Voting is a Right for Citizens of the United States

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21 July 2018

Voting is a Right for Citizens of the United States

Let me be perfectly clear. Voting in state and federal elections is a right for citizens of the United States of America as declared by the 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th Amendments to the United States Constitution. United States citizenship is obtained by birth or naturalization.

There have been numerous articles that bring into question whether non-citizens can vote constitutionally or whether recent declarations by certain city mayors to allow non-citizens to vote in city elections. The Constitution is very clear that the right of citizens of the United States to vote in state or federal elections shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State.

When cities mayors take it upon themselves to circumvent federal or state election laws they must be held to the same constitutional standard before it ends up in state supreme courts or before the SCOTUS.

In this article I have included the Amendments to the Constitution which deal specifically with the right of citizens of the United States of America to vote so you can read for yourselves.

Amendment XV (15) (1870)

Section 1. 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.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

This amendment was designed to protect the right of African-Americans to vote and has served as the foundation for such legislation as the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

 

Amendment XIX (19) (1920)

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 sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

The Constitution has never prohibited women from voting and for many years before the adoption of this amendment women did vote in several states. The 19th amendment established a uniform rule for all states to follow in guaranteeing women this right.

 

Amendment XXIV (24) (1964)

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

The poll tax was the last surviving instance of a property qualification for the suffrage, and it was in effect, at the time of the adoption of this amendment, in only five States. The amendment was offered as a removal of another obstacle to the right to vote.

 

Amendment XXVI (26) (1971)

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

During the Vietnam War, this amendment lowered the voting age in federal and state elections to 18, the same age at which young men could be drafted for military service.

Go to https://www.senate.gov/civics/constitution_item/constitution.htm where the complete text of the United States Constitution is maintained online.

This article supersedes previous articles I have published on the subject of voting and I thank those who have provided input which have motivated me to re-visit the issue of the right of citizens of the United States to vote. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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T. D. S. Explained

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7-20-2018

T.D.S. Explained

“Trump Derangement Syndrome (T.D.S.) – The ability to become legally insane over all things Trump.” – Me

I recently did a google search on arguing with fools and this fits perfectly in the far-left liberal mindset of today. “There are two kinds of fools: those who can’t change their opinions and those who won’t.” – Josh Billings.

There are those in the upper levels of the Democrat Party and in Congress who have established a pattern of making mountains out of mole hills. Someone presents a non-issue every time an important decision made by President Trump requires the Congress to enact legislation or to render a vote.

Cases in point:

President’s cabinet nominations resulting character assassinations, stalling and delaying or impending.

President’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the SCOTUS resulted in pushback about Immigration; DACA; Stormy.

President issues constitutionally sound executive order stopping immigration from certain countries? Judicial interference which went to SCOTUS and was ruled constitutionally sound!

President challenged Congressional leaders to fix immigration and DACA? No significant action taken.

President chided Rocket Man and Congress began saying POTUS was starting WWIII with DPRK.

President announced talks with Leader Kim, Congress condemned it.

President pulls out of talks with DPRK, Congress condemns him.

President conducts face-to-face meeting with DPRK Leader Kim and signs denuclearization agreement, Congress condemns it.

President cancels international agreements that do not favor US interests, Congress condemns him.

President Talks tough with UN, NATO, G7 and Congress condemns him for it.

President levies tariffs on certain countries to obtain fair and balanced reciprocal tariffs, Congress condemns him.

President instructs DOJ on Zero Tolerance with unlawful entry and Congress condemns him but as the legislative body who writes laws, does nothing to fix immigration.

President meets face-to-face with Russia’s President Putin, Congress condemns him and calls it treason, when it is a negotiation for cooperation between two nuclear super powers to prevent misuse of nuclear arsenal.

Organized and funded demonstrations, rioting and civil unrest are tools being implemented to create racial and class division to bring chaos and anarchy to main street America and as anyone can see there is collusion and or subversion and attempts at an overthrown of the President by the DEEP STATE (CIA, DOJ, FBI, Military and even Congress) INSIDE the United States, aimed with lies, slander, smearing, character assassination, malalignment, and all means available. America is a nation in crisis as the political elite attempt to disrupt and remove (if able) President Trump from the office of President of the United States. Recent events have made it so overwhelmingly clear that three blind mice could see.

What the political elite have not taken into account, again, is the fact that governments are raised up and taken down in accordance with God’s will and his perfect plan. When a man or woman is in the center of God’s will for their life, and his plan has not yet been accomplished there is nothing that can prevent them from completing the task they have been given. Donald J. Trump has been given a task of defeating political correctness and reigning in evil. It is the responsibility of all Christians to pray for our leaders, our nation and our nation’s enemies and ask God to continue to guide our president as he does what God requires and what we elected him to do.

Remember this – If you are not part of the solution, you ARE the problem. I surely wouldn’t want to be in your shoes as you oppose what God Almighty has ordained. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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Lead, Follow or Get out of the Way!

7-19-2018

Lead Follow or Get Out of the Way

Anyone who’s been the military has heard at least a thousand times, “Lead, Follow or get out of the way” and it means exactly what it says. America has always needed leaders who lead by example. Leaders who say, “Follow Me!” But when it’s time to step aside, how do we?

During my 22 years in the Army I found myself in the unique position of being what they called, “Critical Personnel”, or mission essential. As a leader I was irreplaceable in the eyes of our unit and often it meant coming to work earlier than the troops, working hard to insure they were on task and doing what was needed, even under extreme circumstances, and staying later or in meetings analyzing their performance and preparing to do it all over again the next day.

The Army way of breaking up the “monotony” was to switch up the game with what are called Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders and sometimes it was every year or two, or in the case of overseas duty normally three years. Every change in duty assignments would take you to becoming the new guy and “learning the ropes” of the new job, the unit mission and getting to know and be known by the troops you were going to lead.

I didn’t claim to be the greatest leader, but I treated my men and women as I wanted to be treated. At times I took risks in favor of the troops, but not at the expense of mission accomplishment. There were times when taking a normal leave of absence was not possible. Furthering my educational goals was difficult at best, because I needed to be on top of the situations daily.

Once a new assignment came up, orders received and it was time to turn the group over to my replacement and I had signed out of the unit, it was as if I was never there. The mission continued and time marched on and they soon forgot that had even I existed.

Every new assignment brought new challenges and new responsibilities, as well as frequent changes for the kids in new schools and new employment opportunities for my wife. It was difficult for our families or personally to make real and lasting friendships because it was on to the next assignment, the next mission and the next set of circumstances. During my active duty I went to many different countries (Thailand, Panama, Germany and Japan) as well as to different units like Transportation, Infantry, Recruiting and Armor in places like Washington, Colorado, Indiana, California, Missouri and Virginia and in most cases taking my family along.

There was never a time where I thought it necessary to go back and tell my replacement or my former leaders what they should do or how they should do it. Leaders lead, then step aside and get out of the way so that others may lead. Any other action is uncalled for, unnecessary and completely selfish.

I say this because what I see and hear on the political scale in America is the complete opposite. Today our politicians want to monopolize their time in the public eye, and often fail to lead by example, but by decree and once they are no longer in office they continue to act as if they are. It is unprofessional to take political pot shots at the one you turned your office over to and it is shameful and brings discredit to you, your name and to your profession.

Everyone who survived the eight years of Barack Obama as President can honestly say, “I Survived Obama”, and things are getting better. So much so that even a blind mouse can sense the presence of a cat. For the Obamas to decline to come out and advocate for national unity (not guaranteed national income for all) and to travel internationally and to join liberal legislative members of Congress in criticizing President Trump is utterly disgraceful.

Especially when the resistance movement began with public riots, there was not a peep or public statement to cease and desist by Barack or Michelle Obama. There were no calls from them to say enough is enough.

Even though in the past Barack Obama has said there is no racial division because we are all simply Americans. It is the same thing Donald Trump has and is saying now that we are Americans and his priority is for all Americans to prosper together.

So I challenge Barack Obama to step aside completely and go stalk your presidential library, maybe start by funding it by yourself and your supporters without the aid of any outside tax dollars. Lead that effort AND begin bringing Americans of all races and nationalities and all political parties together in support of the betterment of America under President Trump because that is what leaders do.

I challenge the media to stop inciting division in America and return to reporting the news as it happens without your editorializing and psyo-analyzing the grammar and/or words of President Trump and do your duty to promoting the positive qualities that are American values.

I challenge Americans to stand up for your rights as guaranteed by the Constitution before they are no more. Citizenship requires responsibility for your actions and accountability for your words and deeds and compassion for your fellow man. United States citizenship makes you neither better nor worse than anyone else regardless of their national citizenship, but it does require bringing common sense to the table. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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Blinded to the Truth

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7-18-2018

Blinded to the Truth

For the life of me I don’t understand how people can be so blinded and unable to see beyond the hype that would make a pig gag. Do you not understand that the presidency is not a tinker toy that you can take apart or put back together?

The media is leading the left (or vice versa) around dissecting the meaning of words or sentences like they don’t understand the language. The Congress is attempting to “handle” a president who will not be handled.

Before President Trump went to the Singapore Summit with Leader Kim, the left went ballistic over the meeting because the president didn’t obtain their permission slip. Then a so-called scandal broke out that was supposed to throw him off his game. It didn’t. The summit went of exactly as planned and resulted in a signed agreement to denuclearize North Korea, and even return the remains of US personnel lost during the Korean War.

The same thing happened prior to the Helsinki Summit with President Putin, once again the left went ballistic over the meeting because once again the president didn’t ask permission and he didn’t even tell them what he was going to say. Pshaw! The DOJ dropped the names of 12 Russians who supposedly interfered with the 2016 US elections. THE ACTUAL NAMES on the virtual eve of the summit! The summit still went of exactly as planned and resulted in an offer to review the evidence, if presented and even allow the Mueller team to assist during the investigation in Russia.

The media and the left are dumbstruck over the fact that the president took the word of another world leader over the lying words and actions of certain Intel leaders who’ve made it a habit of doing their own thing rather than their jobs and they lied to the president AND to the American public, time and time again.

If the world is a stage and President Trump is the leading character in the play, why do the bushes and the trees fight over who gets to stand where? Who wrote the screenplay in the first place?

It is the nature of this president to get to know who your friends are and who your enemies are. It is far better to have meetings face-to-face before the situation falls to avoidable military action. Negotiation is an art and President Trump is the artist.

“It’s a very imperfect world, and you can’t always choose your friends. That’s Life. But you can never fail to recognize your enemies.” – DJT

I’d say that President Trump knows who his friends are and he knows who his enemies are and where they stand in the scheme of things. Congress still continues to play fiddle sticks while in the real world they are playing with dynamite.

Since the Congress cannot unite behind the President of the United States, the president must singlehandedly orchestrate the action which will bring the best outcome for America. All the distractions, posturing and political bungling by democrats and RINOs in Congress makes it just a little bit harder to accomplish the president’s goal of a strong united front.

Americans can see past all the huff and fluff of politics to understand the importance of improving relations with other nations and their leaders in order to maintain a tighter grip on world peace. So while the nation is marching to the drumbeat of the Stars and Stripes forever, the obstructionists are playing ring around the rosy. Continue on Mr. President, Continue on – We are beside you and have your six! – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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Who Goes There – Friend or Foe?

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7-17-2018

Who Goes There – Friend or Foe?

In the military we are trained during basic training that while on guard duty when someone approaches the guard post at night and it’s too dark to make out the other person the guard is to issue a challenge, “Who Goes There, Friend or Foe?” It is to be followed up with the challenge code. The correct answer allows you entrance. The incorrect answer is usually from a drill sergeant just to see what you will do.

So the Helsinki Summit is being played the same way by those who think President Trump did it wrong. In their eyes the president betrayed the intelligence community and took sides with Russian President Putin, a skilled and cunning former KGB leader. The president should have sided against Putin and stuck a gun in his face and said, “Go ahead Punk, Make My Day!” Like Dirty Harry would have done. Am I right?

Well that plays good in the movies and everyone is yelling, “SHOOT HIM, SHOOT HIM!”

That may work in different settings or under different circumstances or in a perfect world. But we are not in a perfect world and everybody is not President Trump with an entirely different approach to the same world issues that has faced other presidents before him.

Look at events of the last few days leading up to the summit. After almost 2 years of investigation Assistant AG Rosenstein released the 12 names of alleged Russian agents who tampered in the 2016 election, just prior to the well announced and planned summit between Presidents Trump and Putin. Anyone find that a bit odd?

Senator minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has been screaming loud and clear for President Trump NOT to meet with Putin whom Schumer was seen having a latte with Putin in New York just a few years ago. Schumer and his democratic and RINO allies have systematically called for and actively supported resistance of President Trump over virtually everything said or done by the president.

The senior level CIA and FBI officials have been known opponents of President Trump and have done their part to channel false information, false narratives and fictitious documentation in order to find the president guilty of something, anything so he will resign and go back to Trump Tower in disgrace.

Now you want us to believe that President Trump is to call them “Friend” and Russian President Putin “Foe” and restart the cold war mentality all over again? I don’t think so and neither does President Trump who chose to call Putin a “Competitor” when it comes to oil production and distribution; an equal nuclear power; and possible ally in dealing with Syria it’s refugee situation and protecting Israel.

If that makes him a “traitor” as some of our well known and yet to be punished “traitors” seem to think, they are sorely mistaken. I did not see even one small Cessna loaded with a pallet of cash circle the airport at Helsinki, waiting for the Trump signal to “hand it over to Russia”. Last time I checked there was no secret flight plan of Americas natural resources like Uranium One to be sold and transported to Putin once the talks were completed, as some previous president has done.

What I think is this, when you are to begin negotiating with a person, company or nation concerning international and foreign affairs you don’t go thru the door firing wildly and expecting instantaneous results.

“It’s a very imperfect world, and you can’t always choose your friends. That’s life. But you can never fail to recognize your enemies.” – Donald J. Trump

So in the very real world of politics and in the spirit of cooperation President Trump took the common sense and realistic approach for negotiating and I wouldn’t expect a liberal, left-wing, RINO, Snowflake or crybaby to understand what common sense actually is based upon what is said in the media or on the internet.

I do expect to see many more of these Trump-style meetings with other world leaders to take place over the next 6+ years and a new world reality of dealing with the United States requires good old common sense and good judgement. There is still a lot of ground to cover.

The United States is no longer being lead from behind (reverse leadership) Obama-style where you push the unwilling or unable off the proverbial cliff before walking away brushing off the dust your hands have made and blaming it on the other guy.

Here in the United States we must decide if we want continued rebellion, insurrection and sedition or do we want to follow the rule of law as set out in the United States Constitution? – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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The Helsinki Summit

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7-17-2018

The Helsinki Summit

On July 16, 2018 Presidents Trump (USA) and Putin (RF) held their first Summit in Helsinki, Finland and it was a great start by two leaders wanting better relations between these two nuclear super powers. Their greeting and pre-summit talks were cordial and friendly as they prepared their one-on-one closed door session.

Back home in the United States the liberal left socialist-leaning Democratic Party and RINO members in Congress while attempting to sabotage the summit by first releasing the names of 12 Russians who allegedly interfered with the 2016 elections to give then candidate Trump the edge over party favorite Hillary; then demanding that the president call out Putin for the hostile takeover of Crimea; even questioning as Hillary did the presidents loyalty; feeding to the media a false narrative that the president threw the FBI and the US intelligence community “under the bus”, combining all the lefts worst fears into one neat little snowball aimed to derail the summit.

Let me say this one more time “SHAME ON YOU” to all you naysayers. Your tactics do not work as more and more Americans are just a bit smarter than you give us credit for. In fact we are quite a bit smarter and can see through your lies and innuendoes.

The summit was a success as President Trump held President Putin’s feet to the fire about issues that are important to both nations and to the world. They talked about the denuclearization of North Korea being a good thing for the world; about Iran and its use of nuclear material for non-military purposes; the need for safeguarding nuclear weapons within the two countries; Syria and Israel and the need to insure the safety of both nations and the return of Syrian refugees to their homeland to live in peace; and a host of other issues mutually beneficial to both countries.

During the questioning after the closed door session reporters asked a series of loaded questions in an attempt to create or inflame divisions between the United States and the Russian Federation. One asked if Putin compiled secret info on Trump during his trips to Russia in the years prior to the 2016 election and Putin responded that he had not. Another asked Trump about statements on the Russian pipeline placing Germany in a bad position with Russia, and that Trump said the US would replace Russia as a supplier of petroleum, which Trump said both nations were in competition as suppliers.

There were other questions for each leader and ultimately questions dealing with the trumped up investigation where Putin said Russia was not involved in the 2016 campaign or election; Trump said the investigation was fake and wondered how the investigators could tell if Russia was involved because the FBI was asked to leave the DNC HQ without handling the DNC servers, or the missing emails of Hillary and it’s pretty hard to come to a conclusion without all the facts or computer devices.

There were pledges of cooperation in many areas as the United States and Russian Federation attempt to have future summits and foster closer cooperation. Putin even invited the Mueller team to Russia to become involved with Russian investigators should the evidence show Russian involvement.

President Trump congratulated Russia on winning the World Cup in Soccer and President Putin presented Trump with the winning football, which Trump thanked him and said the ball would go to his son Barron. Putin then invited the US to host the 2026 World Cup and Trump accepted the invitation

In my book the summit was a resounding success and I look forward to future summits between the two countries and continued cooperation in solving many of the world’s issues. I am disappointed at the continued attempts to smear President Trump and demean or belittle this summit as they have been doing with the Singapore Summit with President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim.

Every time there has been a potential breakthrough in international affairs or at home in the US the fully committed socialistic Democratic Party lead by men and women in congress who belong to the Congressional Black Caucus and other socialistic caucuses or special interest groups bring their circus into the public forum attempting to prevent meaningful changes that can improve the lives of Americans and peoples of other nations.

There are not many alive today who remember the coalition of the United States, United Kingdom and the Soviet Union during World War II where the leaders of all three nations worked together to combat Nazi Germany and Japan in their quest to conquer the world. Since the end of the war we’ve had the infamous Cold War, Korean War and many, many other wars and conflicts that have helped maintain hostile relations.

When has an American President gone on the offensive internationally to calm world relations between hostile nations without trotting around plane loads of cash or dragging their chin on the ground apologizing for America more than pulling its fair share?

When has an American President become engaged in the betterment of America and the American people while being smeared, belittled and targeted by American politicians (Legislators and media) for doing what Americans elected him to do?

Don’t you think it’s time to dump the petty politics and political stunts and begin acting like Americans who stand beside this president, rather than standing in front of him in opposition?

Freedom of Speech as guaranteed in the Constitution does not give one the right for “Freedom of Stupidity” although many seem to think so, while trashing the very document they say gives them that right.

It is the right, the privilege and the duty of ALL AMERICANS to PROTECT THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES against ALL ENEMIES both foreign and DOMESTIC.

You do not have the right to shred it! – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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Ferocious in a Fight

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7-16-2018

Ferocious in a Fight

Several years ago my wife received a small black and white Shih Tzu puppy that followed her around everywhere and she named him Shadow. He was so small we placed a folded up blanket on our king size headboard for him to sleep on. He loved to cuddle and fight, often without warning.

As he got older he learned he was the king of the castle, top dog, Alpha Male (he was our only dog at the time). We bought him toys and when we’d visit our grandkids, Shadow would take possession of any of their doggie toys that he wanted and it didn’t matter if their dog was a German Shephard or a Pit Bull, they would cry wanting their toy back. He never gave them a thought and would trout out to the car with the toy in his mouth. He was such a cutie.

He went everywhere we went, even on trips to see the family in Idaho. He loved to sleep on my wife’s lap and would bark at the cows and antelope we saw beside the road. It was on one of our trips that Shadow met my parents yard dog Missy. A brief encounter left Shadow missing a front tooth and when he smiled it looked more like a sneer.   When another dog came around it was Shadow who let him/her know who was boss.

Shadow was so protective and territorial around the house that I couldn’t get near my wife without him getting between us. Yet when I sat in the recliner, Shadow would be there trying to jump up so he could sit beside me. Shadow liked trying to run in the snow, but usually carried more snow on his belly that was on the ground. Shadow lived to the ripe old age of 17 when he died.

I brought up Shadow because he was ferocious in a fight or when intimidating other much larger dogs and he knew no limitations except his territory was anywhere he was.

I was also reminded that in the military there is authority and regional authority as it pertains to operating area, unit or company area and even down to platoon area. Jesus once said of the Centurion, a man of authority who had great faith in the authority of Jesus to heal his son.

I remember that most of the time I was a platoon sergeant, consisting of an assistant and two squads of 16 men each. I was one of 5 platoons in our company. Whenever I was in the company area I had authority and everyone knew who I was and what platoon I had. On occasion I pulled staff duty at battalion and had the authority within the battalion area over matters occurring after hours or on the weekends while on Staff Duty. I could go anywhere and know that during this time I was divested with the authority of the commander and normally didn’t have to go outside the unit to make decisions.

So my dog Shadow new he was the authority at home and that birds, squirrels and other dogs had to fear him around the property.

Bringing this up a notch and to present day events I get the same feeling with Donald Trump acting in his capacity as President of the United States. He has the authority vested in him by the United States Constitution and is the Leader of our country. When he goes abroad world leaders take notice and afford him the courtesy and honor of his position as leader of the United States. They go all out to insure they make a good impression with him and insure his safety while he is in their country.

Other leaders don’t always agree with each other, but with President Trump they know exactly where he’s coming from because he doesn’t speak politicaleeze or mince words. Trump is a straight shooter and speaks from the heart.

What has been puzzling is why at home our legislative body is constantly at war with the president over his every word, action or deed. There are some who feel his is inferior and not worthy of being president. For those I say “Shame on You!” Jesus once said a profit is not welcomed in his home town. And I see that in America today with President Trump.

President Trump has been working for all Americans and comes from a long line of hard working people, he has raised his children to know what hard work is and engrained in them a model work ethic. He has committed his presidency to make America great for ALL Americans, and receives the most resistance from people who did not learn very good work ethics before they entered politics, maybe because they didn’t really work for a living based on what we see of their political work ethic. It is these same politicians who claim to be for working Americans, when in fact they are only for themselves and job security in Congress.

When a president must be ferocious abroad and at home it becomes extremely difficult to say focused on the tasks at hand unless you are Donald Trump who is ferocious in a fight and recognizes that soon healing will come to America. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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