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Opinion | Growing votes or harvesting votes

A vote is and should be treated as a sacred right of every eligible American. The 26th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Section One states: “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.” It is really a gift from our country to its citizenry of our free democracy, which is a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives. From the moment we fought for our independence from England up until today, brave men and women laid down their lives giving the ultimate sacrifice for all of our freedoms, including, but not limited to the right to vote. Every legal and eligible vote has been paid for by spilled blood and every vote should be counted. Is your political party growing or harvesting votes?

Overall, at this juncture of the American political landscape, the Republican National Committee is outperforming the Democrat National Committee. Since the 2018 mid-term elections, the Democrats now control the U.S. House of Representatives and the Republicans control the U.S. Senate and the White House. Some pundits suggest the Republicans lost control of the House, because history suggests this always happens in the mid-term elections. My position is the Republicans lost the House, because you cannot campaign one way and govern the opposite and keep getting re-elected. The House Republicans wasted these two years and blew it on not repealing all of Obamacare, bringing about meaningful immigration reform, passing historic bloated pork-filled federal budgets, continued funding of Planned Parenthood north of $550 million, soft on traditional marriage and the list goes on. Republicans have the winning message and in a posture to grow, while Democrat’s have lost their way and now in a panic mode to harvest votes. I predict Trump will have a historic landside election in 2020. Let’s look deep into the idea of growing votes or harvesting votes.

My family has always been issues driven, and the National Republican Committee Platform best reflects my family views on governing. Issues like protecting human life from conception to natural death, lowering taxes, reducing the government burden on citizens, world peace through military strength, protecting our borders from illegal entry, protecting the 2nd amendment, appointing strict constructionist constitutional originalist to the federal judiciary, keeping the government out of healthcare, protecting the constitution in its original state, protecting America as energy independent and protecting traditional marriage between one man and one woman. These are just a few of the core beliefs that has positioned the Republican Party to flourish and grow.

Democrats are hemorrhaging at every intersection. According to Gallup, the Democrat Party has gone through a radical makeover since 1994. Liberals and conservatives at one time made up 25 percent of the party, but in 2018, liberals soared to 51 percent, while conservatives dwindled to 13 percent of the party. Democrats took for granted that Blacks, Hispanics and union workers would always be a dependable staple vote. I have NOT witnessed one plausible initiative to move America forward from the Democrats in years; there only job is to wake up every day to promote abortion and to hate and destroy Trump. The liberal wing of the party detest and hate Christianity, actually hate America, obstruct free speech on college campuses and with their partners in the liberal media constantly spewing nonfactual claims without documentation or noted viable sources. The continued erosion of the Democrat Party is predictable. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “Hate cannot drive out hate.”

Democrats are fabricating and harvesting votes like counterfeit money and registering illegals and felons to vote. 2020 Democrats presidential candidates are even espousing allowing incarcerated felons the right to vote while in prison. George Soros for years has funded efforts to reduce prison sentencing, legalizing marijuana and restoring felon’s right to vote. Democrats want open borders allowing the immeasurable constant flow of criminals, drugs, human traffickers and oh yes, a new crop of voters, illegal immigrants. Democrats are fighting to let illegals come into the country, send their children to publically funded schools, receive government healthcare, get an entitlement monthly check, registering them to vote and even receiving fraudulent tax refunds (Twilight Zone or Hallucinations). In the 2018 election cycle, way after the polls closed; Democrats were still LOOKING for VOTES in Florida and Georgia for days. I thought that when the polls closed, they were closed. Friends, I wish this was all a dream, but this is really going on in America.

The message to Republicans is you can continue to flourish and grow with movements like BLEXIT , Walk Away and rank and file union members, but all of this can erode if you campaign like an economic, moral, social and constitutional conservative and yet govern differently. The message to Democrats, your strategy to harvest and create counterfeit votes is flawed and yes, illegal. This kind of behavior is expected in a third world country, not the United States of America. It is time for some folks to go to jail over this epidemic of voter fraud.

May we restore the greatness of America by restoring greatness of our election process? One legal vote for one eligible American, and, as the old saying goes, may the best man win.

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John W. Giles is former President of the Christian Coalition of Alabama. He served as Small Business Advocate for the State of Alabama during Governor Guy Hunt's Administration. He was also a member of Governor Fob James Cabinet.

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