Fight voting fraud, but don’t use it as an excuse for inaction

BuzzFlash has asked its readers to share their predictions on the likely outcome of Tuesday’s election: A large percentage of those responding are saying, in effect, that the actual voting doesn’t matter because the GOP will just steal the election anyway.

Election fraud and vote suppression are serious concerns.  But I beg you, please, please people don’t use them as an excuse for sitting on your hands.  We have a historic opportunity in this election to take a big chunk of our government back from the people who’ve been misusing it so badly. 

And remember, if the Republicans do play dirty — and I don’t doubt for a second that they will (hell, they already are) — it will mean that we need more votes not less.

As for myself, I’ve volunteered to act as a Democratic poll watcher on Tuesday.  How about you?  Why not put that “paranoia” to good use?  Work — vote — help to get out the vote.  Be a citizen. 

3 Responses to “Fight voting fraud, but don’t use it as an excuse for inaction”

  1. Again Says:

    How about you? Why not put that “paranoia” to good use?

    great idea

    hope the best and be prepared for the worst - and never forget the frog in the milk-pail: Never give up, maybe your “thrashing” will also make butter from the milk, so that you (instead of drowning) can climb onto solid butter to jump back into life and freedom

  2. Chuck Says:

    O.K. I’m going off subject again, but if this regime isn’t overturned soon, we are all complicit in the establishment of a dictatorship. I’ve just skimmed H.R. 5122: John Warner National Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007, and it says, or at least that’s the way I read it, if the president declares a “public emergency” - and he get’s to decide what that means - he can take control of all state National Guards without consent of anyone.

    Now, I might be mis-reading this a little, but Sen. Patrick Leahy read it the same way. (It is 51 pages long & I’m just a retired nobody that drinks too much beer so it’s hard to get through the thing, but if I can figure this out, where is the rest of congress & all their myriads of aids?

    I’ll take a chance here, but I say, “THIS ADMINISTRATION MUST BE OVERTHROWN.” (by ballot preferably.

  3. Again Says:

    Chuck

    H.R. 5122: John Warner National Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007

    do you mean that?

    Sec 333 H.R. 5122 Major public emergencies; interference with State and Federal law

    (a) Use of Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies- (1) The President may employ the armed forces, including the National Guard in Federal service, to–

    `(A) restore public order and enforce the laws of the United States when, as a result of a natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident, or other condition in any State or possession of the United States, the President determines that–

    `(i) domestic violence has occurred to such an extent that the constituted authorities of the State or possession are incapable of maintaining public order; and

    `(ii) such violence results in a condition described in paragraph (2); or

    `(B) suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy if such insurrection, violation, combination, or conspiracy results in a condition described in paragraph (2).

    `(2) A condition described in this paragraph is a condition that–

    `(A) so hinders the execution of the laws of a State or possession, as applicable, and of the United States within that State or possession, that any part or class of its people is deprived of a right, privilege, immunity, or protection named in the Constitution and secured by law, and the constituted authorities of that State or possession are unable, fail, or refuse to protect that right, privilege, or immunity, or to give that protection; or

    `(B) opposes or obstructs the execution of the laws of the United States or impedes the course of justice under those laws.

    `(3) In any situation covered by paragraph (1)(B), the State shall be considered to have denied the equal protection of the laws secured by the Constitution.

    `(b) Notice to Congress- The President shall notify Congress of the determination to exercise the authority in subsection (a)(1)(A) as soon as practicable after the determination and every 14 days thereafter during the duration of the exercise of that authority.’.

    Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007
    Status: Enacted
    This bill has become law.

    just to be clear <cough>

    it’s about Fiscal Year 2007 - but i can see no restriction regarding “Use of Armed Forces”

    it’s about “domestic violence” - and States or possessions of the United States…

    it’s about “suppress” in any State [of the United States] “any insurrection”

    it’s about the President who just “shall notice” the Congress

    but please - can anybody please explain to me the full meaning of

    “In any situation covered by paragraph (1)(B), the State shall be considered to have denied the equal protection of the laws secured by the Constitution.”

    ???

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