Never in the history of our republic has a Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives ripped up a copy of the State of the Union address immediately after it was delivered. Viewed by a large number of shocked Americans, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s angry act was an indication of just how frustrated the Democrats are with President Trump’s first term, and how desperate they are to stop him from getting a second.
Despite Democrat efforts to thwart him, by spying on his campaign, carrying out the unsuccessful Mueller investigation and failing to remove him from office by impeachment, the president has been successful in creating a full-employment economy, getting tax reform and criminal justice reform passed, improving trade arrangements with Canada, Mexico and China, closing a porous southern border, significantly rebuilding our armed forces, and even getting the U.S. Embassy moved to Jerusalem!
COVID 19 appeared to provide an unexpected additional opportunity for the Democrats to derail the Trump success story. Here, again, despite their efforts to ridicule the Trump administration as incompetent, the American people have understood the complexity of the President’s task and have appreciated the strong leadership and hard work that he, Vice President Pence and the Coronavirus Task Force have displayed.
And although he was condemned by the Democrats and the World Health Organization for his actions, the President banned travel to the United States from China, where the virus was first discovered, on Jan. 31 and shortly thereafter from Europe. These decisions are generally recognized as having saved tens of thousands of American lives.
The anger and desperation of the Democrat Party leadership is growing by the day, and I am concerned that it will result in attempts to win the November election by encouraging practices that will destroy the integrity of our national elections.
While the House has deliberated about allowing non-citizens to vote, governors such as Virginia’s Northam have signed legislation ending voter ID requirements, and Democrats in both houses of Congress have seriously considered doing away with the electoral college system, a national mail-in ballot scheme for the November presidential election should be of greatest concern to us.
Nestled in the $3 trillion corona virus bill recently passed by the House, is Speaker Pelosi’s proposal to establish a national “voting by mail” system, with $3.6 billion to pay for it. Its mission is to nationalize ballot harvesting, eliminate signature verification and voter ID laws, allow for same-day voter registration and send millions of ballots before November, to every registered voter in the nation, including those who have died or moved away, and, if they are on the voter rolls, even those who are not American citizens.
Ballot harvesting is the process where a third party collects and turns in ballots on behalf of another person. Ballot harvesting fraud involves political operatives who target and exploit the vulnerable — homebound individuals or those in nursing homes.
We must not allow Democrat anger and desperation about President Trump to destroy the integrity of our election system, which is the envy of the world! Pelosi and the Democrats can’t get away with this!
Dave Stegmaier is seeking the Republican nomination for the Shawnee District seat on the Frederick County Board of Supervisors.