As some of you know, I’m not only American, I’m Coloradan.
Mind you, the South will always be a part of me. It was where I first lived in the US and the place I was naturalized. The voice in my head has a Southern accent, and I love going back to the South East for cons. But Colorado is where I was meant to be. We came into Colorado the weekend before Thanksgiving 1993 (it’s been pointed out to me I had 2003 which is both a bit of wild flattery on my age, and my lacking coffee. I’ve only had one cup), and just ahead of the Thanksgiving Snow Storm TM which dogged our steps all the way, with the gates clanging shut just after we passed. And then we crested a ridge above Colorado, and I saw it for the first time, and I knew it was where I was supposed to be.
Which makes sense since, at the age of eight, I knew I wanted to be a writer and live in Denver. (Of course I thought Denver was by the sea, but we’ll avert our eyes there, right?)
This feeling of belonging has never changed, even though Colorado has changed. But the most marked change was in 2008 when the legislature flipped dem, and they took the bit between the teeth.
I’ve said before and I’ll stand by it, that there was massive fraud in 12. Unless you REALLY believe 1/3 the people had already voted by mail and forgotten. People of all ages. And then there’s this. I don’t think people willfully forgot voting for Obama. I think only 45% of them did. It matches what I saw on the ground. And heck, that might be inflated.
But apparently it came close enough that it scared them. The fraud wasn’t easy enough. They couldn’t manufacture hundreds of thousands of votes as they could in Detroit and Chicago, in California and in Oregon, in Washington, and in the other lovely bastions of Democrat rule.
And so they changed two things. Now all elections are by mail. And there’s same day registration.
Of course, elections by mail, we’re told, have nothing to do with fraud. The whole purpose of it is not to commit fraud. Why, voting by mail is good for all sorts of things, like… like… like. It saves money. Yes, that’s the ticket. And gives work to printers.
But even with the voting by mail, they’re desperate. You know they’re desperate because every other commercial on the radio is about how Cory Gardner denies Global Warming AND eats Puppy Shakes.
And they need cover, for their massive fraud. They need to say “A bazillion more people registered on election day!” So…
Will you look at that? Register the same day! In case, you know, you never wanted to vote, and were seized with a powerful urge on the first day.
What on Earth is this for except as a mask for fraud? WHO ignores the elections till the day, and then has a desperate need to vote? And is informed?
And, oh, yeah, if your driver’s license doesn’t have the address you have to pinky swear you live there.
This is not a banana republic. Banana republics have more voting security. Portugal, a land that is a stranger to organization, a land where anyone queuing for everything instead of jumping into it in a bunch, will be laughed out of the country (yeah, that’s what happened to me) has better voting security than that. You have to register ahead of time. You have to show your birth certificate or passport.
Oh, yeah, note above, none of this verifies citizenship. Not only that, but it doesn’t say ANYWHERE that you have to be a citizen. Honest but dumb people might register to vote not knowing that it’s for citizens only. My son registered to vote with only his driver’s license.
All of these laws, starting with motor voter were to “make it easier” to fulfill your “obligation” to vote. And no one is supposed to ask if you’re a citizen, because that will hurt the feels of dark people or people with an accent.
First of all, I couldn’t care less about feels. I care about law. I’m a dark person with an accent. I EXPECT them to ask me to prove I’m a citizen.
Believe it or not the right not to have your feelings hurt has never been enshrined in the constitution.
Second, there seems to be this cringing, implicit thought that not letting foreigners vote in our elections is discrimination.
A vote is something that pertains to a citizen, who is expected to live the rest of his life in the country, and for whom that vote matters. Why should people wholly unconcerned with us, working in the country for a few years have the right to tell us how we should be governed? Why should people who know nothing of our history, our civics, our traditions, have a say? Do you want to vote/would you vote in another country’s elections? France? Somalia? Brazil? WHY?
And then there is this belief that a vote, no matter how uninformed, how misguided is an “obligation” and you should treat them all as precious. And more votes are always good.
This is what leads to all these “opening” of the vote measures. The idea that voting should be easier than… buying a bus ticket. Paying for shipping something at the post office. (Both of whom ask to see ID, at least a long-distance bus.)
Americans have been raised on the idea that a poll tax or a voter test are wrong. (Are they? I don’t know. All I know is that I’ve been told the same. And of course you can see how it could be manipulated.) And so we are to let anyone vote, with no verification, no security, no proof of citizenship. Because that’s somehow better. Even though it’s just as open to manipulation.
(I will note the people who manipulated poll taxes and voter tests to exclude their “enemies” were the democrats, too… It’s almost like they can’t win without fraud.)
So we’ve run the other way, and now everyone can vote. They want to teach the world to vote in our elections.
And we have been disenfranchised. We the real citizens of the state, the ones with skin in the game, who are neither cartoon characters nor bused-in-people.
There are two ways to steal your vote. One is to deny you access. The other is to dilute your vote with fake votes till it counts for nothing.
Will we tolerate this? For how long? Why doesn’t anyone else realize that under the cover of seeming openness they’re making our votes mean nothing?
And why don’t the clever fools in the Democratic party realize that when you block the ballot box, people will come at you another way?
I’m not calling for revolution. I’m hoping very much we can avoid it. I’m exhorting those of you in CO and similarly blinkered states to vote and to vote Republican. Yes, even if you are a Libertarian. Vote Republican because the press hates them and will magnify everything wrong they do, if for no other reason.
And vote republican this year, while we can still turn these election rules around. And do it before they become cemented in place. Even if we have to hold the squishy Republicans’ feet to the fire.
I don’t want to leave Colorado. Like Thorby in the Sissu, a bit of me has gone into Colorado a bit of Colorado into me. I am Colorado. And we can’t keep letting them take states because first time they get a solid foothold they corrupt the voting and it’s game-over.
This is our country. No one should dilute our vote who isn’t with us for the long haul. No one should vote who isn’t a citizen. I’d go further and say no one should vote who doesn’t believe in the constitution and the bill of rights, but I know right now that’s a pipe dream.
The hour is late, the need urgent. If we don’t fight at the ballot box now, we’ll be taking another step on the road to Boston Commons.
And at some point there will be no return.