Yes, Voter Fraud is a Problem

Democrats briefly celebrated last week’s news that a man was caught voting multiple times, illegally, in the 2012 recall election. First, the jubilation came from the stark relief that it was finally a Republican, not a Democrat, caught breaking election laws. Then, as shadows of reality grew darker and longer over their agenda, they realized their traditional public flogging of the opposition wouldn’t be of any use.

Obviously, Democrats have positioned themselves in a precarious situation.

Their objection to Voter ID law, to summarize the opinion of liberal Judge Lynne Adelman, is that there’s not the evidence to suggest it’s a problem to merit reforming the rules. (Unlike every other left-wing cause célèbre, Voter ID laws aren’t worth the fuss even if just one vote is protected). On a messaging basis, Democrats use Voter ID laws to paint the right a darker shade of racist.  But now that a Republican is occupying the spotlight, they’re imploding.

Get a load of this comment thread, shared by First-Rate Boob Ed Schultz:

He quips, sardonically, “So voter fraud is an issue,” holding up this Republican voter having broken the laws as a sudden call to action. The screeching tirades of his followers are no better informed.

Yes, you blowhard halfwit, voter fraud is a serious issue. It’s not an issue of voters’ race. Protecting the integrity of one voter, one vote is an issue of defending the rule of law. Period.

The transgressor’s excuse is flimsy. He claims the medications he takes for ADHD caused him to forget he had already voted. Regardless, he broke the law.

Worse, that he was so easily able to vote multiple times calls into question whether the systems and methods in place are enough to protect against others doing the same thing again in the future. Obviously they’re too weak.

But this snickering and overt titillation from the left highlights their tendency to not stand for much other than not being Republicans. They’re Democrats because they care, thank you very much. It was fun for them, for a day, to find a Republican voter who was accused of malfeasance, and humiliate them in the public square. The humiliation of their opposition is their primary objective — winning with better ideas places eighth or ninth, since Democrats haven’t ever had winnable ideas, anyway. When it turned out that beating up the accused did little for their larger argument, they quickly backed down.

This is how Democrats operate.

I won’t waste your time with another appeal for sensible reforms like the Voter ID law that an activist judge overturned earlier this year. The conservatives reading this will already agree with me and the Democrats reading this don’t have the vocabulary to understand it.

This situation demonstrates how useless it is trying to compromise with an organization so bent on obliterating their detractors. For their part, the left-wing commentators saw this news story as an abject humiliation for Republicans. At Salon, Joan Walsh mocks Republicans for projection — accusing liberals of something they’re guilty of. It is the incorrect and childish assumption made by Democrats that Voter ID laws are intended to suppress the votes of the poor, who they, in overtly racist fashion, imply to always — always! — mean minority.

No.

Voter ID laws are designed to protect the integrity of each legal voter’s vote.

We know that Democrats marginalize their opposition into obscurity, rather than invite them into an arena of civilized discourse. We know that Democrats thrive on creating classes of victims and the helpless; Mary Burke’s lame jobs plan is a shining example of how she’ll elevate mediocrity to become a statewide standard. We know that Democrats reliably blubber accusations of racism to shut down the conversations they don’t want to have.

When these tactics are combined, we find that Democrats have no interest in improving society or creating economic prosperity. Instead, they construct policies and initiatives designed to help them at the ballot box, that read nice on paper and resonate with the rubes who are only half-paying attention. That’s why their message centers on limiting wealth and engineering the masses into a malleable, thoughtless, single-party society where social welfare for some is guaranteed at the expense of progress and innovation.

If Democrats had new ideas — really good, transformative ideas that might actually work — they’d be holding up Mary Burke on a pedestal and giving her every platform to espouse them. Somehow, the only people who know who she is are wonks and the chattering class.

That’s why the party faithful and their complicit media machine are still dragging around ignorant accusations of corruption in the Walker Administration and partisan polling projections that are barely whispers of bad news about Election Day.

Yesterday:

  • State Sen. Lena Taylor connected perceived wrongdoing in the Walker Administration to the Founding Fathers’ plight against tyranny — because trying to beat up Scott Walker is probably the most important issue facing the state’s Fourth District.
  • Isthmus enumerated how June was an awful month for the governor, pulling from the same boring talking points they’ve been using since he first ran for the office.
  • Dave Zweifel mocks the governor’s latest fundraising email, and, without a hint of irony, steamrolls him for demonizing his predecessor.

It’s not that they’re going after the opposition that bothers me. It’s been my purpose to go after Mary Burke and everything she stands for because she and her ideas are bad news for the state, and hopefully with some useful insight based on new information. Instead, the governor’s detractors are finding minutiae to belittle, just for the sake of belittlement.

This is how Democrats operate, but they have the audacity to bemoan a perceived failure to compromise on the governor’s part.

This behavior explains the flash-in-the-pan coverage of the John Doe II data dump: Any news about Scott Walker can be spun into bad news. David Blaska wrote yesterday an extensive outline of how national outlets had to walk back their hurried and excited headlines, only after, I can assume, changing their trousers from the initial over-excitement.

Yes, voter fraud is a problem in Wisconsin. It’s time for Democrats to grow up and take the politics out of real issues.

About the writer: Nik Nelson is publisher of MorningMartini.com and Founder/CEO of OpenBox Strategies, where he connects political candidates and small businesses with excellent digital marketing tools and strategies.
  • Doug Swanson

    How does voter ID stop this issue? Did he vote under other people’s names? If he did fine. If he voted under his own five times requiriing a photo ID wouldn’t matter.

    • niknelson

      Yes. It’s been reported he used his own name, his son’s name, and his son’s girlfriend’s name.

      • Doug Swanson

        Then that’s a problem. And his son’s girlfriend’s name? I know a lot of those poll workers are elderly, but come on. Here’s the problem. Voter ID is probably a good idea ultimately. But it’s being implemented for the wrong reasons. There has to be a way to address the issues the other side brings up as far as making sure everyone that should have an ID has one. More, accurate, voting should be the goal. But one side wants more, and one side wants accurate. On a side note this guy should never be allowed to vote again. Of course without ID of some sort that wouldn’t be enforceable.

  • Bob Dohnal

    Read the police report on voter fraud. Stop it from anyone by demanding citizens omnly vote and ID at polls.