Saturday, October 21, 2006

Tell me what Tan Nguyen did that was criminal?

I'm not even sure that Nguyen or his campaign staff did anything improper. While I have no love for Republicans, I was appalled to read that California's jack-booted thugs have now raided his home and campaign office over this.

And what precipitated things? A "letter, written in Spanish, was mailed to an estimated 14,000 Democratic voters in Orange County." It simply said,

"You are advised that if your residence in this country is illegal or you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that could result in jail time."

That's it. Having read it several times, I wonder how it is not true.

Every AP article on this has said smugly, "In fact, immigrants who are adult naturalized citizens are eligible to vote." So what? The first conditionality is "if your residence in this country is illegal," and as far as I'm aware, illegal aliens are by definition not citizens, so they therefore cannot vote legally. Also, a naturalized person is no longer an immigrant: "naturalized immigrant" is a contradiction in terms. The moment my mother took her oath, she became an American.

And now the Democrats, who I now think must have a gene compelling them to act like morons, are calling this letter a "hate crime." Here's some news: liberal assholes are the ones committing the hate crime. They hate that some people are successful and become wealthy, evinced in every tax increase they support.

Let's be more candid. The Democrats love this, not just because it hurts Republicans, not just because it solidifies their hold on the Hispanic vote, but because this will further encourage illegal aliens to vote in our elections, and illegals by far vote for Democrats. Why do you think Democrats consistently oppose requiring voters to show ID, even if the state will pay for people who can't afford a driver's license or state-issued ID card? "Racist" my natural-born citizen ass. I'm quite open on immigration, but good lord, what is the purpose of citizenship when we don't strictly enforce our election laws? "Only citizens have the right to vote" is the first and most important election law. When you're so lax that you accuse someone of a "threat" or a "hate crime" because a staffer reminded people of it, the rest of the election laws become meaningless.

Also, what "threat" was in the letter? How is it a "threat" to remind people of the law? If you don't realize that the letter doesn't apply to naturalized citizens, then flatly, you don't deserve to vote because you're not aware of your rights. There are too many idiots out there who think their "civil right" to vote means they can be part of 51%+ of voters who elect people to spend the money coerced from everyone else. Like Neal Boortz, the more they don't vote, the more I'm happy. It's not because I want to deprive them of their own inalienable rights, but because they deprive me of mine, specifically my right to my own property.

When you discard limited government, voting degenerates into what Bastiat described: "The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else." It's bad enough when citizens screw each other over at the polls, but then throw in illegal immigrants who pay very little in taxes anyway, who'll illegally vote for a candidate who will give them more in social services. Great, isn't it?

The other day, a friend at work couldn't understand why taxes are theft. A head tax is one thing: as someone, a man I loved as a father, taught me many years ago, "It would be fair if they took a dollar from everybody." But it is theft when our progressive federal income tax collects nearly all the revenue from the top 25% and redistributes it to the bottom half, nearly all of whom pay nothing in taxes.

But, my friend said, there's no theft because "people vote for the politicians." Ho! Nothing could be more incorrect, mistaken or naïve. A mere plurality, or a majority as required in a few jurisdictions, is all it takes to elect a politician over the objections of the other voters. When my neighbors elect someone I would never vote for in a million years, how is it not theft when he raises my taxes? I didn't agree to it, nor did I ever sign some "social compact" bullshit.

My friend also denies that there is any "force" in taxation, ignoring that if I refuse to pay my taxes, I'll have even more of my wealth confiscated, and perhaps be jailed for the "impudence" of trying to keep my own property. How much does it take to be called "force," a SWAT team raid? As Bastiat laid out for us in The Law, government's powers come from the people, so lawful government therefore cannot do anything that individuals cannot lawfully do. Can my neighbors come to me every two weeks and demand a "cut" of my paycheck, threatening me with imprisonment? If they cannot, then by what right can they elect a government to do the same, acting as their agent?

Well, I suppose the same right by which illegal aliens vote in our elections.

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Anonymous Timothy said...

Perry, i like you. Clearly rule through democracy is simply rule through tyranny,
what defines a dictatorship is that it does not acknowledge individual rights, that is exactly what defines a true democracy; the absence of absolutes...rights. The largest political unit in the country imposes it's will on a minority in a democracy, but minorities have rights,from the 49% right down to the minority of the individual. In a free country there are limitations imposed on government by individual rights, not the other way around.

Sunday, October 22, 2006 1:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone read the FULL text of the letter? The Spanish original and a passable full translation are available at
http://maldef.org/pdf/AlbertoGonzales10172006.pdf
(following the cover letter to AG Al).

The FIRST paragraph clearly states that if the recipient is a citizen, they SHOULD vote. This covers naturalized immigrant voters, including naturalized immigrants. (If you don't know whether you are a citizen, you are not.)

The rest of the letter - by logical elimination - is addressed to NON-citizens (i.e., illegals and legal immigrants who are not naturalized). Neither legal nor illegal immigrants are allowed to vote.

IMPORTANT: unlike natural-born Americans, naturalized immigrants (such as Nellie and Benny Diaz, the activists who raised the issue publicly) must have taken and passed a citizenship exam when they naturalized.

If they are STILL not sure whether they are allowed to vote, they should seek medical help.

Sunday, October 22, 2006 3:46:00 AM  
Blogger Mike Lawson said...

Well, the letter was sent to 14,000 registered voters--all of whom were born outside of the United States (and therefore, are considered to be "immigrants").

The letter also contains a paragraph that says " you are advised that the government of the United States is installing anew computer system to verify the names of all new registered voters that vote in the October and November elections. Anti-immigration organizations can ask forinformation from this new computer system."

This computer system is non-existent and completley imaginary. And a recipent of this letter could be intimidated into not showing up at the polls merely because of the hassle that could come about.

If I got a letter from someone telling me that the IRS is installing machines that could be used to check my past income tax filings, I may stay home on November 7th. While I don't believe that I've done anything wrong with my taxes, I would worry that showing up and going through the "computer system" might find something.

There are people that don't vote because they want to avoid jury duty.

I agree that illegal immigrants should not vote. But the county of Orange has a registrar that needs to be dealing with that.

Sunday, October 22, 2006 12:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Orange County Registrar of Voters is legally required to accept a "voter's" statement that he/she is a citizen.

Moreover, the "motor voter" form in California is deliberately phrased and laid out in a confusing manner so as to blur the distinction between citizens and non-citizens.

Illegal voting is a major issue in Orange County. A congressional investigation found:

After a careful comparison between the Orange County voter registration files and INS databases the Task Force was able to clearly and convincingly document that 624 persons had illegally registered and thus were not eligible to cast ballots in the November 1996 election.60

Full report at:
http://www.congress.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/R?cp105:FLD010:@1(hr416)

Monday, October 23, 2006 5:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The contents of the letter should be emblazoned in large red letters, on the front of each polling place.

Get someone to write a bill.

Thursday, November 02, 2006 8:02:00 PM  

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