Lloyd Billingsley, Frontpage Magazine, May 5, 2020
Last month, California governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order for “all-mail” ballots for elections in May and June. In similar style, Democrats in Congress have been pushing for ballots to be mailed to every registered voter for the November election. What could possibly go wrong? Consider the California experience, starting back in 2004.
Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative featured Christopher Reeve, Brad Pitt, and Michael J. Fox touting life-saving cures for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other diseases. The $3 billion proposition, backed by Democrat tycoon Robert Klein, created the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). The new state agency promptly hired former state senator and Democrat Party boss Art Torres, and at one point handed out more than 90 percent of its grants to institutions with representatives on its governing board.
By 2020, CIRM had blown through the $3 billion but a ballpark figure for the number of cures and therapies was zero, perhaps the biggest bust in state history. Even so, CIRM is going back to the voters with the $5.5 billion California Stem Cell Research, Treatments, and Cures Initiative of 2020. To get the measure on the ballot, Klein’s Americans for Cures needed 950,000 signatures by April 18, and backers opted to push the envelope.
Signature gatherers have been telling voters the measure was seeking only $1.5 billion, a blatant falsehood. As the deadline approached, Don Reed, Americans for Cures vice president of public policy, began pushing for mail-in signatures. “Your signatures might literally save CIRM, helping us put a $5.5 billion renewal bill on the ballot,” Reed wrote. “Its purpose is to fight chronic diseases, like COVID-19, the dread coronavirus—and so much more!!”
Reed directed readers to a website with instructions to print out 16 pages, including an “address block to fill out, with yourself as the signature collector, and then four (just four!) signatures from people in your county. Your next door neighbors, perhaps.” This package was to be mailed in to Melissa King, executive director of Americans for Cures. She would take care of it from there.
With their fraudulent signature harvesting, the stem cell scammers replicate the “ballot harvesting” of 2018. If things weren’t going the Democrat’s way, party activists simply dredged up fake ballots by any means necessary, and that was enough to push their candidate over the finish line. As it happens, the ballot and signature harvesting comes on comes on top of massive voter fraud already going on in California.
After the 2016 election, California secretary of state Alex Padilla refused to participate in a federal probe of voter fraud. Democrats were already gearing up the “motor voter” plan, a boon for foreign nationals illegally present in the United States. When the illegals get driver’s licenses, the Department of Motor Vehicles automatically registers them to vote.
By 2018, more than one million “new” voters were added to the rolls but Padilla won’t say how many actually voted. Democrats now want mail-in ballots sent to every registered voter across the country, and that would include millions of illegals.
More than 22 million people are illegally present in the United States, according to a recent study by scholars at MIT and Yale. The previous default figure of 11 million is more like the number illegally present in California alone. Last year, when he challenged Trump’s public-charge rule, attorney general Xavier Becerra displayed a chart reading: “California is home to over 10 million immigrants,” code for false-documented illegals.
State Democrats protect the illegals from deportation through sanctuary laws, even the many violent criminals in their ranks. Democrats also give illegals a host of public benefits, including health care, in-state college tuition and welfare, with zero compensation from the governments of the illegals’ own countries. In return for the benefits and protection, the illegals serve as the Democrats’ imported electoral college. This is what Democrats would like to see on a national scale, but there’s a problem.
Democrats and their deep state allies failed to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president and the Russia and Ukraine hoaxes failed to remove him from office. Trump is meeting the challenge of the pandemic, and with November coming up fast, Democrats see viral voter fraud as their best shot to get Joe Biden, or whoever replaces him, into the White House.
Nancy Pelosi, once Gavin Newsom’s aunt by marriage, says Republicans are “afraid of the voice of the people. And that’s one of the reasons they want to stand in the way of a more open democratic system at a time of a pandemic.” In reality, the pandemic makes a stronger case for beefing up voter ID rules.
If people are being tested for coronavirus on a massive scale, it makes sense to verify that all voters are legitimate American citizens as the law requires. To be fair, congressional candidates with unbelievable back stories should also be required to provide full documentation. Munich terrorist’s grandson Ammar Campa-Najjar comes to mind, but others doubtless need scrutiny.
Meanwhile, the signature count for the $5.5 billion California stem cell measure must be completed by June 15. The election takes place on November 3. As President Trump says, we’ll have to wait and see what happens.