Control of the U.S. Senate is up for grabs on Nov. 4, and illegal voters may tip the balance. Estimates are that more than 14 percent of non-citizens were registered to vote in the elections of 2008 and 2010, and that could now easily exceed the margin of victory in many tight Senate races.
Democrats typically win more than 80 percent of the votes cast by non-citizens, so votes cast by non-citizens produce a net bonanza of additional votes for Democrats. Democrat Al Franken won a Republican U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota by a margin of only 312 votes in 2008, and with the immense power of incumbency he is expected to cruise to reelection this time.
New non-partisan research by professors at Old Dominion University uncovered the shocking amount of voting by non-citizens, as published by the Washington Post last Friday. Their work did not choose sides in the debate over whether non-citizens should be allowed to vote, which Congress has already answered in the negative by sensibly limiting voting in federal elections to only American citizens. more >>
The West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola virus outbreak have called Australia's recently imposed travel ban "discriminatory," arguing that it will not help in the fight against the epidemic. The U.S. meanwhile continues debating its own response, with the State Department denying that it's considering plans to bring over non-citizens for Ebola treatment.
Australia's ban on visas for citizens of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea was the first of its kind by a developed nation, Reuters reported on Wednesday. The move has been called draconian by Sierra Leone, and criticized by the U.N. for potentially discouraging vital relief work.
"It is discriminatory in that ... it is not [going] after Ebola but rather it is ... against the 24 million citizens of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea," Sierra Leone Information Minister Alpha Kanu said. "Certainly, it is not the right way to go." more >>
A recent post on Reason.com's "Hit and Run" blog tells a disturbing tale of law enforcement run amok in Philadelphia. According to data collected by the freedom of information advocacy site, MuckRock.com, the city has paid out $40 million in losses and settlements in the last five years. The lion's share of these awards resulted from lawsuits involving misconduct such as excessive force, wrongful death, and illegal searches.
Clearly, something has gone awry in the City of Brotherly Love. That so many police officers cannot be trusted to exercise their authority with integrity and discretion indicates a serious failure of both leadership and individual character. A police department with such massive problems cannot possibly be effective and most certainly cannot be trusted, and is emblematic of a nation that is quickly losing faith in its institutions.
Human beings are hardwired to place their trust in authority figures. Kids instinctively look to their parents for their safety, security, and well being. Civil society expects these things from government. We empower law enforcement and military for precisely these purposes, and when we see a police officer or soldier in uniform we assume that this individual is one of the good guys, a person of honor and integrity who is committed to protecting the "public weal". more >>
"No government ever voluntarily reduced itself in size." Ronald Reagan
The Democrats have an impending problem surfacing at an inopportune time: their beloved big government's feckless response to our nation's problems.
In the upcoming mid-term elections, someone will likely take the divisive and corrupt Harry Reid's seat as Senate Majority Leader. I just hope he or she sprays it with Lysol first. Harry Reid will then have to face his biggest fear, as Nancy Pelosi did hers two years ago: having to fly commercial. more >>
The Internal Revenue Service has seized the bank accounts of hundreds of innocent business owners.
Using the powers granted under the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000, which was designed to help federal agencies catch drug dealers, terrorists and other criminals, the IRS has been legally seizing the bank accounts of law-abiding business owners who have consistently made cash bank deposits less than the federal bank reporting minimum of $10,000.
The New York Times reported that hundreds of these cash-only business had their entire bank accounts seized by the IRS in the past few years because the agency is permitted, through the process of civil asset forfeiture, to seize assets out of suspicion when a pattern of sub-$10,000 cash deposits are made. more >>
A Colorado public school district defended its teachers and principals who came under fire by a humanist group lawsuit alleging that the school officials used their positions to promote student involvement in missions established by Christian evangelical organizations.
Last week, the American Humanist Association (AHA) filed a lawsuit claiming that officials from various schools in the Douglas County School District used their official positions to endorse and sponsor two Christian evangelical missions groups, Samaritan's Purse's Operation Christmas Child and Adventures in Missions, and their proselytizing efforts.
"Douglas County School District supports student-driven community and fundraising efforts to aid those in need. We applaud our students for being leaders and giving back to others, and will vigorously defend their right to continue to do so," the statement provided to The Christian Post reads. "We are also proud of our employees who, on their own time and with donated resources, selflessly serve those who are less fortunate." more >>