Politically Speaking – September 29, 2020
Last week I received a number of calls and emails about the Illinois Secretary of State’s letter with directions on how to apply for and receive a “vote-by-mail” ballot. One such email I received is below.
My wife and I both received letters from the Illinois Secretary of State (for the second time) with directions on how to apply for, and receive a “vote-by-mail” ballot.
We plan to vote in person at the county courthouse, so we are not interested in voting by mail.
What I found very interesting and very disturbing was that the letters were written, not only in English, but also in five foreign languages! Think about that for a minute! Unbelievable!
I’m wondering if other states in the USA are doing the same?
In answer to your question, as well as others, all states provide an absentee or mail-in ballot for voters upon request. English, Spanish and other foreign language applications are available online as well.
However, according to law they have the right to a ballot they can understand. Many of those voters likely count on in-person voting systems that allow them to receive language assistance while casting their ballot.
So with all that said, the requirements of the law are pretty straight forward: All election information that is available in English must also be available in minority languages so that all citizens will have an effective opportunity to register, learn the details of the elections, and cast a free effective vote.
Hopefully this explains somewhat.
I, for one, plan on voting at the courthouse or in person at the polls on election day. In my opinion, voting by mail encourages questionable election results.
On a personal note, I too noticed the five different languages. It seems to me every attempt should be made to learn to understand and speak English and adapt to America.
Moving on. On Friday, September 18, sadly, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at age 87 after battling a number of health issues including cancer. After that the left threatened civil war, also threatening impeachment (among other things) of the President who has every right to appoint a replacement. The fact is, the President is the President is the President. While the Democrats blatantly ignore the Constitution, the Constitution is still the Constitution.
It seems the hypocrisy never ends. However, looking back to a New York Times interview in July 2016, Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg was asked if the Senate has an obligation to consider Obama Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland to replace the deceased Antonin Scalia before the 2016 election. Ginsburg said, “That’s their job. There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the President stops being the President in his last year.”
So with that said, President Trump has every right to make an appointment to fill the empty Supreme Court seat. But not only does he have the right, it’s his duty!
President Trump a week and a half ago said on the Supreme Court nominee, “It will be a woman.” The President told reporters there were about 45 on his list, but he also said he had a short list.
But by the time the column goes to press I believe he will have made his choice. And going by what he has said, in my opinion, he’ll pick Federal Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett who is a favorite among many groups, especially religious conservatives.
A week ago Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement just hours after Ginsburg passed away that “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”
But keep in mind, to quote Louisiana Senator John Kennedy, “If you don’t believe that Chuck Schumer would do exactly what Mitch McConnell is doing if the shoe was on the other foot, then you probably believe that Jimmy Hoffa died of natural causes.”
While the Democrats are arguing the Senate should refrain from confirming a replacement until the next President is sworn in, they certainly wouldn’t practice what they preach! Time will tell.
On to the first Presidential debate which is Tuesday, September 29.
I’ll leave you with this thought: Sadly, if Joe Biden doesn’t fall asleep on stage during the debate the major networks CNN, ABC, NBC, and the others will declare him the winner. So much for fake news.
However, I don’t underestimate the intelligence of the quiet majority of the right, and some of the left are on board.
Prior to press time, Trump did appoint federal judge Amy Coney Barrett. Already the obstruction from the left has begun.
Until next week.