Just yesterday morning I followed up on the bumbling attempts by Washington to explain electoral system security breaches. I pondered whether the FBI actually found said breaches as part of an investigation or if they had created them as part of some false flag scheme for control. Today, we may have part of an answer.
I woke up (late) to this headline at Drudge:
Hussein Obama elaborates on his golf handicap at NASA; Jeh Johnson looks on.
Drudge likes a little shock value. It should read: DHS to take charge of election security. That’s what they’re planning to do.
Even before the FBI identified new cyber attacks on two separate state election boards, the Department of Homeland Security began considering declaring the election a “critical infrastructure,” giving it the same control over security it has over Wall Street and and the electric power grid.
The latest admissions of attacks could speed up that effort possibly including the upcoming presidential election, according to officials.
“We should carefully consider whether our election system, our election process, is critical infrastructure like the financial sector, like the power grid,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.
Johnson also said that the big issue at hand is that there isn’t a central election system since the states run elections. “There’s no one federal election system. There are some 9,000 jurisdictions involved in the election process,” Johnson said.
Or, there were 9,000. Decentralization of power is a long-standing paper theme in America. I say “paper” because though we cut ties to centralized authority (King George III) in 1776, we reinstituted them in 1787 with the federal Constitution. Still, with something like elections, it’s probably preferable to have 9,000 separate authorities rather than just one. That makes corruption 9,000 times harder. Or, it did.
A related topic was raised in a U.S. News article today:
“There’s nothing in the Constitution which requires a popular election for the electors serving in the Electoral College,” says John Nagle, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, meaning the body that officially elects presidents could convene without the general public voting.
“It’s up to each state legislature to decide how they want to choose the state’s electors,” Nagle says. “It may be a situation in which the fact that we have an Electoral College, rather than direct voting for presidential candidates, may prove to be helpful.”
Both major parties do have rules for presidential ticket replacements, however, and Congress has the power to change the election date under Article II of the Constitution, which allows federal lawmakers to set dates for the selection of presidential electors and when those electors will vote.
But Congress would be up against a de facto December deadline, as the Constitution’s 20th Amendment requires that congressional terms expire Jan. 3 and presidential terms on Jan. 20. Though it’s conceivable to split legislative and presidential elections, they generally happen at the same time. And if the entire general election were to be moved after Jan. 3, Congress effectively would have voted themselves out of office.
While I would be happy as a clam if Congress voted itself out of office I suspect many others would not. “There’s nothing in the Constitution which requires a popular election…” – that doesn’t jive with all that “democracy” and “you’re vote counts” business so popular today. But, it’s true.
Your vote, your participation in the election is not needed. It is only an illusion. At best it provides the real state electoral system with suggestions. If someone wanted to tamper with your suggestion box, it would be better for them (worse for you) to do so from a singular point (as opposed to 9,000 little points all over the place). Thus, my suspicion of DHS’s power grab.
Oddly, DHS isn’t necessary either nor is it found in the Constitution. With the brief and partial interruption in the scheme from 1861-1865, the federal system operated without DHS from 1787 until 2002 (2003 really). It was a gift of the wooden, horse-like, Greek variety from our dear friend Jorge the Dimmer. (Miss him yet?) It was instituted after another false flag event. (Thanks for that recent admission, Rudy!)
I’m really close to 700 posts on this site and at least about 600 of them deal with the evil nature of government. You simply cannot underestimate the state’s capacity to do harm. Yesterday I mockingly rattled off but a few of the known recent depredations from D.C. Here’s a new one:
Those hard-working, just like us, only trying to better their lives while hiding “in the shadows” illegal aliens have stolen 1,000,000 of our social security numbers. What’s more, the IRS has known about this for about FIVE YEARS and has done nothing! They haven’t even notified the victims. A can of worms this is.
Social Security isn’t in the Constitution either, apart from just being another tax. The IRS is happy to collect taxes from any source it can. If illegals pay in, great. They care nothing about you and your identity theft claims.
As for the illegals, some say there is no such thing as an “illegal person”. This is where I part ways with the open borders libertarians. Is there now no such thing as an illegal identity thief?
We are not the world, nor are we children.
Even if the IRS cared (they don’t), they would have a very hard time sorting all this out. Likely they have no idea how to solve this problem. Their position is partly defensible mathematically: in just a few short score of years both the illegals and the identity victims, every last one, will be dead – thus, no problem in the long run to worry about.
Back to DHS, they have a short but growing history of doing a whole lot of nothing. Nothing except for taking control – of anything they can. That helps boost their budget numbers. A few of you may recall how DHS took control of the West Virginia situation in the novel Republic and the ensuing hilarity.
By the way, and on a concluding note, pursuant to the deficiencies discovered in Republic those you in WV might want to go ahead and stock up on AAA and SAMs.