Post Election Post

There are a lot of ways I can look at the election results.  I can piss and moan about Obama being elected, but I don’t think that is the way to go in the long run.  Rather, I would like to hope for the best, that everything that we were expecting from this politician if he was elected doesn’t come to pass.  After all, the politician’s campaign promises almost always change once he (or she) is in office.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t get my digs in one last time before moving on…

Obama has run his platform on change & hope.  Now that he has achieved his campaign’s aims, he now has to deliver on the promises that he has made to all of his supporters.  That will be tricky as some of his supporters have conflicting agendas.  And we are anxiously awaiting the details on exactly how he’s going to do this.

I believe that I can safely state that the economy will be the main if not the only domestic issue that Obama must address when he first steps into office.  If the economy is not healthy, then any other program will meet with disaster.  Obama has his work cut out for him trying to part the seas of red ink.

Of other domestic interests will be universal health care and global warming.  To pay for all of the stimulus packages & perks that these interests have will be higher taxes.  I hate to break it to you, but someone will have to pay for it, and I can guarantee you that taxes will be raised on that 95% that Obama said that would not be affected.  The numbers just don’t add up, and the money will need to come from somewhere.

On the international scene is Iraq.  Once Obama takes office and is briefed on the reality that is in Iraq, his campaign promises may just fall flat.  He may jet around the globe meeting with foreign leaders and gathering accolades while explaining why he cannot bring the troops home from Iraq as fast as he promised.  I can also guarantee you that if a terrorist attack occurs on his watch, there will be hell to pay.

But there are a couple of other topics that I wanted to touch on.  And I know that these could possibly offend someone.  If so, please read the Comment Policies before turning the burner on "HI"…

I heard on the news that many foreign countries are hailing Obama’s election as a milestone, proving that the United States no longer has a racial barrier.  The media is absolutely giddy with reporting this news.  I cannot argue with that statement – for a person of a minority to be elected to the most powerful position in the world is a great achievement for the man and as a member of his race.  And yes, I said race.

For years we have heard that minorities need help in achieving the dream of becoming equal with the racial majority.  Billions of dollars have been poured into the cities and special programs toward achieving this goal.  So by this achievement by a person who has reportedly come up from the streets to the Presidency shows that it can be done if the individual puts their mind to it and works hard to achieve that goal.  The goal has now been met.

So the question begs to be asked:  What more help do you need?

The next one almost requires membership to the Aluminum Hat Society.

Did anyone else notice that when the Republicans were closing the gap in the polls something happened to the economy?  First, it was oil prices, then the credit crunch followed shortly by a rapid meltdown on Wall Street.

One could almost believe that someone was manipulating the various markets to make the current Republican administration look bad in order to elect the Democratic candidate.  We know for a fact that there are some very wealthy donors to the Democratic party who could pull this off.

If this was found to be true, and with thousands of people being adversely affected by loss of jobs and retirement funds, there should be some old-fashioned neck-stretching followed by heads on pikes outside the castle gates.  That is, if it is found to be true…

Last, did anyone else find it obscene the amounts of money both political parties spent on their presidential campaigns?

In closing, we all will be watching Obama’s presidency closely.  Very closely, and not because of his race, but for the views that he expressed during the campaign.

Election Day 2008

Went and voted this morning.  I was surprised that there weren’t too many people there in line, but when I got inside, there were twice as many voter booths as I normally see.  Made things much easier and faster.

We’ll find out late tonight or tomorrow morning how the election turned out.

God help us all if you didn’t vote the right way (as opposed to the left way…)

Election Day is Tomorrow!

From several news accounts, registration for tomorrow’s election and expected turnout is expected to be greater than past elections.  Perhaps this is a sign of the polarization that this year’s candidates have brought to their respective campaigns.  I thought that this was supposed to be the election that would “heal the country”…

And yet I’ve also heard that if a certain Democratic candidate doesn’t get elected there will be an uprising in the streets bordering on riots of the racial kind.  To which I say…

Grow the f*** up…

Quite frankly, I’ve had it with the hype spreading, scare-mongering, and self-importance of the media as they try to “enlighten” the masses of their chosen candidate, warning of impending doom if he doesn’t get elected.  It doesn’t matter that he and his running mate utter nonsense because the media will come to his aid, either ignoring or downplaying the spoken idiocy.  The blathering that they utter has only shown the rest of the country that still has a brain that they are elitist windbags who haven’t a clue.

And yet the shot that Obama fired across the media’s bow went almost unnoticed.  In case you haven’t heard, he threw reporters off his plane that weren’t portraying him in a favorable light.  If that’s a sign of things to come, then the media hasn’t been paying attention.  Perhaps the media will get the message after getting hosed a few times with a newspaper across the nose for emphasis.  If that happens, the media could be screaming for the Fairness Doctrine, providing the 1st Amendment doesn’t get repealed due to some “National Emergency.”  (Think of the movie “Wag the Dog” and you’ll get the idea…)

I also fully expect, should Obama be defeated by the Electoral College but win the popular vote a la Al Gore, a resurgence of reviving the motion to change the election process to one of popular vote by the population.  If that happens, I will be posting on that subject forthwith (or just might do it anyway).

Readers of this blog know how I’m going to vote and why.  Readers should also note that I believe that character matters in our elected officials.  I only hope that this is also important to you.  It shouldn’t be whether the candidate looks nice, is articulate, or is well educated.  Yes, that matters to a point! What should be the defining characteristic of a candidate is his ability to lead and make the right decisions not only under pressure, but also for the country in times of peace.  In other words, what is his character?

While there are some undecided voters out there, and if you are one, I would like you to consider this short excerpt from Praesidium Respublicae:

Consider the speeches of the candidates and what their visions of the American people are. Compare and contrast. Which of them upholds and uplifts the American spirit, and which of them insinuate that the American Government is the solution to all problems?

That alone should speak volumes of which candidate believes in the Constitution and the American dream.

The bottom line is that in approximately 12 hours from the writing of this post, I will be traveling to the polls in the wee hours of the morning to cast my vote.  The campaigning is over, and hopefully the hype too.  Whether your candidate wins or loses, that is the way it will be and life will move forward.

So Who’s Going For The Goldfish Vote?

The day after I post on the importance of the right to vote, this comes along (from

The only “agent of change” Princess ever supported was the person who freshened the water in her fishbowl. So election officials in Chicago’s northern suburbs want to know why voter registration material was sent to the dead goldfish.

“I am just stunned at the level of people compromising the integrity of the voting process,” said Lake County Clerk Willard Helander, a Republican, who said she has spotted problems with nearly 1,000 voter registrations this year.

Beth Nudelman, who owned the fish, said Princess may have landed on a mailing list because the family once filled in the pet’s name when they got a second phone line for a computer.

“There was no fraud involved,” said Nudelman, a Democrat who supports Barack Obama. “This person is a dead fish.”

The paperwork sent to a “Princess Nudelman” likely came from the “Women’s Voices, Women Vote” project, which sent nearly 1 million mailings to Illinois households in August using a list that mistakenly included some pets, said Sarah Johnson, a spokeswoman for the not-for-profit group that encourages single women to vote.

The mailing list, purchased from a vendor, included names from warranties, magazine subscriptions and other sources, Johnson said. The group attempted to screen out obvious pet names.

“Fido’s not going to be left on there, but if a cat is named is Polly, she may be,” Johnson said. Princess could be a person’s name, she insisted. “I went to high school with two Princesses.”

Nudelman said the only address on the registration card was the Lake County clerk’s office. She said she wrote election officials a humorous note explaining why the fish was ineligible to vote.

The Illinois mailing generated 63,500 returned voter applications, Johnson said. Applicants were instructed to fill in a driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number so election officials would be able to validate their identity.

“We obviously don’t want to add more work for any election official,” Johnson said. “At the end of the day, our goal is same as theirs: To give as many people as possible the chance to make voices heard in our democracy.”

Steve Sturm, legal counsel for the Illinois State Board of Elections, said the mailing generated numerous complaints from residents throughout the state.

Lake County election officials contacted Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office Monday afternoon, said spokeswoman Robyn Ziegler. The sheriff’s office and state’s attorney’s office were “already working on it,” she said.

And people wonder why the election roles are so screwed up.  Part of it is because the do-gooders, while the intentions are admirable, screw things up with stuff like this.  Yes, encourage the masses to register to vote, but don’t send them the material.

This is why I believe that voters should register in person with the County Clerk, and not by mail.  Proof of eligibility (as in citizenship, residence, breathing, etc.) and appropriate species can then be verified.  But I’m still wondering…

Which candidate is trying to get the goldfish vote?

Our Votes

One of the most important rights of our Republic is the ability to change our government through elections by the citizens of this country.  This right alone distinguishes this country’s citizens from most of the rest of the world.

So when this right is infringed upon and tampered with by the media, voting machine errors, groups like ACORN, voter fraud, and crooked election officials, people tend to get upset.  And that includes me…

Where I have issues with the media is that the majority of the media outlets are promoting one candidate – Senator Obama.  Yes, there are some media outlets that are promoting Senator McCain, but why must any media outlet endorse any candidate?  Consider the original intent of the First Amendment paraphrase “Freedom of the Press” was to allow the media of the day to criticize and otherwise expose the malfeasance of government and/or politicians.  It was not meant to allow the media to promote one candidate over the other, but to provide a fair and honest evaluation of each candidate so that the public can make their own decisions.

Voting machine errors are as varied as there are ballots.  Who can forget the “hanging chad” and “dimpled chad” controversies from the Florida ballot recount in 2000?  In many respects, intent of the voter does not count as an actual vote, but at the same time, there must be no question as to the validity of the ballot cast.  One would think that a totally electronic ballot machine would solve the problems of a paper ballot.  That isn’t necessarily the case.

In the documentary “Hacking Democracy,” it was shown that loading up a memory card with values intended to skew ballot results is possible.  Computer files can be manipulated, pictures can be Photoshopped, so why cannot election results?  The efforts to simplify and expedite the voting process with technology has introduced its own problems.  In many respects, the old mechanical voting machines were more reliable and trustworthy than the paper ballot counting or electronic ballot machines.  To go further, hand-written paper ballots that are hand-counted by a bi-partisan counting committee have the potential for less error (providing there is enough coffee on hand for the counting team).

While I do not have a problem with the idea of organizations having voter registration drives, there are two problems that I do have with these organization’s activities.  The first is the current problem with false registrations that these organizations invariably collect.  The second is based on a previous post with a video of Craig Ferguson.

False registrations cause nothing but trouble for our elections.  They cause doubt of the election process, and call into question the validity of the results.  When they are found, the absurdity of the registrations cause anything from mild amusement to cold outrage depending on the outcome of the election and the name found (Mickey Mouse, indeed – must be voting for the Rodent Party…).

Craig Ferguson calls the voting process a duty, and lambastes those who have to be “sold on their right to vote” by these organizations.  In some respects, if you do not have the sense of civic duty to register to vote, then you shouldn’t moan & bitch about how the elections turn out.  In essence, you are giving up your rights if you don’t vote.

Coupled with the two previous points is voter fraud.  In some states, you do not need to be registered to vote nor even have a photo identification to cast your ballot.  Instead, a signed affidavit is all that is needed.  In earlier days of where a person’s word was their bond, this would not be a problem.  In today’s world, this becomes a problem – ballot stuffing now becomes very possible.

Crooked election officials are a whole different story.  These people, while few in number, have the potential of skewing election results in a variety of ways.  Ballot stuffing, voter role manipulation, and so on with portions in conjunction with the above points in whole or in part of the above is entirely possible.  We have all heard some stories through the years of voting commissions determining elections by a variety of means.  I have no doubt that there is some of this going on by representatives of both political parties.

Does this mean that your vote will not count?  No, it does not.  Your vote will count providing that fair elections are held.  This is something that you have to trust – not easy to do in this day and age.

Here’s what I think should happen:

The media should stop the endorsement of any candidate – this is not their purpose.  The media should instead report the results of investigations of voter fraud and other problems with registrations originating either with organizations or officials without regard to political affiliation.  The media must remain neutral.

Voters should register and be able to prove their eligibility to vote with some form of identification.  With those people with objections to photo identification, then matching signatures would suffice, but everyone must register before the election, not the day of.  This is a right of citizenship that should never be legislated away because of “convenience.”  Please note that I state “citizenship” – only citizens of this country should be allowed to vote, not illegal or resident aliens.

Voter fraud of all kinds & forms should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  Period.

Election equipment should be manufactured and tested so that there will be absolutely no failures, breakdowns, or questions about the validity of the results of the election.  Situations of voting machines breaking down or a “hanging chad” should never be allowed to happen.

OK – that’s my list.  What are your thoughts?