Sorry to be so late in posting, but we got up early to go vote on the giant rat Morse recall. For the Morse recall and in favor of replacing the giant rat, of course.
And because these days if I’m on less than five hours of sleep I get sick to my stomach (no, I don’t know why) I then had to nap an hour or so.
Look, I’m not even going to go in what is fair in recalling a legislator. ANY legislature that takes power PARTICULARLY if it’s a side that hasn’t been in power in a long time, and sets about corrupting the voting process by doing things like all-mail-in-ballots, no id verification and other squirrely business should be automatically recalled. There should be a safeguard in place that says in effect “you can’t change the rules so you’re never unelected.”
But, you say, isn’t it the same as changing the rules to require voter ID and voting in person and (though no one is suggesting this, they really should be. It tightens the screws on the ability to perform fraud) early voting?
Of course it’s not.
Objectively – from a distance as it were – what would you consider more likely to encourage fraud? Voting in person on the day of the election? Or voting by mail, with no controls on the other end? Voting after showing ID, or voting because you walk in and you’re so and so (particularly when you consider that our voters roles aren’t purged? Only being able to register to vote in advance, after showing proof of citizenship, or the “motor voter” registration, where once a visiting Japanese journalist registered to vote in the US by using his Japanese passport as proof of identity, while getting a temporary permit to drive in the US?
Yes, of course, any of those restrictions will cost someone the opportunity to vote, who should “legitimately” have been able to. But the opposite creates a chance for people who shouldn’t vote to vote and dilute the vote of people who are legitimately allowed to.
The reverse of the tightening of the ballot that might turn away one or two people who would otherwise vote, is to make the vote of hundreds or thousands worth less. And don’t tell me there is no fraud. The way the system is instituted it’s IMPOSSIBLE that there is no fraud. Human nature is such that the only thing we won’t cheat to obtain is that which has no value. No, I don’t mean you personally, I mean people in general. In other words, the only way to make people uninterested in cheating in elections and to make fraud INEXISTENT is to make government power so limited that only political animals like me care. (I’m all for it.)
The second best thing is to make it so difficult to cheat that the fraud is very limited.
Look, if you really trust your fellow man not to cheat to that extent, I invite you to put all your passwords on line. No? Then shut up about “there is no fraud.”
Next, let’s take all of these measures that make voting more “inclusive” in order:
Mail in ballots – I mean, we’re all so busy. So, why make us go in. Just fill the ballot, drop it at any box. Surely, it’s secure. I mean you sign it.
Let’s leave alone for a moment that if you’re too busy to vote, so sad, too bad. It’s a DUTY not a right. But let’s leave that aside.
How is it that the part that doesn’t want parents notified their 13 year old girl has been given the morning after pill, or is having an abortion, because they’re afraid the girl’s decision will be influenced is nevertheless PERFECTLY okay with putting everyone’s voting in the hands of everyone else who lives in the same house? Tyrannical father? Sure. He can vote for all his kids. Crazy mother? Sure, she can vote for her husband and kid. Dementia patient? Sure, caretaker will vote?
Why but the knowledge that this party benefits from most of that skullduggery?
Voting without showing ID – of course makes things much faster – and besides, you know, some people don’t have ID. Really? REALLY? REALLY? Who doesn’t have ID? No, seriously. Who, of legal age lacks any form of picture ID? And how do they live? Unless they are essentially dependents on other adults and possibly impaired, and even then I think an ID is needed to cash disability checks. My bank requires me to show an ID. Hell, my grocery store requires me to show an ID – but my government doesn’t.
There you have it, gentlemen. Your right to vote is worth less than a load of groceries.
So – what about the person in a million who doesn’t have ID? – if they can’t be bothered to get one (no, the money is not that much, and besides I suspect anyone pleading hardship will get financed by either the state or private donors) why should they vote? How much thought did they give it?
And motor voter – oh, the gift that keeps on giving. Do you know what the rationale is for not asking to see proof of citizenship when you register to vote? It’s that people are more likely to ask for that to people with an accent or who look “of another race” – read Hispanic. Okay, then. I have it on good authority I don’t look Hispanic, though the boys do. BUT I do have an accent you can cut with a knife.
Would I be offended at being asked for proof of citizenship? Would the boys? Oh, hell no. THEY’re proud to be American, and I worked to become a citizen. I’m offended NOT to be asked for proof of citizenship, because that means my sons’ birthright is being given away for a pot of message.
YOU DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT NOT TO BE OFFENDED. It’s not on the constitution anywhere.
What about early voting? This is the one I’m most divided on. It’s big risk comes from the other loose controls. Because if they know in advance how many votes they need to fabricate to cheat, then it facilitates it. If the rest were tight, this might not matter. And yes, of course, you often can’t vote on the day.
But is there any reason it should be “no questions asked”. I don’t see why. Yes, it might be more convenient to vote early or late. BUT it’s not a NEED. When voting was on the day, employers cut you slack on that day. They had to vote too. And early voting required you to do the same things you do to postpone jury duty: show that you wouldn’t be in the country or that you had the sort of job you simply couldn’t take time from. I voted early once, before all these shenanigans, because we were going to be at World Fantasy and had plane tickets.
Again, voting is a duty, not a right – by which I mean that of course if you have right to vote, but from the moral pov it’s a duty, not something that should be made easy and brought to you, as it were. It’s like being armed. We have a duty to defend ourselves, but no one brings you a gun because you happen to be unarmed. (In fact, I suggest tightening of voting parallels tightening of gun ownership. Or vice versa. You want this extremely lose voting, make it easy for everyone to have an arsenal. Then at least we have redress.)
So, how do I feel about the recall of Rodentus Maximus? Well… not hopeful. Why not? Because even though mail in ballots didn’t go out in time to most people, apparently “students” are dropping backpacks full of ballots at voting places. And apparently we can’t do anything about it.
You know my view on how you know the fix is in: when the other side isn’t making even a token effort and yet is sure to win.
For instance, nominating Hilary and being sure she’ll win the presidential election is a sign the fix is in. The fact that Hilary rolled over and played the good soldier for her enemy is a sign that the fix was already in back then.
In the same way, the Morse side has made less than token efforts to campaign. Mostly some adds paid for by Bloomberg. And outside the poling place there was only one of the unwashed brigade, with a homemade sign crossed and recrossed with unreadable stuff from which only NRA stood out.
The state party isn’t making an effort, because the fix is in, so why bother. Also, at the poling place I heard workers say that they were turning away half the people for being outside the district. Maybe they are. Or maybe… Who knows?
But hope springs eternal and sometimes a miracle happens. So I went and voted for the recall of Ratus Giganticus Morsis.
It’s Quixotic, but sometimes tilting at windmills works and surprises both you and the windmill. If you’re in the Springs go and vote.
I don’t want to have to move from Colorado. Vote. Why should they make US run away? Vote.