Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Beck ignores the Romney voter suppression efforts under way and pushes fraud myths

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While Glenn Beck is promoting his latest effort at producing a "documentary" about virtually nonexistent, in-person voter fraud, he ignores -- of course -- the efforts under way by the Republican Party to disenfranchise as many voters as possible who may vote to re-elect the President or any Democrat for that matter. Despite the premise of his propaganda, called "The Machine," that there is wide-spread in person voter fraud, there is in fact no such thing! From the Brennan Center for Justice is the article "Policy Brief on the Truth about 'Voter Fraud' " is this statement:
  • Fraud by individual voters is both irrational and extremely rare.
So how did this notion that there is wide spread fraud in U.S. elections begin? This was covered in some detail on Up With Chris Hayes last Sunday. On his program, Jane Mayer, writer for The New Yorker, and author of "The Voter Fraud Myth," explains how the idea, pushed by Beck and others on the right, that in-person voter fraud is a problem in the United States came about. Via MSNBC:

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Damn, it's becoming more and more difficult to remain a Republican. You can read the entirety of Mayer's article here. If you (have) watch(ed) Beck's "The Machine," you now have a name to listen for (or remember): Hans von Spakovsky.

On a later segment, Hayes discussed the history of claims that ACORN committed voter fraud, something that Beck and his colleagues harped upon during his time with Fox "News." In this segment ACORN CEO, Bertha Lewis, explains her former organization's side of the story on allegations of voter fraud.

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Hopefully, readers, who watched Beck specifically -- and Fox in general -- smear ACORN and successfully undermine their operation, better understand now why the right destroyed ACORN. They don't want all eligible people voting. They understand that the more democratic an order is, the less unequal is the distribution of wealth. The reactionary right, like Mr. Beck, fear the political equality of one man, one vote. "Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was."

In the progressive Nation of Change, a piece yesterday reported that Romney campaign is training poll watchers, a normal activity, to mislead voters, a fraudulent activity. From the article are four examples of misleading or incorrect information being disbursed by the Romney campaign. This  example appears to be one attempt to suppress the vote for possible Obama supporters:

CLAIM: Any “person [who] has been convicted of treason, a felony, or bribery” is not eligible to vote. (Page 5)
FACT: Once a person who has been convicted of a felony completes his or her sentence, including probation and fines, that person is eligible to vote. 
This could be an extremely close and exciting election. There is clearly information that the corporate media on both sides is hiding, different levels of potential election fraud possible, the current possibility that the winner of the electoral college (something else Hayes discussed on his show Sunday) will not be the candidate with the most votes (again, remember 2000 Supreme Court choice of President Bush) not to mention the 1% or so chance that the electoral college will come out even at 270 electors each. For a partisan, this has to be one of the most exciting finishes of any campaign for American President ever. For a libertarian or a radical, this race is between the left and the right sides of a terrible center of a corrupt system. Their candidates cannot win any electoral college votes.

It is always possible that one vote in one state could tilt a presidential election, but this year seems like an especially close and important election. The choice of Beck's soulmate by Gov. Romney turned this race into a basic question that the President has framed in a single word theme of this candidacy: Forward. No matter how disappointing Obama has been, how many of Pres. Bush's foreign policies he's embraced and escalated, this election remains a choice between two men who want to take the nation in two different directions, forward (in baby steps aptly called liberal corporatism and the neo-liberal world order) or backward. Because Gov. Romney is so much of a flip flopper, who's seemingly devoid of a core set of beliefs, it is impossible to even guess just how regressive President Romney would be.

If you are undecided and reading this post, just ask yourself whether you think the United States should move forward toward a more perfect union or backward toward a less perfect one, when fewer people had rights. Forward progress or backward regression in the direction of Glenn Beck's ideals? 

Obama/Biden or Romney/Ryan?

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If Beck were not a hypocrite, he'd be supporting Gov. Johnson, the libertarian candidate. Again, not long ago, Mr. Beck told a "reporter" that he hates the Republican Party. A supporter of Mr. Beck could just argue that he has changed his mind about his hatred. Uh huh.

Update, 10/31/2012: Beck's "news" site is reporting that some voting machines seemed to be rigged in support of the President, and The Blaze never gets their stories wrong, right? What do you think?

If you're still undecided, ask yourself how many liberals are supporting Gov. Romney?

In a coming post, the issue of voting in swing states will be looked at from two sides. It will analyze the choice for progressives between the lesser of two evils vs. voting for a candidate that really reflects progressive values. 
These previous posts  show just how extreme, dishonest and of poor judgment Gov. Romney has indicated he is.
If you doubt that Gov. Romney is trying to lie his way into the White House, check out the 49 lies listed on just one of 39 web pages listing his many false claims. See "Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Volume XXXIX."

This election offers an important choice for voters.

Before voters are taken in by Mitt Romney's mendacious machine, 
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