D.J. Neeley | Civil Patriot
My grandma’s been through a lot but she’s a tough cookie. She survived a short stint as a flower child in the 60s, lost a husband to cancer in the 90s, and recently underwent major surgery on her hip. She’s the most resilient woman I know, bubbling with life and determined to spread joy everywhere she goes.
These days you’ll find her at a swanky senior living center in Waco Texas. Whenever I visit she shows me off to her friends. You would think I was famous, the way she carries on. Last time I went for a visit she introduced me to her new boyfriend. He’s 84. His name is Bob. They’re not planning to marry. Mee-Maw doesn’t think it’s practical at this stage. I can’t say I blame her.
Not that Bob seems as interested as she does. I’m pretty sure I caught him flirting with 92-year-old Bessie Johnson last time I visited. He had a certain gleam in his eye. Not that Mee-Maw noticed. She’s only got eyes for Bob and having him in her life has lifted her spirits during a very critical time when COVID has threatened to mess up everything.
It takes a resilient spirit to make it through the kind of chaos we’ve experienced in 2020, especially our vulnerable seniors. Not everyone’s as tough as my grandmother. Some states still have rigid lockdowns and many of our nursing/senior home residents are struggling with loneliness and despair as they try to manage this season without friends, family, or loved ones at their side. As if these poor folks weren’t vulnerable enough already. And now, on top of that, these precious seniors have been targeted by ballot harvesters.
I can’t tell a lie: When I heard that Democrats were actually sending folks into nursing homes to harvest ballots from the elderly residents, it got me more than a little worked up. Look, I know that Mee-Maw can take care of herself. And if a Democrat ever did try to manipulate her into changing her political affiliation, she would give them a solid piece of her mind. Getting her to switch her vote to Democrat at this stage in her life would be the equivalent of asking a Baptist to join the Presbyterian church.
It ain’t happening.
So, how did these sly folks weasel their way into the lives of our vulnerable elderly prior to the 2020 election? Senator Lindsey Graham gives us some insight as to how they managed it in Pennsylvania.
“We’re now finding potentially that 25,000 nursing home residents in different nursing homes requested mail-in ballots at the exact same time. You can’t ballot harvest in Pennsylvania. What are the odds that 25,000 people in different locations of the same age group requested at the same time a ballot? Somebody is up to no good in these nursing homes.”
Another horrible story came out of Pennsylvania this election cycle. A wheel-chair bound senior was transported to a polling station by bus, along with several fellow nursing home residents. Her escort? A Democrat committeeman. When they arrived, he offered to help her place her vote but she turned him down. His payback for her unwillingness to do as told? She was left alone at the polling station, where she was later found by a worker, shaking and crying.
In Nevada, Democrats were allowed to enter nursing homes and actually vote for dementia patients without so much as a signature. Read that again. They voted for dementia patients.
In Wisconsin similar tactics are being employed. Poll workers show up at nursing homes with absentee ballots in hand. Check out this little tidbit about what happens next in some cases:
Because the residents are sometimes mentally handicapped (some physically handicapped, some both), we often have to assist them by marking the ballot. We read it to them and wait for their response.
(Whistleblower in Wisconsin)
Apparently, this tactic is widespread. Here in Texas, a gal who works as a nurse at a senior living center got busted for taking advantage of those with diminished mental capacity. She requested ballots on their behalf and registered them to vote. Some of her victims were completely incapacitated. This stellar human being was arrested and they charged her with more than a hundred counts of voter fraud.
‘Cause that’s how we do it here in the great state of Texas.
Like I said, my Mee-Maw could stand up to a bully. She’s done it before. I could tell you a few stories that would curl your hair. But the point is, she shouldn’t have to. These folks who take advantage of seniors need more than a slap on the wrist. They need a long walk down a narrow plank to an ocean of piranhas below.
Okay, that might be a bit extreme, but I get riled up when someone tries to mess with my grandmother. After all she’s survived, the very last thing she needs is someone taking advantage of her. I’ve already got enough to worry about with Bob in the picture. I sure don’t need a Democrat, too.