Read this article from today's American Thinker. I will have comments on the other side.
January 06, 2010
What the Dems Know: Universal Voter Registration
By James Simpson
Many are puzzled that Democrats persist in ramming unpopular and destructive legislation down our collective throats with no apparent concern for their plummeting poll numbers. A widespread belief is that the Democrats are committing political suicide and will be swept from one or both houses of Congress with unprecedented electoral losses next November. But since Democrat politicians rarely do things that will not ultimately benefit themselves, this column asked two weeks ago, "What do they know that we don't?"
We may have found out. It's called universal voter registration. The Wall Street Journal's John Fund described the Democrat plan recently at a David Horowitz Freedom Center forum.
Watch the video here.
Fund describes the proposal as follows:
In January, Chuck Schumer and Barney Frank will propose universal voter registration. What is universal voter registration? It means all of the state laws on elections will be overridden by a federal mandate. The feds will tell the states: 'take everyone on every list of welfare that you have, take everyone on every list of unemployed you have, take everyone on every list of property owners, take everyone on every list of driver's license holders and register them to vote regardless of whether they want to be ...'
Fund anticipates that Congress will attempt to ram this legislation through, as with the health care bill. What a surprise! Fund covers the vote issue at greater length in his book, How the Obama Administration Threatens to Undermine Our Elections.
Leftist groups are already arguing that universal voter registration will solve all the problems with our voting system. But the left created most of these problems. The radical leftist Nation Magazine, for example, absolutely loves the idea of universal voter registration. This is the same magazine, however, that advanced Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven's Manufactured Crisis strategy. The Cloward/Piven strategy was designed to undermine government institutions by overwhelming them with impossible demands for services. Cloward and Piven focused on welfare, housing, and voting as the main targets of this strategy, and the radical group ACORN was specifically created for the purpose of executing it.
The Nation article enthusiastically lists Cloward/Piven-inspired organizations like Project Vote, the ACORN group where President Obama cut his teeth. It also discusses the left's efforts to push enforcement of the Motor Voter law and explains how universal voter registration could assist in these efforts. Cloward and Piven were the ones who crafted Motor Voter legislation in the early 1980s and pushed for its enactment until 1993, when President Clinton signed it into law.
Cloward and Piven considered Motor Voter to be their crowning, lifetime achievement. The picture at right, from White House photo archives, shows Cloward (light gray suit) and Piven (green coat and navy dress) standing directly behind Clinton at the Motor Voter signing ceremony.
The left has predictably launched vicious smear attacks against John Fund for bringing universal voter registration to our attention. A Google search of the issue brings up any number of nasty ad hominem attacks. Most notable is Media Matters, the leftist group whose sole purpose seems to be to smear Republicans and defend the left's indefensible policies. They put up this gem: "Right-Wing Ass Weasel John Fund Doesn't Like Universal Voter Registration because of ACORN."
The problems with universal voter registration are numerous and obvious. Many states' lists include vast numbers of illegals, including some states which allow illegals to obtain drivers licenses; because many homeowners have more than one home, there will be duplicates; because so many people are on so many separate federal and state government agency lists, there will be duplicates; and because so many lists exist with little or no cross-checking capability, all of these duplicates are likely to go uncorrected. Add to this the fact that Dems hope to extend voting rights to felons, and the whole thing begins to look like a nationwide Democrat voter registration drive facilitated by taxpayers.
Universal voter registration will create massive vulnerabilities to systemic voter fraud nationwide, and if Democrats have proven anything in recent years, it is that they can win elections that way. The George-Soros-funded Secretary of State project (SOS) was designed to take advantage of such vulnerabilities and may have been developed in anticipation of the universal voter registration plan. Al Franken's stolen election in Minnesota was a trial run for the SOS project. Longtime ACORN friend Mark Ritchie was elected Minnesota Secretary of State in 2006 with Soros's SOS and ACORN money, and what followed in Norm Coleman's Senate runoff election was a frightening demonstration of just how far Democrats will go to win. Franken won the runoff, and the Democrats got their filibuster-proof sixty-vote Senate majority.
The Motor Voter law was correctly identified as a facilitator of vote fraud. One of the few legal issues Barack Obama actually participated in as a lawyer was a 1995 suit against the State of Illinois, which he brought on behalf of ACORN. Then-Republican Governor Jim Edgars saw the newly passed Motor Voter act as creating the potential for massive vote fraud and refused to implement it. With the assistance of the Clinton Justice Department, Obama's legal team won that suit. Obama himself actually participated very little, a strategy that seems to have served him well in life. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, after identifying himself in court proceedings, Obama sat back and let "the heavy-hitters at the Justice Department make the arguments."
It is not surprising that the Democrats are now choosing to push this new initiative, for universal voter registration will be Motor Voter on turbochargers. And who better to sign it into law than the president from ACORN?
James Simpson authored the landmark article Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis.
My comment: My father-in-law voted in the eight elections after his death in West Memphis, Arkansas. And WHERE did ACORN start? That's right, Arkansas.
If this thing is rammed through the Congress and becomes law, it is a casus belli. Period. They think the Tea Parties were rowdy? Hold onto your hats, folks. You ain't seen nothin' yet.
Motor-Voter wouldn't have been such a bad thing if they had bothered to add some teeth to it. You know, like 'show up WITH the state-issued driver's license or ID'.
But, I swear to God, every time someone talks about any kind of basic ID check at the voting place, the idiot liberals haul out the tired old canards about Jim Crow voting laws, robbing honest citizens of their right to vote, etc, etc. They refuse to even consider the thought of possible fraud.
And now we come to this. I was wondering why the Democrats didn't seem to give a flying shit about the next electoral cycle. I guarantee there will be NO provision for identification of these 'registered voters'. No ID check, nothing. And at that point, we can kiss the country goodbye.
I did a quick search for Cloward and Piven, the former is, thankfully, dead and won't trouble us any longer though his disciple in the White House certainly will.
Piven is still drawing breath as a Marxist professor in New York. Here's a small portion of her wikipedia entry.
Frances Fox Piven, born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1932, is a distinguished marxist Professor of Political Science and Sociology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, and a prominent member of Democratic Socialists of America.
She earned her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1962. In 2006–2007 she served as the President of the American Sociological Association. She was married to her long-time collaborator Richard Cloward until his death in 2001. Together with Cloward, she designed the "Cloward–Piven strategy," outlined in an well-known article written in the May 1966 issue of The Nation entitled "The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty." These two murderous thugs created the "orchestrated crisis" strategy written in "The Nation".
As I would never ask a man to divulge anything he didn't want to divulge, I just wonder this one thing about the F.I.L.:
Did he vote Demmunist or Retardlican?
Inquiring minds want to know!
Further, just in case you may have missed it, the 9th Circus just issued an opinion that says depriving INCARCERATED felons of the right to vote is unconstitutional.
We're not talking about previously convicted folk back on the street, but THOSE CURRENTLY IN PRISON.
The opinion is here: http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2010/01/05/06-35669.pdf
Naturally, their "justification" is that the racial disparities in prison populations can only be explained by institutional racism.
Maybe there's some truth to the old saw about everyone in prison being innocent? Riiiiiight....
In a post on another item, I said that to be relevant we have to be relevant. This could be an opportunity to be relevant: Place poll watchers at every voting poll in America. It could be the cause that brings numbers to our side of this contest.
What I don't get is, how can they claim folks can'tor it's too difficult to register to vote? By my reckoning, there's folks out there who are registered, who aren't voting regularly-- anybody else hear about only 50% of registered voters showing up at the last election? Usually elections only garner about 30% of those who've bother to register, if that much. All I can see this doing is opening it up for more voter fraud, which is certainly a modus operandi of Acorn.
Were it up to me, the ONLY people that would be eligible to, among other things, cast a ballot or hold public office would be those men and women who had DEMONSTRATED their willingness to protect their society with their very lives... the veterans and military retirees. The ones who wrote that blank check made payable to the United States of America, in any amount, up to and including our very lives.
It's funny...the left is convinced that welfare recipients, felons, and similar will bother to get up and vote on election day.
The right is convinced that they're gong to steal every election they can.
Mind you, the Acorn thugs would love to, but I wouldn't be surprised if getting nitwits on welfare to vote is similar to herding cats.
Promising them money and smokes if they walk out with that "I Voted!" sticker just means that some enterprising soul will sneak in, steal a sticker roll, and then proceed to hand out those stickers to the obvious losers in line.
Then those same losers will go back to the Acorn office, and get their bribe money/cigs/gift card and be on their merry way.
Not to mention that if you're a Threeper, you could even dress up like a thug, bring your sticker, and take advantage of their program and get yourself some free money courtesy of Soros or some brain-dead celebrity.
"Yeah, I voted for Obama. Where's my $20 Best Buy card?"
And if they run out, and the welfare folks riot and burn down their office...so much the better.
There is no such thing as a "right to vote" when what is being voted on is someone else's rights on the chopping block.
Only NET tax-payers should be allowed to vote. Those that contribute less than they receive should not have a say in how the country's money gets used....
Further, just in case you may have missed it, the 9th Circus(sic) just issued an opinion that says depriving INCARCERATED felons of the right to vote is unconstitutional.--Anon@8:15
Jury pools are selected from registered voter lists, so it may come to pass that the 9th Circuit may also rule that prison inmates must serve on juries.
"The barbarians are not waiting beyond the frontiers; they have already been governing us for quite some time. And it is our lack of consciousness of this that constitutes part of our predicament." Alastair Macintyre
The Democratic Process, ie voting, is a gentlemen's agreement amongst honest citizens to substitute an organized civilized methodology for armed revolt.
As I've said many a time before, we are a remarkedly easygoing and forgiving people, but eventually even our vast patience wears thin, thin to the point of breaking.
What the other side cannot seem to comprehend is that just because they've gotten away with cheating and abuse in the past does not grant them the right to continue to do so. And when that patience snaps it's not gonna be pretty. Cheat us of our rights to fair and honest elections and I can easily visualize those vast polite Tea Party gatherings morphing into pissed as hell lynch mobs. Acorn et al have no idea what they're letting themselves in for.
Who was that guy that wrote, "We have our enemies promises that they will negate any possibility of our using the standard methods of politics against them" (?) Dat guy whats from Pinson, Alabama, that's who. Whenever I explain or talk about the current travesties, I always refer to the above quote. And that's why there is a Merry Band of Three Percenters. III.
We have lost the soap box...The MSM is nothing but an Obot mouthpiece, spinning any story to make Obotone and the demo-rats look good.
If we lose free and fair elections, we have lost the ballot box. Thus, we are not free men, but slaves simply waiting for the roundup to the camps.
That leaves us the cartridge box, and you can bet that the 3% rule will apply. 9.25 million of us are watching.
I am an Oathkeeper.
I am a Three percenter.
We should be careful what we ask for in terms of voter registration qualifications... only those who put their lives on the line or those who are net payers of taxes? What happened to the land of the free? It's all or nothing, liberty or death, brothers, not some bs carving out of privelege for the few. Hell, that's how we got here in the first place. You don't have to wear a uniform to put your life on the line for your neighbors or your community. If you actually net pay these governments any of your hard-earned wages are you contributing to society or enabling the powerhaulics? I digress, though. This post pertains to resisting further encroachment upon our freedoms and I'm all in. There may be a lot less of us in uniform who recognize our oath is to the constitution than some think. We are here, though, and will obide by our oaths, like we said we would. I don't need to join oathkeepers, I'd be repeating myself. I am wearing a nice III patch on my flightsuit, though...
My life, rights and property are NOT legitimately subject to a "vote" of any number of other people, regardless of how you wish to qualify them.
I'm all done backing up.
We quit being FREE when the previous generations allowed the GCA, NFA, Income Tax, Medicare, Social Security and the like to be passed. If you pay X% of your EARNED income to the state under threat of prosecution if you don't, you're a X% slave. If you pay "property" taxes, you're a slave. "Free men" are not "required" to give up the fruits of their labor nor pay to exercise their rights to private/personal property.
Toaster 802 is right. The Soap Box is ineffective as evidenced by the fact that our so-called "representatives"
have completely ignored the multitudes of letters, faxes, emails and calls beginning with TARP, followed by Porkulus, ad nauseum.
The Ballot Box has been corrupted to the point that there is no confidence in the process.
The Jury Box has been compromised by corrupt Judges who won't allow defense attorneys to remind jurors of their right to nullify and thus we are left only with ...
the Cartridge box of which I've bought hundreds in the last year to go with the hundreds I already had.
I'm not signed up at Oath Keepers but I am one.
I'm not signed up with Tea Party but I fully support their cause.
I'm not signed up with a Militia but I will fight side-by-side with them.
There are millions more like me out here.
P.S. I'd like to thank the U.S. Government for the best combat training available in the world. I pledge to put it to the best use possible in restoring a Free Constitutional Republic.
Only tax payers should vote?
Only police and military should vote?
We'd be better off if we still did it the old fashioned un-pc way...
Only male land owners vote.
As for the felons ... there are all kinds of felons in prison who should not be felons in prison or even felons.
Spring of '11
If the liberals start registering all the deadbeats in town I will just have to play by their rules and start picking names out of a big city phone book and get those names registered in my area. If ID is not going to be required to vote than maybe I can cast my ballot a few dozen times. Just because the rules get changed doesn't mean we can't take advantage of their slick trick. They have been doing that in Chicago for years.
Someone asked, I thought here but
perhaps it was another thread, if
ACORN et. al. actually do "round
up" voters. From my experience
poll watching in NYC, the Democrats
do indeed make the rounds in the
To Walter: Poll watchers aren't
enough; effective poll watchers
are *armed* poll watchers. This is
an underpublicized lesson of the
NYC elections first of Dinkins and
then Giuliani. Dinkins forbade
currently serving NYPD officers to
be pollwatchers in the 1993 elections. (This was the first one
after his "stand down" order in
Crown Heights in 1991.)
NYPD officers are one of the few
categories of persons who may
legally be armed in NYC.
all the best, cycjec.
To Anonymous 6:28, here's why
the barbarians got into the
Roman Empire. (You are right,
we are in a different situation,
as your Alastair MacIntyre quote
The frontiers of the Roman Empire on the Rhine and the Danube
were defended in the fourth century by fortified posts and
well-trained soldiers. There, as from Hadrian's wall in northern England, Rome looked out upon the barbarians from behind her watch towers and garrisons. But within the frontier there was no system of local defence. The governing
idea seemed to be, as Cassiodorus wrote in the sixth century
that the "quiet of civilized life could be sheltered behind
the defence of armed forces."
Behind the "Maginot line" there
was nothing! And when the line was broken in the early fifth century there was no "home guard" to meet the invaders. From this point of view, the chief problem of the early Middle Ages was the organization of the home guard.
The reason why there was no "home guard" is even more important
than the fact that there was none. The Imperial Authorities
feared that armed forces organized locally would not support a
system of centralization which drained the Provinces for the
support of an Oriental Court and exhausted agricultural districts to supply the great cities. Even in the days of Constantine the Great, it was said, the Imperial Authorities preferred to use the barbarians for the support of their power rather than to run the risk of arming their own subjects.
Cecil Delisle Burns The First Europe (London 1947), Chapter XI
"Lords of the Land" pages 459-460.
I learned of this book from two sources nearly simultaneously,
the dustjacket of Henri Pirenne's Mohammed and Charlemagne, and
Jo A. McNamara's translator's preface to Pierre Riche's Daily
Life in the World of Charlemagne. The Pirenne book has been
mentioned fairly recently in several sites on the Internet,
and I learned of it from them.
C. Delisle Burns mentions in passing his acquaintance with the
coastal defences of Britain in the 1940s in his Preface (he says no more than what I've just quoted,
Apropos of watchtowers, I realized
that many illustrations of the
Martians in H.G. Wells' War of the
World resemble mobile watchtowers.
The sessile forms seem to be a
more recurring type of illness
than Wells' aliens.
All the best, cycjec.
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