Hey everyone! I know it's been a while since I posted anything, but I'm back for now. What can I say? Work has a tendency to take up a lot of my time and when I get home I just want to relax. :) Now on to today's topic (a few days overdue) which is basically a political text book case on "How to steal an election and make money at the same time."
As many people know, there has been a major battle in Washington state over the Governors seat that is now held by Christine Gregoire. This battle stems over the fact that many feel that this election was stolen by the Democratic party thru the practice of fraudulent votes and political meanderings. The backline of this story is that Dino Rossi won this election, but the Democrats demanded a recount due to the small margin of victory held by Rossi. After the second recount, Rossi won yet again, but still the Democrats weren't happy and demanded a third recount and ponied up approximately $730,000 dollars to ensure they got it. During this third recount, scores of votes miraculously appeared, mostly in King county, which largely supported Gregoire. In addition, this third recount was a hand recount which is statistically less accurate than a machine count, and it was this third recount that finally showed Gregoire as the winner. By state law, this meant that Gregoire was the winner, as there is no provision for more than 2 recounts, however, Rossi decided to take the battle to the courtroom (rightfully so) arguing that it was fraudulent votes and gross negligence in the Washington state voting process that finally determined Gregoire the winner.
Personally, I don't understand this whole battle and truth be told, this whole ordeal has left a sour taste in my mouth over the "political" process present here in the US. How is it that a person who wins an election twice, loses the seat to a person that won once? I guess this whole situation is proof positive that if you count something enough, you will finally get the results that you want. How is it that votes that are found "in a desk drawer" are allowed to get counted in an election that has already been finalized? The voters of Washington state made their voice heard not once, but twice in this election, only to have their voice discarded by the political measures of one party. Washington state has long been a strong hold of the Democratic party and I guess they couldn't bear the thought that the residents of this state were ready for a change.
Where I am really amazed is that the republicans of this state expected any sort of justice by taking this battle to courtroom. I predicted the outcome of the trial before a lawyer ever filed a brief. I knew that the judge would rule in favor of the Democratic party before a single person ever stepped in front of the judge. How did I know this you ask? I knew it because of my extreme distrust in the legal system that is currently in existence in America. Our legal system has become extremely left leaning in the last decade and I no longer trust the ruling that come from a majority of the benches across the country, but I digress. The legal system is not the topic of today.
Now, to top it all off, the Democrats are demanding that the $730,000 be paid back to them with interest at the rate of 12%. According to state law, the party demanding and paying for the recount should be reimbursed should the outcome of that recount change the election results. So whether the recount was based on fraudulent votes or not, by state law, they are owed that money. However, to be demanding an interest return of 12% is asinine in my opinion. Not only did they win the state government by losing an election 2 to 1, now they are wishing to make money on this fiasco. When is the last time any average citizen gained a 12% return on any investment that they have made? Come on Dems, you stole an election by "finding" lost votes, by accepting votes from beyond the grave, and by allowing felons a voice when they have no right to such a voice. Can't you just be happy with that? Why must you further screw the people of Washington state by forcing us to pay you this exhorbant amount of money that is NOT owed to you. Is this the Democratic party's way of making the voters of Washington state pay for the fact that we voted them out of office? Is this their way of chastising us for making them go thru the indignation of having to manufacture results in order let them hold their political power?
To me, the Democrats are now doing nothing more than political extortion. We are in power, and we will get our money from you one way or another. It really makes me question my right to vote. Why bother with voting if the results can be overturned in such a way? Does my voice really count? This whole ordeal leads me to believe that it doesn't. A friend of mine told me, when I stated the above, a quote that says, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." There is also redneck logic that states "If you bang your head against a wall enough, you will eventually hurt your head". :) So I'm in a quandary. Do I give up on the process or do I refocus my efforts to try and ensure that nothing like this happens again. While I'm inclined to concede, that's not how my parents raised me. I was taught to stand up and fight for what I feel is right, even if it comes to my detriment. So I imagine I will do just that. I will fight to ensure that the Democrats don't get a paycheck for stealing an election. I will fight to shove the Democrats gas tax back down their throats, and I will fight to ensure that Christine Gregoire gets kicked out the Governors office so hard next term that she will never even consider trying to run for public office again.
So for all of you dishearten people like me, it's time to start preparing. Go to your closet and brush off the steel toed boots of the American Voter and start perfecting your kick. If we start preparing now, we can ensure that we boot them so hard that their asses will be far too sore for them to even consider stealing an election from us twice.