A Win For Florida, A Win For America

Fellow Patriots,

I received a note from Florida Governor Rick Scott and Communications Director Rick Burgess, announcing the success of Florida’s lawsuit against the federal government relative to voter roll cleansing.

Winning this lawsuit means the Florida will be free to continue cleansing the state voting rolls. This effort helps to ensure open and fair elections free from the fraud of ineligible voters.

Hopefully states around the nation will take this case as a signal that they too should cleanse their voter rolls of deceased voters, resident aliens, illegal aliens, and voters who have moved from the districts.

Every ineligible voter removed from the process is a step towards honest and  open elections.

Lori Hendry

From: “Burgess, Brian” Date: July 14, 2012 1:55:43 PM EDT
Subject: FL elections officials get access to fed non-citizen database

Lori  – Just wanted to make sure you saw the story that broke early Saturday afternoon:


Tallahassee, Fla. – “Access to the SAVE database will ensure that non-citizens  do not vote in future Florida elections. I’m appreciative that the federal government is working with us cooperatively. This is a step in the right direction. This commitment from the United States Department of Homeland Security marks a significant victory for Florida and for the integrity of our election system.

“We’ve already confirmed that non-citizens have voted in past elections here in Florida. Now that we have the cooperation of the Department of Homeland Security, our state can use the most accurate citizenship database in the nation to protect the integrity of Florida’s election process.”

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AP NewsBreak: Feds OK Fla. access to citizens listWASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for Republicans, the federal government has agreed to let Florida use a law enforcement database to challenge people’s right to vote if they are suspected of not being U.S. citizens.The agreement, made in a letter to Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s administration that was obtained by The Associated Press, grants the state access to a list of resident noncitizens maintained by the Department of Homeland Security.

The Obama administration had denied Florida’s request for months, but relented after a judge ruled in the state’s favor in a related voter-purge matter.

Gov. Scott has issued the following statement in reaction to the news:“Access to the SAVE database will ensure that non-citizens do not vote in future Florida elections. I’m appreciative that the federal government is working with us cooperatively. This is a step in the right direction. This commitment from the United States Department of Homeland Security marks a significant victory for Florida and for the integrity of our election system.“We’ve already confirmed that non-citizens have voted in past elections here in Florida. Now that we have the cooperation of the Department of Homeland Security, our state can use the most accurate citizenship database in the nation to protect the integrity of Florida’s election process.”

Brian Burgess
Office of Governor
Rick Scott Communications Director

The Last Opportunity To Take Our Country Back

I’m not a legal expert, just an observer.   The past six months have been nerve racking;  not because of the health care law upheaval of this past week, but because of events of the past ten years and more recent events going back to the passage of the defense funding bill called NDAA.  I wanted to take a very rudimentary look at where we stand with respect to the Bill of Rights, to convince myself that our land of the free has not slipped mightily away from the intent of the founders.  Hopefully I’m not too far off the mark in this hastily written note.

The law of the land, following the SCOTUS ruling last week is that the federal government can compel you to buy a product and will employ the jackbooted IRS to compel you too even enabling the government access to your private and business bank accounts to force payment.   I’d always considered it a natural right NOT to have to buy the product of a shady salesman.  Let’s take a look of the Bill of Rights to see what’s been happening to the rights listed in that vaunted document.

We’ve had freedom of speech slowly eroded: hate speech laws, the latest law giving the secret service the ability to stop any protests in the vicinity of POTUS of vice-POTUS. (This law was used just last week in Washington D.C.).  And, let’s not forget, your free speech, political speech, is now limited in the 30 days before an election!)  This would be related to the 1st Amendment… Poof, gone.

Rumors exist that in the coming weeks, the president will sign the UN Small Arms Treaty.  This will largely eradicate the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. The 2nd Amendment’s intent was to offer citizens protection from their own government.

As citizens, we now have government spying on us in many ways.  With the health care law, the IRS will have access to all of our financial and health records, our transmittals on the internet are monitored, the administration, states, cities and even colleges employ recording technologies to monitor us without consideration to privacy.  The newest twist is the use of armed drones flying in our skies, observing, waiting, watching.  Folks, that’s related to the 4th Amendment.  Say good bye.

In Kelo v New London, we saw the SCOTUS decide that the confiscation of New London, Ct. residents property for the benefit of a private corporation was valid and an broad expansion of the interpretation of “public use”.    In Hawaii Housing Authority v. Midkiff, the Court upheld a law permitting Hawaii to take and transfer leased land to its lessees. Folks… that last one is called redistribution of wealth, stealing from one to give to another.  Kiss the 5th Amendment good-bye.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with provisions for indefinite detention based on the word of one man, the President of the United States.  There goes the 6th Amendment.

Habeas corpus (one of those evil concepts of British Common Law meaning roughly “you must present the person in court”) has been removed with the defense budget (NDAA), the concept of indefinite detention without adjudication or even bail opportunity has been a tenet of American jurisprudence.  Not anymore. It’s amazing that my non-conservative friends rallied behind a certain politician for railing against the Guantanamo incarceration of enemy combatants but don’t say a word about this removal of rights.  This is related to the 4th Amendment too.  Gone.  So goes the 8th Amendment.

We’ve had implicit rights, like the “Right to Privacy” or the “Right to Presumption of Innocence”.  That presumption of innocence, should that concern you and I?  Let’s point back to the NDAA provision for indefinite detention again. Enough said.     It goes without saying that the implicit right to privacy has been severely eroded by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as government will “necessarily” have access to all of your family’s financial records, access to bank accounts, and your health records and support for regulating the what you drink, what you eat, and activities undertaken.  We began waiving good-bye to this amendment with the advance of the information age and, now, the age of terrorism and what I would call the quintessential age of American self-subjugation.

The Constitution defined the limitations of the federal government and her branches.  It explicitly defined the powers of the federal government.   It was meant to protect the sovereignty of the state and the individual.  It conflicts to some degree with the Constitution’s Necessary and Proper clause. The frightening part was foreshadowed in James Madison’s Federalist paper which stated “No axiom is more clearly established in law or in reason than wherever the end is required, the means are authorized; wherever a general power to do a thing is given, every particular power for doing it is included.”  It was controversial back then.  It’s standard belief now even in the Republican party.  That’s the 10th Amendment… Poof.  It’s gone.  Necessary and proper and self-serving ideologues beat her to the ground.

That’s eight of ten of the Bill of Rights basically crumpled away.

Isn’t it strange that we’ve stopped rejoicing in our freedom, our liberty?  Isn’t it strange that those who most embrace subjugation by government for creature comforts are those who believe that they are strong individualists?  Isn’t it strange that personal responsibility has been largely supplanted by the concept that government can acquire our rights and become our caretaker where everything provided is free under the guise of government theft in the enablement of government largesse?

On July 4th, the anniversary of the American Revolution, we commemorate a movement, towards freedom from government intrusion and government theft of our labor.  Isn’t it about time for another movement to free America from her current enslavers to return our God given natural rights – a movement that uses our rights to vote, speak freely, and assemble still remain?

We should heed Sam Adams who said, “It does not take a majority to prevail … but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

November 6 is our last opportunity to take our country back.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott’s “Voting Roll Purge”

Florida Governor Rick Scott is tempting fate—and the wrath of the federal government. What is he doing? He’s simply being patriotic and challenging the Obama administration and Department of Justice’s continuing activities to facilitate voter fraud.

The federal government contends that Governor Scott’s effort at cleansing the voting rolls is discriminatory due to a disproportionate number of minority voters on the first list of suspect voter registrations.

According to Chris Cade of the Florida Dept. of Sate, the number of cases of a legal Florida citizen being removed from the state’s voter registration file is exactly ZERO

If voter all registrations are verified completely, the number of voters from a particular constituency should not matter at all.  If the dead and illegal aliens are removed from the rolls, it makes America safer from election tampering.  Protecting the integrity of voter lists should be a top priority and go on continuously.  The fact that the voter rights act appears to hinder voter verification is problematic and should cause Americans to support an immediate adjustment to that act.

The process that Florida is following compares lists of registered voters against drivers’ license records, state employee rosters and other databases to determine if foreign nationals have illegally registered to vote.  If conflicts are detected, that person will be sent a notification giving them 60 days to provide proof or be stricken from the rolls.

How bad is the problem?  The New American website estimates that Florida alone has removed 53,000 dead people from the voting rolls and, although voting statistics are maintained at the county level, that Florida has upwards of 180,000 registered voters who are illegal immigrants.  They also claim that volunteers are finding a startling quantity of aberrations in the voting rolls including a parking garage that is the residence of 30 registered voters!  The Miami Times reports that approximately 7000 felons have been removed from the voting rolls.

Voting is the life blood of our republic– A sacred responsibility of every citizen.  State and local governments have another sacred responsibility: to assure that elections are honest and reflect only the votes of real legal citizens.  To do otherwise is treasonous.

For those who would argue against this extremely fair and impartial activity, shame on you. As for Rick Scott?  Well, my friend, you are a patriot.

Lori Hendry

For additional facts about the scope of the voting roll problem and the law behind voter registration in Florida please see Lori’s post: