Thursday, September 01, 2016

National Security Grab of Election Dangerous, and Unconstitutional

By Douglas V. Gibbs
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Talk about the fox guarding the hen house.  There is word that because of all of the cyber attacks, and threat of fraud in this election, the 2016 Presidential Election has become a National Security matter.  As such, the Department of Homeland Security has been considering declaring the election a "critical infrastructure," which would then have them transfer control over security to them.

Think about that for a moment.  The executive branch in a highly contested race having one of its departments grab control of the election, despite the U.S. Constitution explicitly placing the manner and procedures of the election in the hands of the State legislatures, and Congress (when necessary).

"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.

"There's a vital national interest in our election process, so I do think we need to consider whether it should be considered by my department and others critical infrastructure," he said at a media conference earlier this month hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

A White House policy directive adds, "The federal government also has a responsibility to strengthen the security and resilience of its own critical infrastructure, for the continuity of national essential functions, and to organize itself to partner effectively with and add value to the security and resilience efforts of critical infrastructure owners and operators."

Johnson admits that is an issue they think they should tackle despite the States being the ones running it.  There isn't a central election system since the States run elections (as the Constitution calls for). "There's no one federal election system. There are some 9,000 jurisdictions involved in the election process," Johnson said.

He says it as if it is a bad thing.

Remember, the Democrats think that if the federal government is not at the helm with everything, nothing will ever be done right, or in a just manner.
We might as well become a banana republic, or a dictatorship, if Homeland Security grabs the reins of our elections - because then it would be the leftist statist establishment counting the votes.

How did Soviet communist dictator and mass murderer Josef Stalin put it?

"The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."

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