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Constitution Should ‘Monitor’ U.S. Election

By Doug Patton

August 9, 2004

It was such an outlandish and ridiculous suggestion when it came up in Congress last month that most of us immediately dismissed it as nothing more than rank partisan sniping. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, recalling the contentious 2000 electoral mess in Florida, called for the United Nations to “monitor” the U.S. Presidential Election in November in order to “ensure free and fair elections in America.”

This from a congressional representative whose party has a long history of using everything in its sleazy bag of tricks to cheat when it comes to winning close elections, from stuffing ballot boxes to registering the dead. In fact, Rep. Johnson’s 2000 presidential nominee, Al Gore, did his level best to steal the 2000 election in Florida by challenging the votes of thousands of military personnel, known to favor Bush, and by calling for very selective recounts in specific counties known to favor Gore. Even if one discounts the fact that the broadcast networks manipulated the vote in Florida by calling the election for Gore before the polls had closed, thereby discouraging many potential Bush voters from even bothering to vote, every independent source looking into those results concluded that Bush won the state’s electoral votes and therefore the national election. But, of course, Gore, desperate to win, pushed the issue into the courts, which ultimately had to decide the issue.

In clear violation of their constitutional oath of office, Rep. Johnson and twelve of her equally ignorant colleagues signed a letter to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan requesting intervention in this year’s election for President of the United States. Under their silly but dangerous proposal, the corrupt international body that gave us the Oil for Food scandal, comprised of thugs and dictators who are accountable to no one, would “monitor” the fairness of our election.

Reaction to this stupidity was swift. Joseph Farah of World Net Daily editorialized that Johnson’s action was “high treason” and called for her removal from Congress, along with the eight other members who signed the letter calling for U.N. involvement.

In an open letter to Rep. Johnson, Thomas Kilgannon, President of the Freedom Alliance, wrote:

“Your appeal to the Secretary-General is alarming and embarrassing. As a Member of Congress sworn to uphold the Constitution and represent the people of the United States, it is disturbing, to say the least, that you would entrust the most sacred act of American democracy — our Presidential election — to an international institution which is unaccountable to the American people and mired by scandal and corruption.

The United Nations, which counts among its members state sponsors of terrorism, human rights abusers, dictatorships, and repressive monarchies, is simply unfit and unqualified to comment in any way on the manner in which this great Republic chooses its commander-in-chief.”

When, Kofi Annan turned down the request from the oblivious 13, they took their case directly to the Bush State Department and partially got their wish: the United States of America will allow something called the “Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)” to monitor our election. According to our own State Department, we agreed to this nonsense at a 1990 meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark. Members of this organization include our old friends France, Germany and Russia.

The Bush Administration assures us that OSCE will have no power to change or review our election. They will simply “observe” and “monitor.” Then why is he allowing it to happen? Is it to somehow validate the 2000 election in the eyes of liberals who, because of Florida, will always believe he is an illegitimate president? Is it because the first Bush Administration committed us to this travesty in the first place?

These questions must be asked, because there will be problems with this election. The Democrats will make sure of it.

Doug PattonDoug Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a speechwriter and policy advisor for candidates, elected officials and public policy organizations at the federal, state and local levels. He is a senior writer for GOPUSA, and his weekly columns are published in newspapers across the country. He also writes for Talon News Service. Readers can e-mail him at dpatton@neonramp.com.

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