Lately, and mostly, it’s been conservatives and republicans that get all crazy on the nullification kick. Recently the trend has centered on the 2nd amendment and gun control or regulation.
Trust me, I resonate with the concept and the idea; the federal government is limited in what it can do. And everything that is not given to the feds is given to the states. I get it.
But we don’t live in that world anymore. That world ended when the Supreme Court ruled that a man, on his own land, raising his own wheat, couldn’t grow as much as he wanted to feed his own animals.
So it is with great joy that I see the left jumping on the bandwagon:
CONCORD, N.H. (Mar. 13, 2013) Today in a lopsided vote, the Democrat-controlled State House of Representatives in New Hampshire approved Representative Dan Itse’s HB399, the Liberty Preservation Act. If passed into law, HB399 would nullify the NDAA “indefinite detention” powers that Barack Obama signed into law at the end of 2011. The vote was 337-15 (roll call here).
I don’t think this will matter. Federal law trumps state law, does anyone younger than 40 know what trump is, so there is little hope that this in reality matters, but it’s cool.
With the wave of Republican victories in the states in 2010 elections, one of the goals has been to tighten Voter ID laws. Currently there is no requirement to show ID in order to vote. Republicans are changing that by passing legislation into law that requires some form of state ID in order to vote on election day.
Democrats are crying foul.
The claim from those on the left is that such laws are aimed to diminish the Democrat vote. The logic, as I understand it, is that the people who don’t have valid state IDs are the poor, minority voters. And these poor and minority voters typically vote Democrat.
As evidence that these laws are being passed to repress voters is the argument that voter fraud is not common; in fact, it’s very rare. While I’m willing to accept the fact that voter fraud is not rampant, I have little faith in the methods that measure it. For example, how are you able to audit such an event? Ballots are private, anonymous and carry no identifying marker. I’m not sure of the science behind the data.
In any event, the whole argument smacks of, “We are willing to allow a certain degree of fraud in order to allow more of my voters to vote.”
The whole of the Democrat argument is one of politics.
However, there IS a certain statistic that is easily validated when verifying voter fraud; dead voters. How surprised was I to see this:
Time and time again the reporters were given ballots. In some cases they even tried to make the case that they didn’t have ID only to be assured that they didn’t need it.
No fraud indeed.
Hat Tip: Larry Volker
There was little doubt that Mitt was going to win New Hampshire. For some, the size of the win was what mattered. I, however, never bought into that. The fact is that Romney is beginning to role. All the talk of Republicans failing to rally around a candidate is starting to fall away:
In interviews as they left their polling places, New Hampshire voters said the economy was the issue that mattered most to them, and a candidate’s ability to defeat Obama outranked other qualities.
Voters are not happy with Obama, in many cases very unhappy. And the ability to beat Obama is goal #1. I happen to resonate with this view. I happen to think that Newt would make a better President but I think that Romney will present a better opponent to Obama. Therefore, I have to hope that Romney wins the nomination. An imperfect Republican is much preferable to a known Obama.
I have already introduced the races where there is a Democrat retiring. This morning I’ll introduce the retiring Republican seats.
There are 5, 1 more than retiring Democrats. [Technically they count the MA Senate race as a retirement, but since it has already been run and won, I won’t be counting that here].
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