Anti-Gun, Pro-‘Pathway to Citizenship’ Johnson Wants Control of U.S. Elections

By David Codrea

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Strolling down the pathway to power: If Johnson is put in charge of the election, who will really be in charge of the election? [Photo: The White House]
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- “Homeland eyes special declaration to take charge of elections,” the Washington Examiner reported Tuesday. “Even before the FBI identified new cyberattacks on two separate state election boards, the Department of Homeland Security began considering declaring the election a ‘critical infrastructure,’ giving it the same control over security it has over Wall Street and the electric power grid.”

“There's a vital national interest in our election process, so I do think we need to consider whether it should be considered by my department and others critical infrastructure,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson claimed. “There's no one federal election system … There's a national election for president, there are some 9,000 jurisdictions that participate, contribute to collecting votes, tallying votes and reporting votes.”

Centralized control? Strip power from states, counties and precincts, many of which require voters to identify themselves, a prerequisite the administration (i.e., Johnson’s boss) challenges as “disenfranchising” minorities?  What could go wrong?

What won’t Johnson's Homeland operators be able to do, using “national security” as justification?

And aren’t the Democrats – at least the anti-gun ones seeking to eviscerate preemption (except when it comes to federal edicts) – the ones who then scream “Home rule” the loudest? That could be a problem, because Democrat apparatchik Johnson also views guns as a security threat requiring his enlightened national control as well.

“We have to face the fact that meaningful gun control has to be a part of homeland security,” he told “CBS This Morning” following the Orlando nightclub murders. “We need to do something to minimize the opportunity for terrorists to get a gun in this country.”

He was specifically talking about using secret “no fly” lists to deny a fundamental, Constitutionally-enumerated right. In other words, the guy who wants control over that right in the name of security thinks his job would be a lot easier without inconveniences like due process.

He wasn’t talking about who get into the country in the first place, you know, the ones who undergo “rigorous security screening.” As if that’s possible. As if reliable and comprehensive background records for Third World “refugees” even exist.

Keep in mind Johnson is also the guy who claims illegal aliens have “earned the right to be citizens,” another big Democrat campaign point, with “amnesty” being one of Hillary Clinton’s “first 100 days” pledges.

Yeah, right, put him in charge of election oversight. It's not like there are irreconcilable differences over gun owner control and the “pathway to citizenship.” And it's not like those are both hot button campaign issues. Right?

This isn’t to say there is no room for additional oversight, particularly with the reported foreign hacking threats. The concern here is putting a career Democrat operative in charge of things, particularly without defining what new powers he’ll assume and especially what independent oversight will be exercised over him.

Many questions haven’t even been thought of, let alone answered, including what level of classified control will be imposed, and what impact that will have on heretofore transparent processes. After seeing Congress effectively stonewalled over Fast and Furious gunwalking, why should we believe they’ll be any more effective or timely in stopping agenda-driven waste, abuse, corruption, fraud, and retaliation against whistleblowers?

Before turning everything over to an Obama functionary in the most important election many of us have ever faced — one that will determine the future of the republic in a way that will either enable or block its “fundamental transformation” — we might want to first determine the answer to the Roman poet Juvenal’s  most relevant of questions:

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Who will guard the guards?

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About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

  • 26 thoughts on “Anti-Gun, Pro-‘Pathway to Citizenship’ Johnson Wants Control of U.S. Elections

    1. Reminds me of the saying, ” I don’t mind who does the nominating as long as I count the votes,” or words to that effect.

    2. For just a millisecond, I thought the story was going to be about “Guam Tipper” Johnson as that thought would be right up his alley of in-expertise. But then I immediately realized that you were writing about DHS “I-want-to-control-everything-and-everybody” Johnson.
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    3. This Dir of Homeland In-Security has no law enforcement experience, just trial experience.

      Johnson served as Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1989 to 1991. From 1998 to 2001, he was General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force under President Bill Clinton

      ] Prior to his appointment as General Counsel of the Department of Defense, Johnson was a partner at the New York law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, in which he was the first African American elected partner and to which he returned after his four years at the Defense Department.
      He was elected a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2004.

      On January 8, 2009, he was named by President Barack Obama to be General Counsel for the Defense Department.

      In December 2012, he resigned this position effective at the end of the year to return to private practice.

      Ten months later, on October 18, 2013, Johnson was nominated by President Obama to be Secretary of Homeland Security.

    4. I can not imagine a bigger disaster than having the homeland morons in charge of election security. They would just fill out each tally with the fat pigs name on it and declare her the winner. Then she could appoint obama to the supreme court and make billy boy attorney general so he could make rape legal.

    5. For some time now I’ve been thinking how are the democrats going to steal this election. After all there are only so many dead democrats that can vote.

      In the 2012 election the fabricated figures showing an improving economy were release only to later prove to be fraudulent. Making Obama look good just prior to the election. Now, the FBI says election boards in two states recently were targeted. However, Arizona officials found no evidence of compromised data or malicious software on the voter registration system.

      This convenient unconfirmed cyber-attacks have launched the government to the rescue the election for the democrats. I’m not surprised.

    6. My first thought when I read this a few days ago was, “So THIS is how Clinton will steal the election”.

    7. For those who think the electoral college should be abandoned and popular vote should win, all I ask them to do is to count the population of the blue states. We will be RULED by the West and East coast liberals.

    8. Unless your brain dead we all can see the writing on the WALL..!!! Also, BO and the ATF just made it a felony for Ammo Manufacturers to use the key chemical in making smokeless Gun Power, and what does that mean, NO MORE AMMO MADE IN AMERICA AND YOU WILL PAY $500 FOR A 50 ROUND BOX OF 9mm AMMO HERE SHORTLY! BO just declared Civil War on “We the People” and the 2nd Amendment…PERIOD! You better start rising HE*L with your Congressmen and Senators People and NOW..!!! God help us, PLEASE!

      1. @USP!, I have great hope for Trump’s political revolution, but I am tending to logistics and defensive op plans, just in case.

    9. Just showing the American public,
      that your vote only counts when it falls,
      inline with the status quo. !
      WE need to get rid of the electrol collage crap,
      And use 1 person – 1 vote . it’s the only way people ,
      will feel like their vote really counts . Vote for the ,
      Right person for the job regardless of party affiliation .

      1. @marc dv, The electoral college serves more purpose than just representing voters. The electoral college is supposed to screen the candidates for eligibility. If the popular vote was for a candidate that was not a natural born citizen or was under 35, or otherwise not eligible. then the members of the electoral college are supposed to refuse to vote for that person. So if the popular cry is “Give us Barabas” the electors are supposed to refuse. Or if the electors know of massive fraud, they are supposed to refuse to go along with it.

      2. Not a world-class idea…
        Pure democracy is true “mob-rule,” which carries far worse problems than the electoral college system.

      3. W bill
        didn’t know all the rest , but they doing that job is fine.
        still like on everything else I don’t like say 1 person standing for
        10,000 people and not doing what the majority wants.
        Like in the primaries where delegates can change their vote.

    10. What happened to states rights??? These guys seem to want Cuba in America if they want it so bad they should move there and live the so-called UTOPIA first hand…

      1. AND you can expect no less from a muslim commander in chief,Whats happening to this country is a shame and a farce on true AMERICANS,black and white…..

    11. Everybody seems to forget the “wonderful” and selfless acts of someone who has gone to other countries to observe and ensure fair elections. Yep, Jimmy Carter. Couldn’t “Jimmy” perform the same selfless act here in his home country? I’m kidding, of course.

      1. This is true , however, we’re now in the process of having SCOTUS determine whether or not we can ask for and use photo identification to vote & BHO & his minions are steadily seeking to remove ALL our constitutional rights ……. you know and see this too !!

      2. As the constitution was ratified, federal courts were not to rule on state laws – and we see how that turned out.

    12. I wrote the following in 2003 and never finished it. I wrote it because I thought this guy was being GROOMED for the Presidency, set to run after Obama’s second term. I never finished it and my notes are gone, but I was obviously upset about him being in government and rising out of nowhere to the heights of power. So here’s what I said. You , if you are interested will have to fill in the blanks and finish the work, which is what I am doing.

      “Once again, everybody talks; nobody reads. There may be a painfully obvious, potential discrepancy in this guy’s biographical history, and yet, after reading the same regurgitated stories in 20 different newspapers, I have found no reference to it. I was first alerted that there was something potentially screwy in all of these stories, by some subconscious mental process that lit up a part of my brain usually unconscious. I think we should know who someone is and I think we should acknowledge that the “government” has been known to “fudge” records, etc., to keep the truth from us for our “own good”. Having said that, I think it’s marvelously appropriate that “Jays” birthday is 9/11. Don’t you?”

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