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Federal Takeover of Elections:
30 New Policy Mandates Required by HR1

By David Harrell

House Resolution 1 (HR1), comicly named “For the People Act of 2019”, is the omnibus election law bill passed in the House of Representatives by its new liberal majority.  The legislation is sweeping in nature, overturning the federalism foundation of the electoral process in the United States that has been in place for the past two centuries.

Currently, each state in the nation controls its own voting process.  In the last election in Michigan there were a couple of ballot proposals that implemented many of the provisions that are now being proposed in this federal legislation.  They were bad for Michigan when they passed here but would be even worse if the federal government mandated it from Washington DC.

Most of these mandates are designed to increase the number of Democrat votes obtained through fraudulent means by enabling illegal voting and by ensuring federal bureaucrats control elections.  Washington DC is currently 96% democrat.
Below is a list of the new mandates contained in the legislation.  I have highlighted ones that will increase illegal voting.

Federal Mandate #1:  Requires All States to Implement Online Voter Registration
Federal Mandate #2:  Requires States to Accept the Federal Registration Form Electronically; Preempts State Registration Laws
Federal Mandate #3:  States Required to Implement Automatic Voter Registration
Federal Mandate #4:  Preemption of State Registration Deadlines; Requires “Same Day Registration” on Election Day
Federal Mandate #5:  Requires 15 Days of Early Voting in All States; Regulation of Early Voting Hours and Locations of Polling Sites
Federal Mandate #6:  New Severe Restrictions on State Voter List Maintenance Activities
Federal Mandate #7:  Endorses Restoring Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to Require Federal Oversight of Elections
Federal Mandate #8:  Requires States to Provide an Automated Telephone Based System to Register to Vote
Federal Mandate #9:  New Federal Standards for State Registration Databases and Mandatory Annual Certification
Federal Mandate #10:  Preempts State Laws on “Challenges” of Ineligible Voters
Federal Mandate #11:  New Voter Registration Reporting Requirements by States
Federal Mandate #12:  New 45-Day Deadline to Mail Ballots to Voters with Disabilities
Federal Mandate #13:  New Federal Crimes for Deceptive Practices Related to Time, Manner of Elections
Federal Mandate #14:  Requires States Allow Felons to Vote After Release from Prison
Federal Mandate #15:  Requires States to Notify All Individuals Convicted of Felony or Misdemeanor of the Right to Vote
Federal Mandate #16:  Requires All States to Vote on Paper Ballots and Require Counting of Ballots by Hand or Optical Scan
Federal Mandate #17:  Requires States to Count Provisional Ballots Cast Outside Precinct
Federal Mandate #18:  Requires Every State to Implement No Excuse Vote by Mail with Signature Comparison
Federal Mandate #19:  Requires States to Send “No-Excuse” Mail Ballots to Voters Two Weeks Prior to Federal Elections
Federal Mandate #20:  Reporting Requirements from States in Administration of Elections
Federal Mandate #21:  Makes Election Day a Federal Holiday
Federal Mandate #22:  Requires Colleges and Universities to Serve as Voter Registration Agencies
Federal Mandate #23:  Eliminates Photo ID/Non-Photo ID Prior to Casting a Vote
Federal Mandate #24:  States Required to Reimburse USPS for Ballots without Postage and Develop Mail Ballot Tracking System
Federal Mandate #25:  State Chief Election Officials Prohibited from Taking Part in Federal Political Campaigns
Federal Mandate #26:  Establishment of Voter Hotline and State-Based Response System
Federal Mandate #27:  Requires States to Complete Federal Post-Election Surveys Requested by the Election Assistance Commission
Federal Mandate #28:  Requires States to Establish Independent Redistricting Commissions for Congressional Redistricting
Federal Mandate #29:  Requires Testing of State Voting Systems in Federal Labs Nine Months Prior to Each Federal Election
Federal Mandate #30:  Federal Government to Establish Cybersecurity Standards for All Aspects of Elections
Democrats = Infanticide
By David Harrell

In the headlong rush to oppose everything that President Trump and Republicans support, the Democratic Party has now become the party of infanticide. 

First, after a Democratic take-over of New York’s legislature, the Dems pushed through a bill to allow abortions right up to the moment of birth.  This is de facto infanticide as we now know that infants are viable after as few as 22 weeks.

Secondly Governor Northam of Virginia expressed the Democrat position in a radio interview in this way “So in this particular example, if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen…the infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”   Now keep in mind that Governor Northam is a pediatrician, so he is speaking from a position of knowledge and experience.  He would potentially be part of the “discussion” to decide if the baby should be allowed to live!

Now we have legislative proof of Democratic approval of infanticide with the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  Presented by Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, the act was designed to require doctors to treat a baby that is born alive during an attempted abortion the same as they would treat any baby that is born alive.  That means that the issue is not about abortion, or the mother’s body, or a euphemistic “choice”, but rather if a baby should be treated as a human after being born.  Only 3 Democrats felt like it should be possible to even discuss this bill!  There are a lot of women in prison who, after having a baby, kill the baby or let the baby die because they don’t want it.  According to Dems the only problem with those women is that they didn’t have a doctor (or whatever you call an abortionist) to help them end the baby’s life.

Nothing provides more insight into a people then how they treat the most vulnerable members of society.  Democrats are willing to kill the most vulnerable and protect those that facilitate it.
Where Have All the Statesmen Gone?

A few thoughts on John McCain
by Ruthann Dawley

    All during the 2008 presidential campaign, I volunteered many long--and often discouraging--hours for the McCain-Palin ticket.  I recall having disparaging thoughts about the outcome of the election, especially as November loomed closer and I began seeing signs with “McCain” blotted out with only the “Palin 2008” remaining. 
    When Election Day finally came, I arrived early (donuts in hand for the election officials) at my assigned post as a poll challenger in downtown Pontiac.  The line of potential voters stretched a full city block.  Some were actually dancing in the street.  I remember saying aloud, “Put a fork in John McCain.”
    I’m sure all GOP volunteers and paid workers felt the same as I did after that election, fearing for the future of these United States and at the same time trying to forget the disaster of a campaign that McCain ran, even trying to forget the man himself.  Then along came Donald Trump.
    When then candidate Trump spoke of John McCain in July of 2015, “He’s not a war hero.  He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who aren’t captured,” many were angered.  But it was his follow-up statement that caught my attention when he said of McCain, “…yet another all talk, no action politician who spends too much time on television and not enough time doing his job.”  It struck a cord with me.  We are all looking for men and women of character who say what they mean and mean what they say, or at least I think we should be.  Where are all of these folks?
    I find that President Trump has been totally vindicated on his later comment. After all, has not Senator John McCain virtually stabbed millions of Americans in the back with his “NO” vote on deep-sixing Obamacare when he could have been a true hero in the eyes of many.  While I am deeply sorry for his cancer diagnosis, in my opinion the petty and childish “gotcha” tactics from McCain are red flags that he is a bitter man who seemingly longs to take his revenge.   But what’s the senator to do?  Here’s a novel idea:  Forgive.

    We could all use a healthy dose of forgiveness toward all those who offend us.  No matter what is said or done to us, if we do not forgive our perceived offenders from our heart, we fall into the dire danger of becoming bitter.  Bitterness is never alone and never static; it effects not only the one who is bitter but spreads like a terrible cancer and becomes fatal unless halted.  So what is the cure?
    We are never more like God than when we forgive.  All forgiveness originates from the only merciful and gracious Creator God, Who said of Himself, “The Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  (Luke 19:10)  Saving naturally implies forgiveness.  Those who have been forgiven an unimaginable debt of sin toward a holy, righteous and just God ought to be able to easily forgive someone of a relatively small debt of offense toward them.  But doing all this assumes that the one offended has actually experienced a supernatural forgiveness, and there’s the rub.
    Our founding fathers had a plethora of disagreements and quarrels among themselves, but I have to believe they ultimately forgave one another, united around the idea of America and of Judeo-Christian ideals and ethics.  It takes courage to forgive.  That’s a real show of courage.  That’s a fruitful and joyous show of courage.
    In our history as a great nation, we have been too infrequently gifted with forgiving leaders who were, by God’s grace, seemingly immune to the barbs, slanders and criticisms of others and sought to live for a cause greater than themselves.  We call them statesmen.  They routinely raised our hopes and ideals as a people, united us for the cause of freedom and responsible liberty, and showed us the way to forgive and forget offenses, even if justice was needed.  They blessed millions upon millions.
    Our Republican Party as a whole--our national, state, county, and local politics--needs to rid itself of the cancer of bitterness that is quite obviously raising its ugly head among us.  We need to unite around the common goal of upholding and implementing our Constitution and our Party Platform.  We would all be the better for it.