Democrats, Voter Fraud, and Harpo Marx

Are Republicans “election deniers” and “vote suppressers” as a result of they preserve discovering voter fraud in important battleground states?

Democrats are definitely making that declare, with Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Stacey Abrams, the chief purveyor of that cost. However the Democrats, because it seems, seem keen to make use of virtually any excuse to oppose good-faith efforts to make sure poll integrity.

Final yr, the U.S. Fee on Civil Rights relayed this attention-grabbing reality: Georgia is the one state to undertake 5 of the commonest “voter suppressive techniques.” Amongst them: Voter-ID legal guidelines, proof of citizenship, cutbacks in early voting, and purges from the rolls of those that had not turned out to vote in current elections.

Right here’s one other tidbit courtesy of the U.S. Election Help Fee: Between the 2016 and 2018 elections, the states eliminated 17 million voters for having didn’t vote, transferring between voting districts, dying, committing a disqualifying crime, or being judged mentally incapacitated.

Democrats are performing as if that is the top of democracy, nevertheless it’s in tune with the well-known 2005 bipartisan report by former Democratic President Jimmy Carter and former Republican Secretary of State James Baker.

Their suggestions for safe elections included “stronger efforts to fight fraud, particularly in absentee voting”; “Voter identification based mostly on a universally REAL ID card” and “Auditable paper backups for all voting expertise.”

Defenders of Georgia’s anti-corruption guidelines and rules make the purpose that the purge legal guidelines don’t disenfranchise anybody.

“In the event that they [eligible voters] don’t heed warnings or reply to notices despatched out by election officers, it’s their very own fault,” says Lynn Westmoreland, a Republican former congressman from Georgia, who has labored on election coverage all through his profession. “And in the event that they didn’t get to vote then, they’ll get to vote within the subsequent election.” (However, after all, they must adjust to the legal guidelines that those that had been permitted to vote did.)

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Efforts to rig elections, in fact, are about as American as apple pie, although the fraudsters haven’t at all times been in a position to steal or suppress sufficient votes to vary the result.

Nationwide Overview’s John Fund and The Heritage Basis’s Hans von Spakovsky, for example, have chronicled a exceptional variety of confirmed instances of previous and current crookery, mirrored in Al Franken’s razor-thin victory for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota (successful by 312 votes), which made Obamacare a actuality, and the Kennedy-Nixon presidential election in 1960, the place large fraud in Prepare dinner County, Illinois, helped JFK seize the presidency.

Wanting again on U.S. elections within the nineteenth century, the Brookings Establishment noticed, “indifference, fraud, corruption and violence have marked the operation of our electoral system.”

Each events have engaged in corrupting elections, however the Democrats appear to have the sting on such actions. Larry Sabato and Glenn Simpson of their ebook, “Soiled Little Secrets and techniques,” notice that the “pool of people that seem like out there and extra weak to an invite to take part in vote fraud [because of their poor economic circumstances] are inclined to lean Democratic.”

Mayor Frank Hague, whose political machine ruled Jersey Metropolis, N.J., from 1917 to 1947 was a legendary vote manipulator, controlling the state by bribery, roughing up foes, and the destruction and alteration of ballots. However nowhere, Fund argues, “did voter fraud have a extra infamous document than in Tammany-era New York.

Tammany handled operatives who would assure thick bundles of votes for a value.”

The immigrants flowing into New York had been simply manipulated with Tammany Corridor establishing “a ‘naturalization mill,’ immediately certifying of us proper off the boat as residents—and Tammany voters.”

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In 1996, Fund reminds us, “the Clinton administration equally sped up the naturalization of as much as a million new residents in order that they may vote in time for that yr’s election.”

Harpo Marx of Marx Brothers fame, who was a buddy of my father, Morrie Ryskind, and starred in lots of his performs and photos, spelled out Tammany’s energy and attract in his memoir, “Harpo Speaks!”, a replica of which he inscribed to my mother and father.

He relates how Tammany made Election Day essentially the most memorable time of the yr for immigrants, with, amongst different issues, festivities, free beer, and cigars. The nice vacation lasted a full 30 hours, capped by a powerful bonfire lit by the neighborhood youngsters who had begged, borrowed, and stolen gas for the grand event.

On election eve, as Harpo vividly portrays the scene, the Tammany forces “marched up and down the avenue by torchlight, with bugles blaring and drums booming.” About midday on Election Day, Tammany’s employed palms offered a hansom cab that may pull as much as his household’s home and take his dad and granddad, “puffing on these Tammany cigars,” to the polls.

They had been dressed of their most accurately fits, usually reserved for weddings, bar mitzvahs, and funerals. A few half-hour after they solid the votes and returned residence, the cab would reappear and so they “would go off to vote once more. If it was a troublesome yr, with a Reform motion threatening town, they might be taken to vote a 3rd time.”

Nobody complained that “Grandpa occurred to not be a United States citizen, or that he couldn’t learn or write English. He knew which facet of the poll to place his ‘X’ on.”

Then got here the evening when an entire era of children started pouring out of the brownstones, lighting bonfires, and setting the East Facet ablaze. It was an excellent sight. Taking a deep drag on the cigar he had obtained for voting illegally, his granddad advised the younger Harpo in German: “Ah, we’re fortunate to be in America. Ah, sure! That is true democracy.”

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From the historic document, Democrats would nonetheless appear to choose Tammany-style “democracy.” Because the 2020 election, Fund informs Newsmax, liberals have continued to interact in strategies “that undermine election integrity that may make sincere liberals from Jimmy Carter to Tulsi Gabbard appalled.”

Even Pennsylvania’s extremely liberal state Supreme Court docket felt impelled to rule as unconstitutional Democratic efforts “to depend mail-in ballots if that they had incorrect dates or had been undated.”

Fund additionally tells Newsmax that Michigan’s fraud deniers preserve shedding “of their try and preserve 28,000 deceased individuals registered on Michigan voter rolls. Delaware, Joe Biden’s residence state, noticed a state court docket declare unconstitutional its try and impose same-day registration and no-excuse mail-voting—two substances within the stew that may promote voter fraud.”

Lots of us within the information media will flip to John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky to see how the political heirs to Tammany Corridor have fared.

This text first appeared at Newsmax. It’s reprinted right here with permission.

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