By Jon Cassidy | Ohio Watchdog
I knew it.
The left likes to pretend that voter fraud is a complete non-story, that nobody would ever try to steal an election. After all, you could go to jail, which is why crime doesn’t happen.
But go and publish one little voter fraud kit and they freak out and call for your criminal prosecution.
Writers at two popular lefty blogs have called for criminal investigations of yours truly and Ohio Watchdog for publishing a database of 306,152 “phantom” voters. These are people who have been registered since 2006 but haven’t voted in the 12 years the state has been keeping records.
The two publications are Daily Kos and Plunderbund, the top lefty blog in Ohio.
It’s always sad to see a journalist betray the First Amendment, but it’s doubly sad to see it on the left. It was The Progressive magazine, after all, that tested the modern boundaries of free speech in 1979, when it published a “how to” guide to building a nuclear bomb that the federal government tried to prevent (Correction: This case did not reach the Supreme Court).
It’s sevenfold depressing that both Daily Kos and Plunderbund swear voter fraud is at once a non-problem and such a severe problem that journalists should be jailed for fomenting it.
Neither publication is very serious. Daily Kos is known for a roster of contributors who publish under bizarre usernames, which lend the enterprise all the gravitas of Xbox Live.
Plunderbund is famous for its logo of a fist balled up into the universal symbol of someone who wants you to guess which hand is holding the jelly bean.
Plunderbund tweeted that Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted “might want to cross ref this 306k voter list with election results and have @OhioAG give Jon Cassidy a call,” which is not just ominous, but strange.
Isn’t Plunderbund confirming our point? If those names, which should have been purged from voter rolls per federal guidelines, are used for voting, then Plunderbund agrees it’s evidence of fraud.
The Plunderbundies took a couple more shots. On Twitter: “Not content to offer solutions in search of a problem @OHWatchdog offers a ‘voter fraud kit’ to CREATE the problem.” On Facebook: “But hey friends, what’s a little federal crime voter fraud to prove a non-existent point? Harmless, right?”
Over at Daily Kos, a visionary atheist skeptic maven of a writer/raconteur (who also likes watching television) named Doug Berger blasted away:
“It’s ironic (sic) then that a right-wing conservative (sic) front group would actually give instructions on how to commit voting fraud. They want people to commit a federal crime in order to make a point….
“Not only does the author Jon Cassidy provide a step-by-step instruction (sic) on how to commit voting fraud but the site also provides the (sic) list of ‘phantom’ voters ‘sorted by county and precinct, and includes addresses…’
“The Franklin Center has ties to right wing conservative groups and funders like (sic) the Koch brothers and is staffed by right-wing activists. Watchdog.org (sic) claim of independence is a farce at best – a lie at worst….
“I think what Jon Cassidy wrote in that post and offering the list of ‘phantom’ voters is technically illegal and if not, is definitely unethical. I would hope either the state or federal law enforcement (sic) take a look at the post and Mr. Cassidy….
“Right-wingers like to talk tough but they are cowards when it comes to committing a crime to make a point. They are use (sic) to committing crimes under the cover of darkness like through lax banking regulations.”
He’s right, aside from the grammar and the points he was making. As much as I use to commit crimes under the cover of darkness like through lax banking regulations, I wouldn’t dream of committing a crime to make a point. Plus, what I already did is definitely technically illegal unless it’s not. Then it’s another word for bad.
Seriously, though, what is the crime these frivolous traitors of the Bill of Rights identify?
Do they think it’s illegal to point out that you can find anything on Google, even tools for fraud? Is saying that photocopiers work good these days a crime against the state? Or should it be illegal to sort public records certain ways?
One doesn’t have to think too deeply to realize they’re not either.
Here’s Berger, just two weeks ago, pledging allegiance to free speech:
“Well Republicans only defend the free speech they agree with and free speech isn’t a party issue it is an American value and I don’t support any attempt by any party to subvert it.”
So that’s just everyday hypocrisy, but what’s Plunderbund’s deal? If they care at all about free speech, it’s not obvious. A search of the site comes up empty. Do they believe in free speech? Or are their politics much farther to the left than most folks realize, more totalitarian leftist than modern Democrat?
I checked their profile page, and was drawn immediately to this description of blogger Brian Guilfoos: “A strong believer in ‘positive liberty’ and egalitarianism, if you had to apply a political label to his belief set, ‘libertarian socialism’ might be the most accurate … . But as long as we live in a world with strong property rights and corporate personhood, he thinks we should have a government strong enough to counter those kinds of powerful interests and look after the commons for The People.”
I’m not sure what’s more impressive, the preciousness of Guilfoos’ narcissism or his willingness to fess up to being a commie. Actually, it’s the combination – here’s somebody who thinks the problem with Marxism is that it doesn’t have enough variants to contain his belief set.
The most overworked intellectual terrain outside of perhaps the Talmud is somehow virgin territory for him. It’s touching and breathtaking, but it’s time somebody tells him how his project of nationalized industries and government by workers’ council ends up: with 20 million dead.
On the upside, nobody got away with publishing voter lists in the Soviet Union.
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