I voted today.
My honest and honorable vote is a sham here in the state of New Mexico. I feel cheated. I feel like something sacred was stolen from me.
One of my favorite exercises as an American citizen is voting. I take it very seriously. It is not as much a privilege, but a sacred responsibility. It is not to be taken lightly. As I went into the Senior Center in Ruidoso I was excited. I was finally getting to vote for a woman who has a serious shot at a position of very real power. Last June, when I finally voted for John McCain in the primary, I did the lump in the throat thing, thrilled to be voting him after being a staunch supporter for so darn many months.
This was to be one of the most special moments in my life. I was getting to vote for a woman for Vice President of the United States.
A woman! A Republican woman!
I have waited for this moment since 1984 when Democrats had the opportunity to vote for Geraldine Ferraro. As a die-hard Republican I was voting for Ronald Reagan, and more importantly George H. W. Bush. Consequently, I’ve had to wait for nearly a quarter of a century for the honor and privilege of voting for a woman.
It was a nightmare.
I soon discovered that in New Mexico, in order to exercise one’s freedom to vote, said registered, honest voter is required to surrender their First Amendment rights.
It seems that here in New Mexico I am electioneering because I have a McCain bumper sticker, a Palin bumper sticker and an “I Support President Bush and the Troops” bumper sticker. I was greeted at the door by a volunteer who is helping with the election. I had to turn off my cell phone. I had to remove my Palin Power button. I had to go back out into the parking lot and either remove my bumper stickers, cover them, or move my vehicle.
I nearly managed to get into a shouting match with an Obama supporter because I was talking to a fellow McCain supporter in the parking lot. We were electioneering. No, I was mad and I was complaining.
I moved my vehicle to the local GOP headquarters, which is a beehive of activity. The white-draped Temple of Obama is empty. Nothing is going on there. So, we get hold of the state GOP. They make a few calls for me and find out that Lincoln is one of the few counties enforcing the “electioneering” law here in New Mexico.
Realizing there was nothing I could do, I went back to the Senior Center and parked over by the playground. There was a truck with an Obama sticker on it, so I knew this was an equal opportunity denial of First Amendment rights. That helped.
So, while I am in line, waiting to sign in, I confront the “greeter”. “Why is this one of the few counties where this rule is being enforced?”
She beams, “Why this is the only county in New Mexico where we have had no vote fraud.”
Would someone please explain how my McCain-Palin sticker leads to vote fraud, but not requiring voter identification does not?
Granted, two of the women working the polls know me. But — no one asked for my identification.
When I arrived home I started making phone calls. Okay, I’m mad as heck and not going to take it anymore. The line in the sand begins here in Lincoln County. Enough is enough. Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn about disenfranchising fraudulent and deceased voters. Let ‘em cry foul. I’ve had it. I’ve also reached the point that anyone who bellyaches about vote fraud and disenfranchising voters is up to no good.
My sacred vote was degraded. It was trivialized. It was made almost meaningless by the looming prospect of rampant vote fraud here in New Mexico, enabled by our locally elected members of the New Mexico legislature who are more interested in maintaining their corrupt majority than they are doing what is right and honorable.
New Mexico is one of the most corrupt states in the nation. All that matters is maintaining power, no matter who is corrupted or destroyed. It doesn’t seem to get any better. Why the heck did I even bother voting?
The more I think about it the angrier I become.
My vote was diminished because of fraud. My honest vote is now held hostage to a system that openly endorses and approves of fraud. You may think this is fine, acceptable and it gives everyone an equal chance, but would you like to know something? I don’t care anymore. I am sick and tired of having liberal touchy-feely do-good kaka shoved down my throat as good for everyone when it is nothing but a license for corruption. It was manipulated by corrupt politicians to maintain their position in life, and abetted by their equally corrupt associates.
I am tired of the fact that we must pander to individuals who don’t have brains and ambition enough to go out and register themselves to vote. Voting is a responsibility. It is not a lesson in liberal social engineering and something to be taken lightly. If a person can’t take it upon themselves to register to vote, and or change their address, then by golly, they don’t need to vote.
Once these people are registered, they aren’t required to show any form of identification when they vote. If someone has the nerve to ask for said identification they scream racism, foul, and discrimination. Guess what? I no longer care.
If you don’t want to show a picture identification there is clearly something wrong with you. If you belong to an organization which wants to make a big deal about it I now automatically suspect you of aiding and abetting fraud. I think voter registration fraud should be punished. Anyone who is actively involved in it should lose their right to vote, forever. Anyone who votes fraudulently should lose their right to vote, forever. Anyone who helps them should lose their right to vote, forever.
When a political party votes to limit the amount of identification a voter must show, they are actively abetting fraud. They are lying. They are cheating. They are diminishing my rights.
It has occurred to me that my rights are just as important as the rights of those who seek to destroy them. I think this is my new crusade, re-enfranchising the overwhelming majority of honest Americans who are wrongly, and silently allowing this sort of immoral activity to occur. Right is right and wrong is wrong. Morality is morality. Allowing anyone to vote without picture identification is immoral. It is obscene.
I’m mad. I’m no longer putting up with this sort of corruption. You see, if I am criticized for not wanting every little twit to vote you are wrong. I am all for anyone legally voting. If someone starts crying foul and going around with their liberal little feelings dripping with hurt and tears – get over it.
What are you trying to hide?
It’s like a bunch of roaches running from the light. They’re up to something no good. Anyone who does not want voters to show a picture identification is like that roach, up to no good.
As far as I’m concerned it’s Bunker Hill all over again. If you don’t know what Bunker Hill was then you sure as heck don’t deserve to even be allowed to walk into a polling location, let alone vote.
This is war.