Ozboy here. The United States mid-term elections are just one week away, and the mounting resentment many Americans feel about the way their country is being governed appears certain to be made clear at the polls. One of the great safeguards of Western democracy is the fact that no matter how self-serving, incompetent or corrupt we find a government to be, as citizens we can exact the ultimate justice at the ballot box.
Or can we? As a foreigner, I don’t feel confident making in-depth prognostications on the U.S. electoral system. So today, I’ve invited one of LibertyGibbert’s American readers to share with us her insights into what might be going on behind the scenes. If her speculation is anywhere close to the truth, the implications for democracy in the world’s most powerful nation are truly shocking.
Msher, the floor is yours…
Until they headed out last week to campaign, this Administration and this Congress have acted as if they don’t care what happens to their re-election. Did they really not care? Did they really think a couple of weeks of campaigning is enough. OR is there something else: a nefarious plan as to how to win when it counts, in 2012?
This Administration and this Dem Congress have passed an unpopular health care bill, an unpopular stimulus bill, and have made a concerted effort to demean tea party protestors. Their record is so unpopular that most members dare not run on their record of the last couple of years. Obama in addition has purposefully put himself on the opposite side of popular issues. Examples: the mosque in New York – which he could have stayed out of completely. The immigration law in Arizona that his Justice Department is suing to stop. Cap and trade which will raise the price of electricity (in his words, make it “skyrocket.”). Michelle took an expensive vacation to Spain during recession and the BP oil spill. These are not the actions of an Administration or Congress that care about voter opinion.
The commentators are all speculating on how the Dems could have gotten to a place where they will lose Congress, or at least the House. It is assumed that the Dems didn’t understand this would happen, that they were somehow out of touch with the voters, that they will be crippled by coming gridlock between Obama and a Republican House.
I think that’s all nonsense. The Dems were never out of touch with the voters. They take polls and know exactly what the voters are thinking. I have a different theory for speculation: Have the Dems been willing to lose the House in November because they have a plan? President Obama can bypass any gridlock and govern through Executive Order, then the fix is in so that in 2012 they will keep the presidency and take back Congress and never lose either again.
For the Aussies and Brits, an Executive Order is an order by the President, which if constitutional (as determined by the Supreme Court), has the force of law. Executive orders have been issued in almost every area of governance. Here are some examples. The Emancipation Proclamation, perhaps the most famous, freed all slaves living in the Confederacy. In 1948, President Truman signed Executive Order 9981 integrating the military and mandating equality of treatment and opportunity. Wars have been fought upon Executive Order, including the 1999 Kosovo War. (Although to date, all such wars have also had authorizing resolutions from Congress. The extent to which the president may exercise military power without Congressional authorization remains an unresolved question.) When the House of Representatives passed a cap and trade bill, but the Senate did not, President Obama simply issued an Executive Order for the EPA to set new higher fuel efficiency standards for trucks. The federal government’s actions in connection with the BP oil spill were undertaken under various Executive Orders. International agreements that do not rise to the level of “treaties” can be signed under Executive Order. (The one possible check is If spending outside of funds already allocated to agencies is required, the president may need Congress to appropriate the money.)
Does this sound like a gridlock the Dems can’t live with for two years? It doesn’t to me. Why do I say two years? Why am I assuming that despite their growing unpopularity, the Dems will retain the White House and take back Congress in 2012? Because I fear the Dems have put things in place to assure themselves of winning both 2012 and forevermore afterwards.
- The “SECRETARY OF STATE PROJECT,” a George Soros-backed project started in 2006 to elect far left Democrats to the state offices of Secretary of State. That is an office that virtually no one pays attention to. A bad oversight. Elections in America are controlled by the respective states and their secretaries of state – not by the federal government. These officials have many functions, but in 38 states their main one is to serve as the state’s chief elections official. THEY CONTROL WHO CAN VOTE, WHAT HAPPENS TO BALLOTS AND THE ACTUAL VOTE COUNT. Al Franken’s recent close-margin Democratic victory occurred in a state where the Secretary of State was financed by this Soros backed project.
- The 2010 Census was for the first time run out of the White House, rather than the Chamber of Commerce. Why? I don’t know; the MSM let the Administration off the hook without making them explain. The United States Census is taken every 10 years and the results are used to allocate House seats among the states, electoral votes, and government program funding. In counting the population, it is not possible to count everyone, for example, the homeless. Dems also claim that minorities are under-represented in the count because they are afraid to come to the door. So all sorts of arcane extrapolation methods are used to compensate for the “missing” voters and arrive at final population numbers. Most conservative observers believe the statistical methods used increase the number of supposed “missing” Hispanic and inner city voters. Once the apportionment of seats among the States is determined by the Census Bureau numbers, individual state legislatures, redraw the boundaries of the respective voting districts in their state for each House seat apportioned. The districts for state legislatures are also redrawn based on the new Census Bureau data. If the Administration pushes for counting formulas that over-assume large numbers of missing homeless and minority voters, non-existent liberal populations will get voting power at the expense of legitimate conservative individuals.
- More and more states are allowing people to vote early by mail. No ID needed. Need I say more about the fraud potential? (An obvious one: ballots stolen out of mail boxes before or after being filled out.) About 28 states allow this form of vote.
Now who has confidence in the integrity of the 2012 or any future election?