At a political round table in South Carolina earlier this week, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the avowed Socialist running for President for the Democrat nomination, once again made the oft-repeated call for wanting to make sure more people come out to vote.
That call remains a bunch of nonsense.
Look, I'd love to see more people voting. That would say to me that there are enough folks paying attention to what is going on, and that those who are paying attention might actually care about what is happening to our country. Unfortunately, that's never been the case since the latter half of the baby-boomer population began to vote.
Politicians keep trying to come up with new ways to increase vote totals, hoping against hope that their ideas draw more of THEIR voters out in hopes of legally rigging elections in their party's favor. Traditional voter fraud was to have the same people vote multiple times in the same election; Mayor James Michael Curley of Boston was once quoted as saying to his supporters, "Vote early, vote often". And he wasn't kidding.
Democrats (largely) in Chicago were famous for registering voters by going through local cemeteries, then getting their supporters to vote under these different aliases. Urban legend has it that if not for the "dead vote" John F. Kennedy would never have won Illinois, and therefore the Presidency. A new twist on this play is to have Democrat (largely) operatives sign up voters in bulk, sometimes with the consent of the voter, and sometimes not. This opens up fraud at the absentee ballot level, where now valid signatures by one person can be used to vote without the need to prove a specific voter actually cast that ballot, as no ID is needed for an absentee ballot to be issued or counted.
Ad of course we've all heard about how people are being "disenfranchised" by requiring them to prove they are who they say they are by producing a valid ID in order to vote in person. Of course, we require everyone who wants to fly on an airline to produce a valid ID. We require anyone wishing to attend a speech by the President of the United States to produce an ID. Same for his Attorney General. Yet both want to eliminate the need to produce an ID to perform the most important duty any citizen can do. An ID that 99.9% Americans either have, or can easily obtain if they would get off their lazy behinds.
And let's not forget early voting efforts. Apparently, voting isn't important enough for many people to get them to slightly modify their daily routine one day every 2-4 years in order to cast their ballot. Or maybe an election isn't important enough for them to keep track of which day is election day. So in some states, voting has been extended as much as month in advance of the actual election day, in some cases even Saturdays and Sundays, in order to make it "easier" for people to vote.
Answer me this: Why should a "duty" be made easy to perform?
I don't want more voters. I want better voters. I'm not saying that GOP voters are better than Democrat voters, but do you recall the video produced back in 2008 showing Obama voters, asking them questions about the candidates on both sides of that race? Those people were morons, and they were responsible for electing one of the worst Presidents in the history of this nation. And don't get me wrong; I've met plenty of conservative voters who vote based on one issue only, no matter how incompetent that candidate was on other important issues.
Look, if you truly want your government to provide more services or benefits to you and others, I may consider you wrong-headed as far as your knowledge of what it means to truly be an American, but make sure your candidate has a viable way to pay for those services (are you reading this Sanders' supporters?). And if you want the government to be smaller, you've got to give up on some things like defense budgets that are unsustainable and overhaul the tax code to get rid of the thousands of exemptions that the wealthy take advantage of.
it's called compromise and common sense, and neither are present in today's voters or elected officials.
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