Friday, October 26, 2012

Will U.S. sovereignty give way during this election season?

Incredible as it may seem, the word is that there will be international observers from the United Nations keeping tabs on our upcoming elections on November 6th.

According to The Hill newspaper, the U.N.'s Human Rights Office will be sending out observers from such countries as Germany, France, Serbia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan to look for, "voter suppression activities by conservative groups."

That's right: Conservative groups.

There are so many aspects of this story that bother the hell out of me:

1. Our elections are none of the U.N.'s G**Damn business.  The Hill article never makes it clear who exactly is providing sanction to allowing U.N. observers to interfere with our elections, but there has been push-back.  Happily, the state of Texas (God Bless Texas) has threatened to arrest any U.N. observers they see near their polling places.

2. It offends me that there would be U.N. observers from any country involved in our elections, but what makes it doubly offensive is that some of those observers would be from such un-free countries as Kazakhstan, Belarus, and Ukraine. The human rights organization Freedom House has designated Kazakhstan and Belarus as entirely not free, and Ukraine as partially not free.  And observers from these countries would deign to criticize our electoral process?

3.  Conservative groups?  Really?  That's tragically hilarious, considering that the most famous recent case of voter intimidation/suppression was the 2008 Black Panther billy club incident in Philadelphia that was thrown down the memory hole by the Obama/Holder Justice Department.  Just to remind you of what that incident entailed:

I don't know... does Mr. King Samir Shabazz - the Black Panther in the video - strike you as belonging to a Conservative group?

This would all be so humorous if it wasn't so deadly serious.

Folks, be very wary in the weeks ahead.  Hurricane Sandy does not seem to be the only storm brewing.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be."  -Thomas Jefferson

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