Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Today I was accused of wanting to suppress the vote
Here in Texas early voting for the primary election runoffs is going on, and I voted today. There was exactly one race on my ballot, for Supreme Court Place 3. (I won't say who I voted for, but I voted against the candidate endorsed by Alberto Gonzales.) When I asked for a Republican ballot, the sweet little old poll worker asked me if I had a baseball bat in my car. I asked, "No, why?" She answered, "To beat voters with." Now she was joking, but the joke clearly represented some long-held bias. Forget the fact that her side has been much worse with voter intimidation recently, and that the Democratic Machine in Jefferson County doesn't exactly have a spectacular record on voting integrity. The truth is that this is why Conservatives have to have the utmost integrity. When Liberals cheat, their voters rationalize it as what's necessary to "do the people's work". When Conservatives cheat, it's part of a sinister plot. We have to be honest, we have to be fair, and we have to be civil, as Senator Tom Coburn has urged for.