In Athens, TN, in 1946, a corrupt political machine tried to repeat what they’d been doing for years – stealing an election from the People. Tampering with the Ballot Box. Intimidating the voters.
This time the opposition to those intimidating the voters and stealing the election included recently-returned veterans from WW2. Men who had fought, killed and died for freedom. And who were not averse to fighting for it at home.
Ben Franklin responded to a questioner in 1776 asking the kind of government America had been given. His response, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
These men in TN fought to keep it. No charges were filed against them for doing so.
In America, the government does not give us our rights; it is the other way around. Our Constitution defines the limited, enumerated rights of the government, and states, in the final Amendment of the Bill of Rights, the addition to the Constitution required in order for American citizens to ratify it, that,
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
The First Amendment gives us freedom of thought, assembly, religion, press and speech.
The Second Amendment gives us the tools and the right to protect those rights.
These men in TN used that right to protect theirs.
In 2008, the New Black Panthers, decked-out in paramilitary uniforms and carrying billy clubs intimidated voters in Philadelphia in what Bartle Bull, a former civil rights lawyer and veteran poll watcher and publisher of the left-wing Village Voice called, “the most blatant form of voters intimidation I’ve ever seen.” [WSJ, may require subscription]
(Bull started off as a volunteer for Adlai Stevenson [and] headed Robert Kennedy’s campaign in New York in 1968, and … in 1971, worked to get civil-rights stalwart Charles Evers elected governor of Mississippi.)
But Obama’s DoJ, against the advice of DoJ career election officials, dismissed the case. Not only was the case dismissed, but their superiors, in violation of federal law, had ordered them not to testify before Congress.
The initial DoJ trial team submitted to the DoJ the following, “We strongly believe that this is one of the clearest violations of Section 11(b) [of the Voting Rights Act] the Department has come across. There is never a good reason to bring a billy club to a polling station. If the conduct of these men, which was video recorded and broadcast nationally, does not violate Section 11(b), the statute will have little meaning going forward.”
But it was dropped by Holder and Obama.
So the question – the point of the post, is this: Few doubt Obama will go to any length to assure re-election. The initial DoJ trial team noted (above) that, if this [NBP intimidation] is not a violation, the Voting Rights Act will have “little meaning going forward.”
Well, we’re now four years “forward”.
In 1946 We the People stood-up to voter fraud.
In the days of a corrupt DoJ, ACORN, an un-litigated “blatant” case of intimidation by the NBP…
… Will We the People, if we see evidence of voter fraud, of our rights and liberties being stolen… will we stand-up in 2012?
Will we show that we mean to keep our republic?