Thursday, January 19, 2006

Voter fraud and intimidation in 2004 now going to trial

In the one confirmed and undeniable case of voter intimidation and a premeditated attempt to keep people from the polls, 5 men are now standing trial in Wisconsin. These 5 upstanding citizens are charged with destruction of private property in which they slashed the tires of 25 vans rented by the Republican Party of Wisconsin to drive people to the polls. There is no question that what they did was for the purpose of keeping voters who would likely vote for George Bush in 2004 from getting to the ballot box. The editor for the Wisconsin State Journal puts it quite eloquently:

::::::::This is not just another run-of-the-mill case of vandalism. It's an affront to our democratic system.

The Republican Party of Wisconsin had rented the vehicles to shuttle GOP-friendly voters to the polls. That's perfectly legal. In fact, it's noble.

If you need a ride to the polls, you probably can't drive or don't own a car. Perhaps you are disabled or elderly. Democrats target similar help to voters likely to vote Democratic.

What's not OK is preventing people from voting by sabotaging their transportation. It's dastardly and far worse than the actual physical damage to the vehicles, esti mated at over $2,500.

What's also dastardly is the massive silence the media is putting off about this case. If this were a case where 5 Republicans - two of them sons of prominent Republican elected officials - had engaged in blockading Democrats from getting to the polls you wouldn't be able to turn on the TV without seeing footage from the courtroom. Then again, the media would also be screaming that it shouldn't take 16 months to convict them, either.

But it's not 5 Republicans. It's 5 Democrats. So it's "Move along, nothing to see here," from the news media. Sure, no bias there.