Liberals, whose lifeblood is
government red ink, are working around the clock to move America
closer to one-party rule.
If you think the left is resting on its laurels after Barack
Obama's re-election and the Democrats' retention of the U.S.
Senate, think again.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who halted photo ID laws in
South Carolina and Texas before the November election, suggested last week in Boston that the United States
should consider adopting "automatic" voter registration.
This essentially would mean that millions of people who sign up
for government benefits but don't bother to register to vote will
be given the franchise. Think of it as Motor Voter on crack
It's the perfect way to grow Big Bird's Food Stamp Army into an
unstoppable force and move America toward the Chicago model of
dependency and one-party rule.
Liberals also are talking about getting rid of the Electoral
College, which would give vote fraudsters a huge incentive to stuff
ballot boxes where their candidates were going to win anyway, such
as deep-blue California, Illinois and New York.
Apart from their destruction of the Founders' idea of
self-government by an informed citizenry, "automatic" registration
and direct popular vote would damage the states' constitutionally
appointed role of conducting elections. The automatic registry also
smacks of authoritarianism.
If ObamaCare's individual mandate violates the Constitution (and
it does), how about the government requiring automatic registration
whether you want it or not? The logical follow-up is a future
requirement to vote. That's the case today in several nations,
including Cuba and, more alarmingly, Germany.
Liberals have been successful in getting around voter-integrity
safeguards because of collusion among outside groups, government
officials and a compliant media. Last year, while Mr. Holder was
invalidating voter ID laws, the American Civil Liberties Union
(ACLU) filed a 54-page lawsuit against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
over a photo ID statute. The law, which Mr. Walker signed in May
2011, was halted when two state courts issued permanent
Following the script of race hustler Al Sharpton, who never saw
a problem that couldn't be turned into a circus of bigotry, the
ACLU contends that requiring Wisconsin voters to present one of
many photo IDs is the equivalent of a "poll tax."
Nobody knows better how to turn hard cases into bad law, so the
ACLU dug up 17 plaintiffs, including hapless students, homeless
people and an 84-year-old legal citizen whose birth certificate is
Another major concern is the expansion of early voting and
absentee balloting without excuse, which a majority of states
allow. In Colorado, 8 in 10 votes were cast before Election Day
2012. In Iowa, early voting began 40 days before Election Day, and
10 percent of the votes were cast in "satellite" voting places,
which can be erected if petitioners turn in 100 names from any
The booths can be as close as 300 feet to a campaign rally,
which was convenient for Michelle Obama, who concluded her speech
at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls on Sept. 28 by
telling students to go vote, which many did on the spot.
Petitioners also can request certain hours of voting. A
satellite booth was in operation from 6 p.m. to midnight at Iowa
State on Oct. 18 when Bruce Springsteen gave a pro-Obama concert.
Does this mean vote fraud occurred? No, but it illustrates how
Election Day has morphed into an amorphous Election Month - or even
All this elastic voting arguably offers easier access, but it
also facilitates fraud. When voting was limited to Election Day,
lawyers and poll watchers could be on the job, but it's a lot to
ask people to stay on temporary watch for 20, 30 or 40 days.
Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote, a national
watchdog group devoted to cleaning up voter rolls, said monitoring
elections is getting more difficult and her group is adjusting to
the new realities.
"I'm convinced that the biggest problem facing our elections
right now is not the fraud you can immediately see. It's the fraud
inherent in our existing electoral process: the loopholes, the
confusion, the void of accountability, that has been
institutionalized and exploited for partisan gain."
On Nov. 6, an international delegation of election observers
from more than 60 countries was "amazed" that so much of America's
electoral system operated without IDs and with few poll watchers,
according to the Foreign Policy. Writer Josh Rogin noted that by
contrast, in the West African country of Gambia, voting is
carefully monitored. Each voter gets one marble each to be
deposited in a jar for each candidate.
"The poll watchers are listening because when the marble goes
into the jar, there's a ding. And if there are two dings, maybe
somebody came in with extra marbles in their pocket, so they call
the police," said Cindy McCormick, a consultant with the
International Foundation for Electoral Systems.
Given that counties in several states reported more than
100-percent voter registration and that President Obama got 99
percent or more of the vote in more than 100 precincts in Cuyahoga
County, Ohio, and 59 precincts in Philadelphia, maybe it's time to
break out the marbles - or at least their electronic
Conservatives tend to win a victory or suffer a defeat and then
go home to real life in the private sector. Liberals, whose
lifeblood is government red ink, work around the clock to move
America closer to one-party rule.
Since 2011, a total of 11 states (Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi,
New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina,
Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin) have passed voter ID laws
in order to protect the integrity of the ballot box.
Conservatives finally are rolling up their sleeves to do battle
in an arena that they long had taken for granted - the conducting
of honest elections.
Robert Knight, a regular contributor to OneNewNow, is a
senior fellow for The American Civil Rights Union and a
columnist for The Washington Times.
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