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According to Berman, the sinister Koch brothers stand behind these nefarious schemes. That in and of itself is supposed to scare Americans into precipitous action. And Bill Clinton is out whining about it: “There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today.” Berman argues that voter fraud is not really a concern, because the Republicans “managed to seize control of the White House in 2000 despite having lost the popular vote,” although that was in full accordance with the Constitution of the United States. But leave it to the left to lump together legitimate election results with fraudulent ones.
In essence, the left likes voter fraud, and they have ever since JFK was elected by a bunch of dead folks from Chicago. They claim it’s not a significant problem – in the words of Steven Colbert, “Our democracy is under siege from an enemy so small it could be hiding anywhere” – but it absolutely is. According to John Fund, “In 2001, the voter rolls in many American cities included more names than the US Census listed as the total number of residents over age eighteen. CBS’ 60 Minutes created a stir in 1999 when it found people in California using mail-in forms to register fictitious people or actual pets and then obtaining absentee ballots in their names.” In Palm Beach County during the 2000 election, 60 people voted both in Florida and in New York.
The problem with voter fraud is that it is extraordinarily difficult to prove. How do you track down those who voted under false names? How do you determine that they didn’t do it accidentally? The only way to stop voter fraud is to stop it before it begins.
But liberals don’t want to do that. If they could have foreigners vote, they would – that would allow their agenda to pass. If, as President Obama said to President Calderon of Mexico, “we are not defined by our borders, but by our bonds,” why not open up the voting to everybody? After all, how we vote affects everyone else.
Conservatives, by contrast, believe in American exceptionalism, and believe that you should have bought into the compact that binds us together before you get a vote.
It’s a basic ideological difference. Whoever wins this battle will win the war when it comes to our elections.
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