WASHINGTON, April 8, 2014 — The other morning I answered my phone, and it was the friendly automated robo-polling agent from Public Policy Polling (PPP) wanting to know what I thought on a variety of issues. This wasn’t the first time that PPP has called me.
Seems they need to get at least one or two cranky doomsayers on record when they do their polls. And for some unknown reason, they usually contact me and I usually give them an ear full, or more properly said, a button full of my most elegant finger-pushing bile.
Now I don’t mind being polled. Indeed, I figure that most polls are skewed, and PPP is one of the worst malefactors. Even the left-wing Raleigh, NC, News & Observer calls it “Democrat-leaning,” which is an understatement by a mile. And the brainless leftie newscasters on the local CBS affiliate WRAL-TV sometimes slip up and mouth the same description.
Nevertheless, PPP is taken very seriously by politicos of both parties in North Carolina and in the nation, just like the equally obtuse Elon Poll (Elon College). Anyway, after I had answered about a dozen questions regarding the upcoming 2014 US Senate race in North Carolina(I actually knew that North Carolina House Speaker Tom Tillis was NOT the only Republican candidate running for Kay Hagan’s seat) and after sounding a bit lukewarm about Governor Pat McCrory, I managed to give qualified endorsements to various long overdue measures enacted last year by the North Carolina legislature, including voter ID.
Indeed, if there had been a real person on the other end of the line, instead of Mr. Robo Poll, I would have pointed out that thirty-plus states have already successfully implemented voter ID, and that challenges to such laws in states like Georgia have generally fallen flat. Indeed, voter turnout has not suffered, but has actually gone up in most cases. The so-called hardship or voter suppression issues, put forth with a straight face by political hustler groups like the NAACP, are chimerical and politically-motivated, to say the least. Contrary to charges made by such groups and by Democrat polls, there is ample evidence of actual voter fraud, double voting, and voting by dead folks.
Just recently North Carolina State Board of Elections Executive Director, Kim Westbrook Strach, in a report delivered to the North Carolina legislature, stated that in a cross-check of registered North Carolina voters who voted in North Carolina’s 2012 elections, 765 also definitely voted in other states.
The cross-check also found that 35,570 voters in North Carolina who voted in 2012 had first names, last names and dates of birth that matched voters who voted in other states in 2012, but whose Social Security numbers were not exactly matched.
“A lot of states don’t provide last four SSN, or they don’t have that information,” Strach explained.
Hmm, and just what does that mean? Strach also noted that a “10-year death audit” found 13,416 deceased voters who had not been removed from voter rolls as of October 2013. Eighty-one of those individuals, she said, died before an election in which they are recorded as having voted.
And all the time I thought dead folks voting was restricted to Chicago!
This information came as a result of North Carolina’s participation in the Interstate Crosscheck program, an initiative of twenty-eight states that have agreed to check their voting records with those of other states. And then, last year there was the case of Florida where the secretary of state estimated that thousands of non-citizens and illegally registered folks were on county voting rolls.
An earlier effort mandated by the Florida legislature to clean up the rolls and make certain that only citizens can vote, and vote only once, was unsuccessful. But the state is trying again to get its act in order, and this time there are some signs that it is having more success. I think the report I heard (on NPR, of all places, so you just know there is much more to this!) indicated that Palm Beach County had “only” found a couple of hundred folks illegally registered thus far.
The rejoinder from the civil rights lobby and leading Democrats has all along been, hey, why all the commotion….after all, America is the “universal nation,” so why shouldn’t anybody, everywhere, citizen or non-citizen, in the world, vote in our elections? We need to just open up our borders and let the Dems bring their busloads of humanity to the polls (okay, I wanted to say “the dregs of humanity,” but that might have gotten me exiled permanently to Greenland!).
You see the angle, I’m sure. If anything, we need more voter qualifiers, not fewer.
We are suffering from a delirious excess of what is solemnly called by our major media, “democracy,” and it is the craven and stupid kind that simply counts the number of empty, brainless heads and then says: “Aha! See I got more numb-skulled folks to the polls, I gave them bread-and-circuses”, or in modern parlance, Obama-phones and welfare goodies, and they now vote like cattle!
If I had my way, paying taxes (or something approaching the tried-and-true concept of a “property free hold”) would be a requirement before you could vote. You would have to have a real interest in the state and in the nation. Indeed, I wish we still had literacy tests. Okay, I recognize that there is an amendment to the US Constitution suppressing them, and that they were abused in the past. But the idea was and is still a good one.
Nowhere in our Constitution, nowhere in the Federalist Papers or in the debates over the Constitution, is there the directive to the several states that they abolish voting requirements. Indeed, EVERY state entering the Federal confederation had serious voting requirements, including religious tests and property-owning requirements. And only males of a certain age could vote.
The idea of an across-the-board “democracy” was abhorrent to almost all of the Founders, certainly to James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Washington, and those who actually wrote and then administered our Constitution and then guided the fate of the new nation. Even the libertarian Jefferson would shrink back in utter horror if he could see what prevails today.
Rather, for him, it was the gentlemen (white) farmers, tax payers all, who should decide the nation’s fate, not the “mob.” PPP didn’t let me say any of this, of course. Mr. Robo Poll didn’t allow editorial comment. Maybe next time?