|December 3, 2020|
Good evening! Today's Evening Edition includes:
- Trump lawsuit implicates Center for Tech and Civic Life
- New Podcast Episode
- President Trump's Election update
- Leftist rhetoric gets an update
TRUMP LAWSUIT IMPLICATES CENTER FOR TECH AND CIVIC LIFE
President Trump himself has filed a lawsuit against the Wisconsin Elections Commission, in his personal capacity as a candidate for re-election as President of the United States. The suit alleges “unlawful and unconstitutional acts.” Details are at the link, along with general information and updates on Trump’s legal fight and a place to donate to his Election Defense Fund.
Interestingly, the list of alleged unlawful acts includes activities involving a group we’ve reported on recently, the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), which came in from out of state to implement a new form of balloting in Wisconsin: unmanned, absentee ballot dropboxes “without adequate or uniform chain of custody standards and security protocols contrary to the Wisconsin Election code.”
According to this lawsuit, the CTCL funded (yes, FUNDED) a plan by the mayors of Wisconsin’s five largest cities --- Milwaukee, Madison, Kenosha, Green Bay and Racine --- to use these dropboxes. The mayors are also included in the suit. The dropbox plan was adopted by the Wisconsin Elections Commission for use throughout the state.
Remember the CTCL? We reported that they used to operate on a yearly budget of about $1 million but then got a whopping infusion of $350 million from Mark Zuckerberg. That should buy a whole lot of dropboxes. This release from the Amistad Project is really a must-read if you want to know what’s going on with all that money.
Donors to the CTCL include Facebook, Google, and progressive organizations such as Rock The Vote, Democracy Fund, and the Voter Information Project, which after a few clicks tells us it is a member of “the Election Infrastructure Subsector Coordinating Council,” which after a few more clicks we find is part of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). You know, the same public-private agency within the Department of Homeland Security that Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic are members of.
And, hoo boy. The header on the home page of the CTCL will have you rolling on the floor: “We harness the promise of technology to modernize the American voting experience. What you get: High-performing election offices. Increased public confidence and trust. A more resilient and adaptive election system. Better informed voters.” They say their job is to “ensure that our elections are more professional, inclusive and secure.”
What we got in this election –- though the mainstream media won’t report it –- was a freaking mess, an unmitigated disaster. If this is the “modernized” American voting experience, give me old-fashioned in-person voting with paper ballots and poll watchers from both parties standing calmly and politely by, as in the days of the dinosaurs. (Stone tablets would be fine with me as long as signatures are verified. One bonus is that they’re too heavy for mail-in.)
The CTCL website goes on to say they offer courses such as “Cybersecurity for Election Officials.” (Again, I’ll pause while you roll on the floor, laughing helplessly.) And on their page called “20 Ways Election Officials Increased Accessibility During the November Election,” they brag that “in California, Vermont and D.C., every registered voter received a mail-in ballot for the first time.” What could possibly go wrong?
They also work to register “voters serving out felony sentences” as “an issue of social and racial justice.” Thanks to their efforts, Cook County Jail in Illinois, the nation’s second largest prison, served as a polling location this year, marking “the first time in U.S. history that a prison hosted in-person early voting for a general election. It saw a 40 percent voter turnout rate, with over 2,000 incarcerated individuals casting ballots.”
They say they are also “educating Native Americans to reverse historic suppression.” I'm not sure, but I do have to wonder if they were involved in Nevada’s get-out-the-vote effort for Native Americans.
It appears that the CTCL goes into heavily-Democrat cities and pays election officials, but with strings attached. In Philadelphia, they reportedly required the city to open 800 new polling places. Should a non-government entity be coming in and changing how an election is managed?
Now that Election Day has passed, the CTCL is crowing about what a great job everybody did. I am not kidding. “Election officials are still hard at work canvassing ballots,” they say on their website, “conducting post-election audits, and certifying results, but the November 2020 election is largely over and, overall, IT WENT EXCEPTIONALLY WELL [emphasis mine].”
National Public Radio agreed. Don’t miss reading the transcript of this roundtable, as officials are patting each other on the back for how good a job they all did. It’s quite a hoot, funny and sad at the same time. These people are in a world of their own.
Anyway, as for the Wisconsin lawsuit that sent us down this rabbit hole. Jenna Ellis, Trump attorney and senior legal advisor for his campaign, said it “reveals an apparently coordinated effort to push a new form of balloting upon Wisconsin voters that was not protected by uniform chain of custody and security standards and protocols. Regrettably, this is the same sort of conduct we have seen across many battleground states that Democrats knew they had to win to defeat the President where the rules of the election were changed at the last minute and guardrails against fraud were simultaneously lifted.”
This is what Perkins Coie attorney Marc Elias was so busy setting up during the months leading to the election.
The dropbox plan is just one of the directives of the Wisconsin Elections Commission cited in the lawsuit. Trump accuses them of ordering election officials to “tamper with witness certifications on absentee ballot envelopes,” making it easier to count unlawful ballots. He also accuses them of issuing orders with the purpose of “undercutting” the state’s photo ID law.
It looks as though Big Tech, through lots of money and “directives” issued by the CTCL to heavily-blue cities, played a major role in creating the chaos we now have. Trump’s legal challenges are bringing this to light –- one more reason why he’s performing a public service by doing this.
NEW PODCAST EPISODE
Ever wonder what ever happened to good old-fashioned gumshoe reporting? Veteran journalist Uma Pemmaraju has the answer on this week’s “People’s Podcast,” speaking with Governor Huckabee all about the news media’s declining standards in our ironically named information era.
PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ELECTION UPDATE
Wednesday night, President Trump gave an election update that he said “may be the most important speech I’ve ever made.” He talked about the allegations of vote fraud and irregularities and said, "The constitutional process must be allowed to continue. We are going to defend the honesty of the vote by ensuring every legal ballot is counted and that no illegal ballot is counted.” But he insisted, “This is not just about honoring the votes of 74 million Americans who voted for me; it's about ensuring that Americans can have faith in this election and all future elections." You can watch the entire speech at this link.
Some media outlets refused to carry the speech, social media put their “This claim is disputed” banners on it, and various liberals railed that Trump is assaulting democracy. But what actually assaults democracy is when the legitimate vote of any citizen to have a say in his or her own government is discarded or canceled out by an illegal vote.
A recent Rasmussen poll found that 47% of Americans believe or suspect that the election was stolen for Biden, and that even includes about 30% of Democrats. It’s becoming increasingly apparent that all the media denials and censoring of such suspicions are not making them go away. Did Democrats stop believing that “Russian collusion” stole the 2016 election, even after we told them how ridiculous it was?
If Democrats truly believe that this is nothing but phony conspiracy theories, and that Biden’s apparent win was on the up-and-up and there is “nothing to see here,” then it would be in their best interests to stop fighting all the attempts to audit the ballots and voting machines and be completely transparent.
Show the American people you have nothing to hide so everyone can be satisfied and we can all get back to work with restored faith in our electoral system and no dark clouds hanging over the incoming Administration. I would actually welcome that myself. I even suggested this to Joe Biden two days after the election and got attacked for saying it. Now, I’m seeing the same suggestion pop up all over: Calls for a transparent, bipartisan investigation to reassure the public and dispel the suspicions.
Why not? I see no reason for them to keep yelling at us that there’s nothing up their sleeves when all they have to do is roll them up and show us.
LEFTIST RHETORIC GETS AN UPDATE
Leftists like to flatter themselves that they are the only truly creative people (of course, they also think they’re the only ones who know how to be funny, and I’ve seen precious little evidence of that lately.) Yet, their responses to their political opponents are anything but creative. In fact, they boil down to a handful of kneejerk cliches, repeated over and over like mantras in a religious cult.
What’s their response to any attempts to insure voter integrity? “Racism!” “Voter suppression!” (Keeping dead people from voting does suppress one of their key constituencies.) What if anyone holds an opinion even slightly to the right of theirs? “Nazi!” “Literally Hitler!!” It’s so boring and predictable.
Well, at least in recent years, they’ve managed to freshen up their rote rhetoric with a new cliché: “It’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ come true!!” Claiming that that piece of bad fiction is about to become reality has become part of the standard leftist script. They dress up in “Handmaid’s Tale” costumes, like furries; shower awards on the latest TV adaptation of it; and take it more seriously than the most obsessed Trekkie. And what sets off their "Handmaid's Tale" radar? Any effort whatsoever to protect First Amendment religious freedom rights.
Case in point: the recent Supreme Court ruling that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo couldn’t shut down churches while allowing secular businesses to remain open – the kind of slamdunk ruling that’s so obviously correct that the only shocking thing about it is that it wasn’t unanimous (the liberal Justices and swinging door John Roberts voted in favor of religious discrimination.)
Except this time, the outcry of “It’s like ‘The Handmaid’s Tale!'” didn't just come from random nuts cosplaying in the streets but from a couple of formerly respected law professors from Harvard and Cornell.
For the record: No, preventing the government from enacting policies that openly discriminate against people of faith and shutting down churches, synagogues and mosques while allowing everything from bike shops to liquor stores to stay open doesn’t mean we are living in or heading toward an oppressive religious dystopia. It means we are standing up to prevent an oppressive leftist government dystopia.
Coincidentally, do you know who else used the oppressive power of government to deprive people of their rights and shut down synagogues? Literally, Hitler.
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY