Saturday, October 16, 2004

Voter Registration Fraud

Is there anything more insidious than supplementing an attack on an opponent with an attack on the very systems that make democracy function? If you've cruised the political blogosphere lately, you've undoubtedly come across some chilling accounts of voter registration fraud, largely perpetrated by a single consulting firm in the pay of the Republican National Committee, Sproul & Associates.

Just as no dictator, or, for that matter, no president, ever actually signs a directive stating "begin torturing prisoners now, in violation of international law", it's pretty likely that Nathan Sproul, head of Sproul & Associates (and, by the way, former Arizona State Republican Party Executive Director, former executive of the Christian Coalition) which set up Voter Outreach for America , never wrote a memo to his staff stating "register as many Republicans as you can while posing as a non-partisan group of concerned citizens, and tear up the registrations of all the Democrats who get suckered."

On the other hand, as all students of power in the workplace and public life know, tone comes from the top. Consider the following bouquet of stories from around the nation:

American Libraries
KLAS-TV
Review Journal
CBS News

Likewise, let's remember that he who pays the piper calls the tune.

There is nothing more dangerous to a free people than repugnant thugs who will attack the institutions of democracy in service to naked power. If you'd like to register your displeasure with the Grand Old Party over their sponsorship of this blatant fraud against patriots everywhere, drop them a line, or give them a call:

Republican National Committee
310 First Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202.863.8500
Fax: 202.863.8820
info@gop.com

I trust that Republicans nationwide are repelled by this sort of behavior on the part of those ostensibly supporting their cause while undermining the very foundations of our republic. Make your voices heard.

Now, I'm not insensitive to the point that perhaps Democratic activists and consultants could have broken election law as well. However, the acts of Sproul & Associates appear widespread and systematic and, dare I say it? unsurprising.

If anyone's got similar dirt on the Democrats, link it in comments and if it checks out, I'll post it.

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