I’ve just been listening to some forth-and-back about voting regulations and laws and people being kept from voting, even in their home towns. It seems that considerable energy, ink, and money has been devoted to the issue. The problem is a good illustration of the American sense, or lack of it, of national law. Doesn’t every citizen have the right to vote in national elections and every citizen have the right to vote in elections for their state of residence? When did the worst of law become the norm? When did bad policy, bad lawyering, corrupt judgment, and greasy money so easily affect intelligence and prevent this simple right?
Preventing people from voting is for thugs and scum. One person, one vote, that’s it, and identification rules should not be used to prevent people from voting. Clear Federal regulation should eliminate all manipulation of the issue so that all citizens, regardless of their socio-economic standing, are permitted to cast their votes. In other words, any attempt to corrupt the process, even at the corporate level, should be rewarded with a public trial and some damned hard time to everybody involved. The manufacturers of the voting machines and administrators of the systems used to tally, distribute, and store the results should be known and watched.
It’s not just any election season, it’s the big one. Presidential elections are not just about one thing, not only about ending or initiating a war or any other single thing. They are often as much about the person as anything else: what the candidates represent, what they choose to stand for, and who and what is behind them. And given all that Mr. Romney represents, professes belief in, and the major powers that gather behind him, and not just that Mr. Romney and his friends would likely throw us into a war with Iran if they occupied the Oval Office, it’s that Mr. Romney is the wrong choice.
Vote for President Obama. It’s the intelligent and right choice.
Good reading and good day!
Brian D. Sadie