September 22, 2004

This Year, Florida times Ten

A consistent theme of mine on these pages has been, "contempt for facts and reason" on the part of a large segment of the population, particularly on the political left. One of the most pernicious aspects of this condition is that, like other forms of insanity, there is no limit to the delusion among those afflicted.

In November 2000 we witnessed this "mind"set in action, as partisans argued that incomplete, indeterminate, or unqualified ballots MUST be counted lest the "chad challenged" voters who mutilated them be "disenfranchised," (in this case meaning "failed to exploit.") Today's 'Ballots or Briefs' column from WSJ's John Fund foreshadows the same insanity in every battleground state this time around.

"If the number of provisional ballots exceeds the margin of victory in the presidential race, you can bet lawyers will argue that "every vote must count," regardless of eligibility."

They must be kidding, right? Wrong. The liberal groups pressing for this outcome actually want to count votes that, by definition, don't count. Why even bother to register anybody! Facts?? Reason?? ... FOR WHO? FOR WHAT?

Just an aside - By this criteria I can argue that I am personally entitled to 2, or 40, or [pick a number] of provisional ballots on the grounds that if I filed a lawsuit claiming my Martian ancestors created earth and everything on it and it had been wrongfully defiled and title laid unto by wascally wepublicans, or [pick another scenario] it might be adjudicated in my favor by some liberal judge. (To those who say I'm insane I would simply reply, "Prove me wrong!")

Fund also explores developments in New Mexico (Gore by 366 votes in 2000) in detail:

"Earlier this year, Ms. Vigil-Giron [NM's Democrat Secretary of State] issued guidelines saying that a new state law--which mandates that voters who register without an election official present must show a photo ID at the polls--doesn't apply to registrations collected by groups like the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (Acorn)..." and that so far, "such groups have helped collect 112,000 new registrations, or one out of nine of the state's voters."

Indeed, liberal activists across the nation (and particularly in the southwest) are arguing that "photo ID requirements "target specific communities and are discriminatory," calling them "a racist mechanism." Others say that, "even laws that allow voters to use a paycheck or utility bill as ID discriminate against minority voters and could lead to "profiling."

So their point is that racial minorities are somehow restricted from obtaining any kind of photo ID? No, their point is that illegal aliens who are legally forbidden to vote in the first place can't produce such a document. Permitting unregistered voters to vote can on the grounds that doing otherwise amounts to "profiling" shows the "contempt for facts and reason" at the root of political correctness.

The job of combating all of this voter fabrication is mind boggling. And this insanity is all made possible by "contempt for facts and reason" on the part of liberal judges who are destroying any semblance of objectivity in our society. This is why we need to think and talk and debate about philosophy.

Posted by JohnGalt at September 22, 2004 10:50 AM

I'm with you JohnGalt, I shudder to think what the election count is going to look like. Hey, maybe we should get some UN oversight on this to make sure the election is legitimate! Kidding!

Posted by: Silence Dogood at September 22, 2004 04:44 PM

Jefry Rosen at TNR makes you guys look like optimists:

I just hope it isn't close. Then we need election reform. Trade the Dems a few felons and illegals for some transparency and accountability.

Posted by: jk at September 23, 2004 02:31 PM
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