Volume 15, Number 49
I follow the news and am more than concerned about the U.S. Senate Republican’s apparent plan to destroy the country’s healthcare system and a large part of its economy – taking away healthcare from millions in order to give an enormous tax brake to the most wealthy.
I wonder if President Trump will fire or attempt to fire Robert Mueller III, the special counsel for the Russia investigation, and worry that there will be no one and no investigation to really determine if Trump and his various buddies did connive with the Russians.
But these concerns and worries pale before my growing fear that no one is undertaking the task of making sure our election system is strong enough, safe-guarded enough, to fend off current and future attacks. If Russian operatives or their allies were able to get into the databases and voter rolls for 39 states over the last couple years, what will they do in next year in the 2018 elections?
Who is in charge of building fire walls to keep intruders – Russian, Chinese, Chechen – out of the databases? Who is allocating the money to undertake this very large task? Who is hiring all the programmers and staffers it will take to safeguard all the information in the state and local election offices?
These efforts will not come from the very top, because Trump and congressional Republicans are still trying to deny the Russian intelligence offensive. And I see nothing in the North Carolina General Assembly that even suggests legislators want to invest in safeguards against outside attacks to our election system.
And then there is the other very real threat, that in the near future Russian operatives can create widespread failures in our electric grids as they have proved recently in at least two eastern European countries.
Who is protecting us?