Stealing an election in broad daylight

By Sean Hackbarth
web posted November 20, 2000

The United States of America has gone down a path I have never imagined. Before us in Florida, an election is being stolen. Al Gore and his minions are engaged in a legal and public relations (i.e. political) war that may end up with the Presidency as the ultimate spoil. As of this writing, their allies in the Florida Supreme Court have stopped the State Secretary of State Kathleen Harris from announcing a winner of the Florida Presidential election. The Democrats have also begun a mudslinging campaign by threatening Harris with a Whitewater-like investigation that would make the Clintons' scandal feel like a merry-go-round ride.

The situation in Florida is this: not satisfied with two machine recounts, the Gore campaign demanded hand counts of ballots in Democratic strongholds like Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, and Broward Counties. In some counties like Broward, the elections board originally decided not to have a manual recount, but after getting threats from the Gore campaign, they relented.

One purpose for having machines do the counting is accuracy. Sometimes a machine can better determine whether a hole (chad) was completely punched or if a dot was completely filled out than a tired poll worker quickly trying to finish counting votes so the public can know the winner.

You've probably seen the pictures on television of counters holding up ballots to the light to see what hole was punched. Counters are also guessing the intentions of voters whose ballots have holes that are not completely punched--the infamous dangling chads. The Palm Beach County elections board has gone so far as to change the criteria of what constitutes a legitimate vote. For the past ten years, an indented punch (pregnant chad) wasn't considered a valid vote. Now, with Gore only needing a few votes, Palm Beach Democrats decided to change the rules and accept pregnant chads. This is also the same county where Republicans have signed affidavits saying they saw one of the Democratic members of the elections board altering ballots in favor of Gore.

Looking at the likelihood of voting fraud, you can understand why the Bush campaign didn't want manual recounts statewide. It wasn't just because GW was ahead after TWO vote counts; it was to prevent giving Democrats an opportunity to steal an election. Now that the recounts are taking place and all the dirty-tricks happening, we can see that the Bush campaign's fears weren't without merit.

Florida isn't the only place where Democrats have flouted ethics and common decency to make sure their man became President. In my home state, Wisconsin, a high-level member of the Democratic National Committee was caught on television driving the homeless to Milwaukee city hall to vote. Afterwards, she paid them off with cigarettes. Also in heavily Democratic Milwaukee, a poll worker gave a voter two ballots. The puzzled voter questioned the poll worker. The worker insisted he take both ballots. In Missouri, a Democratic judge ordered heavily-minority St. Louis polls to remain open for two additional hours. A superior judge later overruled that order and immediately closed the polls. These are just the most prominent examples of dirty tricks used by Democrats to ensure an Al Gore victory. I'm sure there are hundreds more examples of Democrats lying and cheating their way to political victory.

You might just be cynical and say that both political parties are equally bad, but is there any evidence? Are their any instances of Republicans bribing people to vote? Have any poll workers in heavily Republican areas been accused of handing out multiple ballots? Have any Republican judges been so brazen as to force the polls to remain open so more Republicans could vote? I would bet that if any of these examples would have happened, the Democrats and their lap-dog media helpers would be crying out on every news program what evil deeds those mean-spirited, homophobic, environmental polluting, tree hating, gun loving, Bible thumping, Clinton hating, members of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy were doing to corrupt the democratic process.

We shouldn't be surprised that the Democrats are violating the spirit as well as the rule of law. We've seen this pattern throughout the Clinton years. Bill Clinton found a way to cover his tracks over a land deal in Arkansas that resulted in a savings and loan getting a federal bailout. Hillary Clinton still hasn't explained how she "earned" all that money in cattle futures by just reading the Wall Street Journal. Bill Clinton used the FBI to go after an employee in the White House travel office whose only crime was not being a Clinton crony. Bill Clinton also allowed all those men, women, and children to die in a firestorm in Waco, TX and never held any government official (especially Attorney General Janet Reno) accountable. Both Bill Clinton and Al Gore ignored federal campaign fundraising laws by taking millions of dollars from Communist China. Gore's excuse for soliciting contributions on government property was his infamous "no controlling legal authority." Then the Clinton administration sent little Elian Gonzalez back to the prison island of Cuba just to get on Fidel Castro's good side--child welfare be damned!

But let us not forget Bill Clinton's impeachment. If Bill would have been honest to Paula Jones' lawyers and the American public, he would not have been impeached. Ridiculed, yes, but not impeached. Bill Clinton stood up in front of the nation and said he "did not have sexual relations" with Monica Lewinsky. He also lied to a federal grand jury about the affair. He even questioned the definition of the word "is."

Going back to recent history, we again see Democrats break the law for political gain. Chicago's mayor Richard Daley I helped John F. Kennedy win in 1960. Fittingly, Daley's son Bill his running the Gore campaign. Then there's Lyndon B. Johnson who always seemed to find the votes he needed to win an election.

The only Republican that could even be remotely compared to these dirty trickster is Richard Nixon, but I don't ever recall anyone ever accusing him of vote fraud and stealing elections.

If the Democrats are called on their electoral theft, there will be denials. But if you hammer away at them, they will offer an excuse. If you had the chance to confront Al Gore with all the evidence of vote fraud, you would find that he wouldn't be sorry. If he's given Florida's 25 electoral votes and with it the Presidency, he won't do the honorable thing and refuse to accept it. No, Gore will take it because a Republican wouldn't be in that office. Al Gore as President stops a Republican President from signing bills passed by a Republican Congress. President Al Gore prevents Republican nominees from sitting on the Supreme Court.

For Gore and the Democrats, politics is a religion, and they are the self-righteous priests. Any who oppose their plans of free health care for all, environmental purity, and more money for failing public schools are branded as poor hating, public school bashing people who want Americans to breathe dirty air. Those who disagree with them are not just wrong with their facts, history, or logic; they are wrong morally.

A colorful example of how Democrats and the Left view those who disagree with their ideas is from an article by ex-Clinton flack Paul Begala on the geographic distribution of Gore and Bush votes:

But if you look closely at that map you see a more complex picture. You see the state where James Byrd was lynch-dragged behind a pickup truck until his body came apart - it's red. You see the state where Matthew Shepard was crucified on a split-rail fence for the crime of being gay - it's red. You see the state where right-wing extremists blew up a federal office building and murdered scores of federal employees - it's red. The state where an Army private who was thought to be gay was bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat, and the state where neo-Nazi skinheads murdered two African-Americans because of their skin color, and the state where Bob Jones University spews its anti-Catholic bigotry: they're all red too.

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Begala and his fellow lefties think you're evil if you voted for George W. Bush. There's no way in hell they can allow such a travesty of justice like four years of a Republican in the White House to stand in the way of some trivial principles like ethics and the rule of law.

Former leftist, David Horowitz wrote, "The first principles of the left are the principles of constructing a 'better world.'" Since Republicans oppose the Left's principles of centralized social design, the Left considers them enemies of a "better world."

We see this crusade playing out in front of our eyes. Pray that Republicans and decent Americans stand up to this mockery of our political process.

Sean Hackbarth publishes the weblog The American Mind.

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