(ANTIMEDIA) Former congressman Ron Paul is outspoken. When he retired from Congress, he called lawmakers psychopathic authoritarians to their faces. He’s also called Donald Trump an authoritarian and asserted Hillary Clinton could have run as a Republican. And just last week, Paul took aim at the [very foundation ] of American ‘democracy.’
In a recent episode of his web show, the Liberty Report, Ron Paul discussed the Department of Homeland Security’s decision last month to take a more active role in U.S. elections. Secretary Jeh Johnson said he was “considering whether elections should be classified as ‘critical infrastructure,’ affording them the same kinds of enhanced protections that the banking system and the electrical grid receive,” POLITICOreported.
The potential move came on the heels of the notorious DNC leak in July, which exposed intentions within the Democratic Party to manipulate the primary race against Senator Bernie Sanders. Politicians and the media quickly blamed the hack on Russia, failing to cite conclusive proof of their allegations yet spawning the narrative that the Kremlin and other foreign threats could compromise U.S. elections.
On his show, Paul took issue with the notion that the Department of Homeland Security, an agency riddled withincompetence and failed objectives — case in point, the TSA — is capable of securing U.S. elections.
Speaking on DHS’s decision to become more involved in the process following the DNC hack, Ron Paul offered a scathing indictment of the federal organization, arguing it will capitalize on troubling events to seize power:
“They may have false flags and they may do a lot of things, but no matter how an emergency comes up, they’re going to make use of it. And the use of it isn’t to say ‘Hey, how are we going to protect the American people?’ Are they worrying, when they talk about doing something about rigged elections, [that] the votes are counted? No, they’re making sure that the votes aren’t counted and they’re irrelevant and the government has all this power.”
“The elections don’t matter. This is a ritual that we go through,” Paul observed last week. Instead, he referenced a seemingly omnipotent power much more influential than the ‘will of the people.’
“My belief is that the control is the Deep State, and people have to realize that,” he said.
Michael Lofgren, a former Republican congressional aide, has written extensively on the Deep State and describes it as “a hybrid entity of public and private institutions ruling the country according to consistent patterns in season and out, connected to, but only intermittently controlled by, the visible state whose leaders we choose.”
“The Deep State does not consist of the entire government. It is a hybrid of national security and law enforcement agencies: the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Justice Department.”
Lofgren notes the financial system is also under the influence of the Deep State and that certain areas of the judicial system, namely, the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, are manipulated by the opaque, shadowy apparatus.
As Ron Paul observed:
“Those powers are already there and I think those individuals who are behind the scenes who really find out what the policies are going to be, regardless of who’s in office, know exactly what we argue: that this place, our country, and our financial system and foreign policy is very precarious and something terrible is going to happen.”
One of those things, he argued, is the continued usurpation of civil liberties:
“This is where the real enemy is right now. Sure, we have to have a national defense. But I don’t agitate and read and study and try to change people’s minds because I think somebody is going to invade us. I want to change foreign policy so we are less in danger. But really, the greatest danger since 9/11 has been the taking away of our liberties. Our civil liberties have been undermined. This will only add fuel to the problems we have already.”
“We do accept the notion that our elections are rigged, but we certainly don’t come down on the side of believing that the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA will unrig our elections.”
“It is a distressing thing to think that — [this is probably a] true statement — no matter what you do [with] your vote, whether you vote or not, the Deep State is in charge and that is what we have to deal with.”
Nevertheless, Paul remained positive:
“But it is good to be politically active, to preach this message, to show people exactly what the government’s doing to us and why we should be involved.”
“But of course, the whole purpose, in the end, has to be that we change our economic philosophy, we change our attitude about protection of our civil liberties, and we change our attitude about getting involved in the internal affairs of other nations, occupying other countries, and being involved in nation-building. If we do those three little things then, believe me, the world would be much more peaceful and we would all be much more prosperous.”
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Despite their own security failures, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson wants to declare the U.S. election system a “critical infrastructure” – making U.S. elections a matter of “national security.”
Skeptics are rightly concerned that the Obama appointed DHS chief wants to take over elections in November, given the mountain of evidence that the Democratic party rigged their own primary in favor of Hillary Clinton.
“We should carefully consider whether our election system, our election process, is critical infrastructure like the financial sector, like the power grid,” Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said.
Can we really entrust an agency that got hacked by a 16 year old kid to protect our elections? The personal information of 20,000 FBI and 9,000 DHS Employees was dumped online in February. While many experts have shown how easy the voting machines are to hack, a 16-year-old showed that so is the DHS.
Free elections are the foundation of a free republic. A DHS declaration of elections as a “critical infrastructure” would be a dangerous power grab that threatens the very foundation of the United States.
The federal government is currently covering up blatant crimes by Hillary Clinton. A move by that same government to control elections for the first time in history would cast grave doubt on the legitimacy of the election.
Each time there is an election held anywhere in the democratic world, you will undoubtedly hear words like wrongdoing, mishandling, voter fraud and misconduct being thrown around. It has been this way since the dawn of democracy in ancient Athens almost 2500 years ago. Today, technology offers a solution so secure, even banks are adopting it’s principles.
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The Federal Election Commission has released a statement stating that they will no longer tolerate “unlawfully false or fictitious” troll candidates like “Deez Nuts,” who has been consistently polling better than actual candidate Jill Stein.
The announcement came on Thursday, and explained that they will now be sending out verification letters to those who wish to register candidates that seem suspicious. They also warned that trolls could be subject to penalties such as fines.
“The Commission has authorized staff to send verification letters to filers listing fictional characters, obscene language, sexual references, celebrities (where this is no indication that the named celebrity submitted the filing), animals, or similarly implausible entities as the name or contact information of the candidate or committee,” the statement read.
After receiving hundreds of fake candidates, they have now hired staff to “verify information in filings from the 2016 election cycle that appear to be unlawfully false or fictitious.”
Over 250 pranksters registered fictitious or joke candidates for the 2016 election, such as Deez Nuts, Dat Ass 2016, Butt Stuff 2016, Queen Elsa, and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
“The new procedure comes in response to an increase this election cycle in the filing registration and statement of candidacy forms (FEC Forms 1 and 2) that provide patently false candidate or treasurer names, questionable contact or bank information, or material that does not relate to campaign finance, such as drawings, essays and personal court records,” the statement continued.
“Deez Nuts,” made massive waves as an independent candidate. It turns out, he was a 15-year-old teen from Iowa named Brady Olson — who later endorsed Bernie Sanders. The fictitious character has been consistently polling around 10%, despite dropping out of the race in August. He is still currently polling ahead of Green Party nominee Jill Stein in Texas, according to a survey released this week.
Other candidates registered during the election cycle included “Master Alexander Soy Sauce and Taters Gordh First,” “Fidel Castro,” “Captain Crunch,” and “Limberbutt McCubbins” — which is someone’s cat.
According to the FEC’s previous policy they were required by law to process and track the paperwork, and follow up with troll candidates who submit missing or inaccurate information — causing quite a headache for their staffers.
“The agency has no authority over and makes no judgement on an individual’s qualifications or eligibility to run for office or obtain ballot access,” FEC spokeswoman Judith Ingram previously told the Center for Public Integrity.
Additionally, she asserted that the “agency has a statutory obligation to make all filings publicly available.”
Despite massive dissatisfaction among voters with the two main parties, Green Party candidate Jill Stein is still tied with a dead gorilla in Texas — and polling lower than fictional candidate “Deez Nuts.”
While third-parties expectedly face many more challenges and obstacles than the major party candidates, Stein seems to be polling exceptionally poorly — considering her Libertarian counterpart Gary Johnson is doing three times better than she is in the Lone Star State.
The new poll from Democratic leaning pollsters Public Policy Polling, which was released on Wednesday, reveals that Stein and Harambe are tied with less than 2% each, while Deez Nuts, a joke candidate created and registered by 16-year-old Brady Olsen, is polling at 3%.
Harambe was brutally shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo in May after parent’s failed to supervise their toddler who fell into the majestic creatures enclosure. He has since become a legend in the world of memes.
Following Harambe’s death, Stein issued a statement condemning animal captivity for entertainment.
“Harambe was killed by a zoo which raises revenues by selling tickets to see captive animals, including primates. While good emergency staff training might have prevented such a catastrophic outcome, the Green Party believes that captivity for such entertainment is ethically wrong and fundamentally exploitive and should be illegal,” the statement read.
In order for a third party to qualify for a spot on the debate stage, they must be polling at 15%, but the PPP poll will not be one of the five which are looked at during the determination.
“While there has never been a gorilla president the primate’s death would not actually preclude him from being elected, as multiple candidates who died during their campaigns went on to win their races,” the site noted.