Though Obama will soon be out of office, he won’t be letting his power slide anytime soon.
President Obama is making a mad rush of appointments to ensure his people will be in key roles even after he is out office. The challenge for Trump is these appointees will be making decisions without his knowledge and by the time the information gets to President Trump, it could be too late to do anything about it. A perfect example of this is Homeland Security.
Jeh Johnson, Homeland Security Secretary, has designated the electoral systems “critical infrastructure.” (via Associated Press)
This means that the states will have less control of their own election systems, giving Obama appointed federal government officials more power to mandate what security measures they deem appropriate.
The justification for this move is, of course, the Russian hacking false narrative.
This action does not require the approval of the president.
Not only is this an unacceptable infringement on the state’s jurisdiction over their own election, but it is simply a power-grab from the remaining Obama appointees, to further the outgoing president’s ideology.
In his Friday statement on the matter, Johnson said, “Given the vital role elections play in this country, it is clear that certain systems and assets of election infrastructure meet the definition of critical infrastructure, in fact and in law.”
Then came a small allusion to the Russian hacking false narrative, which is apparently the only justification Johnson believes he needs, “Particularly in these times, this designation is simply the right and obvious thing to do.”
Georgia Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp thinks this will actually make our election systems more vulnerable. He is a a member of the U.S. Election Infrastructure Cybersecurity Working Group, and had this to say on the matter, “a federal overreach into a sphere constitutionally reserved for the states.”
Kemp took his criticism directly to Jeh Johnson, telling the Homeland Security Secretary that this move “smacks of partisan politics.” Indeed, I have to agree. Nothing rings Liberal ideology like stepping on the Constitution to take over a vital function of government that is supposed to be under the states’ control– and for good reason.
No doubt Jeh Johnson is acting under orders from Obama. Sadly, Trump is going to have to fight back many Obama appointees in the next four years. Many of them will be able to make decisions without his permission, perhaps even secretly. We need to keep our eyes open for this sort of nonsense!