"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Monday, May 23, 2011

SHOCK NEWS: Every Republican legislator in Florida is illiterate

"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself."  ---- John Adams

In an effort to rig the 2008 election Democrats spent millions of dollars on lawyers to do everything in their power to tie Ralph Nader up in court and keep him off the ballot in as many states as possible.  That is what passes for "freedom" in 21st Century America.  Our Founding Fathers would be so proud.

SHOCK NEWS:  The Federalist Papers and the Constitution
contain big words that are hard for the illiterate to read.
Florida legislators prove the collapse of modern education.
Now the apparently illiterate Republican legislators of Florida have decided to join the ranks of those leaders famous for supressing the vote:  Juan Peron, Francisco Franco and Hugo Chavez.

I say illiterate because it appears the Republicans have failed or are unable to to read the most basic founding documents of our Federalist Republic: the Federalist Papers and the Constitution.  

The Freedom to vote is about as basic as it can get, but the GOP controlled Florida legislature wants to rig the election before the first vote is cast.

Rigging Elections

On May 19, Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) signed HB 1355, which hugely increases ballot access barriers for new political parties that wish to run someone for President.   The new law requires new political party presidential candidates to submit 335,000 valid signatures.  The new party must pay not only to collect the signatures but then pay to have their own signatures checked. 

So-called "established" political parties such as the Democratic Party do not need a petition to be on the ballot.  Collecting massive numbers of signatures is simply an attempt to intimidate political opposition and rig elections.

We know how this game is played.  Getting 335,000 signatures for the right to appear on a ballot is an
insane attempt to rig the election before it starts.  But getting 335,000 valid signatures is only the first step.  A candidate might have to collect 500,000 or 600,000 signatures to come up with 335,000 valid ones.

"All of us as individuals that vote want to make sure that our elections are fair and honest," said Governor Scott with a straight face.

According to Kurt Browning the Republican Secretary of State,  "I don't think this bill is bad for Florida. … It doesn't negatively impact Florida voters."

Our great Federalist President John Adams was right yet again.  Democracy will murder itself in the quest for raw power.

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