The federal government always has a good excuse to remove liberty from individual states and their citizens. This is an incremental process… a drip, drip if you will. They stick on a good label, and voila, another intrusion of the federal government is part of your life forever. You didn’t even realize it happened right under your nose.
If you are like me you are already sick to death of the news about Russian hacking. Mind you, I am not saying that it isn’t an important issue. But hacking has been going on since personal computers were invented. Admittedly, the American populace may not have known that the results of hacking were used in elections, but we certainly were aware that the hacked information was used to place our enemies in a better political, military or economic position. Those issues strike me as equally important.
This week the Obama administration announced that it has designated the country’s election infrastructure as ‘critical,’ (that’s the ‘good label’) a move that puts the Department of Homeland Security’s nose deep into state election systems (that’s the ‘intrusion’). It’s only ‘one more drip.’ But, be honest, did you know that this particular ‘drip’ happened ‘right under our noses’ and without Congressional approval? I didn’t think so.
[Source: DHS designates election systems as ‘critical infrastructure,’ by Katie Bo William]
The new designation will cover storage facilities, polling places, and centralized vote tabulations locations used to support the election process, as well as information and communications technology like voter registration databases, voting machines and other systems used to manage the election process and report results. So let’s see now. Other than standing next to you as you mark your ballot, is there any aspect of the election that they won’t be “monitoring?”
Many state and local election officials have expressed strong opposition to applying the designation stating that it is another example of federal overreach.
Before the election, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp argued against designating the elections a critical infrastructure, arguing that states can make more nimble choices for their own communities without assistance from the federal government.
Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, said he is aware of the opposition he faces. How did he become aware, ask you? Because he stated that, “Prior to reaching this determination, my staff and I consulted many state and local election officials; I am aware that many of them are opposed to this designation.”
But, he’s going to do it anyway! Of course, he goes on to assure us that this new intrusion “does not mean a federal takeover.” Of course not, and The Rugged Individualist has the following bridge for sale.
It’s in Brooklyn.