If This Story is True — Blame the Republicans
By Steve Deace
I received some emails yesterday from friends and listeners about a story of alleged voter fraud from Fox News.
The story is about a woman named Melowese Richardson, whom Fox describes as a “veteran Ohio poll worker.” Fox says that three months after the election, Richardson still proudly has her Obama-Biden sign in her yard. Recently, Richardson told television station WYPO that she voted twice, once on Election Day and the other via absentee ballot.
“Yes, I voted twice,” Richardson said. “After registering thousands of people, I certainly wanted my vote to count, so I voted. I voted at the polls.”
Now authorities are investigating if she voted in the names of four other people as well for a total of six times.
“I’ll fight for Mr. Obama and Mr. Obama’s right to sit as President of the United States,” Richardson defiantly said in response to the voter fraud investigation currently underway.
She admits she voted in the name of her granddaughter and another unnamed person, but then says “there was absolutely no intent on my part to commit voter fraud.” I guess if Obama has a right to be president then anything you do to help uphold his “right” can’t be fraud.
Fox then describes the reaction others alleged to have commit voter fraud gave investigators when contacted:
“I explained that she voted twice and she told me not to bother her and get off her phone and she hung up,” the investigator wrote.
Another voter admitted to double voting, but did not think it was an issue.
“The voter said yes she ‘voted early’ and then voted again, then she asked ‘what’s the problem?’” according to the report.
Yet another voter was at a loss for explaining why he voted more than once.
“Voter said he remembered both times. He doesn’t know why he voted twice,” the report said.
This story reminds me of one of my all-time favorite live newscast clips, courtesy of CNN on Election Day 2008:
Right about now some of you reading this believe your suspicions have been at least anecdotally confirmed, and yes the election was stolen from those of us that actually understand where freedom and liberty come from and how to sustain it. However, while I share your disappointment in Obama being re-elected, in the past I haven’t spent much time on stories like this for two reasons.
One, I have a natural aversion to conspiracy theories. Before I became a Christian I bought into many of them and X-Files was one of my favorite TV shows. After I became a Christian and finally saw how flawed human nature really is (including my own), I came to the conclusion that conspiracy theories often give flawed human nature way too much credit.
So if you think the same White House that can’t cover-up Benghazi and pre-screen its own nominees thoroughly somehow orchestrated a mass conspiracy of voter fraud to steal an election, you’re probably making the same mistake with Obama that Democrats once made with George W. Bush. He can’t be both a sinister mastermind and “The Amateur” at the same time.
Nevertheless, because of my trust (for lack of a better word) in flawed human nature, I certainly believe it’s possible there are legions of other potential Melowese Richardsons out there (and frankly Republican versions as well). And that leads me to the second reason why I don’t spend a lot of time on stories like this.
Ultimately we can vent, blog, Facebook, and Tweet our frustration about these stories all we want, but if there isn’t a real opposition party to manifest that frustration it’s full of sound and fury but signifying nothing. So I look at stories like this the same way I looked at Mitt Romney’s failure to confront Obama on Benghazi in not one but two nationally-televised debates — why should I want the Republicans to win more than they want to win?
After a while we can stomp our feet and complain all we want about the culprit, but every culprit requires a collaborator. That’s why from the very beginning I’ve spent more time on my show discussing those pretending to be on our side who sell us out, rather then tilting at windmills by attacking those I know from the very outset don’t agree with me and never will. Heck, at least they’re honest.
There’s a reason Jesus didn’t warn us to be afraid of the wolf itself, because we know instinctively to either flee or defend ourselves when the predator bares its claws and fangs in a threatening manner. I know where Melowese Richardson stands. She’s being honest with me. It’s John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Karl Rove, and the rest of the wolves in sheep clothing I’m more concerned about.
Thanks to them, it’s quite likely that even if Romney had won we’d still be complaining about many of the same things we’re complaining about from Obama.
Herein lies our real problem.
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