American Elephants


Spending, Appropriating, Mandating, Spending, Repeat Endlessly. by The Elephant's Child

Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) appeared before the camera after a vote on the House floor last night.  The members of Congress are about to go home for summer recess, and electioneering.  You can hardly expect them to deal with something like responsibility or the budget.



Free and Fair Elections or Permanent Electoral Dominance? by The Elephant's Child

In 2009, Senator John Cornyn of Texas co-authored a law mandating that states mail absentee ballots to military voters at least 45 days before the election, to be sure that members of the military were able to get their ballots returned in time to be counted.

In 2008 more than 17,000 Americans serving overseas were denied the vote.  This has not been uncommon in previous elections.  Military personnel are thought to lean conservative, and Democrat election officials have often gone to unusual lengths to find reasons to reject their ballots.

Both parties have had their turn at gerrymandering districts to their tastes, but Democrats have been unusually vigorous in their quest for ways to tilt election results.  Just plain old raising funds and explaining what you stand for to attract the attention of voters is not enough. Democrats are seeking  permanent electoral dominance.

There is the “Secretary of State Project”, designed in the last election to put special effort towards electing Democrats to the state secretary of state office because that official is in charge of elections.  Usually a minor office that nobody pays much attention to, but now it is receiving extra interest.  ACORN electoral fraud is a matter of record in many states, and busing in students to vote is common, as is encouraging voting by illegal immigrants.  And now they are attempting to codify the right of felons to vote.

Electoral fraud is nothing new.  You only have to read a little history of elections to see that the clean and proper process we want is far removed from reality — but I for one value my vote and want it to count — in a free and fair election.

The Clinton administration put “motor voter” laws in place that allow anyone to register to vote when they get their license tabs, without showing any proof of citizenship or eligibility to vote.  Democrats in my state (WA) have changed all elections to entirely mail-in ballots — a situation ripe for fraud.  Entire boxes of votes are suddenly “found” or “lost” as the situation demands.

Eric Holder’s Justice Department official Rebecca Wertz told a Feb. 1 conference of the National Association of Secretaries of State that the new law’s requirements are somehow open to interpretation.  On July 28, an attendee at that conference told the Washington Times that:

Ms. Wertz’s message was “totally undermining” the law. The earlier reports actually underplayed the effect of Ms. Wertz’s comments. “It was even more pronounced at the meeting,” said the source. “She undermined [the law] right in front of everybody. When I heard what she was saying, I thought: ‘You’ve got to be kidding!’ … It was a clear reversal of roles for Justice to no longer be enforcing the law.”

Senator Cornyn has reacted forcefully.  He placed a hold on the nomination of  James M. Cole to be deputy attorney general until the attorney general ensures full protection for military voting rights, and associated civilian personnel stationed abroad. The senator wrote:

The statute does not create any discretion for the Executive Branch to decide whether or not to enforce its legal requirements.  Ms. Wertz’s comments fly in the face of the clear statutory language, undermine the provisions in question and jeopardize the voting rights of our men and women in uniform.

The senator presented four steps he wants Mr. Holder to take to ensure that states respect the 45-day deadline, including a demand that the Justice Department provide a state-by-state accounting of compliance efforts.  The hold on Mr. Cole, who is reportedly a personal friend of Mr. Holder is apt to grasp his attention.

Our troops deserve more respect, as does our electoral process.




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