There have been many accusations about how Republicans are trying to “steal the election.” Michael Moore even produced a witless video of foul mouthed seniors making such accusations about Romney trying to win the Presidency by robbing or defrauding the nation.
If you want to know the reason for such bizarre allegations, the morning of November 6 showed us the benefits that accrue to the party that actually attempts to cheat in the election process.
“The Philadelphia GOP is reporting that court appointed Minority (read GOP) Inspectors are being thrown out of polling locations in several Wards. These Inspectors are election officials – again, court appointed — and are reportedly being thrown out by the Head Judges of Elections (these Judges are elected Democrats) and being replaced by Democrats.”
This story lists the following locations: Ward 32, Div 13, Ward 43, Div 14, Ward 56, Div 1, Ward 56, Div 22, Ward 32, Div 28, Ward 32, Div 28, Ward 12, Div 17, Ward 39, Div 1, Ward 24, Div 9, Ward 18, Div 25, Ward 43, Div 14, Ward 29, Div 18, Ward 65, Div 19, Ward 20, Div 1, Ward 6, Div 11.
GOP elections officials also reported: “one of our female inspectors was physically thrown out.”
This is a way that democracies die. Once on party begins openly cheating in this way, voters in the other party begin to see no reason to object to their own side cheating. This is especially acute when the cheating party provides cover for themselves by loudly accusing the other side of voter fraud. At that point, when you are being victimized by cheating, and being falsely accused of cheating, the ethical and practical reasons to refrain from tying to cheat only seem smaller.
But it is worse. If Obama had gained the Presidency by what is widely perceived as voter fraud he would have a problem on his hands. Rulers in a democracy only maintain power by appearing legitimate. In our system of government, following the rules is an essential part of that appearance of legitimacy. This could be much worse than the questions about his birth certificate, which did not attract that much attention, once people were confident that Obama had won the popular and the electoral vote.
I have no idea where this is going, but it can’t be anything good. When a government loses legitimacy, the results are rarely a peaceful transition to a new regime. If Obama is a fool, he was happy to hear about Democrat loyalty in Pennsylvania. But if he is wise, he began praying now that, if he won a victory, that election result would not hinge on what happened in Philadelphia.
It looks to me like Philadelphia was not the pivot point for the election. So we may have avoided a crisis in legitimacy. But this is still a scary story. No good will come of it for him or for anyone else in the United States or the world.