“Many see Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney starving old ladies and allowing children to be worked to death in factories if they are elected.”
“Some say Barack Obama is the greatest thing ever to happen to America PERIOD.”
WHO SAYS ???? WHO? What happened to the FIVE Ws (Who, What, When, Where, Why) that were for so long the foundation of professional journalism?
Let me do a little translating: “some” and “many” are merely code for “me and my like-minded lefty friends.”
The op-ed page for our thrice-weekly multiple Lambda Award-winning local newspaper employed this rhetorical device in its latest editorial decrying protests about the expansion of early voting in North Carolina:
In some jurisdictions, curtailment of early voting is being used (sometimes in conjunction with voter ID requirements) in what many see as a transparent effort to skew the results of the November elections. […]
In any case, voting officials everywhere should not be trying to second-guess the effect and concentrating instead on making it easier instead of harder for voters to exercise their sacred constitutional right to choose their own leaders.
The op-ed neglects to mention the basis for many of the complaints coming from these jurisdictions. Leftist groups and politicos were demanding more early voting locations, even though there was NO MONEY to fund the extra locations and there were NO MACHINES to install at those extra locations. The state board said the lack of money and equipment made NO DIFFERENCE and voted along party lines (Democrat majority) to make these counties expand early voting, even though they don’t have the money to pay for it.
Decentralizing stuff makes it harder to secure. That’s why banks keep all their money in a vault. That’s why prisoners are all kept behind one big fence. Spreading ballots out all over the place for days and weeks on end provides plenty of opportunities for electoral malfeasance. Early voting, one stop voting, and curb side voting are all rife with opportunities for vote fraud.
Lumberton in Robeson County recently had a City Council race overturned thanks to overwhelming irregularities discovered in early voting and curbside voting. Visit Robeson County, or any other rural locale dominated by machine politics. You will see unmarked van after van, loaded with people and its windows filled with Democrat campaign signs, pull up to the curb at polling places. A poll worker will walk out and hand a stack of ballots into the van. The stack is returned to the worker, and the van drives off. No IDs are checked. Those same vans with the same passengers could be hitting every polling place in the county multiple times that day. How would an objective observer know?
(That scenario also occurs during early voting.)
Election observers are typically only available on election day. Early voting provides days and weeks of opportunities for monkey business while no one objective is watching.
Voting has never really been all that hard. If you couldn’t make it to the polls between 7AM and 7PM on that Tuesday, you could get an absentee ballot from the board of elections office.
In many places, early voting is starting before the first presidential debate even takes place. A lot of drama can happen in the weeks leading up to an election. You can miss a lot of information. I have seen cases where congressional candidates were arrested — or even died — during the early voting period. What do you do about all of those early votes for those individuals?