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TRUMP, IMMIGRATION, FEDERAL COURTS!

Three individuals, Baxter Henderson from Melbourne Australia, Ron Jenkins who lives in San Antonio TX and myself have been friends for over 20 years. I met Baxter in Australia in 1995. Ron and Baxter were friends when Ron was General Manager for the Lottery Commission. Ron is a retired Air Force Officer. Baxter was a Manager for GTech, the company who managed the lottery and one of my consulting and training customers for many years. I established this explanation so you can understand and hopefully appreciate the following exchange between Ron and Baxter that might help you understand what is happening on several issues we are watching with a new face in the White House. I try to learn something every day. Ron’s responses provided me with new knowledge today. I hope you enjoy the exchange.  C Brewer

Baxter, I have many questions for you; first:

1. How is a court in Washington State able to stop a national order and not just within its state?

Ron:  It is a Federal, District Court. The rulings apply in all US federal government jurisdictions. FYI, The US judiciary is divided into 12 regional circuits and further into 94 Federal Districts, which are subordinate to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).  The next court down the chain is the 9th Federal Court of Appeals and includes federal courts in the nine western US States, plus Hawaii, Alaska, Guam and the Mariana Islands. The Federal Court that the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) was issued from was a Federal District Court (Judge Robard presiding). The US Justice Department, at the behest of President Trump, had to appeal judge Robard’s ruling to the 9th Federal Court of Appeals. BTW, ruling’s by the 9th are the most overturned court decisions in the country      because it is packed with Liberal Judge Appointees who believe the US Constitution is out dated and should be more active in interpreting the law in this era.

2..(Baxter) They (the plaintiffs) are from Washington and Minnesota) said it was a civil rights issue.

(Ron):  Not exactly.  The TRO was issued by Judge Robard’s based upon his interpretation of the US Constitution, specifically the “establishment Clause” and the right of “due process”.  The issue of “legal standing” was glossed over in his ruling.

(Baxter) How does an order which is only effective outside the USA become a civil rights issue within the USA?

(Ron):  This court was chosen by the plaintiff’s because the judge is a Left leaning Liberal, activist, judge.  He was sympathetic to the argument that Non-citizen’s (i.e., Green Card holder’s and Visitor’s Visa holder’s) are included in the protections and constitutional rights afforded to legal US citizens. I don’t believe that is true and will be the reason why SCOTUS will take up the case.  (only about 2 % of the eight thousand plus cases annually heard by the Federal Appeals Court are accepted for hearing by SCOTUS.)

3.(Baxter) I would have thought that USA courts could only deal with issues that would affect people within the USA.

(Ron).  That issue will probably be the reason that this case will be elevated to the SCOTUS ASAP.  We Conservative’s believe a refugee from Syria or immigrant from Somalia, does not have the same legal rights, under the US Constitution, as a legal US citizen; the Left believes otherwise.

4.(Baxter) If this is allowed to stand is this the end of U.S. democracy?

(Ron). NO. Our three branches of government (Executive, Judicial and Legislative) are independent and have certain powers that provide the “checks and balances” that are designed to keep the country on the right path, according to the will of our Representative Republic’s electorate.

5. (Baxter) From now on what will stop any court in any State (or District), from doing what Washington has done?

(Ron). Nothing.

6.(Baxter) Then every one of Trump’s executive orders will be denied until it goes to the Supreme Court.

(Ron). The worst case scenario would be a legal challenge to any and all Executive Orders. While that is possible, at some point, the courts will refuse to hear every case or the electorate will rebel against the “not so loyal opposition” and vote their members out of office and out of power, ala the TEA Party’s rise during the 2007 campaign.

7.(Baxter) The office of President will be effectively dead.

(Ron).  Again, I hope that won’t happen, although, in recent years the President has, in some eyes, usurped more power than some believe is within his authority, based upon the limitations of his position, based upon the Constitution and it’s system of checks and balances.

8.(Baxter) All of the talking heads are only spending time on this immigration issue.

(Ron) Yep, that is their role. To me it goes much further. Regardless of the merits of the case, the Democrats could just get one of the District courts to declare an order to be illegal and the whole country will come to a stop.

(Baxter) I don’t hear any of them talking about that.

(Ron) So far, I am totally un-effected; the trains are still running, the economy is humming along and the prep school antics of the Democrat’s will ultimately fail.  The current case has many options from cancelling the contentious E/O and issuing a revised version that is narrower and Specifically exempts the issue of the religion of Islam from any new Executive Order (E.O).

(Baxter) I am afraid for your country Ron.

(Ron). Things have been much worse in past eras. The Civil Rights and Viet Nam eras were more contentious, more violent and had more civil unrest.  We survived and some vital lessons were learned. To wit, never compromise on your core beliefs and or give in to threats. That being said, we have numerous international as well as domestic challenges facing this Administration. Thank goodness, we have a strong and resolute leader and he has or soon will have, a senior staff of highly experienced men and women to advise and guide him down a treacherous road, despite       the sniping from opponents in his party and by Democrats.

The print and all other forms of media will continue to lean Left because that is their background and training. The only exception is FOX News.  Every other Television Network and News outlet is overwhelmingly Liberal and their bias is palpable in every report, every story concerning Trump or any Conservative idea.  FOX News is emphasizing the decision by the three judge appellate court didn’t even comment on the statutory authority, in the US Code, that the President cited as his authority to issue the E/O in question.   His two major choices are to rescind and re-issue a new E/O that is crafted in better legalese or merely let it go to the SCOTUS, after his nominee (Neil Gorsuch) is confirmed and balances out the court to a 4-1-4 position.   Ron

I hope everyone that reads this enjoys it as much as I have. As always if you disagree or wish to add or comment on this article please do it on the blog so I can hopefully respond. This provides commentary, disagreement, questions etc. This way everyone can follow the discussion. C Brewer

VOTER FRAUD!

My friend, Ron Jenkins and I have an old friend, Baxter Henderson, who lives in Melbourne Australia. Ron and Baxter met during Ron’s tenure as the Deputy General Manager  of the Australian Lottery and GTech was the supplier of their gaming terminals and software. Baxter was GTech’s Service Manager fot the South East portion of Australia. I met Baxter 22 years ago this month when I was in Australia. GTech, was one of my finest customers, and they asked me to make the trip even though I had been retired over a year. I met Ron a few years later when he accompanied Baxter on one of his several visits here in Hemphill TX over the years. Ron is a retired Air Force officer and married to an Australian lady he met during an assignment to the ” Outback” of South  Australia, Ron and Doreen now reside about 250 miles SW of Hemphill  in San Antonio.

Our multi-faceted backgrounds and experiences have resulted in some interesting and deep discussions about worldwide subjects. The following is a response from Ron to Baxter who has questions about Trumps recent statements about the millions of fraudulent voters in the recent election. I have expressed my concerns in many articles about voter fraud in America. As Ron is also an Election Judge and I felt that his response to Baxter’s about voter fraud was something educational for many Americans and especially the young teenage voters. I doubt that ten percent of American voters know the details of how the election operations are conducted before, during and after the election is conducted.

Baxter, the following is my response to your question about Trump’s remark on the possibility of millions of fraudulent voters affecting the total of the popular vote in our recent election.

I’m a Texas Election Day Judge in Bexar County (the county we live in.)

It is my job to recruit and train other residents of the county to be “Clerks” and to preside over a “Polling Place” in any and all elections, in nearby neighborhoods.  It’s a very responsible position and has a fair bit of authority.  I’ve been notified that I’ll be doing that again, this May.

Our responsibility and authority, in Texas, is broad when it comes to qualifying people to cast a single vote, for a slate of candidates, one time, per election (including a period of “early voting”).

We verify that the prospective voter is who they say they are, and are “Registered” in the “Voting Precinct” where they reside; that they are legal citizens and of legal voting age (18). So, we ask for documents that prove those requirements. The most common on the list of acceptable Photo ID’s, are a Texas driver’s license or a Concealed Handgun Carry (CHL) license, because they reflect the birth date, proof of citizenship and current residence. Most people carry them in their wallets because they’re credit card size and shape. There are half a dozen other forms of ID that are acceptable, such as: a US passport, a Citizenship Certificate, military and Civil Service ID’s, Plus, the state offers, free of charge, a special Voter ID. The latter is provided to obviate the claim that the poor, indigent and minority “citizens” are discriminated against, if they claim the inability to afford one of the other forms of ID.

Despite that, a life-long Democrat, a female, US District Judge from Corpus Christi, TX., enjoined the State from implementing those requirements. So, it is the Democrat Party and their faithful followers, who don’t want potential voters to have to prove their legitimate right to vote. They want to preserve the possibility of ineligible people casting votes in any US election because illegal aliens and others, such as convicted felons, are more likely to vote Democrat VS GOP for many reasons but mostly because the Democrats are the ones supporting the extension and perpetuation of gov’t transfer and welfare payments. Our welfare rolls have increased by millions (40%), since the Obama Administration came to power in 2009 because the federal government weakened the requirements to become eligible for government transfer payments and to maintain their eligibility for longer periods.

Any blow back would be strictly party based and totally politically motivated.

The 50 sovereign states control the voting process, from Presidential elections on down to local dog catcher!  Where the Secretary of State is a Democrat or where the Mayors or governors are Democrats, those states have loose Voter ID Laws.  They don’t require proof of citizenship.  Many of those states don’t have the means of limiting votes to one per person for a variety of reasons, such a lack of a computerized tracking system and a state law to authorize the imposition of those requirements. They allow a person to vote after presenting a state driver’s license.

In California and in at least nine other states, an illegal alien can get a driver’s license without proving their citizenship, and they are allowed to vote merely by showing a license.

The Texas Voter ID Law requires a computer system with the capability to track voter identity. So, if someone has already voted (has “Early” voted) or voted at another polling place; the system alerts the Clerk so they do not give access to a voting machine or paper ballot; therefore, the chance of fraudulent voting is significantly reduced.

The concern about dead people voting has always been around. Some groups, seeking to sway local elections, go to local cemeteries or monitor obituary notices for names of recently departed citizens, and in those states without strict Voter ID Laws, they are able to impersonate them and cast a vote. Many states don’t purge their voting rolls, annually, by using their computer system to compare a file of deceased persons with the active voter data base. In Texas, Voter Registration Certificates are renewed annually, so that people who relocate or die are scrubbed from the active voter data base.

Hope that helps your understanding. Ron

I hope this will awaken Americans to insist that the voting process be conducted to insure that “EVERY” vote cast in America is valid vote. President Johnson won his Senate election in Texas using illegal votes cast in the Hispanic area around and south of San Antonio. These invalid votes impacted history. Had LBJ lost that Senate election you can only speculate what might have resulted when Kennedy was killed.

Folks, voter identification is so easy to verify today. All we need are Judges and Congresspersons who are not politically biased and were forced to comply with the Constitution and the law of “Common Sense”.

C Brewer   

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