Federal overreach? I think not.

Constitutional conservatives seem to forget about Art. 1, Sec. 4 of the Constitution.

“The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Place of Chusing Senators.” (emphasis added)

Congress has dominion over federal elections. Anyone saying that the election laws proposed by the Democrats in Congress constitutes “federal overreach” is, in a single word. WRONG.

Justice Scalia in a 2013 opinion wrote, ““The power of Congress over the ‘Times, Places and Manner’ of congressional elections ‘is paramount, and may be exercised at any time, and to any extent which it deems expedient; and so far as it is exercised, and no farther, the regulations effected supersede those of the State which are inconsistent therewith.’”

“The legal scholar Pamela S. Karlan put it this way in a 2006 report on the Voting Rights Act: “The Supreme Court’s recent decisions under the elections clause have confirmed the longstanding interpretation of the clause as a grant of essentially plenary authority.” In other words, Congress has absolute, unbending power to regulate federal elections as it sees fit.” – from Jamelle Bouie opinion piece in today’s NYT.

And the 15th Amendment …” ratified in 1870, expanded and reaffirmed the power of Congress to regulate federal elections, stating that, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude” and that “The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.””

So how does one square the idea of overreach with what the Constitution says? I’m talking to our moderator and EVERY single GOP member of Congress and the right wing talking heads.

Ann Coulter Dumps Trump?

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/589995-conservative-pundit-ann-coulter-says-trump-is-done?rl=1

Ms. Coulter, a right wing firebrand talking head, who wrote a book entitled “In Trump We Trust”, now says he is “done”.

I don’t buy it. If he were, there wouldn’t be a line of candidates at Mar-a-Lago BEGGING for his endorsement.

But to Ms. Coulter’s new view: Is she saying he’s “done” because she really means it or has she been left out of the limelight for so long, she’ll do anything just to be remembered? I lean to the second posit.

Some on this forum said several months ago that Mr. Trump was irrelevant. I didn’t buy it then, and I sure as heck not buying it now.

Different strokes for different folks?

https://theweek.com/political-satire/1008740/give-that-guy-a-raise

Chris Cuomo got fired from CNN (rightly so, I might add) for assisting his brother in a crisis (of his own making).

Fox News Hosts provide assistance and guidance to Mr. Trump, WHILE IN OFFICE, and they probably WILL get a raise. If they already haven’t.

For those who regularly blast the so-called MSM on this forum, I wonder what the excuses are for this being OK at Fox, but not OK at CNN.

If you needed further evidence…

…that Rand Paul is an idiot:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/rand-paul-ridiculed-after-accusing-dems-of-stealing-elections-by-persuading-people-to-vote-for-them?ref=home

One word: Duh!

And eye doctors convince people they need glasses by telling them their vision isn’t perfect.

Also, further evidence that the GOP has ZERO plans for improving the lives in this country. They have no plans for ANYTHING, except to keep the Defense budget bloated and to be able to sit in the chambers of Congress. I guess the seats are quite comfortable.

Inexplicable “balance”

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/576890-texas-school-leader-tells-teachers-to-balance-holocaust-books-with

In an attempt to maintain “balance” in the classroom, a school leader in Texas tells teachers that if they have books on the Holocaust, they need to provide “balance” and provide for views from the “other side”. All because a 4th grade teacher had a book on anti-racism in her classroom.

Sounds to me like in the rush to hide the racism that still exists in this country, some administrators are advocating for Holocaust denial.

For anyone who wants to deny that over 12,000,000 people, including over 6,000,000 Jews (family members included) were exterminated by the Nazi regime, I got news for you: You are an idiot.

COVID Karma?

https://morningshots.thebulwark.com/p/why-does-this-keep-happening

Charlie Sykes, shows what karma is really about. More and more, people who have ranted about mask policies and vaccines are … wait for it … DYING FROM COVID!

What is it about talking heads, be they on radio or TV, and those who listen to them? Will the deaths of three anti-vaccine/anti-mask radio zealots going to make a dent? What will the excuse be for those who were waiting for FULL FDA approval of vaccines to get their shots to renege and continue to endanger themselves, their families, their social circles, and their communities?

Please, if you know someone who has not started the vaccination process, share some of these stories with them. Let them know that people younger and younger are getting sick and DYING from COVID. If you yourself haven’t been vaccinated, ask yourself “Why?”. It is NOT about government control; it is about protecting yourself and your close circle and your community at large from becoming deathly ill.

Plus some other goodies from the Sykes Morning Shots Newsletter.