I’m not telling you how to vote, just giving you a few things to think about

Craig Hall

Here comes that special Tuesday in November, all too many of which the past few decades have been “the single most important election in our lifetime.” But given the power grabs from COVID-19, insurrections around the country and over-the-cliff trend toward progressive communism, the “experts” might finally be correct.

So, what’s a voter to do?

Well, for starters, they should vote. But having one’s vote count isn’t as easy as one might think. Only in a mixed up country where one side wants to make it so easy for people to exercise their most important civic duty does that same side set up for fraud and abuse of said sacred duty. One would have to dismiss all reality to think government has the ability to install mail-in voting procedures in state after state in a matter of weeks. It can’t. Period. It’s a recipe for fraud and abuse.

The solution is simple. Make election day a holiday so everyone can have the time to drop off their ballots or vote in person. And if they want to participate in this sacred, civic duty, they need to take the time to register. Otherwise, no vote. And before the argument begins, “Well, some folks can’t get out to register and voter ID is racist and we have the technology to do same day voting, yada, yada, yada …” let’s look at some facts.

I agree we have the technology to register everyone of voting age. Yet, we have voters with registrations at three or four addresses in different states or lord knows what else. And these voter roll “errors” invite voter fraud. We could use our technology to get people registered (especially those who can’t get to registration locations), keep them registered as they move and change addresses or states in which they live and do the obvious elimination of duplicate names. But we don’t.

As for voter ID laws, I don’t see the argument against them. You need an ID to do almost anything in this country from buying a beer to driving to catching a fish to receiving any government benefit or attend a government function. These alone cover every person of voting age. Yet, some reject voter ID. The government uses technology to mail out assistance, track your life and collect your taxes — no problems for it there. But it can’t seem to get things right with voting. Why is that? The only answer can be because some people in power running the voting want it that way.

One should think twice about anyone who exclaims, “One person, one vote,” or “A popular vote should decide our president,” or “Voter ID is racist.” Why? Because we already get one vote and don’t live in a mob-ruled democracy. Perhaps a civics lesson would be of assistance here. But then again, who runs our schools? Also, IDs aren’t racist. They help us in many ways. Finally, we hear those voting evils of Jim Crow are a thing of the past. Then again, one party seems to have forgotten who the party of Jim Crow was.

So perhaps a vote for folks who believe in free and fair elections is in order. Maybe we look a little closer at elections where someone wins one day, but their opponent wins the next. And before we begin the “both sides cheat” debate, answer this question: When was the last time you saw a Republican win with the “finding” of votes after the polls closed after their opponent was declared the winner on election day? I won’t wait.

Just on voting alone there’s plenty to think about. There’re also things like having one party control the executive and legislative branches. How’s that working Colorado? History has shown a tendency for overreach and tyranny occurring when this happens. Obamacare, anyone?

How about the courts? Do we want federal judges to create laws or rule constitutionality? How about ruling on actual law and not personal preferences at the circuit level? How about not having so many laws where so many actions we take as “free people” end up in court? You do know if government wasn’t making so many laws and intruding on our freedoms, little of this occurs and the courts could actually do their jobs. Don’t you?

`How about the old “Jesus was a socialist” to get your faith-based vote? Hate to burst bubbles, but the Bible is based in freedom, self-determination and free will. Politically, it’s anti-tyranny. Yes, my savior spent time with the forgotten, downtrodden and sick. He didn’t do it at the mandate of government, however. He did it out of his heart. There’s a lot of lessons in the good book — eternal truths, as many would agree. But those seem forgotten as well in our rulers.

There’re 100 more issues I could go into. But that would take a book, not a column. And believe me, those issues are my issues as government consolidates more and more power. So my vote always goes with the folks who make government less of an issue.

It might be worth a few minutes to ponder, and then vote freedom first.