a reply to: Liquesence
I didn't ask the report, instead I asked you. Its not that I don't care, the facts are that those who are in a position to do something about it don't
care. This interference is not the first and only time it has occurred. Congress is aware or should be, yet they have never addressed this issue
before which leads me to believe that it is not as big a problem as the latest report reads, afterall no votes were changed according to the report.
Not acceptable to me, but to those in charge are blaise until in front of a camera and still no meaningful effort to tackle the problem from either
I am also a realist, and believe that in the open and free society we all cherish that without restricting everyone that there is little we can do. If
we are honest, we need to admit that our own domestic efforts to influence elections and the minds of voters is more of a danger than the outside
influence, and it has been for a very long time. No matter our chosen sides, we must admit that the extreme amounts of monetary influence is an almost
insurmountable problem be it corporate, elite insiders access or the birth of super pacts dark money flooding our politicians pockets which harbor
more influence, without ever touching the hearts or minds of the average voter, the issues brought and paid for before any votes are taken.
Both sides need to at least consider campaign finance reforms to stop the flow of what are essentially monetary bribes to our political figures, but
neither side are intrested in stopping that gravy train. Domestic influence in the form of media coverage is another danger which is quickly spinning
out of control with misinformation, and dare I say it, collusion between the media and individual candidates whether it be skewered coverage,
carefully worded polls, or exclusion of certain candidates ideas or accomplishments, if they don't report it, nobody will beware of it.
Proposals have been suggested to help address voter irregularities domestically but are considered racist by one side or the other. Voter ID laws are
one step we could take. How the requirements of presenting a picture ID, the very same ID that must be presented to travel on a bus, an airline or
train, the same that must be presented to enter any Federal building or the same ID that is presented to apply and recieve Federal assistance, how it
is racist is beyond my personal comprehension I don't purport to know, but seems like a very common sense idea to at least tackle the problem at the
polling place itself. Instead of 50 plus sets of laws and regulations which currently govern our election process, why not agree to one set of uniform
laws and regulations to govern the process instead.
Instead of the rush toward electronic voting which can be manipulated at so many levels, why not stick with paper and pencil ballots, that which has
us at this point? Oh, that's right, because its racist, especially if we do not print our ballots in as many as 11 different languages in some states.
English is a requirement for citizenship, why is it not required to participate in the election process ? Interestingly enough, in one state ballots
must be printed in Russian and this requirement is federal law. The time differences between each of our coast lines has long been an influence in our
elections process, our media often declares winners before some have even participated in the voting process, a very strong influence over some, why
vote or why vote for my guy when the other has already won.
Our own domestic influences are more dangerous to the democratic process of our elections than any outside agitators. You claim I don't care, but it's
the real influencers that don't care, those whom spend two years writing a report and use that report to influence our votes against one side or the
other instead of concrete steps, legislative action against all influence. It's a weapon that the real influencers use against the voting process, it
is they that don't care as long as they continue to benefit by maintaining power and yes, influence. That is why we will not see any viable reforms as
a result of what is essentially a double partisan effort in this report, whose only means is to maintain the status quo and their incredibly powerful
influence over us all.