Monday, November 06, 2006

Democracy
Is A Thing
Not Seen:
The Left
Prepares
Its Excuses


Just in case they lose tomorrow, the Left is at the ready with a good excuse (from the San Francisco Chronicl interview with Nancy Pelosi):


Pelosi cautioned that the number of Democratic House victories could be higher or lower and said her greatest concern is over the integrity of the count -- from the reliability of electronic voting machines to her worries that Republicans will try to manipulate the outcome.

"That is the only variable in this," Pelosi said. "Will we have an honest count?''



Michael Graham points out that this mindset has caught fire across the United States:


"Either WE Win Or YOU Cheated"
That's liberal Robert Kuttner's claim in today's
Boston Globe-Democrat, offered without irony (Democrats are, after all, the "vote early and often" party).

"[U]nless there are levels of theft and fraud that would truly mean the end of American democracy, a Democratic House seems as close to a sure thing as we ever get in American politics three days before an election... November 2006 will be remembered either as the time American democracy was stolen again, maybe forever, or began a brighter day. "

Last week, Democrats were complaining that black voters weren't going to turn out because they're assuming the elections are rigged, anyway. Now the dopes at the NYTimes-Boston Bureau tell them they're probably right. Brilliant.

I am trying to figure out what is more breath-taking--Kuttner's arrogance ("Of course we've already won this election! We shouldn't even allow the actual voting, that can only screw things up.") or his unfounded insults against his political opponents ("the only way the GOP--who've won 7 of the last 10 presidential elections--can win is by cheating!")


The integrity of an electoral system is always open to question; endless questions. However, somehow we got through over 220 years of Democracy by trusting in the Democratic process. What happens when we lose that trust?

Gates of Vienna discusses the new direction it appears American Democracy is taking:


Blame it on Diebold
Do you all remember the aftermath of the 2000 election? Five years ago, after the Great Hanging Chad Crisis in Florida, Diebold and the magic of technology were going to save the American electoral system. Well, that was then, and this is now.

It seems there’s a bipartisan effort being mobilized to demonize the Diebold company and its electronic voting machines. The conspiracy-mongers are more numerous and more wild-eyed on the Democrat side, but both parties are definitely contributing to the mania.My good friend Wally Ballou emailed me this morning:

Have you noticed that the left is busy preparing its excuse/legal strategy in case they don’t win big Tuesday? The new villain is the Diebold voting machine company, which is “known” to be dominated by “religious right-wing wackos”, and which already electronically stole the vote in Ohio and Florida in 2004.

Look for this news to bubble up on November 6, regardless of the outcome, but especially if they don’t take the House.

Try Googling “diebold” and see what comes up. Better yet, “diebold republican” or “diebold conspiracy”HBO got their licks in with a breathless documentary called “Hacking Democracy”.

It’s all part of the movement to permanently subordinate election results to the review and decision of the courts. How’s that for democracy?

And it all started because of the dimples and hanging chads in 2000. Congress decided to federalize all electoral procedures and mandate electronic voting. Seemed like a good idea at the time (to them). Now all the dems who voted for it are calling it a plot (hey, just like the war).- - - - - - - - - -

I took Wally’s advice and did some Googling, and, boy, is he right! You can Google just on “diebold”, and then scroll and click for the rest of your life, browsing through all the moonbat sites.Just to pick one example, you can visit Rolling Stone and read Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s article, “Will The Next Election Be Hacked?”.

Want to guess what his answer is?


Go read the rest at Gates of Vienna.

Here's a quote from the philosopher, Friedrich Niezsche:


"Where has Democracy gone?" he cried. "I shall tell you. We have killed it - you and I. We are the murderers. But how have we done this? How were we able to drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon? What did we do when we unchained the earth from its sun? Whither is it moving now? Whither are we moving now? Away from all suns? Are we not perpetually falling? Backward, sideward, forward, in all directions? Is there any up or down left? Are we not straying as through an infinite nothing? Do we not feel the breath of empty space? Has it not become colder? Is it not more and more night coming on all the time? Democracy is dead. And we have killed it.


Of course, I changed a few words, but the idea is the same. Nietzsche declared God dead back in the 1880's and pondered what would be the implications for society. When a people loses faith in its institutions, the institutions become delegitimized, and the bottom falls out from what had previously been a functioning system. If society loses faith in religion, then people stop going to church and believing in the things taught in churches. If society loses faith in the stock market, people pull their money out of the market and it collapses. If society stops believing in the electoral process, then Democracy will collapse.

Our institutions stand because of our collective faith in them.

I leave you with a couple quotes from the Bible:


For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12).

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:1-3)