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February 12, 2008 [ More archived home pages here ]
What Would Abraham Lincoln Say?
If President Abraham Lincoln was alive today he might be appalled at the way the two political parties are contriving to deprive voters of their political intentions. Let me explain what I mean by that charge.
The Democratic Party in its infinite wisdom, decided to punish Americans living in Michigan and Florida by telling them ahead of those state primary elections, that the Democratic Party delegates from those states would not be counted towards their candidate's nomination bid.
I'm of the opinion that foolish arrangement caused Americans from that party or independents supporting that party in those states, not to go to the polls to vote. It was a very stupid thing to tell Americans that their votes don't count. But that is what the Democratic Party decided and that's how those two elections stand.
Now, because the race is tightening, some candidates are expressing that they want to overturn that policy in an attempt to claim those deprived delegates for their own election bid. It seems to me that approach is unlawful and would constitute vote fraud and Gerrymandering.
This year I am an Independent and my voter registration has reflected that choice for several months now. If I were living in either Michigan or Florida and any Democratic candidate tried to overturn the current delegate situation in Michigan or Florida, I would file suit against the Democratic Party and candidates for trying to rig their nomination in that way.
My justification would be that I didn't vote at the primary because I was told ahead of time that my vote wouldn't count towards delegates. Now, after the election is past, the attempt is made to discriminate against me further by allowing delegates to count, favoring one candidate over another.
But, I don't live in either of those states. I live here in California. So my choice is to be ready in case someone in those states decides to sue the Democratic Party and candidates should they try to reverse the delegate count at this juncture. I would pay to support that lawsuit because as an American, I see the blatant attempt to rig nominations as unlawful and definitely Un-American!
Hopefully, no candidate decides to act so stupidly to reverse the apparent delegate count from Michigan or Florida and brings about a lawsuit as I described. And in the future, no political party should act to disallow delegates in the way they were deprived this election cycle.
The Republican Party in Washington State has also jumped the gun on the recent primary there. Instead of waiting until the count was official, the race was called for one candidate prematurely. Again, the political party acted in a way to deprive the voters of their rights to choice in a fair and honest election.
President Lincoln correctly stated in his Gettysburg Address that the American people are the ones to decide America's future, not politicians. I quote a portion of the last sentence of that famous speech to remind us that We, The People decide:
..."that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
I found a very interesting web site containing thousands of pictures of Chicago and the surrounding area submitted to the Chicago Tribune Newspaper by Charles W. Cushman, between 1939 and 1953.
Found on the web links for February 11, 2008 [ Link since removed ].
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