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Big Government 'Ground Game' Is Hillary's Ally

Big Government 'Ground Game' Is Hillary's Ally

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 23: A woman votes early at the Downtown Early Vote Center on September 23, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minnesota residents can vote in the general election every day until Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

By Monday, 26 September 2016 09:49 AM Current | Bio | Archive

There’s been a lot of hand-wringing on the GOP side about Donald Trump’s alleged lack of a ground game in “battleground” states. It’s an issue that’s brought #NeverTrumpers back into the Republican fold, if only to gloat.

While Trump evidently believes packing 10,000 people into an arena is all the “ground game” he needs, campaign experts contend get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts require thousands of paid “volunteers” going door-to-door on weekends interrupting your favorite NFL game.

But even if Trump formed brigades of door-to-door deplorables, there is no way he could match the combined efforts of Hillary and her Big Government allies.

Fox news reports Obama’s immigration service is encouraging employees “to take advantage of the OT [overtime] if you can” and swear in as many new citizens as possible “due to the election year.”

The internal email continues, “This will be an opportunity to move your pending naturalization cases.”

There’s simply no way Trump can compete with that level of government intrusion. It’s another reason this election may be the last chance conservative voters have to stop the tide of leftist immigration that’s swamping the nation.

When you combine that with the Injustice Department’s effort to thwart common-sense voter ID laws and the imposition of absurd translation requirements, it makes the average voter not affiliated with any Democratic-subsidized ethnic or victim group suspicious of the smallest government intrusion into the election.

Take the combined county and school program to recruit student “pages” to help at the polls on Prince William County, Virginia. The announcement published in the school system’s teacher newsletter immediately starts alarm bells ringing in the ears of voters who put immigration at the top of their issue list.

It starts off asking for students 16 through 18 years of age enrolled in government classes, which makes sense. Then it goes off the rails. The school system invites “Spanish IV, AP Spanish, Spanish Literature or Spanish Honors Society members to participate. And assures them, “Students do not have to be U.S. Citizens to participate in this program.”

Well that’s reassuring. I wonder what other countries allow non-citizens to help out at the polls, other than Ukraine when the Russians ask?

The recruitment flyer from the county cites Virginia code 24.2-604 “enabling the local electoral boards, with the cooperation of school authorities, to establish a program for high school students to encourage an interest in voting, to foster an awareness of the elderly and disabled community, and to assist the officers of election on Election Day.”

The code doesn’t single out Spanish language students as program volunteers. In fact it doesn’t mention any language, since after all, one of the requirements of naturalization is a command of the English language.

Had the announcement asked for all students over age 16, that would be fine. If it asked for government students and students taking any foreign language, that would be much less objectionable.

What creates the suspicion that the program is part of Hillary’s ground game is specifying Spanish.

Trump wants a wall and he’s happy to outsource payment for the project to Mexico. Hillary Clinton not only doesn’t want a wall, she’s not sure if we even need a border.

Therefore, Hispanic voters overwhelmingly support Hillary, while concrete and rebar companies are backing Trump. When the school system issues a call for Spanish-speakers — knowing full well the National Education Assn. has already endorsed Hillary — it creates more suspicion.

I called Prince William County Schools and was referred to the county Office of Elections. There I spoke with the very helpful and forthcoming Winston Forrest, who is in charge of the page program.

He explained the program will accept any student volunteers and he’s broadened recruitment to include home-schooling organizations, youth ministries and the Boy and Girl Scouts.

Spanish speakers are preferred because they can help with translation at the polls. (See above for my view.) Forrest says that although the Injustice Department does not require a helping mano for Hispanics yet — percentage of the population has not triggered the mandate — Prince William County follows the lead of neighboring Fairfax County, which does have to provide the service.

The students also perform as “line chasers” who greet voters and determine if they are at the correct polling location and they assist disabled voters who may need extra help.

Forrest is also personally designing the training session and it will not be outsourced to activist groups like La Raza.

It sounds like a fine way to introduce students to elections at the local level. Unfortunately for Forrest and his program, federal interference that only serves to help the left expand big government, taints the good-faith efforts of those who are only trying to help.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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There’s been a lot of hand–wringing on the GOP side about Donald Trump’s alleged lack of a ground game in “battleground” states. It’s an issue that’s brought #NeverTrumpers back into the Republican fold, if only to gloat.
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