Cheating

To the Editor,

Democrats and their surrogates in the press are constantly on the warpath against the recently enacted Wisconsin Voter ID law. Recently there was a public comment that the Republicans could be helped a little by the new law. Out of nowhere a renewed outcry of “voter suppression” ensued. You would have thought that somebody was again burning crosses in peoples’ front yards.

Why don’t we just face the facts and say it: If there is a way to cheat, someone’s going to figure it out and vote more than once. And it has been figured out and it is happening. And it is happening because the past legislatures while making it easier to vote also made it easier to cheat. It is human nature to rationalize why doing something wrong is OK. In the case of voter fraud, the justification is that the cheater’s vision or political ambition makes the act acceptable if not honorable. Folks who think like that will vote fraudulently until it becomes inconvenient or they risk punishment.

If a Republican even hints that there might be cheating, the drumbeat begins. “There is no proof of voter fraud”, they will scream. That means unless you get caught, it must have never happened. In the districts where there is no balance between Republican and Democrat and no oversight by the opposing party, the temptation to manipulate the polls becomes overwhelming.

Don’t be fooled, there is vote stealing. Those complaining the loudest and writing letters about voter suppression are the ones who know how the system is gamed. Voter ID is a good start to control voter fraud but more needs to be done. Democracy is a sham unless each person gets only one vote.

Dennis Gasper

Chairman Sheboygan County

Republican Party


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I "gasp" at the ideas
Submitted by dpatric2@gmail.com on Thu, 2016-04-28 13:12.
I "gasp" at the ideas expressed in this letter. But I read "between the lines" and saw this... Republicans and their surrogates in the press are constantly on the warpath against citizen concerns expressed about the recently enacted Wisconsin Voter ID law and other voting/election law changes. Recently there was a public comment that the Republicans could be helped a little by the new law. Out of a continued concern about strengthening our democracy, a renewed outcry of “voter suppression” ensued. We should think that somebody burning crosses in peoples’ front yards is as bad as reversing our country's long history of making voting easily accessible and free of unreasonable restrictions. Why don’t we just face the facts and say it: If there is a way to suppress votes, someone’s going to figure it out and implement unreasonable voter hindrances more than once. And it has been figured out and it is happening. And it is happening because past legislatures while making it easier to suppress votes also made it easier to justify it. It is human nature to rationalize why doing something wrong is OK. In the case of voter suppression, the justification by the suppressor's “fraud” vision, position of power, political ambition, or false talking points makes the act acceptable if not honorable. Folks who think like that will fraudulently diminish our democracy until they risk punishment by losing elections. If a Democrat even hints that there might be voter suppression, the drumbeat begins. “There is no proof of voter suppression”, they will scream. That means unless you refute the false talking points with evidence, it must not be happening (even though a former Republican staff person said behavior in Republican legislative caucuses indicates otherwise). In the districts where there is no balance between Republican and Democrat (because of the worst gerrymandered redistricting in history) and no oversight by the opposing party, the suppressive efforts to manipulate the polls shows overwhelming evidence of effectiveness . Don’t be fooled, there is vote suppression. Those complaining the loudest and writing letters about voter fraud are the ones who know how the system is gamed and rigged. Voter ID is just a start to control voter turnout but more will be done (like the Sheboygan County Clerk wanting to eliminate same day voter registration) to suppress the vote. Democracy is a sham unless each person gets out to easily vote in free and fair elections. We should be ashamed that the “greatest democracy in the world” rarely reaches more than 50% of eligible voters actually voting!!!
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