Enough!

Enough is enough

By Ronald C. Tinnell
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Enough is enough!  Our judiciary’s encroachment on the executive has been a developing problem for some time.  Liberal judges have been finding excuses to overrule President Trump’s actions since the day he took office.  Even if the President eventually wins

the issue in a higher court, the judiciary acts so slowly that, by that time he does, the issue is often moot.

Now a judge has just ordered the White House to reinstate Jim Acosta’s White House pass.  If the President cannot control who comes to his own press conferences, what can he control?  Are judges going to start rendering opinions about what bills he must sign and which ones he must veto?  If we are attacked, will a judge instruct the President on when and how he can act to defend us?

In response to this outrage, the President should do two things immediately.  First, he should announce that there will be no more White House press conferences till this matter is resolved to his satisfaction.  Give Jim Acosta his pass, but make it useless. Second, he should call for the immediate impeachment of the judge that issued this order.  I’m not sure there would be enough votes in the House to impeach, but he should do it anyway.  At some point, you have to fight back.

On a longer-term basis, it’s time for Republicans to start acting like Democrats.  As things stand now, Democrats are happy with the judiciary.  Liberal judges happily intrude on executive decisions of the President, and conservative judges do not.  Democrats do not want to reign in the judiciary because it is actively supporting their agenda.  If conservative judges start acting like liberal judges, then the Democrats will be forced to change their tune.  Let’s appoint some activist conservative judges to the bench and see how the Democrats like it.  I know this goes against conservative principles, but, sometimes, you have to fight fire with fire.

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Blue-State Refugees

Blue-State Refugees

By Gerald K. McOscar
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The day before Maine’s November 6 gubernatorial election, Governor Paul LePage announced that if Democratic nominee Janet Mills won, he planned to move to Florida.  In fact, he was moving regardless who won.

The Sunshine State is regularly the top destination for migrants fleeing Maine’s frigid winters and high taxes.  It has one of the nation’s worst overall tax burdens while Florida boasts one of the best.

Florida is fortunate to be gaining a resident with LePage’s conservative values.  Too many liberals move to low-tax states like Florida to escape the crime, taxes, corruption, and dysfunction of their home states only to bring the values of the ancien régime with them. 

The upshot is that destination states incrementally turn purple, then blue.  In time, the expats new homes mirror the old-guard liberal enclaves like New York, Maine, and New Jersey they fled.

Witness recent trends in Arizona, Florida, and Texas.

While researching this article, I disinterred a July 2013 letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer which illustrates my point.

A pregnant 31-year-old woman described her frightening encounter with 10 bike riding teenage thugs while walking home on her quiet residential Philadelphia Center City street.

Suddenly, with no warning, she was on the ground pinned under a bike, eye-to-eye with “a little boy looking as terrified as me trying to steal my belongings, fists raised.”

Bloodied but undaunted, to her the mugging was an occasion to reaffirm her liberal bonafides.  Brimming with compassion, the lingua franca of liberalism, she straightaway exonerated the pre-pubescent felon, proclaiming that she and her husband are “proud “to raise their family in the diverse culture of the city.

Furthermore, the brave couple are staunch opponents of racial profiling.  The “tragic” Trayvon Martin incident had reinforced their beliefs.

Admittedly, her encounter with the flash mob on bikes has caused her (oh so delicately and (reluctantly) to question some of these beliefs.  Nonetheless, she remains a caring and compassionate human being.

She is not angry at the perp, nor scared.  She’s “just sad—sad that (she is) about to raise a baby among people who would hurt a pregnant woman….  sad that I don’t know how to teach my child that stereotypes aren’t real when something like this happens.”

The problem with stereotypes is that they are grounded in reality.

Above all, she’s “most sad for the boy who knocked me over (and his friends who just stood there).  With so much anger, so much hate, and a propensity to commit violence on me (and my giant belly) in what direction is his life leading?”

Touching.

Coincidently, an Inquirer article later that week afforded a glimpse of where her “boy” assailant’s life may be leading.

Nineteen-year-old Justine Mackie, arrested after a gunfight with police and the FBI, confessed to killing three people in an early July 10-day spree of violence.

Both Mackie and his brother (who was killed in the gunfight) have long juvenile records and walked away from juvenile facilities mere days before the killing spree.

Mr. Mackie told police that if he had been the one with the gun instead of his brother, he would have shot “until the magazine was empty.”

I suspect Mr. Mackie’s journey began with purse snatchings, juvenile court, and a series of juvenile facilities where therapists plumbed the root causes of Mr. Mackie’s “propensity to commit violence.” According to most juvenile justice “experts,” Mr. Mackie wasn’t evil; he was “troubled.”

Columnist Thomas Sowell once wrote that as far back as the 18th century, the left has struggled to avoid facing the plain fact of evil….” The left uses “Every kind of excuse, from poverty to an unhappy childhood, to explain and excuse evil.  Yet seldom is there a speck of evidence that thugs are troubled, and often there is ample evidence that they are in fact enjoying themselves, as they create trouble and dangers for others.”

Mr. Mackie is a testament to the efficacy of this junk science.

Clearly, our compassionate victim is of like mind.

One day, however, after one or two more such incidents, without a word being spoken, she and her husband will decide to relocate to a leafy suburb where reality is less likely to disturb their cherished beliefs about themselves and the world about them.

A close-in historically bed rock Republican Philadelphia suburb will thus acquire a bluer tint.

And “troubled youths” like Justine Mackie will continue to ride their bikes on quiet Center City streets.

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Illegal ballots

Dems in FL caught using altered forms to count illegal ballots

By Rick Moran
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Federal prosecutors are looking at a state-wide effort by Florida Democrats to count invalid ballots by giving absentee voters an altered form to fix discrepancies in their signature.

The date on the form has been altered to make it appear that the ballot was legal.

Naples News:

A day after Florida’s election left top state races too close to call, a Democratic party leader directed staffers and volunteers to share altered election forms with voters to fix signature problems on absentee ballots after the state’s deadline.

The altered forms surfaced in Broward, Santa Rosa, Citrus and Okaloosa counties and were reported to federal prosecutors to review for possible election fraud as Florida counties completed a required recount in three top races.

But an email obtained by the USA TODAY NETWORK – Florida shows that Florida Democrats were organizing a broader statewide effort beyond those counties to give voters the altered forms to fix improper absentee ballots after the Nov. 5 deadline. Democratic party leaders provided staffers with copies of a form, known as a “cure affidavit,” that had been modified to include an inaccurate Nov. 8 deadline.

One Palm Beach Democratic activist said in an interview the idea was to have voters fix and submit as many absentee ballots as possible with the altered forms in hopes of later including them in vote totals if a judge ruled such ballots were allowed.

That’s the pary line. The fact is, altering a form in this way is a criminal act.

Jake Sanders, a Democratic consultant in the Treasure Coast who saw the email, told the USA TODAY NETWORK – Florida that he warned party staffers about the legality of using an altered form, but was ignored.

“I warned FDP staff members of the questionable legal status of altering a state form and misleading people their vote would be counted before the court case played out,” Sanders said. “And coordinated campaign leadership told them to keep pushing it that, ‘We are exhausting every possibility.'”

Sanders said the legality of use of the altered form was never discussed.

To Sanders, the party was not being upfront with voters and “undermining making sure every vote counts.”

“They should have been saying, ‘This is unprecedented. We are fighting for your vote to count. Fill this out so we can fight for you.’ But self-imposing a fake deadline and deceiving people is counter to that,” Sanders said.

Jennifer Kim, the party’s Central Florida deputy field director who also served as deputy training director, was clear in her Nov. 7 email that staffers should target people who submitted absentee vote-by-mail ballots before Election Day and did not sign them properly. Her email subject line said “VBM signature cure instructions” and labeled the list of voters to be contacted as “VBM signature chases.”

That same day, however, state Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo wrote on a private Facebook page that efforts to fix ballots should be focused on provisional ballots, which were handled separately with a Nov. 8 deadline for voters to fix any issues.

We’re talking about hundreds – perhaps thousands – of absentee ballots that will be counted because of an illegally altered form. John Hinderaker explains the impact, saying “The Democrats attempted to, in effect, extend the legal deadline for “cure affidavits” so that more ballots potentially could be counted.” It doesn’t matter if a judge extended the deadline. The forms themselves were illegal, hence, the absentee ballots that were “fixed” are illegal also.

The initial effort to use the fradulent forms in Broward and other Democratic counties is just one more indication of the lengths Democrats will go to count every ballot – even if the ballots are illegal.

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Democrat Corruption

Democrat Corruption is a Clear and Present Danger to America

By Patricia McCarthy
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On November 6, it seemed the Republicans might hold their majority in the Senate and in the House.  Sadly, they lost their majority in the House. The mystery is why so many Democrat candidates who are so obviously ethically challenged won in races that should not have even been close.  

How and why do Democrats continue to vote for unqualified, dishonest candidates?  Elizabeth Warren is a proven liar, a cheat who claimed Native American heritage in order to get a job at Harvard.  Her baby, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, was her plan to wield control over all bank and non-bank institutions without

Congressional interference. In short, she is a hard-left socialist who means to control how Americans earn, spend and borrow money, how they use their savings.  Warren is a blight on the Constitution and the guaranteed freedoms of US citizens. She is an advance operative for the socialist America the left envisions.

Andrew Gillum, the left’s choice to be Governor of Florida, is the failed mayor of Tallahassee.  He remains under FBI investigation for corruption.  Given the information about that investigation that has been released, he appears yet another greedy and corrupt Democrat pol in the Hillary Clinton mold.  The stability of Tallahassee declined catastrophically under his leadership;  crime and murder rose drastically.

Gillum sold out his city for money, and cries racism when confronted with his crimes.  He should never have been the candidate for the Governor of Florida but the left cares only about race and power, not ethics or honor.  For progressives, race trumps everything else, even character.  If Gillum wins after the cheating Broward County is infamous for, Florida will suffer the slings and arrows that are inevitable under politicians like Gillum.  Why was this race even close?  Have half the nation’s voters scuttled any semblance of  traditional values in order to win?  Yes. …

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Obama’s CIA Spied on Congress, Whistleblowers

New Documents Reveal CIA Spied on Congress, Whistleblowers

By Sharyl Attkisson, Updated: November 15, 2018
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“…The intercepts in question were conducted under the leadership of CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Both men dragged their feet, according to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), when he originally sought to have the congressional notifications declassified. A then-staffer of Sen. Grassley was among those whose emails were intercepted by the CIA.

Brennan and Clapper, now working in private industry and as consultants for NBC and CNN respectively, have been widely criticized for a variety of alleged surveillance missteps and abuses. “…

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Crooked Brenda Snipes

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Hidden Gun-control Agenda

Florida Election Fraud’s Hidden Gun-control Agenda

By Daniel John Sobieski
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We’ve all seen those lists of objects, names, or places on tests along with the question of which one doesn’t belong or is out of place. Apply that test to the three Florida races affected by the vote fraud/incompetence in Broward and Palm Beach counties: senator, governor, and agricultural commissioner. Uh, agricultural commissioner? Why is anyone trying to steal that election, one lost under the radar among the seemingly more important national impact offices at stake?

The answer is that capturing the Florida agricultural commissioner’s post would be a key victory in liberal and progressive push for gun control. As the Tampa Bay Times notes, Florida is unusual in that the Florida agricultural commissioner, rather than the courts or other law enforcement, is the entity that regulates and controls things like concealed carry permits:

If it seems unusual for Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to handle concealed weapons permits, that’s because it is unusual — nearly every other state gives the job to police or courts…

the NRA had lawmakers quietly move the Division of Licensing, which handles the concealed weapons permit program, from the Florida Department of State to the state’s Department of Agriculture in 2002, so that the program was answerable to an elected official.

Marion Hammer, the NRA’s chief lobbyist in Florida, defended the move and the practice as a way of protecting the Second Amendment rights of Floridians from a confusing array of county and city gun ordinances:

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DC Carry Permits Jump Over 1440 Percent

DC Carry Permits Jump Over 1440 Percent Since District Went ‘Shall Issue’

erry Picket | Reporter

WASHINGTON — The number of Washington D.C. concealed carry permit holders skyrocketed a little over 1440 percent since the District lost a key legal battle related to its previous restrictive gun permitting process at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last year.

The Metropolitan Police Department confirmed to The Daily Caller Tuesday that 1,896 concealed carry permits were issued by MPD for the calendar year to date 2018.

MPD noted that several hundred approvals came from applications submitted in late 2017. These were included in the current 2018 approval number, which is why the total number of 2018 applications for DC concealed carry permits to date is 1508 — a number lower than the 2018 approval number.

Prior the court ruling, according to The Washington Post, only 123 people had active D.C. concealed carry permits and MPD previously denied 77 percent of applicants for not providing the once-mandated “good reason” to carry.

The new numbers of people wanting D.C. carry permits continue to rise as House Democrats announced last week their caucus will aggressively push for more gun control measures in the new Congress, where they will have a majority.

How did this jump happen so quickly? In July 2017, the Court of Appeals ruled in Wrenn v. District of Columbia that concealed carry applicants no longer needed to prove a “good reason” to get a CCP in the District. …

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Black liberals and Trump

The real reason black liberals hate Trump

By Patricia Dickson
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When President Trump spoke to young black leaders at the White House as part of the Young Black Leadership Summit sponsored by Turning Point USA, black Democrat overseers rushed to throw cold water on the historical event.  Rev. Al Sharpton speaking on MSNBC spun it as a photo op and even claimed that the White House had dressed the young black attendees in MAGA hats.  The best part of the White House event took place during a reception where the members of the media mingled with the young black leaders.  Roland Martin was approached by conservative black YouTuber Leo Dunson and was asked a two-part question: what exactly has the Democratic Party done for black Americans in the past fifty years, and why should blacks continue to vote Democrat?  The exchange went viral.  Instead of even attempting to answer the question, Roland Martin did what every black Democrat does when asked that question.  He countered: what specific agenda do President Trump and the Republican Party have for black America?

The problem that Democrats now face is a significant loss of the black vote due to the #walkaway and Blexit movements.  Black Americans of all ages and socio-economic levels have awakened to the fact that the Democratic Party’s policies have not produced any positive results for black people (especially in poor black communities).  With intelligent blacks now asking specific policy questions from a Democratic Party bereft of an agenda or a message, elite black liberals are reduced to attempting to turn the questions around and force the GOP to show its hand.  However; with an economy saturated with jobs and black unemployment at historical lows, not only has President Trump shown his hand, but his policies have produced undeniable positive results across all demographics.  In addition, black small business ownership has increased 400 percent under President Trump.  This is bad news for the race industry and the black Democrat overseers.

In a booming economy, how does the race industry continue its racist white supremacy line of attack on President Trump?  How can the race industry’s bogus racist argument hold up when it seems that every black American who wants a job is fully employed?  These detractors continue their attack by moving the goal post with imaginary abstract issues that are not real problems and are impossible to solve.  When black conservatives bring up the current historical black unemployment rate to black liberals who demand a specific “black agenda” from the Republican Party, it is quickly dismissed with comments like Jobs and economics is not our only issue.  What about police brutality?  What specifically do they mean by police brutality?

President Trump has an open-door policy, and he wants to discuss issues within the black community.  I am almost positive that he would gladly meet with Al Sharpton and Roland Martin to discuss any issues that deem important within the black community.  President Trump is working on a prison reform bill, and he has asked black leaders and rappers to come to the table with suggestions.  So far, the loudest complainers have not taken the president up on his offer.  The blacks who have meet with him are attack and ostracized.

 The black liberal race-baiters refuse to meet with President Trump for the same reason the Congressional Black Caucus declined to meet with him.  They all know he is a doer and a problem-solver, and they do not want a thriving black America.  Some are probably wishing for the economy to crash.  The real reason black liberals hate President Trump is because he is helping black Americans succeed and exposing them for who they really are, which will eventually cut into their profits and put them out of business.  That is why they must continue to beat the racism-white supremacy dead horse.

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Green energy scam

Green Energy is the Perfect Scam

By Norman Rogers
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Green energy is an incredible money-making scam. The promoters of green energy make billions of dollars promoting dumb energy schemes that are completely useless. What makes the scam extremely clever is that the scammers have convinced the public that the purpose of their scam is to improve the environment. The scammers pretend to be earnest environmental advocates.

Any really good scam needs endorsements from authoritative sounding sources. In the case of green energy, the authoritative sources are in on the scam. The beneficiaries of the green energy scam go way beyond the wind and solar industries.

Non-profit environmental groups, such as the Sierra Club or Greenpeace, need to be seen as fighting against an urgent looming catastrophe. If they don’t have something dreadful to fight against, no one is going to join their organizations or give them money. Global warming, allegedly caused by carbon dioxide, is the looming catastrophe and green energy is the solution. When the globe failed to warm they renamed the looming catastrophe climate change in place of global warming. Now they blame every instance of bad weather on climate change created by burning coal and oil. What were formerly acts of God are now the fault of the oil and coal companies.

Scientists are a special interest group largely financed by the federal government. Global warming is a magnificent gift to the science industry. The industry has been corrupted by pathological science that is primarily intended to increase flow of money from Washington. Science directed toward discovering truth is out of fashion. The many scientists that are global warming skeptics don’t exist as far as the science industry is concerned.

Government agencies, and the politicians that give the agencies money, have embraced the threat of climate change. It gives them something to do that is more  noble, even romantic than  highways and making the trains run on time. The government spends billions on subsidizing wind and solar energy.

Ironically, electric utility companies love wind and solar green energy. They know perfectly well that wind and solar are useless because wind and solar generate electricity erratically and have to be backed up by reliable conventional electric generating plants. The only economic benefit is the fuel saved in the backup plants when wind or solar is actually generating electricity. But the cost of the wind or solar electricity is much higher than the benefit of fuel saved. Thus, the more wind or solar that you have, the more money you lose. But, electric utilities are regulated by public utilities commissions. The amount of profit they are allowed is calculated as a fraction of the utilities’ capital investment. So, the utilities want to make capital investments, even if those investments are wind and solar plants that waste money on a grand scale. The electricity consumers bear the cost and the utilities are allowed a larger profit.

In some parts of the country rooftop solar is fashionable. Homeowners who install rooftop solar often save money because the reduction in cost of electricity from the utility is greater than he cost of the solar electricity. These homeowners brag to their friends about how clever they are, and the purveyors of rooftop solar place advertisements claiming that rooftop solar is cheaper than buying electricity from the electric company. This is part of the scam. Rooftop solar is profitable because it is heavily subsidized and because the electric utility is forced, by the governmental authorities, to provide a connection to back up the solar without compensating remuneration. The real cost of rooftop solar electricity, exclusive of subsidies, is around 30-cents per kilowatt hour and the real benefit is around two cents per kilowatt hour from fuel saved in the utility’s backup plants. The subsidy, financed by taxpayers and electricity consumers, is greater than ninety percent.

Hundreds of thousands of home owners, under the delusion that they have discovered cheaper electricity, are walking and talking advertisements for solar energy.

The biggest victim of the green energy scam is the public in general. Everybody pays more taxes and pays more for energy as a consequence of the scam. But the waste of billions of dollars may not be noticeable when spread over the 320 million Americans. The public has been exposed to relentless propaganda promoting green energy as beneficial and less expensive. The public is the greatest victim, but most people don’t know that they are being victimized, so there is little incentive to organize against the scam.

There are certain other victims such as the coal industry and coal miners. But these groups mostly don’t understand that they are victimized by a scam. Due to the propaganda they may actually believe that burning coal is undesirable and dangerous. Thus, they lack a clear mandate to organize against the scam. (Modern coal generating plants are environmentally clean.)

The manufacturers of fossil fuel generating plants are beneficiaries, not victims. Wind and solar don’t reduce the demand for fossil fuel plants because wind and solar have to be backed up by traditional plants. A campaign against coal, by the Sierra Club, has resulted in the closing of many coal plants. The closed plants are typically replaced by new natural gas plants. Due to the strain imposed on the electric grid by erratic wind and solar there are many commercial opportunities for upgrading the traditional components of the electricity grid. Rather than hurting the manufacturers of fossil fuel generating equipment, the green energy movement actually helps them.

The green energy scam is the perfect scam because the beneficiaries include many influential individuals and institutions, while the victims are dispersed among large numbers of unorganized people. The few concentrated groups of victims, like coal miners, are psychologically handicapped by propaganda that has convinced them that they, rather than the scammers, are at fault.

Wind and solar are truly useless, like having a 6th toe or an appendix. A detailed exposition on the uselessness of wind and solar is given in my book – Dumb Energy: A Critique of Wind and Solar Energy.

Green energy is often justified on the grounds that it reduces carbon dioxide emissions and thus prevents global warming. Of course, global warming, now called climate change, is itself a scam. The science on which the predictions of global warming doom are based is incredibly weak. But, the weak science is presented as if it is reliable by self-interested parties. In any case, wind and solar are very expensive methods of reducing CO2 emissions. Other, far more practical, strategies for reducing CO2 emissions are available.

Anyone who criticizes the green energy scam is ruthlessly attacked. Critics are often accused of being in the pay of fossil fuel companies. Fossil fuel companies are too timid to risk the wrath of the green movement, so they hardly ever give money to the critics of the green movement. A favorite line of attack is to accuse the critics of using tobacco company tactics to cover up the danger from using fossil fuels. Critics are often depicted as being mental cases, as when Al Gore said that critics of his global warming promotions were like people who think the moon landing was filmed in a Hollywood studio or think that the Earth is flat. James Hansen, often considered that father of the global warming movement, suggested that executives of fossil fuel companies should be sent to jail for crimes against humanity.

Green energy is the perfect scam because it is disguised as a do-good movement and the victims are dispersed, unorganized and disarmed by propaganda. Green energy is endorsed by government agencies, environmental non-profits, and scientific groups. These are people that are often seen as sources of reliable information but that, in reality, work to promote their own parochial interests. This is a scam that needs to be exposed.

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Florida Election Debacles

The Common Thread in All Those Florida Election Debacles

By Fred Lucas
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One thing Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis have going for them — besides the obvious lead in vote totals so far — is history. Republican presidential candidates Rutherford B. Hayes and George W. Bush both eventually ended up carrying the state of Florida in 1876 and 2000, two other prolonged elections.

Even before Brenda Snipes ran elections in Broward County, Florida had real issues with counting votes. My book, Tainted by Suspicion: The Secret Deals and Electoral Chaos of Disputed Presidential Elections, opens by asking, “What is it with Florida anyway?”

I never expected to be asking this question after the 2018 midterm elections. The country is also on edge this year over the outcomes of the Arizona Senate race where Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is slightly leading Republican Martha McSally. Also, Democrat Stacey Abrams won’t concede defeat to Republican Brian Kemp in the Georgia governor’s race, even though it appears Kemp is the likely winner. Razor thin elections create the risk that large portions of voters will view the winner as illegitimate.

Still, only Florida will definitely have recounts, in this case affecting two of the most closely-watched statewide races in the country. Perhaps the biggest common thread for 1876, 2000, and 2018 isn’t numbers and geography. Rather, it’s the Democratic party’s determination to hunt for votes after election day to gain power.

Of course, other states have had past voting problems too. But Florida managed to be one of four states contested in the disputed 1876 presidential election — eventually decided by Congress. It was the only contested state in the 2000 election — eventually decided by the Supreme Court.

In one respect, the 2018 midterms are more similar to the 1876 centennial crisis of Hayes and Democrat Samuel Tilden, since multiples states are in question.

Rather than a recount, the 1876 controversy was about who carried the Florida’s four electoral votes. The other contested states in 1876 were South Carolina, which had seven electoral votes; Louisiana, which had eight; and one of Oregon’s three electoral votes was in question.

Today, “voter suppression” is a bumper sticker slogan the DNC rolls out every two years to raise money and oppose voter ID laws. In 1876, just 11 years after the Civil War, the south was in reconstruction. For the newly freed black Americans, voter suppression was a reality. Democrats were also eager to cheat in those days as well. In Florida, Democrats handed out Tilden tickets decorated with Republican symbols to try to deceive freedmen they believed were illiterate.

After the election, the Republican recanvasing boards determined Hayes won the Florida by 922 votes out of 47,000 cast. However, the Democratic officials found enough votes to contend that Tilden had won the state by 94 votes.

A federal electoral commission made up of five senators, five House members, and five Supreme Court justices voted 8-7 along party line that Hayes had won the electoral votes in all four contested states. After much partisan debate and a compromise to preemptively end Reconstruction in the South, a Democratic House and Republican Senate voted to ratify the commission’s determination and make Hayes president.

In another respect, the Florida mess of 2018 more resembles the 2000 presidential showdown between Bush and Democrat Al Gore. It’s a recount where Democrats insisted that new votes could be found in Palm Beach and Broward counties, among other Democratic strongholds in the state, if they looked and counted enough. Palm Beach and Broward are the two key counties today.

Gore reportedly said in the midst of the 2000 recount, “I’m not like George Bush. If he wins or loses, life goes on. I will do anything to win.”

Similar to Gore, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum conceded defeat then unconceded. Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson never conceded, but, almost echoing Gore, Nelson’s campaign attorney Marc Elias said bluntly of the recount push, “We’re doing it to win.”

In 2000, Democratic lawyers targeted overseas absentee ballots from the military, presumed more likely to be Bush voters. Democrats threatened to sue Seminole and Duval counties in Florida, over technicalities, to stop military vote counts.

Gore campaign operative Bob Beckel thought that there was a way to capture the Electoral College without the Florida recount. He said, “I’m trying to kidnap electors. Whatever it takes.” Beckel and the Democrats were researching the backgrounds of Republican electors across the nation in hopes of persuading them to give the Electoral College vote to Gore. However, Beckel insisted this was about lobbying and not blackmail.

These were both PR nightmares for Democrats, which previously had the upper hand in messaging by insisting every vote be counted.

Counting every vote has been a standby line for Democrats for years, but few folks believe it anymore. Most Americans only believe that every eligible and legal vote should count — not literally every vote. Whether it’s 1876, 2000 or 2018, the Democrats’ goal is to win and gain power. For that, Elias may deserve credit for honesty.

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