There’s a longstanding trend to expand voting rights as demonstrated by these amendments — the 15th bans race-based voting qualifications, the 19th extends suffrage to women, and the 26th enfranchises 18-year-olds. Choosing our leaders is fundamental. An election decided by the Supreme Court is contrary to U.S. standards. The image of a team of hired protesters banging on Florida’s election room door to stop a hand count still bristles.
The court-mandated decision of 2000 stands as the most controversial “election” in our country’s short history. Add that all U.S. presidents since the 1800s were chosen by the Electoral College — and the 2000 one was not. It’s disturbing to ponder. There have been elections where the prevailing candidate did not receive a plurality of the popular vote, so George W. Bush is not alone in that dubious distinction.
Much has been debated about who actually won the 25 electoral votes from the Sunshine State. The fix was engineered through purging voters from the rolls and a confusingly constructed ballot overseen by an unscrupulously loyal Secretary of State Katherine Harris, assisted by the president’s brother, Gov. Jeb Bush, who was under extreme pressure to deliver Florida. FOX network contributed mightily with its rush to call the election first for their guy.
Following FOX, most networks declared a Bush/Cheney victory in the early-morning hours only to later rescind that prediction. This cast Gore as a sore loser in the eyes of many when he asked for a recount. I can hear Kelly do the same name-calling for this critique of the first two elections in this millennium. The left hopes for a better process in 2008, but the Michigan and Florida primaries aren’t building much confidence in the system.
Chicanery also carried the 2004 election for Bush in Ohio. A mysterious and imminent terrorist threat, Republican-donating Ohio-based Diebold voting machines with no paper trail, two convicted election officials who rigged the recount, and a paper-shredding Republican governor, Ken Blackwell, who certified the election, head this list of improprieties.
The will of voters in 2004 ought to have served to curb unchecked power. For many convoluted and sometimes Rovian reasons, it can be argued that both elections were stolen, and Bush’s band of miscreants have never looked back. Given the tragedies of Iraq, a collapsing economy, torture, spying, and erosion of constitutionally protected rights, it is no surprise that this arrogant, rogue administration was foisted upon us in such unusual ways.
Republicans have been promoting “voter fraud” to forward their true agenda of disenfranchising voters though ID legislation. U.S. attorneys David Inglesias and John McKay were recently fired for not prosecuting Democrats on obviously trumped-up voter fraud charges. Search for “The Politics of Voter Fraud” to read about this intentional corruption. Citizens must turn out to vote and be vigilant in protecting the process.
Just how inept does Kelly really think the Democrats are? They scammed the elections to lose them?
The essence of Kelly’s argument is sadly reflected in the firing of nine U.S. attorneys. In Washington, John McKay was ousted for not pursuing an investigation of the governor’s election although he had concluded there was a lack of evidence to support Republican claims of vote rigging. Clearly the Department of Justice is tied to administration interests rather than upholding the law.
Republicans are out to disenfranchise the poor, the elderly, blacks and browns, those who tend to support Democrats. Middle-class Americans have trouble imagining the lives of those without a driver’s license or other form of government ID. The focus must be on inclusion, not exclusion.
Voter ID is a precursor to Real ID, which will hold tons of private information on a swipe-able card. How many will blindly sign on to this regulation of our lives “for our own good”? The program is deeply flawed and a danger to our civil rights. Several courageous states are just saying no.
Fair elections and “making every vote count” are things that both leftists and righties agree on. They just don’t agree on what these things mean. The United States has a serious problem with voter fraud, and the leftists refuse to acknowledge it. They seem to focus on the counting of votes, because of their perception of the 2000 presidential election. I say “their perception” because they are completely wrong about what the problems were in that election. Hint: It has nothing to do with the Supreme Court “stealing” the election.
The first problem with elections in the U.S. is enforcing who is eligible to vote. Under U.S. law, a voter must be a citizen of the U.S. to vote in any election. Unfortunately, nobody checks this. When you fill out a voter registration form at the driver’s license bureau or the county clerk’s office, they do not compare it with immigration, Social Security or IRS records. In fact, there is no double-checking of any information on a voter registration form. Some states do not even require that the voter check the box that they are a U.S. citizen.
So, non-citizens can easily vote, as several extensive investigations have proven. Others who vote are the dead, felons, dogs and children. The crazy far-left organization ACORN recently proved this with their voter registration drive during the 2004 elections. Several of their organizers were prosecuted on election fraud charges for signing up imaginary or non-eligible voters. And then there are the “mysterious” ballot boxes that are found in closets and under desks several days after votes have been counted.
Several states have passed or are considering laws to require photo ID to vote. Pretty simple, huh? Prove who you are and that you have the right to vote before we allow you to influence our democracy. But leftists are fighting this tooth and nail. Wonder why?
“No excuse” absentee ballots and same-day registration are favorite election “reforms” of Democrats, but they are engraved invitations for election fraud. Verifying the identity of the voter of an absentee ballot or the eligibility of a same-day voter is extremely difficult. So, if there is no check on whether the voter is eligible, no photo ID at the polling places and no proof who voted an absentee ballot, how can we ever be sure about the validity of our elections?
In Washington state, felons and the dead voted in the disputed 2004 governor’s race, won by 129 votes. A 2006 newspaper investigation found that between 400 and 1,000 voters registered in Florida and New York City had voted twice in at least one recent election.
Clearly, the problem here is not some vague conspiracy of the Supreme Court and the Bushes to defeat the left. The reason that a majority of Americans are beginning to distrust our election process is the real and demonstrable ability of (mostly Democrats) to game the system.
Leftists like Hannah are absolutely convinced that the 2000 and 2004 elections were stolen from them. Contrary to her assertions, every president in U.S. history was chosen by the Electoral College. That is how the Constitution mandates that our president is elected. None of the allegations that Hannah brings forth about either the 2000 or the 2004 election are substantiated anywhere. Her source is mere propaganda and insinuations, with no substantiation.
The 2000 election showed several cases of election fraud, but they centered on people ineligible to vote. As for her allegations of shenaigans by Kathryn Harris or Ken Blackwell, they didn’t have any control over the vote counts. Democrat county clerks did.
Asking voters to prove that they are eligible to vote, and that they are who they say they are is just common sense, not voter intimidation.
And for the last time, Bush won Florida. He won it by very few votes, but several newspapers have confirmed this by recounts. The U.S. Supreme Court merely overruled the Florida Supreme Court’s overreaching.