Thursday, March 4, 2021

Democrats' moving target on voting integrity

Last July, Senator Cantwell (D-WA) spoke on elections, and specifically demonstrated how signature verification works:
Just for those who are really curious about this, I now have a privacy envelope. Now that I am done filling out my ballot, I stick it in this privacy envelope. Why do I do that? If somebody thinks that my privacy is violated because on the outside of this envelope I sign this signature, they separate these two things. This privacy envelope separates this and throws the ballots that are legitimate to be counted, and now no one knows exactly how I voted.

I take this privacy envelope, and I stick it in the official document envelope that I am going to mail back. So I stick it in there, and guess what I have to do? I have to sign and date it. That signature is the validation of this system. It is the validation by my signature, the same as when I went into a voting booth, as we used to do, and signed my name. It is a validation against someone who is trying to create mischief with this system. It is what makes the vote-by-mail system work effectively in our State. I say that because our State has had many close elections, and yet no one has ever contested the outcome of the final election because we go through this system.

Fast-forward to this week.

Tuesday (legislative Monday), Senate Majority Leader Schumer (D-NY) spoke on voting rights, and referred to “signature requirements for absentee ballots” as “absurd.”

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Not given = denied ?

During oral argument today, Justice Sotomayor said, “You're denied something if you're not given the right to vote because or results in your denial from circumstances that the state could remedy easily.”

Perhaps there is some particular nuance to the voting circumstances and principles discussed in this case, but the idea that “if you're not given” something then “you're denied” seems to be a problematic and widespread philosophy.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Home interference

Following up on some previous items, both HB 1864 and SB 1310 have been sent to the Virginia Governor to be signed into law.

The Family Foundation has more information on the implications of these bills.

Governor Northam should veto these bills that infringe on home rights.

If he won't, the courts should strike them down.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

The most important moment in Congress this week

The most important moment in Congress this week had nothing to do with a spending bill.

From the false teaching of the Greeks in ancient times, a name carried down through the centuries as a symbol supernatural power: the Titans. As men applied their advances in technology to the seas, a vessel was named after these false gods.

A 1911 issue of Shipbuilder magazine described the RMS Titanic as being “practically unsinkable.” When Mrs. Albert Caldwell was boarding the Titanic in Southampton, she asked a crew member if it was true the ship was unsinkable. He told her—“Yes, lady, God himself could not sink this ship.” (Source)

The U.S. House of Representatives this week passed H.R. 5 which mandates universal acceptance of sexual immorality and specifically excludes any exceptions on the basis of religious freedom.

Friday, February 26, 2021

We don't elect people so they can rule

The whole point of having procedural rules surrounding the process of making laws is to protect from people grabbing for power.

After the Senate parliamentarian ruled that a change to minimum wage laws does not fall within the purview of budget reconciliation, Squad member Omar Tweeted, “Abolish the filibuster. Replace the parliamentarian. What’s a Democratic majority if we can’t pass our priority bills? This is unacceptable.”

That's about as naked as a raw power grab can get.

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