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US State Department preaches to Eqypt about election process

November 19, 2010

Egypt rejects US meddling in internal affairs – Arab News.

A little pot calling the kettle black here.  Apparently the US State Department is calling for Egypt to make sure

…an open electoral process would include a credible and impartial mechanism for reviewing election-related complaints, a domestic election observation effort according to international standards, and the presence of international observers

That is from our Ambassador Scobey.  When can we have a credible and impartial mechanism for reviewing election-related complaints?  Cause Because according to the Department of Justice Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandez when questioned about enforcing Section 8 of the “Motor Voter” law: [from the Wall Street Journal]

“We’re not interested in those kind of cases. What do they have to do with helping increase minority access and turnout? We want to increase access to the ballot, not limit it.”

She is right to a degree, they do decrease access to the ballot, but usually for just for dead people.  But hey, dead people have a right to vote too!  Of course, it means the DOJ has chosen to ignore a law it is tasked with enforcing, but we shouldn’t let that fact blur the shining visage of justice the department otherwise has.  Only a fool would suspect there could be other laws they would choose not to enforce.

I am not saying we should have the UN certifying our elections, want to talk about a waste of time, but I am damn sure saying we have no room to be telling other countries how to run theirs.

[edited for readability – 11/19/10 – 21:15]

6 Comments leave one →
  1. bunkerville permalink
    November 19, 2010 9:52 am

    I have had a change of heart about “Democratic” elections…We end up with tyrants that do away with free elections and end up with nasty dictatorships. Free.. look at Palestine. Now we got Hammas. All in the name of “Free Elections”… and our elections? The taint still lingers from Minn. Chicago?….

    • November 19, 2010 10:38 am

      This is one of those issues I seriously have no alternative options . Every form of voting I can think of still relies on faith in the government to ensure the outcome. What happens when you lose faith in the government?

      • bunkerville permalink
        November 19, 2010 2:21 pm

        Quite true. But I admit, I am losing faith as this Zombie congress that intends to vote into law every possible method of total control. This afternoon we will be having disatrous votes I predict. I have called, but to no avail.

      • November 19, 2010 3:36 pm

        Anarchy would be bad, The good news, is conservatives own most of the guns, so at least it won’t be a liberal takeover.

      • November 19, 2010 3:14 pm

        We vote the bastards out if we can. Then we elect another set of bastards. Democracy comes with a heavy dose of responsibility and if enough citizens fail to act responsibly we get what we have today. That’s why you and the rest of us do what we can to keep-up the good fight.

        BTW, did our illustrious State Department send a similar message to the Saudis? I doubt it.


      • November 19, 2010 3:38 pm

        I agree in principle, but what if the vote doesn’t matter? I am not suggesting we are there yet, but I am suggesting every election cycle it seems to get worse.

        As far as the Saudi’s we need to cut those bastards off. If we need a staging area in the middle east, lets start working with a real ally, like oh I don’t know, ISRAEL. Screw Saudi Arabia, bunch of bastards.

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