Debate Right, 8/28

Voting Should Be Hard

by Mark Luedtke

I’ve read so much baloney about voting. Let’s cut through the crap.

We are ruled by one Big Government Looting party which has two factions: Democrat and Republican. Every election is a civil war between these two factions. To the victors go the spoils. When Democrats took control in Ohio a few years ago, they modified the voting rules to benefit themselves. When Republicans regained control in 2010, they modified the voting rules to benefit themselves.

Contrary to the phony rhetoric, neither side has altruistic motives. Neither party cares about you or me. All they care about is getting and keeping power so they can enrich themselves and their cronies at our expense. All the complaining by Democrats and their cronies is just sour grapes because Republicans are solidifying their power. Republican voters tend to vote absentee while Democrat voters tend to vote early, so Republicans expanded absentee voting and restricted early voting to boost their chances of staying in power. Republicans complained when Democrats changed the rules to benefit themselves too. This is pure self-interest by both parties.

The arguments by Democrats and their cronies are laughable. They claim the rule changes disenfranchise African-Americans. To paraphrase Inigo Montoya from the Princess Bride, I do not think that word means what they think it means. African-Americans have the same opportunity to vote as everybody else in their county. Nobody is disenfranchised.

This argument is insulting and condescending to African-Americans, as if they are incapable of adapting to the new rules. But the change does beg the question of why early voting favors Democrats. Because Democrats depend so much on welfare voters, who have no jobs to interfere with voting, you might think Democrats would benefit from restricting early voting. But many welfare voters, because the government has trapped them in a spider’s web of dependency, don’t have the initiative to vote on their own. Democrat activists must pick them up, drive them to the polls and tell them who to vote for. They euphemistically call this getting out the vote. There are only so many activists to do this, so Democrats benefit from increased early voting time. This is the dirty little secret about early voting that goes unreported.

Democrats also claim there’s no voter fraud in Ohio. Even Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted could point to only two cases. But voter fraud, by its very nature, is virtually impossible to detect without checking IDs. Because they could, many people probably voted multiple times in different precincts under different names, and nobody caught them. We know that voter registration fraud is rampant with the goal of enabling voter fraud. Making voter fraud as hard as possible is a good thing. But voter registration fraud benefits Democrats, so they also benefit from voter fraud. Therefore Democrats promote policies to make voter fraud easy, and Republicans promote policies to make it hard. Again, this is pure self-interest. If voter fraud began to benefit Republicans, the two parties would switch positions.

Husted’s claim is equally laughable, “What I’m for, and what the Legislature did, was to make it the same in every county in terms of the rules for casting and counting ballots. Because that’s the most important issue – making sure we’re treating people equally in all counties.” But that’s not happening. Counties like Warren and Butler allow evening voting, but Husted vetoed evening voting in urban counties. This is more self-interest because Warren and Butler tend to vote Republican and urban counties tend to vote Democrat.

But all this misses the point. Most people confuse voting with freedom. That’s wrong. Voting is an act of oppression. If you vote either Republican or Democrat, you’re voting for government to steal our money and order us around at the point of its gun. So voting should be hard, or better yet, we should abolish the state and embrace freedom.

Mark Luedtke is an electrical engineer with a degree from the University of Cincinnati and currently works for a Dayton attorney. He can be reached at MarkLuedtke@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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