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September 22, 2012

In My Opinion: Fairness and the American elections

How many Americans believe Americans are all about fair play?

What American parent would look the other way after a staged scenario involving their daughter’s denial of the opportunity to be the first female class president because precocious boys prearranged a method to discount votes from the girls’ classmates that might have won her the election?

Is this the American way? If so, who modeled this “fair” behavior for them?

Anyone ascending to any presidency in this fashion is pathetic and definitely not the type of leader I would follow. Any presidency obtained in such a manner would forever be tainted by winning perhaps not illegally but definitely immorally.

What is occurring around the country in response to possible voting fraud, voting rights and what ultimately amounts to voting suppression is reprehensible.

No one wants election fraud, and taking precautions to address such things makes sense, if it is a legitimate concern. However, if there is little to no history of voting fraud in a region — and yet a plan is devised to protect that community against such possible fraud that will make it more difficult for some to vote than others — something is amiss.

It must be difficult for some members of a political party that stand to benefit directly from this type of questionable activity to sleep at night. Shame often brings with it insomnia.

It is unimaginable that people would attempt to win at the cost of obstructing an American birthright, one that people died for. Are the individuals orchestrating the suppression of voters fearful of something? Perhaps it is paranoia about the ascension to political prominence of possibly divergent voices. Is it far-fetched to imagine there may have been overt concern with the possible immediate success by a precocious president who audaciously believed he could.

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