Act I of our morality play showed that election fraud exists, and is actually rather widespread. Act II gave examples of voter irregularities. Act III showed how Articles of Law have legalized many such practices. So far, the three Acts have generated a total of 187 written responses, 81 e-mail forwardings, 280 Tweets, and 7,810 Facebook and other Public Media shares.
A review of the written responses gives interesting insights into reader perceptions. Sadly, not a single one of the responders refuted the findings of corruption. We seem to accept voter fraud as just a way of life in 21st Century America. The fact that examples of fraud are many, and examples of prosecution are few, does give merit to this conclusion.
Some of the responders related their own experiences of voter fraud. Some commented that they had just stopped voting, since the results are obviously pre-determined.
Many offered suggestions for correcting the irregularities. Here are few examples:
- Many suggested that we should just scrap the whole idea of electronic voting, and go back to paper ballots.
- Most suggested a photo ID, now required in only 7 states.
- Some wanted to scrap the early voting procedure, as this has been identified as a common method of duplicate voting.
- Ditto for “absentee” mail-in ballots that are now available upon request, with no reasons of hardship required.
- One free-thinker suggested we cancel the voting privilege for those receiving government entitlements.
Methods for eliminating voter corruption are many, and obvious. We could scrap the idea of electronic voting, as many suggested, but the Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machines are just the current means to a desirable end. Vote tampering was alive and well long before the electronic revolution. Overlooked, or ignored, is that those who benefit from these irregularities are still in control, and they have no thought of correcting the problem. Problem? What problem?
It has become politically expedient for campaigning politicians to exclaim that both the government and the election process, are broken. They are not! Both are functioning exactly as planned.
This week, FOX NEWS commentator Bill O’Reilly gave a list of what are perceived to be the greatest threats currently confronting the American citizenry. A $17 Billion debt? A lousy economy? Dysfunctional Obamacare? Confiscatory tax rates? No. His conclusion was that the greatest problem we face today is the changed character of a large part of the American public that condones and accepts any lawlessness, so long as the entitlements keep coming.
Many of our Founding Fathers predicted the result if we let the Republic they provided degenerate to its current state.
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
So what’s the answer? Short of an armed revolution, it can only be found at the ballot box, corrupt though it may be. Our efforts leading up to the elections of 2014 and 2016 must be so overwhelming that they defy those who would corrupt the outcome. Will it be easy? Certainly not.
Our Founding Fathers anticipated our current difficulty:
“Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.” George Washington
As we approach this Christmas season:
“Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and put on the breastplate of righteousness.”
Now. . . let’s get to work!
This is Part 4 in a series. Read Part 1 here. Read part 2 here. Read Part 3 here.
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