Something is going on in Washington and California that will have a great impact on tomorrow's election -- and it stinks to high heaven. Let me start by telling you how I found out about it. A very good friend of mine, who shall remain nameless, has a long-time live-in housekeeper from Guatemala. The housekeeper has a daughter who just turned 18. The immigration status of both mother and daughter has been pending for years. Papers have been filed with the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Hearings have been held. But they are not citizens.
This is very
important: The daughter has not registered to vote. But, a few days ago,
the 18-year-old got a very attractively packaged "Dear friend" letter from
Bill Clinton, paid for by the California Democratic Party. Here's what it
said (on one side in Spanish and on the other side in English): "While
every election is important, the November 7th election will determine our
future for the next decade, and beyond. The stakes are high for America's
Latino families. And California is the critical battleground. "That's why
I'm writing. We need your help to elect a Democratic Congress. "Despite
our strong economy, many hard-working people still struggle to make ends
meet. Quality, affordable health care, a world-class education, aging with
dignity, and well-paid jobs are part of the American dream -- rather than
an American reality -- for too many people. "Electing a Democratic
Congress is essential for our 'Families First' legislative agenda.
"Congratulations on your decision to register. Registering to vote is a basic responsibility of citizenship that far too many people ignore. "Now that you are registered ... "Can I count on you to vote Democratic on November 7th? "Will you make an extra effort to elect Democrats to Congress -- and to your State Legislature -- by talking to your family, friends and neighbors? "Remember: Your Vote is Your Voice. "Su Voz, Es Su Voto. Make your voice heard on Election Day. "Sincerely, President Bill Clinton"
Below that letter is a P.S. that explains: "Here is your personal Voter Identification Card. Sign your name, then detach your card. Bring your card with you to your polling place on Election Day. It will help your voting go more smoothly." Apparently all the recipient needs to do with this Voter Identification Card is sign it to be eligible to vote. Keep in mind, this was sent to a previously unregistered voter.
As my friend points out, only the U.S. government knows her age and pending residency status, and, obviously her Latino background. How did this information wind up in the partisan political hands of the California Democratic Party? And what kind of impact will a mailing like this -- obviously utilizing a government database for political purposes -- have on the California legislative races? How widespread is this fraud? This is making my head spin. The recipient of this letter happens to live in congressional and state legislative districts that are very hotly contested in Southern California. But this appears to be a statewide mailing from the Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento. It's mind-boggling. The fraud is so blatant.
Yet, not a peep out of the Republicans. They apparently won't even know what hit them. The polls in recent days show them making big gains in this once-invulnerable Al Gore stronghold state. A mass mailing like this effectively registering tens of thousands of potential Democratic voters days before the election is a secret weapon held back deliberately to avoid detection, scrutiny and publicity. After the election, the party will be happy to pay a fine for any illegalities involved. Clinton will be out of office and untouchable as always. There will be a new regime in at the INS. And it will all be swept under the rug. And who knows if this technique is not being deployed by other state Democratic Party units? I don't doubt it for a minute. This is voter fraud, pure and simple. And those responsible include the president of the United States, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, possibly the Census Bureau and certainly the California Democratic Party.
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