There’s a reason that the federal government has very little say in how our elections are run. Having the central government in control of the entire process could easily lead to such massive corruption it would threaten the entire foundation of the country.
So it’s not hyperbole to suggest that Barack Obama’s attempts to weigh in to the 2016 election is a very dangerous step.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said that he’s considering designating the nation’s electronic voting system a “critical infrastructure,” and therefore subject to federal oversight.
This is all a direct result of the hacking that infiltrated the Democratic National Committee recently, The New York Times is reporting. (Which, frankly, could make the tinfoil hat folks suspicious about the entire incident.)
Anyway, Johnson said he was considering contacting local election officials to develop some security measures – whatever that means.
“We should carefully consider whether our election system, our election process is critical infrastructure, like the financial sector, like the power grid,” Mr. Johnson told reporters in Washington. “There’s a vital national interest in our electoral process.”
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said his boss thinks this is a great idea too.
Mr. Earnest said the administration was committed to offering support to state and local governments so they could protect the integrity of the voting process, but that given the varied practices and software used in different jurisdictions, there could be no single method for doing so.
“That varied infrastructure and those different systems also pose a difficult challenge to potential hackers,” Mr. Earnest added. “It’s difficult to identify a common vulnerability.”
To bolster this argument – that the feds might need to take over the national elections process – Hillary Clinton is making the claim that “voter suppression,” i.e., asking people to show identification when they vote – is the worst it’s been since Jim Crow.
“This November, the notion that every American has a voice in shaping our future is at stake. Donald Trump supports discriminatory voting restrictions — and actually claims that without them in place, the results of American elections should be questioned. It’s a dangerous attempt to undermine the legitimacy of our democracy,” Clinton said.
“I have a very different view. I believe America is stronger when we expand access to the ballot box, not restrict it. That’s why I’ll fight to repair the Voting Rights Act, expand early voting, and introduce universal, automatic voter registration.”
So when The American Thinker – not a site known for grand conspiracy theories wonders “If Obama Cancels the Presidential Election, Who Will Stop Him?” It is enough to give you pause.
I don’t think that Barack Obama is going to take over the nationwide election process to tip the scales to Hillary. I don’t think he’ll cancel the election, claiming “widespread voter suppression.” But connecting the dots, it’s enough to give you goosebumps.