Fake News

If you are reading this it’s because I most likely click bated you by using Donald Trumps famous sound bite for describing how he feels about most of our national media outlets. For once I am on the same page as President Trump. Please don’t mistake this as me finally supporting him, but along the lines of even a broken clock is right twice a day.

In an effort to cut back on the daily negativity I have drastically cut back my amount of news consumption over the years. I try and limit myself to one helping of the daily news broadcast and maybe a couple of other news articles throughout the day. Unfortunately, I can’t live under a rock because being completely ignorant of my local, national, and world goings on doesn’t jive well with my scouting background. I figure if I can keep to the amount of “bad” news I am exposed to limited to that which I am legally obligated or feel ethically compelled to deal with then all the better.

Another reason I look to minimize the amount of daily news intake is because I don’t have the time to fact check everything. All to often reporters are in a race to get their story pushed out to the masses without having their story straight. Can’t  tell you how many times I read or watch something from some news outlet only to found out sometimes hours later that they were only kind of right or completely off target. I equate this to one of my students rushing to get their paper turned into me first so they can get the special prize I may be offering, but forgets that the work also needs to be correct as well.

Let me put a button on this. More often than not I am turning to YouTube channels to get most of my national and global news any more and then I follow it up with the national “main stream” media sources. I do view this as more of a sign of the changing times, but there is also a healthy dose of not being able to trust the main stream sources as well.

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Voter Fraud

President Trump wants to launch an investigation into voter fraud. I’m down with investigating this, but at the same time I feel like it’s a wild goose chase. How many millions of dollars will need to be dedicated to this? If something turns up great. The people at fault can be brought to justice otherwise the American tax payer will just have to shoulder another useless endeavor of the federal government.

Among the list of allegations is that dead people are still miraculously voting. I know this was a problem in the past, but most voting districts have rectified that problem with upgrading to electronic ballot collections and double redundancy voter check in by polling officials. I’m sure there are ways to compromise the computerized systems but when you have multiple voting officials checking over each entry I tend to think it makes it very difficult for the so called “ghost ballots” to be cast.

President Trump is also pointing to people being registered in more than one state. I’ll give some credence to this. If I had to guess when a person moves their place of residence from one county or state to another they only remember to register themselves in their new voting district and not unrolling themselves in the other. I only see this as a failure of our own registration system to not have a central processing information storage server that automatically eliminates the registrants previous info. Additionally, does President Trump really think that people have the time and resources to vote in one district and get themselves to another? I personally don’t have the time as I always choose to vote early in the morning even if it makes me late for work because it’s normally very busy at the end of the day.

The accusation that somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 to 5 million illegal immigrants are fraudulently registered to vote and have done so baffles me. I know that there are a great number of people of currently reside in our country illegally. I also know that they don’t want to be found out by ICE. I sincerely doubt that these people who although they would very much like to enjoy the freedoms, privileges, and obligations that come with being a US citizen would put themselves at risk by trying to vote.

Let me point out that President Trumps own attorneys have stated and to a certain extent proven that there is no voter Fraud. Granted it was in defense of accusations from 3rd party candidate Jill Stein, but when you have your own people saying, “No, everything’s cool”. Shut up.

As is the law of the land you do not need to win the popular vote in order to become president of the United States. It is through the Electoral College that the president is chosen. I think President Trump needs to take a moment to reflect on this and then let it go. If your ego is that damaged by the fact that you didn’t win the popular and the Electoral College then resign. Otherwise, drop the butt hurt act, roll up the sleeves, and get to work. Win the hearts and minds of the American people so that in 4 years you can win both no problem. We’re all watching Mr. President.