John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, the 1st Baron Acton, more commonly known as Lord Acton, gifted us a quote which gave birth to a paraphrase that seems to so perfectly capture what we've all seen happen to so many rising to power, then have been subsequently left to their own devices, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men . . . " (Emphasis added).
Our nation's Founders were wise enough to place within our system of government a number of checks and balances.
What they may not have anticipated, though, is that there would have been a moral breakdown in segments of America. This would eventually result in having more individuals than not in leadership positions, whose personal ethical components had been compromised and whose internal check and balance systems had essentially been wiped out.
With regard to our governmental system, the number one check and balance, bar none, is a free and fair election.
However, over the course of the past several years, concurrent with the aforementioned moral breakdown, there has been a deliberate chipping-away of our system’s great self-policing mechanism.
The perpetrator that is largely to blame for the deterioration that has occurred is none other than the Democratic Party.
Democrats have a bad habit of giving lip service to the whole concept of democracy, while behind the scenes they are doing everything possible to undermine its very essence.
For example, when it comes to implementing anything that might help eliminate voter fraud, such as cleaning up the voter rolls, requiring voters to show IDs before casting ballots, etc., they fight tooth and nail to prevent it from happening.
At the same time they persist in trying to implement things that are tailor-made for voter fraud, including early voting, late voting, pop-up voting centers, same day registration, and scores of other schemes.
Democrats also keep trying to hand out voting privileges to anyone who will join their latest election pick-up game, including non-citizens, felons, and even those who have already exited their earthly home.
Along with their buddies in the media, Democrats have been massaging the public psyche to sign-on to the notion that voting ballots for the upcoming November election should be sent out willy-nilly to everyone.
Hyping concerns over COVID-19, they are trying to convince everyone that in-person voting would be hazardous to your health and the health of your neighbors.
Therefore, you are supposed to conclude that the smartest thing to do this election-go-round would be to just have everyone vote by mail.
A few stats are helpful in bringing truth to light.
According to data from the Election Assistance Commission, between 2012 and 2018, over 28 million mail-in ballots went missing.
In the spring of 2020 about 20% of the mailed absentee ballots in a municipal election in Paterson, New Jersey, were rejected due to fraud concerns.
And in June of 2020, New York City botched the handling of an unduly large amount of mail-in ballots.
Mail-in ballots are a setup for the implementation of another strategy that was crafted by the Democratic Party. It’s called "ballot harvesting," and it is designed to disenfranchise certain Americans from their voting rights, namely those who align with an opposing party.
It allows third parties to be paid to gather mail-in, absentee, and/or other types of ballots on behalf of voters, and then deliver the ballots to election officials. It’s not hard to spot the problems that can and will inevitably occur with a strategy like this in place.
Because having third parties who are paid to go out and gather ballots is a formula for fraud, the practice of ballot harvesting has been outlawed almost everywhere in the country.
But interestingly in 2016, California quietly legalized a version of ballot harvesting that permitted any person to collect an unlimited amount of mail-in ballots and receive compensation for their efforts.
Then when the mid-term elections of 2018 took place, several Republican congressmen in Orange County ended up losing their U.S. House seats.
As a result, Nancy Pelosi got her gavel back.
Nevada recently passed legislation during a night session. The vote tally ended up following strict party lines.
Universal mail-in balloting, along with a ballot harvesting provision that follows the California model of allowing third parties to collect ballots, passed.
Same as California, the Nevada version imposes no limit on how many ballots can be collected. But Nevada’s version goes even further.
It allows an individual to sign a ballot on another’s behalf.
Here’s the bottom line:
Universal mail-in voting works as the opening act for ballot harvesting. Once the mail-in ballots are sent out, harvesters can go out to the homes of voters and collect ballots.
Some ballots may be blank. No problem, they can be completed later.
If ballots are filled out, operatives are in a position to discard the ones of an opposing party.
This can be done without any accountability. No checks, no balance.
Here’s the dastardly duo: mail-in voting and ballot harvesting.
We need to do everything we can to bar the polling place doors from these evil twins.
Otherwise free and fair elections will become a thing of the past.
James Hirsen is an attorney, and a contributing editor to Newsmax magazine. He is also a New York Times best-selling author, commentator, media analyst, and law professor. Sought after for his expertise in the entertainment industry, media psychology, and current events Hirsen has appeared on several major networks, and is a frequent guest on radio shows. In his New York Times best-selling book, "Tales from the Left Coast," Hirsen demonstrates just how huge the political gap between Hollywood and the public really is. In his most recent book, "Hollywood Nation," Hirsen shows how Hollywood elites have been blurring the lines between news and entertainment.
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