The Obama Administration is leaving office much like the way it came in — by exploiting perceived crises. “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s just-named chief of staff, told a Wall Street Journal conference of top CEOs in November 2008 while his boss was still president-elect. Since then a slew of constitutionally dubious executive orders, presidential emergencies, and rushed legislation have characterized the Obama presidency. Now he is leaving office by issuing a blizzard of “midnight regulations” and edicts. One of the most troublesome came last Friday and gave the federal government the
But, once the power is there, could President Trump then decree that all states must completely confirm that all names on the voter registrations are for living citizens at valid addresses, with no duplicated listings, and no current felons?
Then, once the cleanup is completed, rescind the power so the next DemonRAT pResident can´t wield the same power for mischief.
Today displaying a US driver´s license while registering to vote or when voting in person is absolutely not reliable to establish that the bearer of a driver´s license is actually a US citizen qualified to vote in a federal election.
Today there are over 41 million foreigners in the USA both illegally and legally, none of them are qualified to vote in federal elections. Back during the Bill Clinton era the liberal Democrat designed so-called Motor-Voter laws were passed by Congress. Those laws provide that anyone with a US driver´s license can register to vote without having to prove that they are US citizens and prohibit voter registration officials from requiring people with driver´s licenses registering to vote to provide evidence that they are actually US citizens.
Today almost any foreigner legally in the USA can obtain a US driver´s license and a number of states issue driver´s licenses to illegal aliens based upon unauthenticated foreign identification documents. California alone has issued over a million driver´s licenses to known illegal aliens.
All that is an invitation to foreigners to fraudulently vote in US elections as today nobody is looking, and especially since Obama appeared on Spanish language TV before the recent election and instructed his audience that if they are concerned about a possible Trump Administration effectively enforcing the immigration laws, that if by living in the USA, they consider themselves to be "citizens" that it is OK for them to vote and that after Hillary won that she would not allow federal law enforcement to seek them out, to arrest them and to deport them. It´s time for Congress to seriously thighen up the voter registration laws, no doubt about that!
One thousand nine hundred eighty-four years ago, the sky went dark, the earth quaked and a man died on a cross. Martin Luther said that at that moment Jesus was the greatest sinner to ever live. All the sins of the believers in the past, present and future were piled on him to such an extent the sun refused to shine on him. This Easter weekend celebrates the weekend that most historians say is the most momentous weekend in human history. Even those who do not believe Jesus of Nazareth was the Son of God acknowledge that his death and resurrection
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