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National Emergency

(AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

(AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Today Trump declared a national emergency, while acknowledging there was no emergency, in a speech that would evoke the Reichstag Fire if announced by a blabbering idiot. Trump announced his plan to appropriate billions from disaster relief to pay for some of the wall meant to protect us from foreign invaders.

But the real national emergency is that Trump is actually destroying the walls that matter to make it easier for foreign invaders from Russia and elsewhere. The DHS task forces that were assembled after the 2016 Russian meddling to focus on election infrastructure and foreign influence campaigns are being “dramatically downsized,” according to The Daily Beast:

The election task force has worked to shield election infrastructure from foreign efforts to change vote counts. And the foreign influence task force is working to publicly reveal efforts by foreign actors to shape American political discourse on social media—in the hopes of significantly expanding Americans’ understanding of the threat. It was also designed to improve DHS’s coordination with foreign allies who face the same threat, and to help DHS better alert the private sector about threats. 

The changes to the task forces may make it harder for them to realize those goals, current and former officials say.

It’s increasingly clear that the kleptocrats in power hope to keep gut-punching our electoral process every chance they get. This should be considered treasonous to our country, something which used to be unthinkable, but nowadays is pretty much the only policy that comes out of the White House.

It’s increasingly clear that the kleptocrats in power hope to keep gut-punching our electoral process every chance they get.

Wherever you live in America, you can get involved in your own local elections. Find out where your votes are counted. Learn who your election officials are. Research state departments that handle voting machines and find out if they have a hand-marked paper ballot option—if not, demand it.

That’s what the Dutch did: they switched their elections entirely to paper ballots to thwart hacking attempts by Russia.