STORM CLOUDS Election Process
Not that an October Surprise wasn’t expected for the 2012 election cycle, just not as an act of nature. Republicans and Democrats may have seen their theoretical advantages swept away on Sandy’s tides.
Ironically in visiting those swamped by the sea of water consuming New Jersey, President Obama said we must help our people and leave no one behind. Hmmm . . . Wonder where that philosophy was for Ambassador Christopher Stevens and our troops killed in a terrorist attack on Benghazi, Libya? Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour correctly notes that Hurricane Sandy may have been as manna from heaven to the Obama campaign. But the same could be said in pointing out how even more of our economic mess has become apparent by this act of G-d requiring hundreds of millions of dollars which we don’t have to assist the devastated areas.
Voter Suppression concerns, flipping election boxes to record votes for the wrong candidates and other electioneering stories are taking a back seat to the need to protect our citizens and make sure all are safe in the face of this, our most recent disaster. The vulnerability of our election procedures is highlighted by the power failures throughout New York and New Jersey which will make voting machines inoperable.
Fundamental to a democratic society must be the ability of people to vote and as the floods float away personal possessions and other means of identification, concerns about voter ID will be highlighted without a reasonable solution other than to take a citizen’s word on his eligibility. Delaying the voting reminds one of the saying justice delayed is justice denied as may become the voting process of 2012.
The return to paper ballots for all elections even where machines may have previously counted the vote is critical to insure that accountability and transparency rein in ours the last best hope for a free and democratic society. The national deficit may be a problem, but we must spend whatever it takes to rescue and protect our citizens. Now that several swing states and those previously considered safe are flooded, it remains for others to pick up the slack and turn the tide for their candidates and lend help to our fellow Americans. The case must be made for who will build the best sea walls and budget for the erosion caused to existing infrastructure by salty waters as well as years of neglect.
Brutus in Julius Caesar Act 4, Scene III sums it up best:
There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.
DR. ADA M. FISHER IS A PHYSICIAN, LICENSED TEACHER FOR SECONDARY EDUCATION IN MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE, PREVIOUSLY ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, AUTHOR AND IS THE NC REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEEWOMAN. HER BOOK, COMMON SENSE CONSERVATIVE PRESCRIPTIONS , BOOK I IS AVAILABLE THROUGH BOOK STORES OR ON LINE THROUGH AMAZON.COM. CONTACT HER AT P. O. BOX 777; SALISBURY, NC 28145; DRFISHER@DRADAMFISHER.COM