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[Jan. 6th, 2005|04:23 pm]
I'm writing about religion right now, and one of the major things that I think about when doing so is that I don't want politicians trying to speak for God.

I don't want half of these bozos trying to speak for *me*, much less the almighty.

You want to be inspired, you want to take the good morals you learned in Sunday school with you to the legislature, the executive office, the judicial bench? Fine. Just remember that it's not your business to combat sin, its your business to combat injustice, and the two are very distinct entities.

But, there's one place where I want religion. There's one place I want reverence. There's one place where I want fear and awe and majesty. There's one place where I want people to be holy and clean, with blasphemers punished, and profaners burned alive, to scream in endless agony - metaphorically speaking, of course.

And that place is the election.

You don't cheat on the vote. You don't fuck with the vote. You do what you need to, and spend what needs to be spent, to get a transparantly accurate count, one that anyone can look at, and quickly determine the results.

You don't screw with registrations. If a person is supposed to be able to vote, our public servants and better get off their asses and *serve*, and make damn sure those people are able to vote, that their votes are recorded properly, and that those votes are counted. And I don't want to hear people talking about having to wait for four, or six hours in the rain, any servant of mine who pulled that kind of crap would be up shit creek without a paddle and a hole in the boat that could only be plugged with their head. We should bloody well pay for the infrastructure we need so that a fifteen minute wait to vote means you stopped for ten minutes to chat with your friends.

Anyone challenges another voter's registration, and can't show a legitimate question, with solid reasoning raising the question? Their own registration gets tossed, and only a registered voter should be able to challenge. Any pending challenges by an unregistered voter gets tossed. Since challenges are brought by sworn affidavits, perjury charges should be seriously considered where appropriate.

Anyone is caught screwing with the vote to discourage people from voting? They never get to vote again. Ever. It should be a full trial, with the jury solemnly charged with the immensity of the penalty, and if convicted, maybe we should see how fancy the Catholic church gets for excommunications; they've always been good on ceremony, so they might have something appropriate.

Anyone caught preventing a person who is allowed to vote from voting? The same, and throw in a felony conviction.

Anyone who messes with the voting totals, tries to stuff a ballot box, clouds up the paper trail that shows off the totals, or otherwise does something that might change the course of the election is charged with treason at whatever level is appropriate. Such a person is making war on the legitimate government, which is determined by the election itself. Execution should be off the table, but life imprisonment should be on.

And... anyone who insists that a single count determines an election, anyone who is not interested in finding the totals with perfect, to-the-vote accuracy, anyone who insists that recounting is "trying to manufacture votes" or who complains about a court's ruling on the validity of counting specific ballots? Execution. Those people piss me off.

Okay, I was being frivolous with the last one. But *only* with the last one.

We've got some of the biggest morons and idiots and jackasses (and, if you think that's a reference to democrats, let me add "elephant turds, since many of the true elephants have already left the area") running this country I've ever seen, but by god, they should be the morons, idiots, and jackasses (with or without elephant turds) that the dear peepul have voted in legitimately.

Anyone who doesn't approve of free, fair, and transparantly conducted elections, with our servants doing their damnedest to serve, even if it's only with respect to the election itself, well, I'm sure there are dictatorships out there you can find, or, if you're really lucky, you can find some land and try to set up your own. America ain't their playground, and such folks are not welcome.

[User Picture]From: grey_lady
2005-01-07 09:31 am (UTC)
If you don't mind the slight irony ... "Amen".
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[User Picture]From: umbran
2005-01-07 11:38 am (UTC)
Nice sentiment, but making the punishments for interfering with the election process harsh opens up a whole new game - making it look like the other guy did it. In every election, you have means, motive and opportunity for every candidate. How hard could it be to make it look like someone else's doing?
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2005-01-07 02:55 pm (UTC)
Well, what I'm after is not so much harsh punishments, so much as it is a matter of seeing people care. There've been many stories about many problems with the past several elections, and it doesn't seem like anyone wants to fix things, or even shine the light of publicity on the games being played.

You're right, of course, that if there were harsher penalties, they'd just get figured in to playing the games that are played each election. My thoughts are more like, if these penalties already existed, it might be a sign that we had the proper attitude about elections already.
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[User Picture]From: jonsinger
2005-01-10 09:36 pm (UTC)

What you said is right on.

Although umbran's caution is well put, I am so with you on this... Many thanks for saying it!

Cheers --
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