate without federal, state and local law men and law women. In fact, the poorest of our neighbors have the most crime and need for protection.

The war between the ultra-right an ultra-left. If the former president becomes active and influential in the impending elections, Republicans will pay a high price. There is a huge silent group of restive Republicans that don’t have the backbone to tell the departed president to take a hike. Fear of being called out by the former loudmouth-in charge is preventing a complete break with what will happened between 2016 and 2020.

On the one hand, ultra-left socialists, anarchists, spendthrifts, anti-Semites and troublemakers are driving the nation towards the Republican Party. Every day the Squad, a group of four radical, left wing congresswoman, are doing everything possible to guarantee Republicans a victory in 2022 in 2024.

The war against Covid. Progress is being made in the fight to eliminate the flu. But there is great confusion and many mixed messages coming from Biden’s sycophants.  To make matters worse, different governmental and medical authorities are flooding the airwaves with contradictory mandates. This is causing many Americans to eschew vaccines altogether, which will prolong our torment. If the disease persists into voting periods, Democrats will suffer.

Both political parties are playing with fire led by the radical elements of their caucuses. The parties that emasculate the loudest and most destructive elements in their caucuses will likely take control of the federal government prospectively.

Wanted: A Great Leader To Govern America

Will an overwhelming majority of Americans ever be supportive of a president again? I’m referring to a plurality in the high 50s or more.

During the past several administrations, voters have tested new personality traits in leadership positions. The experiment has not been so rewarding as no president in recent years has mustered and kept a strong mandate among American voters. Moreover, the political venom between the two major parties has seldom been worse. Americans either love or hate with their heart and soul the men who have led this country for the past several decades.

It’s interesting to consider the qualities of a president that would be attractive to a diverse number of Americans. Leadership, integrity, intelligence, empathy, support of our Constitution and recognition of the many evildoers in the country and the world that want to harm our lives and society are just a few. Unfortunately, recent presidents have fallen short on important characteristics that can help make a president great. I fully recognize that there is a wide range of opinions regarding the attraction or aversion of each president.

Often times, changing or evolving political preferences of politicians have cause voters to withdraw their support. A conservative who thinks that a candidate has all the qualities needed to be effective, may not vote for a candidate who is for abortion or open borders.

Americans pick their leaders for different reasons. Some want presidential candidates who act like leaders. Some want effective leaders who are able to deal with other countries. Some want those that can form a consensus or a coalition. And some will vote for a person who has the same perspective on cultural and social issues such as the right to life, gun control and the like.

I believe more than a majority of Americans vote for a person because they agree with the candidate’s perspectives on only one issue. If you’re a union person, you will vote for a pro union candidate regardless of how the candidate feels about Russia or climate change. If your candidate agrees with your perspectives on birth control, they may avoid casting a ballot for candidate supportive of unions.

I think it is folly to vote for candidates based solely upon their experiences. Character matters greatly. Honesty is important. The ability to lead is critical. A candidate whose only experience is writing laws on Capitol Hill for many years may not be the best choice. Can the person negotiate across the aisle? Does the candidate appreciate the cultural backgrounds of his constituents?

Just because a man or a woman may have been a CEO of a large corporation does not mean either can lead the most advanced country in the world. The last president was a perfect example of this phenomenon.

It would be impossible to set out all the traits we want in our presidents. Rather, looking back and pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of other presidents could be an interesting exercise.

Jimmy Carter was probably one of the most intelligent presidents in history. And yet, his administration was a dismal failure because he was not strong or shrewd enough to gain the freedom of Americans being held hostage by Iran’s newly formed theocracy.

Carter’s successor, Ronald Reagan, started off with a bang. He in no uncertain terms threatened severe consequences if the aforementioned hostages were not released immediately. They were. Reagan was a great president in one way that is quite revealing. He assembled a cadre of advisers that was second to none, and he followed their advice. Look up the members of his cabinet. You will recognize and admire many of them.

George Bush 1 was probably the most experienced president. He was a congressman, head of the CIA and vice president under Reagan. He had the pedigree to be great. But he added the words “no new taxes” to a speech and failed to keep his promise. He lost his reelection campaign.

Bill Clinton’s libido brought him down. He was dynamic, attractive, intelligent and he took control of the country as it was recovering economically. Most people like Bill, but he is a scalawag.

George Bush 2 grew into the job with the help of experienced advisors. Some people questioned his intelligence, which was uncalled for and ridiculous in my opinion. He led the country through difficult times including 9/11 and subsequent confrontations with Iraq.

Barack Obama was probably one of the most inexperienced presidents in history. He was popular and smashed through the racial glass ceiling. He was a loner, as a leader, and his performance suffered because of it. Politically, he was inept in spite of winning two national elections.

Donald Trump is a narcissist and was a horrible president. Enough said.

The jury is still out on Joe Biden. One of the main concerns is that he might not be capable, physically and/or mentally, to lead the country effectively. The ramifications of this are extremely serious. For one thing, he will be influenced greatly by the people that he picked to advise him. In this regard, as payment for helping him get elected, he has chosen very progressive individuals that are not interested in working on a bipartisan basis and will take the country down a path of radical liberalism, if not socialism. Unbridled spending and attempting to cure domestic evils of the last 200 years during the course of one administration could make it difficult for Joe Biden to be successful.

Are there any JFKs or Abraham Lincolns or Teddy Roosevelt out there? If so, I wish they would step up and run for office.

Joe Manchin For President

Congress may be ripe for a bold political maneuver, if radicals in the Senate get too frisky in the weeks to come. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) has an extraordinary opportunity to pursue a run for the presidency. As part of this process, he is also in a position to alter the power of Democrats in the Upper House.

Manchin has been acting like a centrist and a peacemaker between warring factions for many months. He has even voted with Republicans in certain important issues such as the first Trump impeachment.

In a veiled threat during a TV interview, Manchin indicated that he would vote against the elimination of the filibuster should Democrats decide to change the rules of the Senate.

Enacting laws can be impeded by a filibuster. To end a filibuster, the party supporting legislation, must find 60 votes to end debate. As you know, the Senate is split 50/50 so Democrats have a deciding vote via Kamala Harris.

The only way Democrats can dominate new legislation in the Senate is if they can eliminate the supermajority requirement to end filibusters for laws. Note: confirmation of judges and Supreme Court justices occurs with a simple majority. The rules were changed in recent years.

Manchin believes that the filibuster is an important aspect of the lawmaking process. It protects the minority party and the Americas from frivolous lawmaking. But suppose Democrats moved to change the filibuster rule? And suppose Democrats work to defund the police, enact an unwise and expensive Obamacare law, move forward in an effort to impeach and indict Trump, while diverting attention from curing Covid?

These are all pet issues for Manchin. This could possibly give him pause to continue to be a Democrat. Maybe he should consider negotiating a deal with Sen. McConnell to jump over the fence and become a Republican. What would the terms be for such a bold political gambit?

Perhaps Manchin would vote with Republicans if he was given choice committee leadership positions in the new Republican majority. With this power he could prove to Americans that he should be considered for higher office. Like, maybe a run for the president in 2024 as a Republican.

I’m sure you’re scratching your head upon hearing this suggestion. But if you really want a centrist to be your president, a man with moderate perspectives, Manchin may be the right choice for you. I guess it will depend upon how persuasive Manchin would be with McConnell and other powerful Republicans.

If Manchin became a Republican, Republicans would have 51 seats in the Senate, and Democrats would have 49.  

Nikki Haley Begins Her Quest To Be President In 2024

Nikki Haley has begun to position herself as the successor to President Donald Trump. She is portraying herself as a loyal Trump devotee by not challenging him in the 2020 Republican primaries, denigrating the impeachment fiasco orchestrated by rabid, radical and misled Democrat lawmakers and outing disloyal former members of the Trump administration.

Clearly Haley has her eye on 2024. With a resume that includes the governorship of South Carolina and US Ambassador to the United Nations, she looks like a top contender for the Republican nomination for president in a few years.

In an interview with Norah O’Donnell of CBS News, Haley indicated that she did not believe Trump pressured the Ukraine to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden for corruption. And the president ultimately delivered weapons to Ukraine that had been appropriated by Congress. Since there was no inquiry of the Biden family and the weapons were given to the Ukraine, there was no “quid pro quo.”

Additionally Haley had very strong words for the clandestine actions of John Kelly, the former White House Chief of Staff and Rex Tillerson, the former Secretary of State. These men, Haley said, tried to enlist her support to avoid compliance with direct orders of the president, an act that borders on treason. Haley told these men to voice their concerns with President Trump and resign if his response was not in line with their perspectives.

It’s refreshing to see that loyalty and respect for the presidency is not totally passé in Washington, and some people believe it’s honorable to support Trump while he is still our president.

All the aforementioned issues are documented in Haley’s new book titled “With All Due Respect: Defending America With Grit and Grace.” The book along with many more personal appearances will definitely give Haley an edge over competition she may encounter in the next presidential election.