Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Mirage of the Popular vote

The founding Fathers created our electoral college system to force Presidential candidates to win states, not so much individual votes. They wanted candidates to campaign in every region of the country. They purposely did not want a national popular vote. Indeed, a national popular vote runs counter to their notion of Federalism.

The electoral system combines a popular vote within each state. So, if a candidate wins the popular vote in a state he gets its electoral college votes. In effect we have 50, plus the District of Columbia, separate elections. The results are tallied next month by the Electoral college.

In our system, every state gets at least 3 electoral votes, which guarantees they have something to offer a Presidential candidate. In effect a reason to come to the state to campaign.

Lately I hear lots of Democrats complaining that it is unfair that Hillary won the national popular vote but lost the election. They now have a cause, get rid of the electoral college. And to buffer the cause many ignorant liberals claim that the electoral college was designed to preserve slavery. Funny up until last month they never mentioned it.

But beyond the Constitutional reality of our system is the fact that liberals live on top of liberals. What I mean by that is that liberal voters are packed into a few states, albeit big states. States like New York, Illinois and California. Those states do have a lot of electoral votes, but driving up the popular votes for the Democrat candidate does not translates into any more electoral college votes.

In our Federal system those three states, New York, Illinois and California translate into 6 Senate seats. By comparison North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming also claim 6 Senate seats. Now I don’t think that there is anything unfair about that. We have a Federal system which offered every State two Senate seats to enter the Union. There is a process to change the Constitution, but why would the small to mid-sized states want to cede more power to New York, Illinois and California?

Now what if liberals could manage to move people out of New York, Illinois and California, spread them throughout the country. Would that make the country more liberal? Would that guarantee Democrats win the White House?

I doubt it. The transplanted blue stators are likely to adopt the voting patterns of their new state. They start paying less in taxes, face less regulations and mandates, and pretty soon they shake the murrain of political correctness. It is just as likely as not that the Californian transplanted to Alabama will pretty soon start to vote like an Alabamian.

Monday, November 7, 2016

The Case Against Hillary. Vote for Trump

One of my earliest and most indelible memories of Hillary Clinton took place in January of 1998. I was driving into work, it was about 5am, I had a job where I had to be in early. I was driving down the George Washington Parkway. My car radio was tuned into a news station, and the lead story that morning was that Newsweek had a story that the President of the United States had an affair with a 22-year-old intern, and had asked her to lie about it under oath. First Lady Hillary Clinton was going to go on NBC’s Today Show later that morning to offer the White House defense.

Now you would think that before she went on the show she would say to her husband over breakfast, “Honey, I am going on national television and may be asked about the story that you had an affair with a 22-year-old intern and had asked her to lie about it under oath. What should I tell them?”

According to the public record she never asked that basic question, which any spouse would ask. She didn’t ask it because she knew she would have to start lying and covering for him. Lying and covering for Bill was something Hillary had gotten good at in Arkansas.

When she went on the Today show and was asked the obvious question she quickly dodged it, and offered a counter attack. She said, “The great story here for anybody willing to find it and write about it and explain it is this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president."

This was an obvious diversion, she knew, or could have verified that the charges against her husband were true. She knowingly lied. Before the scandal broke she was spreading the lie that Bill was mentoring Monica. How nice, maybe he was helping her with long division.

I don’t think the Clintons ever believed that truth and morality applied to them. They are grifters. They lie naturally. They lie when it is in their interest. For them the ends justify the means. When our embassy in Libya was attacked, Hillary acknowledged in an email to her daughter that it was a terrorist attack. However, to the American people she floated the idea that the attack was in response to a YouTube video, which she believed was an offensive depiction of Islam. From a political standpoint a terrorist attack would be detrimental going into the election. So Hillary thought maybe she could find another explanation. Blame it on a bad video.

Hillary complained that they were broke when they left the White House. Why were they broke? Because of all their legal bills! They had legal bills because of their behavior. They were being investigated for a number of things and needed defense lawyers. A word to the wise when you engage in unethical behavior you need to hire lots of lawyers.

When they left the White House, she and her husband packed a moving truck with White House furniture, china, antiques which did not belong to them. Even petty theft is not beneath them. The Park Service forced them to return the stolen loot.

Now the latest Hillary scandal deals with her use of email. In a nutshell Hillary was given an email by the state department, but she decided to use her husband’s server in the basement of their New York house. When the state department asked for the emails she said she had deleted them. When the justice department asked for the server she said she didn’t know where it was. They found it in a computer shop in New Jersey. It was wiped clean with bleachbit, a software that erases the hard drive.

Well the reason for the private server was to keep secret what the Clinton’s were doing with their foundation. The Associated Press reported that over half of Hillary’s discretionary meetings as secretary of state was with foundation donors!

The Clinton's are worth 30 to 40 million dollars. How did they make that money? Influence peddling.

Now many will say Hillary has a long resume and lots of experience. I agree she has spent a lot of time in Washington, but her record of accomplishment is extremely short for someone who has spent nearly a quarter of a century inside the beltway.

In her couple terms in the US Senate she was a reliable liberal vote, which for the media translates to experience. But she never made a mark in the institution. If her term as Secretary of State was simply unsuccessful, we could say well she gave it a shot, and maybe she is better suited for another job. However, her term was worse than unsuccessful, it was disastrous. I can’t think of one example or instance where she persuaded a single world leader to do anything.

Our relations with Russia sunk to cold war levels, Iraq went from a generally stable emerging Democracy to a lawless Islamic state. We had a new friend in Libya, but because of our failure to support him he was otherthrown by a mob.

So, I won’t be voting for Hillary. I will cast my vote for Donald Trump. Trump certainly has his faults, but like Chester A. Arthur he could grow in office. He is smart, a successful businessman, has executive experience, honest albeit brutally honest.

Trump may be what Washington needs.

He will enforce our immigration laws, fight Islamic terror, cut government spending. He will fight for good trade deals, and repeal every one of Obama’s executive orders, many of which are Constitutionally dubious.

On November 8th lets close the chapter on the Clintons. Break with the past and give an outsider, Donald Trump, a chance.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Senator Black: FBI Deputy Director Should Resign

The following is a release from State Senator Richard Black:

Hillary Clinton's defense against charges that she has lawlessly handled classified information in her emails, and by using her private email server, has been that the FBI performed a complete investigation and found no violation of law. This morning, thanks to investigative reporting by the Wall Street Journal and Fox News, we may understand why the FBI dropped the case. Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, a Clinton confidant, directed almost $800,000 into the political coffers of the wife of this high-ranking FBI official overseeing the email investigation.

I call on FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who, it is reported, was responsible for “overseeing the Clinton email investigation,” to resign immediately based on disclosures from a front-page Wall Street Journal article today.

Last year, I ran for re-election to the Virginia State Senate against Jill McCabe. I was astonished at how much money she was able to raise --- $1.8 million. How convenient for your husband to be a high-ranking FBI official with lots of potential influence.
Andrew McCabe’s wife, Jill, received $467,500 of her campaign budget from Governor Terry McAuliffe's political action committee. And the Virginia Democratic Party, which is under his strong influence, gave another $207,788 to Jill McCabe's campaign.

Few people in the country are closer to Hillary than our illustrious Governor, who has served her interests for decades. He even served as Chair of Hillary’s 2008 national presidential campaign and was a potential VP running mate. When Hillary needs rescuing, Terry McAuliffe has always been there to do whatever needs to be done.

Meanwhile, the career of Jill McCabe's husband, Andrew McCabe, has taken off within the FBI. In July 2015, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, was promoted to third in command at the FBI. In January 2016, McCabe became second in command of the FBI under Director James B. Comey.

The last eight years of Democrat rule led to politicization and distrust of the nation's leading law enforcement agency --- the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

As an attorney, and a former JAG officer who has had responsibilities over the investigation and prosecution of crimes, I am at a loss to see how the FBI could possibly allow Andrew McCabe to oversee the investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s email server scandals. Mr. McCabe was clearly indebted to the Clinton Campaign because of the support given his wife.

McCabe should have immediately recused himself from the investigation. His failure to do so proves that he is unqualified to serve as Deputy Director of the FBI, or in any position of trust in the United States Government.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Nina Burleigh's Bad Propaganda

When I was a kid growing up in the 1980’s I would occasionally read the soviet propaganda paper Pravda. The English edition of course, I don’t read a word of Russian. I have always enjoyed reading propaganda and spotting the lies and deceit. It is like game, and I think I am quite good at it.

Well, the Soviet Union is dead, but fortunately I have a liberal friend that every couple weeks gives me a stack of liberal newspaper articles and magazines. The other day I got my latest stack and I glanced at a piece, I can’t call it an article, and while it was a commentary it expressed assertions as an article would. It took me about five seconds to realize that the story was garbage.

The author, Nina Burleigh, makes three charges, one, George W. Bush had a private email account, second, W lost millions of emails on purpose, and three Hillary’s email policies, or as the author claims "habits", were more prudential and transparent then Bush’s. All of these charges are false.

The piece was titled “George W. Bush’s “lost” 22 million emails.” posted on the Newsweek site on September 12th. I’d give you the link, but I hate going on the site. Whenever I do it slows down my computer.

From very title I could tell it was a bogus story. A tip for you in spotting propaganda. Whenever an author puts a word in a quote you know something is up, especially if it is in the title. Burleigh put the word “lost” in quotes because she knew it was not true, she may have assumed no one would read through her drivel. They would see the title and assume Bush lost or deleted emails like Hillary. But, if like me the reader soldiered on he would read in the 17th paragraph that there are no lost emails. They were archived, as they were supposed to be. You have to read 16 paragraphs before you find out that the title is misleading.

Burleigh does not claim George W. Bush emailed classified material. Burleigh does not claim Bush deleted emails. Hillary admitted to deleting 30,000 plus emails! Yet Burleigh thinks Hillary’s email habits were better than Bush’s.

Burleigh claims that “no evidence of a crime (committed by Hillary) has been found.” Actually FBI Director James Comey testified that Clinton both sent and received emails that were classified at the “Top Secret/Special Access Program level” and were classified at the time. That is a crime. If Burleigh or myself were to email classified materials on our personal email account we would be committing a crime under the espionage act. We would not be running for President we’d be trying to cop a plea to stay out of jail.

In her post Burleigh does not say that George W. Bush had a personal email account, but she implies he did. She never uses the words "personal email", but she accuses Bush of using a “private server”. What Burleigh describes is a campaign account which was set up by the Republican National committee for Bush's re-election.

The President is the titular head of the party and as such he has a political role. The RNC email accounts were created to facilitate the political role of the President. There is nothing illegal about that.

During the 2004 Presidential campaign I used to get mass emails from the RNC urging political action. The senders name was “George W. Bush.” Burleigh compares those mass campaign emails to Hillary’s emails as Secretary of State. This is absurd.

Burleigh quotes a liberal activist and no doubt Hillary voter, as saying “If you look at the Bush emails when he was a sitting(as opposed to standing) President 95% of his chief advisor’s emails were on private email system set up RNC. “ Well, I don’t understand the complaint. Conceivably all his advisors could have an email account on the RNC’s server if they use it to discuss politics.

Hillary was given an email by the state department, but she decided to use her husband’s server in the basement of their New York house. When the state department asked for the emails she said she had deleted them. When the justice department asked for the server she said she didn’t know where it was. They found it in a computer shop in New Jersey. The guy who set up the server took the 5th Amendment. And what did George W. Bush do that was worse? I read Nina’s post three times and I still don’t know what he did wrong.

Nina Burleigh is a propagandist. And not a very good one.