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by JR Dieckmann

Today, many Americans believe the credibility of our election process has become corrupted to the point that it can no longer be considered viable and valid. One of the reasons is that there are far too many outside special interests influencing elections that have no business being involved in this important constitutional process.

One of the biggest problems we currently have with voting is the large numbers of ignorant or uninformed voters who know virtually nothing about who or what they are voting for. They vote because they have been told that it is their civic duty to vote and if they fail to do their civic duty, they are not good citizens. Sorry to be the one to dispute this theory, but it’s just not that simple.

How long have we been hearing from government, public officials, special interest groups, and civic minded individuals that it is the civic responsibility of every eligible citizen to get out and vote on election day? When do we ever hear any of them say that it is equally the responsibility of every voter to become informed and knowledgeable about the candidates and the issues upon which they are expected to vote? This is the other half of voter responsibility that is never mentioned or promoted by election activists.

To combat this problem, some have suggested that voters should be required to pass a simple exam on the candidates and issues before voting. This may sound like a good idea but it would never be practical for the simple reason that it would cause huge delays at the polls and even longer voter lines. To avoid that, any such exam would have to be administered before election day and that would create a whole new set of problems such as the inconvenience to the voters as well as affording the opportunity for cheating by those so inclined. Critics would insist that eligible voters were being disenfranchised by the test. It would result in constitutional challenges that would tie up the courts for years to come.

There may be another way of approaching this problem, which involves changing the attitude being promoted regarding elections. That is; stop telling the public that everyone must vote; that it‘s your civic responsibility, and that you‘re a bad citizen if you don‘t. Instead, we need to promote the concept that you are encouraged to vote only if you are knowledgeable and informed on the candidates and the issues, and concerned about where your country is headed. People must be made to understand that simply voting without knowing the facts and the candidates only serves to corrupt the election with guesswork and undermines the credibility of any election.

As a AAA member, I occasionally receive a letter from the AAA asking me to vote for new board members. I never return the ballot because frankly, I don’t care. I don’t know anything about any of them and don’t have the time or interest to research them. Why should I be dragged to the polls to vote for people I know nothing about? Any vote I would cast based - on the sound of the names only - would simply corrupt the election. I am perfectly content to rely on those who know who these people are to do the voting.

We should understand and respect the choices of many millions of people in this country who have no interest in politics and avoid learning anything about the government and the candidates running for office. They should not be made to feel guilty for failing to vote on election day if that is not where their interests lie. We should not be encouraging them to vote if they have no interest or knowledge of whom and what they are expected to vote for.

I have more respect for a person who says “I didn’t vote due to lack of interest,” than I have for a person who voted - without knowing the first thing about who and what they voted for - simply because he or she was expected to. Of course there will always be a large voting block who will just vote the default party line simply because they are loyal Democrats or Republicans. That is their right, just as long as they are not being pressured and dragged to the polls by political activists.

Recently, I sent a little 10 question News IQ Test to a number of friends. Those who have previously expressed some interest in news and politics by subscribing to my newsletters, responded with scores above 80%. Those who have expressed to me previously having no interest in news and politics scored either below 30% or didn’t respond at all. I respect their right to fill their time and minds with anything other than news and politics if that is their choice, but are these the kind of people we want electing our national leaders?

Voting should be left up to those civic minded citizens who have an interest in, and take the time to educate themselves on national politics, the issues, and candidates on the ballot. The votes of politically informed citizens should not be cancelled out by the votes of ignorant and uninformed voters who really have no interest in the running of our country or who is charged with that responsibility.

How do we restore credibility and validity to our election process? There are several changes that need to be made. One, I have just discussed above - stop encouraging people to vote who don‘t care. Another one is the repeal of the McCain/Feingold 2002 Campaign Finance Reform Act. This is one of the primary reason for the election process having become as corrupted as it is today. I wonder of John McCain would have co-authored and supported this bill had he known at the time that it would cost him the election. It should be noted, however, that the version of the bill that passed was not the version that McCain wrote.

Whenever Congress gets ahold of an issue like this, they tend to complicate it beyond all understanding with pages and pages of legal jargon and compromises that provide exceptions and loopholes for nearly every conceivable way of allowing those who do not wish to follow the rules to escape them. This law, passed in late 2002, had been in the works in Congress since 1995. I think election reforms can be much simpler and direct.

To prevent the kind of registration and voter fraud we’ve been seeing in recent years by groups such as ACORN, all election activities including voter registration must be handled by the state exclusively. No more private special interest groups or individuals soliciting shoppers at the market entrance, or going door to door to register people to vote. Voter registration should be done as it used to be, by individual initiative; at public state and federal offices such as the post office, employment office, motor vehicle department, or even by mail or internet, and provided proper identification is presented. Naturally, active military personnel would register at their military unit. Registrations should be final no less than 30 days before an election.

Programs such as “Get out the Vote” must be abolished. These programs promote the idea that getting every eligible voter registered and to the polls on election day is vital to society, whether they know what they’re voting for or not. Hogwash! These programs and the voters they draw to the polls do more harm to society and the country than good. Hundreds of thousands of them can cancel out as many informed votes and throw an election to a candidate who has not earned it.

There should be no more private sector special interest group involvement in getting people to the polls on election day. If people are interested in effecting the outcome of elections with their vote, they will find a way to get registered in a timely manner and get themselves to the polls or vote by absentee ballot. Allowing highly financed, special interest, politically partisan organizations to be involved in voter registration or election day activities is an invitation for voter disenfranchisement and fraud. We have to stop coddling and babying people who lack the motivation and responsibility for their own vote.

Campaign financing should be as individual as voting itself. The bundling of unverifiable contributions by unidentified donors can no longer be tolerated. As we have just seen in this last election, “bundling” of campaign contributions makes it too easy for a candidate to receive large contributions either in illegal amounts, or from illegal foreign donors, and then claim the money all came from unnamed private American citizens. All campaign contributions must be made accountable, verifiable by the NEC, and made available for public inspection.

The NEC must be held responsible for verifying all questionable campaign contributions whether they be made to parties or candidates. Full disclosure of campaign funds must be made mandatory. If a pathway around finance laws is provided, as it was in the McCain/Feingold 2002 Campaign Finance Reform Act, then it will be exploited - resulting in the law serving no purpose at all.

The Founding Fathers understood that uninformed voters could be a problem, which is why they created the Electoral College and made it the constitutional method of electing the president. The delegates were expected to be knowledgeable, informed, and responsible for electing a qualified and responsible president. That president is required to be a natural born citizen, but since the Constitution does not assign an enforcement clause to any specific agency, we now realize the need for a constitutional amendment as described at the New Sons of Liberty Society.

Unfortunately, the concept of the Electoral College has deteriorated into a group of puppet delegates who simply follow the popular vote of their states and disregard their primary responsibility to elect a proper and qualified president. Apparently, they no longer even care if that president is an American citizen. The fault for electing Barack Obama as the next President of the United States lies primarily with the Electoral College delegates, and not with the uninformed voters who were duped into voting for him by an irresponsible and biased media.

In a center-right, basically conservative country, it is inconceivable that Barack Obama could have been elected to the presidency by a majority of people who support and agree with his Marxist political philosophy or his intentions for this country. He won a majority of votes from people who knew little or nothing about him, but liked the way he talked or the welfare he promised them, or simply that he was black. These are not the criteria that should be deciding our national leaders. The Electoral College delegates should have done their homework and should have known better than to elect a foreign born Marxist to the presidency. That is their constitutional responsibility.

If we are going to be civically responsible enough to vote, then we must also be civically responsible enough to research who and what we are voting for. Millions of Americans know only what they are served up from the television news programs and commercials. When these news sources fail to do the job they are responsible for - of vetting the candidates and informing the American people - the cost is a botched election and a disaster for the country.

I am not suggesting that we can, or should, stop people from voting. What I am suggesting is that we leave it up to their own individual initiative and personal motivation to register and get to the polls without any outside influence, prodding, or assistance from partisan political groups whose purpose is to influence the vote of those they pretend to assist.

More important than compelling everyone to vote, is having credible and responsible elections by an informed electorate. An election diluted by ignorance is of no value to the country or it’s citizens. We might just as well have the candidates sit in a circle and draw straws. At least that way we would have a chance at electing a viable and capable president instead of a nobody elected by a union of ignorant puppets organized by liberal political activists.

PLEASE HELP WALTER MOORE END SANCTUARY CITY POLICIES IN LOS ANGELES AND SHUT THE DOOR TO ILLEGAL MIGRATION INTO AMERICA




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