Questionable Election


The most googled topic on the internet since Election Day 2012, if you can believe it, is the renunciation of United States citizenship.  Many Americans, it appears, wish to leave the country and to reside elsewhere.  They no longer believe that this "promised land" is flowing with milk and honey. Instead of taking immense pride in the fact that the United States is their home, they are looking for an escape from it. High taxes, burgeoning government, a precarious economy, an unmanageable debt, unrestrained immigration, a hyphenated and tribal society, crime, the constriction of individual rights, and a deteriorating infrastructure are some of the things rubbing against people's grain. Many frankly admit they are casting a wistful eye elsewhere, contemplating life in countries such as Costa Rica, Panama, Chile, and Ecuador.  Some are looking into places like New Zealand and Tasmania.  Others have decided to stay at home and advocate secession. I understand that a petition drawn by citizens from 12 states has been sent to the White House requesting permission to withdraw peaceably from the union. The surest conclusion one can derive from these fulminating facts is that Barack Obama and his re-election are not viewed hopefully or with equanimity. 

Democrats maintain that the people have spoken.  Yes, they have, but I and others are wondering whether the message that has been conveyed is precisely what the people intended, or has it been re-shaped by a phenomenon known as election fraud.  If you will recall, in previous postings I warned about that.  Consider the following facts of the 2012 election:

In at least two counties in Ohio, the number of registered voters exceeded the number of eligible ones.  In Wood County, located in the northwestern part of the state, the ratio between registered and eligible voters was 109 to 100.  In Lawrence County, the ratio was 104 to 100.  In an additional 31 of the state’s 88 counties, voter registration was over 90 percent, which provokes heavy suspicion.  You say, “Oh, but all this reflects voters who have moved.” This reasoning is undermined by the fact that the average voter registration level nationwide is only 70 percent.  Furthermore, Mr. Obama, it should be pointed out, miraculously won 100 percent of the vote in 21 districts in Cleveland, and received over 99% of the vote where GOP inspectors were illegally removed. The Columbia Dispatch went on record saying that “more than one out of every five registered Ohio voters is probably ineligible to vote.”  Shocking, isn’t it? 

In Florida, only one precinct in all of St. Lucie County had less than a 113 percent turnout. One polling place in that county, the National SEAL Museum, had a 158.85 percent turnout, the highest in the county.  What a politically involved community! Remember that Mr. Obama won this state by less than 1 percent of the vote. 

In Colorado, 10 counties each had a total voter registration ranging between 104 to 140 percent of their respective populations.  Gilpin and Hinsdale counties had 110 percent of their populations registered to vote.  Mineral and San Juan counties had voter registration of 126 percent and 112 percent respectively and stunningly high voter turnout of 96 and 83 percent respectively.  Keep in mind that the average voter turnout in Colorado is 48 percent.  Jackson, Summit, Cheyenne, and Elbert counties had 111, 107, 105 and 104 percent of their populations registered to vote, while turnout was 71, 44, 71, and 63 percent respectively. San Miguel County had a voter registration of 140 percent of the population and a 52 percent turnout.  Ouray County had 119 percent registered and an astronomical 74 percent voter turnout.

Finally, Patrick Moran, the son of Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA), was caught on video in Virginia explaining how to commit voter fraud there.  The Congressman’s son was approached by a man claiming to have the names of 100 Virginia residents who were registered to vote but were unlikely to do so, and the young Moran told the man to forge utility bills with the names and addresses of the 100 Virginians and to use those documents as a form of voter ID when casting votes in their names.  When this sorry episode was exposed, Democratic operatives wanted it to appear as if these instructions concerning how to commit voter fraud were peripheral and almost an afterthought.  Sure they were, but if you believe that, I have some oceanfront property in Arizona to sell you.

All four states – Ohio, Florida, Colorado, and Virginia -- went to Barack Obama by very slim margins.  The extent to which fraud carried the day is an open question.

Take a look at the map above.  Who voted for Mr. Obama?  The answer is that most of his support came from the fringes of the country.  Probably more voters were registered and voted in some of those places than were eligible.  When I study this map, I wonder whether Maine, Vermont, and New York have anything in common with Kentucky, Missouri, and Oklahoma. The cultural chasm between them is broad, deep, and perhaps even unbridgeable.  I am also skeptical of, and have no confidence in, the integrity of the 2012 election returns. It is not of course the first time in American history that fraud has influenced, or determined, a presidential election.  Consider the elections of 1824, 1876, 1888, 1960, 1968, 1972, 2000, and 2004.  Fraud pervaded those too, and many other American electoral contests as well.  Are you aware that Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson would never have made it to the presidency had it not been for their fraudulent senatorial elections?  It is sad and unfortunate, but election fraud is as American as apple pie. I don’t advance this conclusion flippantly, because sabotaged elections are a most serious matter.  Without scrupulous honesty in the electoral process, as Theodore Roosevelt emphasized, democratic government becomes a farce.

Grave moral questions loom large over these sordid facts.  Why should an honest American continue to participate in an electoral system that is corrupted and manipulated?  Is there any virtue in one’s being involved in a system where fraud is epidemic?  What good does it accomplish to cast a vote under such circumstances?  Can we really say our example in doing so is righteous? Are we really promoting sound republican government?  I am increasingly hard pressed to provide a positive response to any of these questions.

For now, my only consolation is in the fact that those who are perceived by the electorate as having cheated and deceived their way to the top often find that the people's wrath later turns on them.  History demonstrates that the thrill of victory can be ephemeral under such circumstances. I don't think Mr. Obama is thinking about this or has really ever seriously considered it.  For him, as for most politicians, it's all about winning.  Yet the exhilaration of his recent re-election may turn out to be as unremarkable as his historical insight. We shall see, especially as the Benghazi investigation proceeds, as millions continue to search for employment, and as the debt relentlessly escalates. 

November 13, 2012