The Democrats’ Voting Agenda Revealed

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In the wake of America’s transfer of political power from the earners to the redistribution beneficiaries, many conservatives have wondered whether the power to vote should be connected with paying taxes, owning property, not being convicted criminals, or at the very least, not receiving benefits.  Liberals, by contrast, have attempted to broaden the voting base, hoping that the more impoverished non-workers there are to vote for them, the more power they will gain.

In this week’s Rolling Stone, columnist Ari Berman attempts to paint this argument as a basic conflict between right and wrong.  “Just as Dixiecrats once used poll taxes and literacy tests to bar black Southerners from voting,” Berman writes, “a new crop of GOP governors and state legislators has passed a series of seemingly disconnected measures that could prevent millions of students, minorities, immigrants, ex-convicts, and the elderly from casting ballots.”

What are those dastardly conservatives up to?  Berman points out that five states – Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia – cut short their early voting periods.  Horror of horrors!  What’s the problem here?  Presumably, Democrats load up in the early voting.  But that hasn’t been true historically – according to Gallup, those 65+ are most likely to vote early, and Republicans are more likely than Democrats to vote early by a margin of 28 percent to 23 percent.  Closing up the early voting doesn’t hurt Democrats – if anything, it hurts Republicans.

What other evil plans are Republicans cooking up?  They want to bar ex-felons from the polls in Florida and Iowa, “disenfranchising thousands of previously eligible voters.”  This is an odd criticism – who wants rapists and murderers voting, exactly?  Actually,  liberals do— so they can stack the rolls.  Plus, if you need people to commit voter fraud, what better subsection to search than the ex-felons?  The Miami Herald found that during the 2000 election, 452 votes were cast in Broward County by felons not allowed to vote; in 22 counties, 1,241  ballots were cast by felons who hadn’t received clemency, and 75% of those votes went Democrat.

Finally, says Berman, “six states controlled by Republican governors and legislators – Alabama, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin – will require voters to produce a government-issued ID before casting ballots.”  Why is this a problem?  If Berman’s statistics can be trusted, “More than 10 percent of US citizens lack such identification, and the numbers are even higher among constituencies that traditionally lean Democratic.”  Why exactly would anyone of voting age lack a government ID?  We’re all issued social security cards when we’re born.  If we lose them, we can get them again.  The real problem Democrats have here is that those least likely to have ID are illegal immigrants – and most of those illegal immigrants are only too happy to vote if paid for by Democratic operatives.  That is just as true for various groups utilized by Democrats for multiple-voting schemes – if ID is not requested, one person could vote at many different voting places on behalf of people who don’t show up.

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  • Chezwick_mac

    There IS a tipping point…where concentrated efforts of voter fraud in one state (e.g., Ohio) can decide a national election.

    When we think of ACORN, we think of 14 counts of voter fraud. But let's not forget a more telling example of their methodology: While they insisted all along that they were a non-partisan, "get-out-the-vote" group, they reluctantly justified their total absence in the state of Massachusetts by saying "it's not a swing state."

    ACORN need not be reconstituted under another name for voter fraud to succeed. All the Dems need do is concentrate all their extra-legal efforts in effecting the outcome in 1 or 2 critical states. Therefore, it's imperative that Republicans volunteer time, money and attorneys to create a proper watch-dog regimen…which will hopefully insure a fair election.

  • davarino

    Shouldnt liberals be concerned if the only way they can win is by voter fraud? That means your ideas are not democratically accepted by the people. Isnt that what you liberals want, rather than some kind of mob take over. Once the mob has taken over what happens, we all have to give over our homes for the mob to live in? Hand over all our money? Essentially that is what is happening anyway, its just through government robbery.

    • dan

      And that's the problem with "Liberals". They want what they want now and don't carry their thoughts/desires out to the final conclusion or impact. They can't whistle and do the hoola hoop at the same time in their thinking either (like transition from fossil fuels to perhaps cleaner and more abundant fuels of the present and future, letting the market determine winners and losers regarding product development and distribution. Such a transition requires faith and maturity to let the market process work out over decades.). Instead: Get rid of the fossil fuels now. And then they wonder why their "folks" get poorer and poorer and jobless, but still think the gubment is one giant topless and bottomless cookie jar. Same mentality with undermining the vote. It ultimately leads to tyranny. When it happens, they slap themselves in the forehead and declare, "But I thought……"

  • RogerH

    They should be concerned but they aren't. They simply don't care if their views aren't accepted by a majority. After all, as they tell themselves constantly, they're smarter and more moral and enlightened than everyone else so why shouldn't they rule, even if they're in the minority.

  • keoke888

    Both parties engage in voter fraud, that is why the issue gets so little play.

    • tagalog

      They do? I'm aware of two or three recent incidents of voter fraud perpetrated by Democrats and other liberals (ACORN was just recently convicted of several acts), but I don't remember hearing about Republican and right-wing voter fraud. Can someone help me out with an example or two of rightie voter fraud?

      My guess on the issue of voter fraud not getting much media play is that most, if not all, of the provable fraud is being perpetrated by lefties.

    • fiddler

      Ah yes, a stab at moral equivalency. Did you follow the elections in Nevada where voting machines were tampered to vote Democrat? You need to look in your own backyard. The SEIU lives to seize and hold power. Ever heard of Saul Alinsky's rules for Radicals?

      • keoke888

        I'm glad we understand each other so well. I wasn't trying to express the novel idea that politics is an inherently dirty game, any list of political scandals is quite bi-partisan, although it is true that Democrats are morel likely to be convicted of voter fraud.
        I was trying to say that Saul Alinsky is my personal hero, right up there with Ayatollah Khomeini, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao, Castro, Hussein, Arafat, and Charlie Sheen. Whenever the left idolizes people who rape babies and torture dissidents, I am obviously all for it, because I stated unequivocally that only Republicans can be corrupt.

    • intrcptr2

      I'm not really from MO, but, "Show me".

      The issue gets little press because the press, I think frankly, would prefer to enable The Left to run roughshod over The People, in their name.

      • keoke888

        I agree completely that anyone with too much power will probably abuse it, and that over all, the left is way more corrupt. However, I instinctually cringe whenever anyone pretends to be more saintly than they actually are, and my skepticism increases in proportion to such claims.

        Yes, I know wikipedia is not always correct:

        • intrcptr2

          Thanks for the link.

          I tend to see The Left as more corruptible largely because of the philosophical stance of change/revolt vs. stasis; a conservative approach ought to inculcate respect for law and process whereas revolutionary aims or desires cannot.

          Of course the Wiki page does not look at election fraud so much as fraud committed by politicians. As Tagalog queried, I also am unaware of any (recent) voter frauds carried out by the GOP; lately ity all seems to be on the left, and on a frighteningly systematic basis.
          The list itself is pretty bloody ugly;

          Of course it does go right back to the beginning of things anyway;
          Check out the examples, fun stuff, unless you're running against it.

          I particularly like this one from Philly;
          Without being intimate with the city, it is tough to see that District 2 horseshoes the city in half, and then runs south to sweep up a few other municipalities. The demographic here is solid Democrat voting blacks, as opposed to solid Democrat voting whites. Not the worst example by far. Just an amusing demonstration of democracy in action, as deployed by the Constitution.

  • tagalog

    Since when have Americans been issued Social Security cards on birth? I was 16 when I got mine, and I had to go to the Social Security Administration building to register for it. Has that changed?

    If, by some freak of fortune, voting laws were changed so that property owners were the only ones who had the right to vote, you can bet the Democrats would be agitating quite vociferously for the need for proof of property ownership before people could vote.

    • jasonz

      i have had mine since way before 16….they just sent me one in the mail..i didnt do squat for it

  • Asher

    The majority of us would be shocked if we knew how many illegal, dead, or created votes there were in each Democratic county. The Left has been winning seats by hook or crook, and Corruption.

  • Lee Schmidt

    An old Chicago maxim…"Vote early and vote often."