Chicago?s Daley-driven machine is legendary for its uncanny ability to raise the dead on the first Tuesday of every November. Just outside of Chicago, two suburban GOP strongholds, Chicago Heights and Cicero, have received unwanted attention in recent years for their own election chicanery. That?s just in one 30-mile radius.
International observers, however, are not going to investigate real ballot stuffing or have anywhere near the manpower to do anything beyond a cursory overview of polling practices at a handful of precincts.
The OSCE presence this November, though, is eagerly anticipated by many disgruntled leftist members of Congress, none more so than Barbara Lee (D-CA). Lee last month had spearheaded a Congressional Black Caucus request that the United Nations send a squadron of observers.
While not getting a dream team from the body that bestows equal moral legitimacy to Kim Jong-Il as George W. Bush, Lee nonetheless expressed pleasure at the invite to the OSCE: ?I am pleased that the State Department responded by acting on this need for international monitors.?
Lee, you see, knows that the 2000 elections were a sham; Michael Moore told her so. The heavyweight filmmaker?s ?Fahrenheit 9/11? made her realize that ?the 2000 presidential elections were rife with deception and fraud.?
The conspiratorial Congresswoman and Moore share something else in common: each one opposed the war in Afghanistan. Lee, a woman with greater fondness for Fidel Castro than George W. Bush, was the lone ?no? vote when Congress authorized war in the immediate aftermath of September 11.
Sending international monitors to the U.S. is akin to Moore?s propaganda piece showing Iraqi children laughing and playing in Baghdad during Saddam?s ruthless reign, conveniently ignoring images of Saddam?s torture chambers, rape rooms, and hundreds of thousands of mass graves.
Even after the liberation of 23 million Iraqis, more than a billion still live under the thumb of tyranny, yet people purportedly concerned with freedom and human rights have decided to monitor elections in the country that best exemplifies both.
Come to think of it, maybe an inviting an OSCE delegation isn?t so crazy after all?as long as they follow one simple instruction: watch and learn.
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
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