You know, comrades,” says Stalin, “that I think in regard to this: I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this — who will count the votes, and how. (Boris Bazhanov’s Memoirs of Stalin’s Former Secretary,1992, only available in Russian.
Russia’s Vladimir Putin is accused of voter fraud and failure to solve problems with health care availability, immigration control, and unsustainable pensions. Sound familiar? Absolutely. Will he lie? Absolutely. But unlike Obama and ACORN, Putin will probably admit it.
Deception is everywhere in nature as biology’s Bob Trivers observes in his latest book, The Folly of Fools:
Novelty is valuable if it generates deceptive tricks. It also seeds a long contest between deceiver and deceived: each player changes in response to its partner. Deception, for example, fares well when it is less frequent and poorly when it is not. The relationship, thus, between deceiver and deceived cycles and neither partner will be driven to extinction. (A similar relationship occurs between men and women, hares and foxes, moths and birds!) Humans frequently put up warnings about deception when deception increases and are less worried when deception is rare, fun (lipstick or “the Devil made me do it,” or extraneous to survival. And failure to put up or to respond to warnings suggests there are payoffs either for playing dumb or being dumb.
Trivers, however, does not consider when the deceived also benefits from the deception by an adversary. This is common in human interactions. The ovulating woman believes the playboy’s story wealthy, strong, and loving, both enjoy an unprotected hour, and she takes her growing baby home for boring but predictable Homer to raise. This kind of lie is also apt to occur in politics.
There are several lines of independent evidence that predict deception in the 2012 election:
a) 12/30/11, Voter ID: PA House Bill 934
Eric Holder has ordered his staff not to meddle with cases of voter fraud that involve minorities (J. Christian Adams has written widely about such cases), Salina Zito (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) predicted that PA in November ‘12 will go according to the Philadelphia suburbs, ACORN has both a record for voter scams and new sites in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, our State Attorney General is stepping aside, and there is little public information about Mayor Nutter’s views on this matter. Meanwhile, there is an early February deadline from our Governor as Republicans in the PA legislature attempt to define a list of acceptable IDs and Democrats cry that minorities and old people can’t handle this demand.
I smell more fraud from a bunch- ACORN – already known nationally for fraud and a February deadline invites some deliberate lapse by the D’s …And intrusion by Eric Holder would stall our ID
program until after ACORN has done their job for BO …
b) Jeffrey Kuhner, Washington Times: BO & Voter ID
“…South Carolina’s legislation provides for free ID cards to be given to anyone who needs one. Not one person – white, black or brown – is discriminated against or discouraged from casting a vote at the ballot box. Moreover, the Supreme Court already has ruled on the issue – upholding state voter ID laws. In the 2008 Crawford v. Marion County Election Board decision, the high court held that an Indiana law mandating photo identification at the voting booth was indeed constitutional. If it is good enough for the Supreme Court and the overwhelming majority of the states, then it should be for Mr. Holder as well.
“It isn’t. And the reason is simple: The administration is trying to whip up minority frenzy, propagating the myth of widespread ballot suppression. The goal is to foster a sense of racial persecution of blacks, intending to maximize voter turnout in November. The results, however, will be to poison race relations further. Mr. Holder is cynically playing the race card in order to achieve President Obama’s overriding ambition: re-election. Racism has nothing to do with states implementing voter ID laws. Rather, it is about protecting the integrity of our electoral system. Voter fraud is rampant; abuses regularly take place…”
c) Daryl Metcalf, Morning Call: Electoral Integrity (June 18, 2011)
Metcalf is a Republican from Butler County (north of Pittsburgh)
“Pennsylvania has a long and ongoing history of documented voter fraud — pre-dating even the frequently forged signature of Mickey Mouse to at least the election of 1918.
“Of course, no statewide analysis of voter fraud would be complete without briefly documenting the deeply rooted influence of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now…”
d) Christopher Freind, PA Water Cooler: No ID, No Vote,… Comprende? (June 21, 2011)
“I am not wealthy, but have recently acquired twenty two domiciles throughout Philadelphia. My real estate prowess has afforded me a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our citizens.
“I can vote twenty-two times.
“You see, I have staked out prime locations, from a cardboard box under the Walt Whitman Bridge to a culvert on Cobbs Creek Parkway to a burnt out shell at 7th and Diamond. Yes, technically, habitating at these locations makes me ‘homeless,’ but I much prefer the term ‘voter-enfranchised.’ When you have such a love of democracy, how can anyone have a problem with people who want to vote multiple times, especially the homeless? (Although, in fairness, dead people should only be able to vote once).
“Incredible as it seems, folks in Pennsylvania don’t have to show any voter identification whatsoever at the polls, with the exception of the first time, in which a non-photo ID, such as a utility bill, is all that is needed. And even that’s a stretch since some politicians ignore the law and permit people, who have never produced identification, to vote. So in Philadelphia, among other places, voters whose ‘address’ is a park bench or condemned house are regularly pulling the lever.
“This system has made multiple-voting quite easy, and affords a vote not only to those who aren’t registered, but those not legally permitted to cast a ballot — the nation’s 12 million illegal immigrants, since we aren’t checking citizenship status, either.
“Because former Governor Ed Rendell vetoed legislation requiring voters to show proper identification, election fraud remains rampant…”
e) 11/7/2011, PA ACORN
“Pennsylvania. ACORN PA has become Pennsylvania Communities Organizing for Change (PCOC) and Pennsylvania Neighborhoods for Social Justice (PNSJ). Both were incorporated on January 8, 2010. On July 26, 2010, PCOC filed for another name — Action United — and the organizations now operate under this name. Current board members and staff of these organizations with former ACORN affiliations include:
Lucille Prater Holliday, chair (ACORN member and Democratic state house candidate)
Pat Worrell, co-chair (Chester County, PA ACORN chairman)
Rosa Chacon, secretary/treasurer (ACORN leader in Harrisburg, PA, profiled in
ACORN’s 2005 annual report)
Fabrico Rodriguez, board member (executive director of Philadelphia Jobs with
Craig Robbins, executive director (ACORN regional director in Philadelphia, PA)
Maryellen Deckard, southwest regional director (head organizer for ACORN PA)
Jennifer England, communications director (Pittsburg ACORN spokesperson)
Action United is located at 846 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130 and 5907 Penn Avenue, Pittsburg(h), PA 15206. The Action United website is www.actionunited.org.
There is even a Secretary of State project in which leftist groups attempt to bias state elections so that “liberal” Secretaries of State are elected. http://truethevote.org/news/does-your-vote-really-count; http://truethevote.org/news/what-is-the-secretary-of-state-project.
Most recently, I shook hands with the county GOP’s new chairman. He agreed to meet with me about voter fraud, named an intermediary, and I sent him a dozen clippings from my newsletter. That was ten days ago. He never responded. The local GOP did instead what it has always done: organized a holiday party and a meeting at the end of this month to recruit new committee people.
I sent a similar letter and clippings to the new Chair of PA’s “Americans for Prosperity (AfP).” She also didn’t respond. AfP has its own parties where we get a “free” T-shirt after we listen to a political author.
I was puzzled by the lack of response to my concerns and concluded that there must be some benefit to Republicans if they ignore voter fraud. For example, my acquaintance publishes lists of Republicans who take contributions from unions and refusing to vote against union interests. And conservative Lowman Henry has spoken about the legislative impasse, particularly in the State Senate, produced by about twenty-five who get their money from organized labor.
Thus, Nicole Marrone’s conclusion is still valid as is Christopher Freind’s:
“The city of Philadelphia is known for many things: The Liberty Bell, cheesesteaks, water ice, and Santa Claus-booing Eagles fans. But if research that I conducted in 2006 is still accurate today, Philadelphia should also be known for all-inclusive voting — that is, voting regardless of whether one has a pulse or is otherwise eligible to cast a vote…” http://pjmedia.com/blog/small-sample-of-philly-voter-rolls-reveals-hundreds-of-ineligible-names-pjm-exclusive/
There is a bright light on our horizon even though Salena Zito asserts that Pennsylvania electoral votes will depend on turn out in the Philadelphia suburbs:
“Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter didn’t mince words after four kids were shot and three killed in Philadelphia Tuesday night.
“The first way to stop this kind of stuff is for young people to be home when they’re supposed to be home, and for adults not to act like idiots and assholes out in the streets of our city shooting at kids in a car,” Nutter told FOX 29…
A spokesperson for the mayor told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Nutter stood by his statement.
“He said what he said. He was clear about it, and he meant it. He said what everybody else was thinking,” said spokesman Mark McDonald…”
What are Mayor Nutter’s political interests? Does he value “value” above “deals”? Does he value the “content of character” rather than the color of skin?
Meanwhile, many Pennsylvanians look to Harrisburg to pass a “Voter ID” law that requires each of us to carry a card with our photo and address on it. Our Governor also says that he needs the law in place by the first week of February if it is to be used this coming November.
On the other hand, I recall my son’s friends in college fattening their wallets by selling bogus photo ID to students who wanted to buy liquor. I’m sure ACORN knows how to do such things.
The ID cards will, as Trivers explained, make cheating a bit more difficult and more expensive for organizers and possibly, but not necessarily, less frequent. And the rest of us will pay the bills for cheaters.
Adams, J. Christian (12/29/2011) Selective Outrage over Voting Rights at the Philadelphia Inquirer. http://pjmedia.com/jchristianadams/2011/12/29/selective-outrage-over-voting-rights-at-the-philadelphia-inquirer/ More at http://pjmedia.com/jchristianadams/
Freind, Christopher (6/21/2011) No ID, No Vote,… Comprende? http://pawatercooler.com/v3/?tag=philadelphia-voter-fraud
Guzzardi, Robert (1/9/2012) Buying Republicans. http://www.deadcatsandclippings.com/?p=1605
Kuhner, Jeffrey (12/30/2011) Voter ID Terrifies the Democrats. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/dec/30/voter-id-terrifies-democrats-will-obama-steal-the-/
Marrone, Nicole (9/20/2010) Small Sample of Philly Voter Rolls Reveals Hundreds of Ineligible Names
Metcalf, Daryl (6/18/2011) Electoral Integrity. Morning Call. http://articles.mcall.com/2011-06-18/opinion/mc-pa.-voter-id-point-metcalfe-
Trivers, Robert (2012) Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life. NY: Basic Books.