Friday, January 07, 2005

Democrats Protest Free Elections

The ceremonies pertaining to vote counting, vote certification, and the inauguration of a president are important: they demonstrate a universal, bipartisan commitment to the transfer (or continuation) of power through peaceful means governed by objective laws. Yet this year, leftists plan to protest President Bush's inauguration, and yesterday a small cabal in Congress protested the certification of the election result.

This may seem like gross hypocrisy for people who call themselves "Democrats," but it is actually a consistent implementation of leftist ideology. The whole essence of the left's agenda is to use government force to impose on ordinary individuals a course of action that they are supposedly too stupid, ill-educated, or immoral to embrace of their own free well. Ultimately, what room is there in this ideology for voting?

"Democrats Contest Ohio's Votes," Stephen Dinan and Amy Fagan, Washington Times, 1/7/05

"Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio and Mrs. Boxer had objected to counting Ohio's 20 electoral votes, citing reports from that state of long lines and too few machines at Democrat-leaning polling places, voters leaving without having a chance to vote, disparities between counties in the percentage of provisional ballots counted and standards for voter-registration forms.... They said they wanted to raise a debate about national election standards.

"The debate in the House occasionally became bitterly personal, especially toward Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell. One Democrat, Rep. Maxine Waters of California, said she was 'ashamed to say' that Mr. Blackwell is black. Mrs. Waters, who is also black, said their ancestors would be rolling in their graves. Rep. David Dreier of California, the Republican chairman of the House Rules Committee, said the challenge could be seen as aiding the terrorists as US troops are fighting a war on terror. The debate 'clearly emboldens those who would in fact want to undermine the prospect of democracy, because there is no evidence whatsoever that the claims that are being made are valid.' "

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