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The United States Constitution is the initial and continuing “contract with America”. Fundamental is citizen control of government. This control is exercised at the ballot box. The alternative is either acceptance of authoritarian rule or violent revolution.
When fraud occurs in submitting or counting ballots it robs all citizens of their franchise to some degree. In effect, our pockets are picked. To extend that analogy, most of us won’t make the effort to complain about pennies, and that is what historic voter fraud has relied on — keeping the perception of finagling to be a low level and not substantial enough for us to care.
But HR 1, the Covid rule changes adopted under “emergency authorities” and the suppression of efforts to actually audit the 2020 election have raised our consciousness about how dangerous even seemingly small fraud is to our republican form of government. It should be uncontroversial to insist that rolls be kept accurate and up to date, that positive identification of ballot casters be verified, that votes not be overtly bought as opposed to candidates arguing how their policies will improve the lives and fortunes of potential voters. And yet it isn’t. The allure of power distorts the needed rectitude for fair, free, and honest elections. And the People need to use the force of the government it controls to detect and deter fraud.
We need to treat voter fraud as the massive civil rights violation it truly is. Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida is making news (again) by his insistence that we treat voter fraud like the crime it is:
“We are excited to say that next legislative session we are proposing another package of election integrity reforms that will make Florida the number one state for elections,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “I am excited that with this legislation, our state will be able to enforce election violations, combat voter fraud and make sure violators are held accountable. If potential violators know they will be held accountable, they will be much less likely to engage in improper conduct in the first place.”
At the event, Governor DeSantis called on the Legislature to take four additional steps to safeguard our elections:
Establish an Office of Election Crimes and Security within the Department of State to investigate election crimes and fraud;
Elevate the crime of ballot harvesting to a third-degree felony, recognizing that this offense is a serious attack on democracy;
Require timelines for supervisors of elections to clean the voter rolls of ineligible voters; and
Prohibit unsecure, haphazard drop box locations in Florida.
Every state governor should take up the same cause. It is estimated that just this past year alone about 2 million illegal aliens were allowed to enter and distributed throughout the country. Totally aside from the drain on our resources as we feed, house, school and provide medical care, if they are also permitted to vote (alongside the dead in certain precincts) they can dramatically change the fortunes of this country. Just seeing what Progressives have done in 12 months with pResident Biden as the front man, should cause us all to tremble should they convert their tenuous hold on power into a death grip.
Yes, our Constitution extends certain protections to non-citizens while resident in this country. It does so because our Constitution is designed as a limit on the power of government over individuals without regard to citizenship status. But that does not mean that non-citizens should hold the reins of government. This is where we must draw a line and insist that our government be beholden to citizens and not “residents”. We must treat election fraud as the massive violation of civil rights that it is.Published in