The more you put the pieces of the puzzle together, the more clear it becomes that the DFL, DTL-Minnesota and Alida Messinger have a plan to influence elections before a single candidate has been chosen. This isn’t random. It’s part of a plan, a very well thought-out plan.

The first step in the plan was the now-antiquated Secretary of State Project:

Moreover, in 2006 SoSP accused Blackwell and Republicans of conspiring to suppress Democratic voter turnout in Ohio. “We were tired of Republican manipulation of elections,” said Michael Kieschnick. “It seemed like lots of decisions were made by people who were pretty clearly political operatives.” “Any serious commitment to wrestling control of the country from the Republican Party must include removing their political operatives from deciding who can vote and whose votes will count,” added Becky Bond.

The 2006 midterm elections were an important part of the plan. Putting progressive Secretaries of State in place meant that progressives controlled the voting rolls. How important is that? It can’t be emphasized too much.

In Minnesota, hundreds of felons illegally voted in the 2008 elections because Mark Ritchie didn’t update the SVRS, aka the State Voter Registration System to prevent felons from voting. Ritchie’s office said that the Minnesota legislature didn’t give him the authority to do that.

He’s right about that. They didn’t. They didn’t because HAVA, the Help America Vote Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush, didn’t just give secretaries of state the authority but the affirmative responsibility to keep SVRS updated.

Another part of the progressives’ dream election system is the abolition of Photo ID laws. Initially, progressives said that Photo ID was a poll tax, making it unconstitutional. That argument was shot down when the US Supreme Court ruled on Crawford v. Marion County. What’s interesting is that the ruling wasn’t the typical 5-4 ruling. It was 6-3, with then-Justice John Paul Stevens writing the majority opinion.

After that, the progressives’ argument was that it suppressed turnout. This weekend, that argument got shot down by former Congressional Black Caucus member Artur Davis:

The fact that a law that is unlikely to impede a single good faith voter, and that only gives voting the same elements of security as writing a check at the store, or obtaining a library card, is controversial does say much about the raw feelings in our current politics.

According to Congressman Davis, voter suppression isn’t an issue. Voter fraud is:

The truth is that the most aggressive contemporary voter suppression in the African American community, at least in Alabama, is the wholesale manufacture of ballots, at the polls and absentee, in parts of the Black Belt.

Voting the names of the dead, and the nonexistent, and the too)-mentally-impaired to function, cancels out the votes of citizens who are exercising their rights; that’s suppression by any light. If you doubt it exists, I don’t; I’ve heard the peddlers of these ballots brag about it, I’ve been asked to provide the funds for it, and I am confident it has changed at least a few close local election results.

Let’s connect the dots that we’ve collected thus far.

  1. Progressives put a plan in place to elect progressive candidates to be the secretaries of state in key battleground states. (For the most part, the progressives’ plan was effective.
  2. These secretaries of state controlled the SVRS. (This can’t be overemphasized in importance.)
  3. Controlling the SVRS allowed corrupt secretaries of state like Mark Ritchie to keep inelligible felons from voting by not updating the SVRS.
  4. Progressives have waged a continuing campaign against Photo ID, first saying it was a poll tax, then arguing that it suppresses voter turnout.
  5. Voter fraud exists. In fact, Photo ID would prevent alot of fraud, according to former Congressman Artur Davis, (D-AL).
  6. Davis has identified a way voter fraud has been committed in painstaking detail.

A shorter summary would read like this: progressives put in place secretaries of state, who then didn’t do what the law, specifically HAVA, requires. As a result, felons voted illegally. Progressives also fought against Photo ID laws even though the US Supreme Court ruled the laws constitutional and even though they would’ve prevented the voter fraud described by former Congressman Davis. As must information as that is, that isn’t all of it. In 2010, the nation made a significant shift to the right.

The national righward shift worries progressives because Republicans totally control the redistricting process in alot of key states. That’s why progressives are working hard to minimize the impact of redistricting. That’s why DTL-Midwest was created. Their goal isn’t to take partisanship out of the equation. DTL-Midwest’s goal isn’t transparency, either.

Their goal is to limit the damage of this year’s redistricting. Their goals say one thing. Their actions say the opposite thing. This morning, Kent Kaiser, the vice-chair of DTL-Minnesota’s Citizens Commission, told Rod Grams during his interview that “the map that the legislature drew did a better job of reflecting the Citizens Commission’s principles” than the map submitted in the Citizens Commission’s name.

Progressives are attempting to influence elections using multiple sets of tactics. Corrupt secretaries of state are influencing elections by not keeping SVRS rolls updated properly, which allows felons to vote illegally. Progressives are attempting to influence elections through voter fraud as outlined in a firsthand description of former Congressman Artur Davis, who says people are voting illegally through the “wholesale manufacture of ballots.”

Davis further said that “voting the names of the dead, and the nonexistent, and the too-mentally-impaired to function, cancels out the votes of citizens who are exercising their rights.” That’s voter fraud by any thoughtful person’s definition. It’s the type of thing that only used to be done in Chicago and Philadelphia. Thanks to the progressives’ ends-justifies-the-means attitude, they’ve now spread that practice to the entire nation.

Progressives can’t win elections because their ideas are wildly popular. They can only win elections where the district is overwhelmingly progressive or where they can commit voter fraud. If those things aren’t possible, then they’ll try influencing elections through scams like DTL-Minnesota’s Citizens Commission. Photo ID won’t clean up the entire mess so we shouldn’t pretend it will. To clean out the progressives’ corruption, we’ll need competent, honest secretaries of state who’ll prevent felons from illegally voting.

We’ll also need to continually expose the progressives’ attempt to win elections through redistricting.

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