Why does the “special-interest” sector grow year after year, despite the politicians’ promises and the public’s disgust? Why does this sector feed on its own growth, with no limits in sight? Why is it that, despite America’s extraordinary wealth and the advent of all kinds of new problem-solving technology, the American government’s capacity to solve large problems appears to have diminished sharply since the 1960s? Why has government ceased, for the most part, to be a creative force? Why does “getting things done” in the short run often make problem solving more difficult for the government in the long run? Why does the constant commotion of activity in Washington stymie rather than advance the effectiveness of government as a whole?
Why are many liberals and Democrats, with their greater proclivity to use government to right wrongs and correct flaws, paralyzing the very government that they believe they are championing? Why are many conservatives, with their blame-the-liberals rhetoric, actually feeding the “big government” that they constantly decry? Why was Bill Clinton’s election-night rhetoric, which promised to reinvigorate the system by reducing the influence of “them” (the special interests) and increasing the influence of “us” (the American people), a cause rather than a cure of the problem he sought to solve? Why is it that the body politic demands “change” in the abstract but recoils from it in the particular?
Why did three waves of determined reform fail, each more spectacularly than the last? If politicians and the public do not understand the answers to those questions, they will not have a chance. “The clear mandate of this election,” Clinton remarked a few days after winning in 1992, “was an end of politics as usual, an end to the gridlock in Washington, an end to finger-pointing and blame.” Alas, his attack on “special interests” was not particularly encouraging, because it implied that the problem was “them.” Wrong. The problem is us.
==Government’s End (Jon Rauch)
The problem is that we do not live in a democracy, the people have no control over the direction of major policies, foreign affairs being the most remote from any democratic influence. Popular opinion is meaningless to the arrogance of Washington, as opinion has now become the most easily manipulated aspect of the American mind. An ignorant, dumbed down and delusional people can not operate in a responsive democracy. We are the problem, but I see absolutely zero chance “we” can ever become the solution. At least not in the foreseeable future, perhaps for generations.
A major element in the hypocrisy of the United States is its rhetorical slogans and American definitions of words, which are much different from their dictionary definitions. The American version of “democracy” is a system where corporations and the wealthy elite make decisions. The public are expected to be “spectators of action,” not participants. The American definition of “stability” in a region is security for US investments (financial, military, etc.). The American meaning of “free enterprise” is a system of public subsidy and private profit, with massive government intervention in the economy to ensure the rich stay prosperous and powerful, while the poor remain impoverished and hopeless.
The American version of “peace-keeping” is the mass murder of large, impoverished civilian populations in order to maintain global domination and a system that is most beneficial to the US elite. The true American meaning of “freedom” is the delusion that basic human rights such as truth, equality, and liberty are protected and encouraged by the government. Since September 11, 2001, the US has focused on “homeland defense,” which to the politicians means elimination of civil rights with complete violations of the Bill of Rights.
Thomas Jefferson defined “aristocrats” as those who “fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes.” It’s clear that today’s government consists primarily of aristocrats.
==Land of Hypocrisy (Kennie Anderson)
Fifty years ago, Bertrand de Jouvenel wrote, “The essential psychological characteristic of our age is the predominance of fear over self-confidence…. Everyone of every class tries to rest his individual existence on the bosom of the state and tends to regard the state as the universal provider.” But this protection costs the public far more than the high taxes that fund its provision because “if the state is to guarantee to a man what the consequences of his actions shall be, it must take control of his activities…to keep him out of the way of risks.”
==Against Leviathan: Government Power and a Free Society (Robert Higgs)
Bagehot’s notion was as follows. Power in Britain reposed initially in the monarch alone. Over the decades, however, a dual set of institutions emerged. One set comprises the monarchy and the House of Lords. These Bagehot called the “dignified” institutions—dignified in the sense that they provide a link to the past and excite the public imagination.
Through theatrical show, pomp, and historical symbolism, they exercise an emotional hold on the public mind by evoking the grandeur of ages past. They embody memories of greatness. Yet it is a second, newer set of institutions—Britain’s “efficient” institutions—that do the real work of governing. These are the House of Commons, the Cabinet, and the Prime Minister.
As Bagehot put it: “[I]ts dignified parts are very complicated and somewhat imposing, very old and rather venerable; while its efficient part…is decidedly simple and rather modern….Its essence is strong with the strength of modern simplicity; its exterior is august with the Gothic grandeur of a more imposing age.”
Together these institutions make up a “disguised republic” that obscures the massive shift in power that has occurred, which if widely understood would create a crisis of public confidence. This crisis has been averted because the efficient institutions have been careful to hide where they begin and where the dignified institutions end.
Bagehot called this Britain’s “double government.” The structural duality, some have suggested, is a modern reification of the “Noble Lie” that, two millennia before, Plato had thought necessary to insulate a state from the fatal excesses of democracy and to ensure deference to the golden class of efficient guardians.
National Security and Double Government (Michael J. Glennon)
Whatever the final outcome this November 4th, one result of the elections that is an absolute certainty–the voter fraud will be beyond anything seen since the endemic fraud of “Reconstruction” era America. A Panglossian perspective might be in order, that as we survived the virulent desecration of a large swath of the American people’s Constitutional guarantees during this period, we can survive so again as we do indeed “live in the best of all possible worlds.” But we don’t and this time will, in point of fact, be different. It may be the last of such foolish, illusions of democratic polity in America. Will the people really care? If you think for one moment that the outgoing head of the American “Justice” Department or his successor, when and if there is someone to fill the role, will fairly and aggressively investigate voter fraud, please, please try harder.
This time the insidious undercurrent of deceptive, fraudulent voting across this nation will be just another nail in the coffin of the illusion of American democracy. When one really stands back and attempts to cut through the total fabrication of the American democratic mythology, it is almost as if the elections were nothing but a meaningless game of chess. A game where the pieces are moved about by the American people at great expense and with excessive and tedious, obnoxious advertising puking forth irrelevant propaganda as a necessary distraction and, more importantly, giving a false sense of purpose and control to the “citizens”.
For in America, elections have become relevant only for the purpose of the self-delusional effect they seem to have at satiating the people, before they are absorbed once again by the consumption and food orgy that has long become the nature of the fall and winter holidays and the push to the Superbowl. There is hardly enough time to take the turkey leg out ones mouth, put down the heavily alcohol spiked Christmas punch glass before we find ourselves stuffing our mouths with nacho’s and beer thanking God that his year the store shelves were appropriately stocked with Velveeta.
But there were those elections, for which we all will give a deep sigh of relief that they are over and that now we can go on about our lobotomized, civically anesthetized, dumbed down existences. Those disrupting elections that will lead to absolutely no real change in the policies of this government. Elections that have become a hindrance to the deep states narcissistic belief in its own bureaucratic effectiveness and the power elites dictatorial aims.
Origins of American Vote Fraud
Ever since Mayor Daley of Chicago “found” tens of thousands of dead people to “vote” for John F. Kennedy in the 1960 election, many Americans have suspected the Democratic party’s urban political machines to be awash in voter fraud. That suspicion has not been diminished by the actions of the mayor’s son William, Al Gore’s campaign chairman and the man in charge of the vote “recount” taking place in Florida.
As notorious as the Democrat political machines are, the origins of vote fraud in America lie in the Party of Lincoln. The massive vote fraud that took place during the War between the States and for the ensuing twelve years of “Reconstruction” provides an abject lesson in tyranny that has ominous implications for American taxpayers.
There are news reports that during the 2000 presidential election cycle many absentee ballots never made it to military personnel overseas, while 40 percent of those that were returned to the state of Florida were thrown out because of minor technicalities (like absence of a postage stamp). During the War between the States Lincoln was known to instruct his military commanders to furlough registered Republicans while keeping Democrats (and any others) in the field, where they could not vote. In border states like Maryland, where there was powerful opposition to the war, federal soldiers flooded the cities on election days and were instructed to vote, even though they were not residents of those states.
The political Left steadfastly opposes the enactment of Voter ID laws designed to guard against voter fraud in federal elections. To justify this stance, leftists typically argue that the incidence of such fraud is exceedingly rare, and that initiatives like Voter ID requirements are therefore not only unnecessary, but actually serve as a de facto form of vote suppression. Following are some examples of individuals and organizations that hold this view:
NAACP Speaker’s Alleged Remarks: Let’s Create Confusion During the Nov. 2014 Election By Deliberately Misleading Voters – Judicial Watch
According to a letter from a lawyer for the State of North Carolina to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a speaker at a recent NAACP conference in North Carolina urged audience members to mislead the NAACP’s own members into believing they do not need to register to vote in advance, or that they do not need to vote at their assigned polling place. Why? The letter alleges: To create confusion and animosity during the upcoming mid-term elections in North Carolina, and to use the evidence of that confusion in the ongoing litigation between Eric Holder’s Justice Department and North Carolina and to show that North Carolina’s election integrity laws are discriminatory. From the letter:
It is also our understanding that during the [NAACP conference], Rev. Barber urged those in attendance to take unregistered voters to vote during the Early Voting period and to engage in get-out-the vote activities that included transporting registered voters to vote in precincts in which they are not assigned to vote on Election Day, or words to that effect. The stated purpose for these activities, as I understand it, was to gather evidence for and thereby enhance plaintiffs prospects of success in the litigation involving [North Carolina’s Election Integrity Laws].
Judicial Watch has been actively involved in this sprawling North Carolina election litigation for the past two years. Judicial Watch has filed two amicus briefs in this case, one in 2013 and one in 2014, supporting North Carolina and election integrity. On both occasions, we were joined in our brief by our partner the Allied Educational Foundation and by local political activist Christina Merrill. We also gave oral arguments and submitted an expert witness report to the trial court explaining that no one is harmed by these election integrity laws, but rather, these laws prevent fraud and ensure all Americans are confident that election results are fair and honest.
It is difficult to describe the enormity of the crime being committed by the Obama administration and their Democratic allies. They flagrantly flout the law, while simultaneously turning it into a weapon against political opponents, use government agencies to target innocent Americans, attempt to create legal voters through amnesty, and undermine voter integrity measures to facilitate vote fraud, while denying it even exists. In short, they are corrupting the entire process.
Thus, it is fitting to begin this report by recounting a story of deliberate, blatant official voter fraud. This April 17, the Illinois House Executive Committee voted to authorize $100 million to construct President Obama’s future presidential library and museum in Chicago. AP reported that the Committee voted “unanimously,” 9-0 to support the plan. The report was false. Only four of the 11 Committee members were in attendance—all Democrats. They did not even have a quorum. Furthermore, this was supposed to be a “subject matter only” hearing, i.e., entailing no votes. No matter; the legislators simply made up the results—even counting absent Republicans as “yes” votes. Republican State Representative Ed Sullivan observed, “In this case they didn’t even care to change the rules; they just flat out broke them.”
Report: New York Investigators Obtain Fraudulent Ballots 97 Percent of Time | National Review Online
New York City’s Department of Investigation (DOI) has just shown how easy it is to commit voter fraud that is almost undetectable. Its undercover agents were able to obtain ballots for city elections a total of 61 times — 39 times using the names of dead people, 14 times using the names of incarcerated felons, and eight times using the names of non-residents. On only two occasions, or about 3 percent of the time, were the agents stopped by polling-place officials. In one of the two cases, an investigator was stopped only because the felon he was trying to vote in the name of was the son of the election official he was dealing with.
Last week Al Sharpton embraced convicted vote fraudster Melowese Richardson at a “voting rights” rally in Cincinnati. The United States Department of Justice under Eric Holder has done nothing to Melowese Richardson 410 days after she admitted on camera that she committed multiple federal felonies by voting six times for President Obama’s reelection.
Federal law makes it a felony to vote more than once for President. In fact, 42 U.S.C. Section 1973i(e) subjects Richardson to twenty-five years in federal prison for her six votes for Obama.
The lack of DOJ action against an unrepentant federal vote fraudster combined with Richardson’s lionization by Sharpton and the organization that sponsored the rally demonstrates how the Justice Department is facilitating a culture of brazen criminality on the eve of the 2014 midterm elections. The failure to indict Richardson is the latest example of Holder’s department excusing lawlessness in federal elections and abandoning law abiding Americans.
Melowese Richardson was charged with state voter fraud crimes in Ohio. She was found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison on July 7, 2013. Unfortunately, instead of serving five years, Richardson was set free after only eight months.