Is the Vote Rigged?

 

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Mary Starrett
Communications Director

 QUOTE:

“Impress upon your children the truth that (voting) is a… duty of as solemn a nature as man can… perform; that a man may not innocently trifle with his vote; that every elector is a trustee as well for others as himself.”

~ Daniel Webster, 1840
                                                                                        
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CP Communications Director Mary Starrett joins host Mark Dankof weekly on Thursdays 8-9 am Central / 9-10 am EDT/ 6-7 am PDT to discuss our weekly press releases and other CP issues. The show can be accessed on:
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October 16,  2007, CPNC National Chairman Jim Clymer on Mark Dankof’s America, Republic Broadcasting Network, http://www.republicbroadcasting.org/index.php?cmd=listenlive

PRESS RELEASE:

Is the Vote Rigged?
Effort To Expose Computer Vote Fraud Leads To Lawsuit

Lancaster, Pa/ October 15, 2007- The Constitution Party  encourages support for the National Clean Elections Lawsuit (N-CEL). The suit was filed against ten states: New Hampshire, Iowa, Ohio, Florida, California, New York, Illinois, Oregon, South Carolina, and Texas.

 The Constitution Party, the country’s third largest party based on voter registration (Ballot-Access News) warns against electronic voting in its platform. The party points out  that since 1988 all but a handful of the 3,142 counties in the US have delegated the “counting” process, done in secret, to several mega companies, Diebold, ES&S, Hart and Sequioa. All 50 secretaries of state have approved these systems.

The Clean Elections lawsuit, in the process of expanding to all 50 states, charges that the use of any computer (direct-recording-electronic- or DRE) systems which obscure ballots from the people for any period of  time before a count is completed and the results are announced are unconstitutional.

 The Constitution Party joins Citizens for a Fair Vote Count  and plaintiffs in the Clean Elections Lawsuit in calling attention to the potential for vote fraud with electronic voting systems. According to the suit, the use of computer and machine election systems violates each citizen’s right to vote, as defined at least twice by the Supreme Court of the United States. In 1915 and 1964 the US Supreme Court ruled that a citizen’s right to vote consists of two parts: 1) the right to cast a ballot; 2) the right to know that his ballot has been counted accurately.

“Paper ballots, always accounted for in plain sight, are the only option to make sure our votes are cast and counted  honestly”, said Constitution Party National Committee Chairman Jim Clymer.

  “When credentialed computer scientists from prestigious institutions such as Princeton (itpolicy.princeton.edu/voting/ts-paper.pdf) and Standford (http://utahcountvotes.org/ddill.html) universities have proven time and again electronic voting systems can’t be trusted, it’s imperative we move to stop computer vote fraud immediately”, Clymer added.

 “Since ballots leave the sight of the people in the precinct before the votes are counted, breaking the chain of custody of the ballots, the illegality and unconstitutionality of electronic voting is clear”, wrote Citizens for a Fair Vote Count’s Jim Condit Jr.

“To make matters worse, the private companies controlling the ballots then give the “results” of electronic voting, gathered through touch screens with no paper trail, directly to the Big TV Networks -ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, & FOX. Centralized counting and reporting have no place in a free country. While the United States government sends monitors to make sure third world countries conduct fair elections, the fox is guarding the ballot box hen house here at home” Clymer remarked.

The Constitution Party challenges other political parties and all voters to support the National Clean Elections Lawsuit while demanding accountability from state, county and federal elections officials.

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The Constitution Party will formally adopt this resolution at its upcoming National Committee Meeting 10/25-27 in Council Bluffs, Ia.

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Taxing Ourselves to Death

Congressman Ron Paul

This past week, Congress had an opportunity to permanently repeal the death tax by amending the Tax Collection Responsibility Act of 2007 to include language that ends the estate tax forever.  This would have been a good provision in an overall bad bill.  212 Democrats were enough to keep this spectre looming on the horizon if the Bush tax cuts are not renewed in 2011.  The bill passed without this silver lining and now we face big in increases taxes and penalties in the next five years.

The underlying attitude behind this bill, and the estate tax, is what I find so distressing about tax policy in this country today – that being a growing disregard for property rights, which are so important to the American dream.

The basic tenets of the American dream are that through hard work and ingenuity, you can earn a better life for yourself, and you can give your children a better start than you had.  Surveying American history this vision has played out through steady economic progress and growth from one generation to the next.  Our prosperity now is our reward for hard work and achievement in the past.  Today we are the strongest economy in the world, and have much to be proud of, but Congress doesn’t seem to understand that we did not tax our way here.

Conversely, a nation certainly can tax its way out of prosperity, and that’s one danger I see with this bill, and with policies like the death tax.

The death tax punishes one of the greatest and ultimate satisfactions of achieving the American dream – the knowledge that your life’s work is an investment in your family’s future.  Instead of being able to focus on hard work, however, death tax provisions keep countless estate planners working countless hours helping Americans negotiate through complicated tax laws just to keep the fruits of their life’s work out of the squandering hands of government.

Other anti-property rights provisions in the Tax Collection Responsibility Act make desperate last attempts to extract the most amount of revenue possible from expatriots on their way out the door.  A telling signal that a country is taxing itself to death is capital flight and expatriation.  When successful Americans no longer feel their property is secure from government thieves, and they have too much to lose by staying, they vote with their feet and go elsewhere.  This country is poorer for the loss of that citizen’s investment here, but it is their right to keep and enjoy what they have built up.  How dare Congress or the IRS try to deny them that?  And what message does that send to the next generation of young entrepreneurs?

It is troubling to me that this country is chasing away wealth, while entitlements recklessly grow.  The power to tax is the power to destroy, and we are making strides towards destroying prosperity but expanding the welfare state.  This is a dangerous and untenable trend.

186 Republicans and 10 Democrats voted with me last week to kill the Death Tax.  It is my hope that we will get another chance in the future to end this punitive and un-American tax for good.