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Hillary Clinton Claimed 2016 Election was “Stolen”!

1 Nov

In 2019, Clinton claimed that Donald Trump was an “illegitimate president,” and that he, Donald, “knows” that the 2016 election was stolen.**

Maybe, but probably not in the manner she thinks he did. Tighter Voter ID laws will “stop the steal” in the future.

By Mike McGee

November 1, 2022

I support Voter ID: and not for the reason you think. Since I was a bureaucrat for years, the first part of this story will likely seem boring and ultra-factual. Never fear, I’ll get to the sweet spot after this little background information on Voter ID.

I’ve been a Civil Rights supporter since I heard Dr. King give a sermon at the Riverside Church in 1961. My high school summer in New York changed my thinking forever. Before, I was a Southern white boy who grew up in a segregated small town in North Carolina. After military service in Vietnam, and law school and a few years in practice, I was an appointed senior manager at EEOC, managing a team of attorneys prosecuting race and sex discrimination federal litigation in North and South Carolina. I am currently 78 and married to a wonderful Asian woman!

That’s why I please ask you not to write me off as a bigot for supporting voter ID as a condition for voting, for all people. I’ll try to inject some humor as I find the right people to skewer. I respect the ACLU, just not their current “voter suppression” fund-raising methods, which screeds I receive by mail much too regularly.

When I use the words “Voter ID” in the rest of our time together today, I ask you to consider this definition. The primary meaning is having a government-issued photo identity card, usually a driver’s license or a non-driver ID card from the Department of Motor Vehicles. The identity must include name, address, and date of birth.

The best kind of driver or non-driver ID is the state-issued enhanced photo driver’s license:  https://www.dhs.gov/enhanced-drivers-licenses-what-are-they Anyone can apply for one. They are done in cooperation with the Dept. of Homeland Security and require proof of what’s on the license. My wife and I have had these since 2017. Starting next year, a regular driver’s license alone won’t be sufficient to board a plane. An enhanced ID requires a very small amount of additional work to get, yet they give holders the gift of trust.

I’m not sure a Passport will do as voter identification, since they do not show a state of residence or a home address of the holder on them. There may be other proper forms of identification, but I’m not a student of IDs. The idea of using an affidavit as a substitute is useless at this time in history.

Our country is not the same as in the twentieth century, when population was less, and everyone knew others in their neighborhood. Computerized government records are also now at the point where they can be a reliable part of our public processes, including voting. With the faster moving pace of our lives, and the free access to credit, each citizen needs to be identified, seen and heard. It’s an essential element of our democracy. In less democratic countries, most citizens are even now muffled and kept quiet by the government.

During the twentieth century in the US, Black citizens were systematically and anti-democratically muffled and kept quiet. The same has been so for most rural and poor citizens of any color. Now in the twenty-first century, all muffled American Citizens must come forward and be loud and proud. No one needs to hide behind a lack of formal identification to survive. We, as US CITIZENS, are the champions of the world! We must bring new passion to the act of voting, and not put up with twentieth century voting methods!

Now, in order to visualize undocumented voting, I compare non-ID voting places as being no more substantial than puffs of wind, small gusts of hot air which last only as long as it takes to speak. Surely we can do better than this in our modern world!

 The first problem for “puff of wind” voting is that any person can come into any precinct and say they live in that precinct and are 18 or over, and register and vote there. They could then go to another voting precinct and register and vote there by giving a different name and address verbally. Or people who are registered and not likely to vote, like recent Alzheimer’s patients, or the recently deceased, could be used to vote by anyone. And how can we say that a person who legitimately registered to vote is the same person who comes in to claim their vote?

It’s an invisible scam in states without voter ID laws, as undetectable as a puff of wind.

Consider this: what if in the 2016 presidential race, because of no voter ID requirements, the following happened?

I don’t think that Black citizens have done much double or triple voting. This has more likely been the election tactics of ex Clown Prince Donald Trump (he’s not funny anymore). I have no evidence that he used any election fraud tactics when he was elected in 2016 or when he lost the last election. I’m going to follow the same script that Trump is screaming to all: I’m claiming election fraud and a stolen presidential election in 2016.

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks,” from Hamlet, applies equally to Trump, who has been protesting to the high heavens about a stolen election. As a lawyer, I would look askance at any witness who pounded the table and shouted far beyond the normal that someone else is guilty of a transgression. I would start to investigate the background of that witness to see if maybe they are the actual perpetrator of the same transgression. That’s a part of why I’m so suspicious about the ex Clown Prince Trump in particular.

I charge, along with Hillary Clinton, without evidence, that he orchestrated and stole the 2016 election by spending some of his fortune getting his right-wing minions to register multiple times, and go out and vote multiple times, for people they knew were not going to register or vote. Then he tried to steal the 2020 election using the same tactics, except people questioned his legitimacy and Biden received about 7 million more votes than his opponent, and with that difference in volume, Trump’s puff of wind approach did not work. So I claim, without any evidence, that the 2020 election was “stolen from Trump” by the failure of the illegal practices he put into place, and that maybe he was the illegitimate victor in 2016.

The point is made. I have some of the same concerns about mail-in voting and absentee ballots and remote ballot boxes: you may be able to figure out these concerns yourself after reading this article.

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** https://www.nationalreview.com/2021/10/hillary-clinton-conspiracy-queen/

North Korea’s been Strangled Between Two Superpowers for 70 Years – Can You Blame The “Rocket Man” for his antics?

9 Mar

By Mike McGee

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 15, 2021

The United States was in Afghanistan for good reasons, and now it has withdrawn for good reasons. Now that the United States has restored the much disliked sovereignty of Afghanistan by withdrawing all its troops and direct political influence, we need to take a closer look at Korea. Our military occupation has ceased to be meaningful now, in 2021. Maybe we need to pull out like we did in Afghanistan and let the Koreas work things out on their own.

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China and the United States, for different reasons, have conspired together since maybe 1949 to keep North Korea poor and isolated. The historic reasons were perhaps adequate 70 years ago, even 40 years ago. South Korea was able to establish itself as a first-world economic power using Capitalistic means. That’s a good thing.

The lack of examination of the need for near total strangulation means that this ancient history has led in a straight line to today. And history does not create the same outcome as it did back in 1949. We need to pay attention to what’s going on now. For the last 30 or more years the American rationale for continuing to blockade and strangle North Korea has faded from year to year. Our government has ignored these changes and has not acted. This includes Clinton, the Bushes, Obama and Hilary Clinton. All have been in denial and turned the other way.

The most catastrophic current consequence of the imposed isolation and blockades are the impoverishing and weakening of the 25,000,000 civilian citizens of North Korea. North Korean defectors who make it across the border to South Korea are almost always underweight and undernourished. Many are infected with dozens of parasitic worms, some as long as 11 inches. These type worms were eradicated in South Korea in the 1970’s. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/world/asia/north-korean-defector-parasitic-worms.html

How are China and the United States not complicit in maintaining the horrible conditions of the civilian population of North Korea for over 70 years, including the North Korean famine in the 1990’s that claimed the lives of more than a million civilians? China and the United States are the architects of poverty, famine and death in their dance with history involving Korea. Writing this makes me feel nauseous and sorrowful. This is a wrong that needs to be righted, now. And perhaps it will be.

The coming together of the Communist and Capitalist Germanies didn’t wreck things. The Berlin Wall turned out to be a statement with no substance. Our leaders paid more attention to ending that separation because it involved Europeans, with whom we have an affinity.

This disparity demonstrates that few in the US really care about North Korean citizens since they are alien to us. So, we’ve kept the status quo for 70 years without paying attention. Let’s say that North and South Korea came together as a single country. There would be as little hysteria as the Germanies. Practically the only consequence to the West would be that the unified “Korea” could, if negotiations fail, become a nuclear state. I doubt that this combined nation would do the United States harm, especially since we would have stepped out of their internal affairs and removed barriers to trade, and we would still want their exports.

Given the right to govern their own affairs, the two Koreas also have a right to maintain two separate sovereign states. The removal of US troops and sanctions in this scenario will have a salutary effect on the United States. Thereafter we cannot be rightfully blamed for what happens on the Korean Peninsula, and so there would be no reason to aim nuclear missiles at the United States.

The isolation of North Korea by China is largely driven by their fear of illegal immigrants. If the northern border was more open, huge numbers of North Koreans would cross into China to live a better life. The Chinese have had a very effective “border wall” in place for 70 years, and anyone who gets across is subject to being shot. The Chinese don’t want any Koreans to enter their country at all. They’ve had in place for 70 years the border wall that Trump only dreamed of.

For the United States, the isolation of North Korea is likely more based on ennui and lack of attention than anything else. This lack of interest is covertly racist, in that we have almost entirely turned the other way on what we do, in the face of starvation and famine of Asian people we don’t understand.

Even South Korea has made a series of overtures to North Korea for the two nations to be joined or to cooperate. Until now the US wouldn’t hear of it. We have our troops stationed at the 38th Parallel to prevent any cross-border contamination, though we don’t shoot Koreans who make it across this red line. Our vice president snubbed the lead North Korean delegate at the Olympics.

To be more specific, what would happen if the United States unilaterally withdrew all our troops from the Korean peninsula, and dropped all sanctions and blockades against North Korea and encouraged others to do the same; and stopped meddling in the internal affairs of the Koreas? No one can say, yet one can imagine.

(N.B., of course we would interfere with the international buying and selling of nuclear arms or parts by any party on the Korean Peninsula!)

The first consequence would be that Kim Jong Un would really have no one to complain about or threaten with those nuclear weapons. He’s said he might give up his nuclear arsenal if the US threat is withdrawn (those nukes are very expensive to build and maintain!).

China would likely increase trade with North Korea, yet still maintain their border wall. With better economic conditions and normalized trade, the Chinese border wall will likely no longer be a big issue. China is entitled to keep out illegal immigrants but has no greater right than us to starve the country they may be coming from.

It’s likely that regardless of the new round of talks, after a lot of posturing over a period of years the two Koreas would find a way to reunite their countries, perhaps under some sort of semi-socialist political management. That’s the way it went in Germany. Why not with the Koreas? They are sovereign nations, so they don’t have to, though.

The United States has for many decades kept up sanctions and blockades against North Korea. The only tangible result has been that many North Korean civilians live at a starvation level. Studies show that long-term sanctions rarely work in any event. There is only shame on us and our partners for continuing to promote poverty and poor health when such sanctions are explicitly not working and not justified.

Removing the US military presence, and the economic sanctions and blockades, will among other things have the effect of stopping the United States from being a conspirator in the starvation and lack of access to medical and agricultural advances among the 25,000,000 citizens of North Korea. Sometimes I feel like we see what the US is doing there only as a personal duel between our leaders and Kim Jong Un. We tend to forget about the 25,000,000 individuals who live in the worst possible conditions in North Korea, mostly because of what we are unconsciously doing.

I am a black belt in Korean Tae kwon do. My teaching masters made me tough as nails. The South Korean grand masters were more tough than you can imagine. North or South, the Korean character is to take what is thrown at you and throw it back, harder. The average Korean, North or South, has more strength and determination than you can imagine. The United States should stop trying to keep its boot on the neck of the Korean Peninsula. It hasn’t worked up to now and will never work. Let the Koreans decide their own fate. They will do a good job of doing so.

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Lagniappe. This stuff is not a part of the blog and so read it only for your amusement. It is quite speculative and imaginative and is not researched at all.

Kim Jong Un with his Hollywood-style antics has done a good job of waking up the US policy makers from their 40-year sleep. I’ll bet he has almost run out of “nuclear weapons”. The underground explosions that were set off were likely black-market bombs or even groups of suitcase bombs, all of which were bought up over the years to use for a display of forceful ability. It’s likely that none could have ever fit on a missile. And nobody’s ever said for certain that North Korea has the ability to manufacture plutonium. There is only speculation that this is so.

Kim Jong Un knows that it will lose any nuclear exchange, so his threats are no more than paper tigers. The drama of the hermit kingdom affecting world history has been cleverly scripted by North Korea, with the intention of waking up sleeping policy-makers in the US and China. It does not seem to have worked.

If they were fully awake, our US policy-makers would be aware that North Korea has not been a real threat for many years. Kim Jong Un and his ensemble acting company gets good reviews for bringing a serious problem to the light of day.

Global Warming: Darwinian Evolution in Humans?

12 May

By Mike McGee

Most scientists have a difficult time looking at the possibility of the Darwinian evolution of the physical form and structure of human beings in responses to challenges from the environment. We can easily see how a plant or a lower animal can alter its structure and very being, or become extinct either locally or widespread, under evolutionary pressures exerted over only a very few years.

Global warming is almost certainly a product of the increase in the population of the earth from 2 billion to 7.5 billion souls in the span of less than a century. It is mathematically definite that the increase in body heat and cooking fires and auto engine heat alone will raise the natural planetary temperature to some degree. Add on factories and HVAC and land denuded for agriculture or meat, and other things needed to sustain a larger population, and there is even more natural and inevitable pressure increasing the planetary temperature. Continue reading

Dismantling Mass Incarceration by reducing recidivism, reoffending and the revolving door

16 Mar

By Mike McGee

It’s a fallacy to look only at the prisons and the police to find solutions to reduce mass incarceration in America. Reoffending and going back to prison generates a lot of the prison population. There are many ways to reduce the prison population by reducing reoffending. Continue reading

America Needs Russia as an Ally

14 Jan

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, passes by US President Barack Obama, left, as Chinese President Xi Jinping smiles, at right, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 in Beijing. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Presidential Press Service)

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By Mike McGee

President Obama and John Kerry and Congress are making a big mistake by constantly working at odds with Russia at this time in history. Russia is in a position to be a natural ally of the US, and we should not chase them off. Continue reading

Gun Control? Ban Guns, Better Ban Cars Also.

7 Jan

Obama-Crying

By Mike McGee

The concept of “gun control” much beyond what we have now in the US is a complete myth. Our people have their guns. The Constitution guarantees that right. We ban the nastier weapons, under the police power of the Constitution. We regulate many aspects of sale and ownership, under the same police power. The laws and rules now on the books are close to being the best system ever possible under the Constitution. We need to let go of our crusade against guns and concentrate on generating a crusade against violent people. Continue reading

THE MAGNIFICENT ZUCKERBERGS! An emerging trend of giving with charitable intent

9 Dec

Mark & Priscilla

By Mike McGee

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have laid out, writ large, a new way of giving their money back to the community. It is utterly unbelievable how many people are criticizing them for stepping into the twenty-first century so boldly. It’s their money. They can do what they want with it. Continue reading

A New Global Warming Manifesto

2 Oct

By Mike McGee

This is the Global Warming statement of Mike McGee, a believer in some aspects of global warming, presented in concert with the Paris 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in December. We urgently need some new thinking on climate change. Here is my contribution, in three parts. The first two parts are practical, while Part Three is more philosophical. Continue reading

Hurricanes, Part Two: Hurricane Destruction and Flood Disasters are Man-Made

5 May

By Mike McGee

Back in 2012 I wrote a blog entry on preventing hurricanes (tropical cyclones), which is posted at https://mcgeepost.com/2012/10/09/hurricanes/ . Earlier this year I had a personal correspondence with the eminent scientist Dr. Chris Landsea, who is the NOAA’s Joint Hurricane Testbed Director and National Hurricane Center Science & Operations Officer. Chris was impressed by my desire to find ways to prevent hurricanes. He also had some words which inspired me to think of most hurricane, earthquake and flood disasters as being man-made. Continue reading

Time to Divide the Ukraine?

25 Apr

 

Ukraine Division

By Mike McGee

The United States needs to stay out of the current dispute between Russia and the Ukraine. We should withdraw our sanctions against Russia, and withdraw our threats and rhetoric as well. Let the parties involved work out the solution between themselves. Vladimir Putin is correct that there are a lot of Russian nationalists in eastern Ukraine, and a lot of others who identify themselves as ethnic Russians. Eastern Ukraine probably should be a part of Russia.

Some national borders are not worth fighting over or going to war over, particularly those somewhat arbitrarily established within the last few generations. And particularly when the border fails to take account of the natural loyalties of those encompassed within an arbitrary line drawn on a map. Continue reading