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Delay what? Election What?

Date: 16 July, 2004

By: Chief

Imagen the off chance you have not heard the latest rumbling from the elected, appointed or hired idiots in Washington, D.C., there is talk, kind of testing the waters talk, of delaying federal elections in the case of a terrorist attack. Then, as if adding insult to injury, some talking head made the brilliant statement that no federal agency has the "statutory authority" to order a delay of a federal election.

Well no duh there Maynard. Federal elections are held every two years. It is a Constitutional requirement. Remember the entire House of Representatives is up for grabs every other year, along with 1/3 of the U.S. Senate. The White House is one the line every four years. And that, boys and girls, is why there is no "statutory authority" to delay a federal election. There can't be any because the Constitution is quite specific about how long a member of the house, a member of the senate and a president can serve — before an election shall take place. Further, a sitting president is tied to a Constitutional Amendment, Amendment 22 to be exact, which states:

"No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once."

The intent of the twenty second Amendment was to keep another FDR presidency from happening. FDR was well into his fourth term when he died in office in 1945. Harry Truman who was FDR's vice president took over.

There is one additional little technical difficulty for the current crop of elected idiots to overcome pertaining to providing "statutory authority" to delay a Constitutionally required federal election. Congress has no, as in zero, authority to enact any law which could or would grant the federales the power to delay a federal election. The only way it could be done is to first get a Constitutional amendment passed which would grant the congress the power to enact a law in order to delay a federal election. And from my vantage point that does not appear to be very likely, let alone on the horizon. But, one never knows. So keep your eyes peeled.

Most importantly is that any delay in an election is a disaster for the people of the country. One of our strongest selling points, if you will, is having numerous elections. Yeah, we do tend to get stupid and reelect the same bonehead time after time after time. But we can boot the son-of-a-bitch out if we so choose. And when we feel like it or are sick and tired of the scum sucking dog we do give him or her the boot. That is as it should be. It is our choice who to elect and who to fire. The Constitution tells us when an election shall be held and we, in turn, do the hiring and firing as needed. We do not need nor desire congress telling us when an election shall be held.

Aside from the standpoint of our elected jerks staying in office past their Constitutional term, there is, and this is really the important point, a clear and present danger that would exist to our liberty — our freedom. To put it into perspective, if congress got their amendment to have the power to delay a federal election and congress felt it necessary to do so, for whatever reason they dream up, how long would they delay the election? One day? One month? One year? Indefinitely? Just exactly how long would the delay be? Moreover, how many new laws would be placed on the books to erode what little freedom we have left? That is what happens in South America, land of the Banana Republics. I hate bananas.

I find it fascinating that federal elections were not delayed during the War of 1812, the War Between the States, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam or at any other time in our history. But because some pesky criminals flew some planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and one into the ground, the feds decided to float this travesty before the media in order to get and judge the reaction.

Apparently our collective reaction to this federale nightmare was enough to have them, for the time being anyway, pull the idea. The feds have since been quiet on the issue. That does not mean, however, that they have forgotten or shelved it. Not even close. They will, in time, dust it off and try again. Once the federales bring something up it is never forgotten or lost. But we are on the right track by strenuously objecting to this latest federale number two. Be forewarned that though we are on the right track if we do not derail the train we will, nonetheless, end up getting run over by it.

Abraham Lincoln was urged by some aides to suspend the election of 1864 — during the war between the states (the Civil War) — but despite the expectation that he would lose, he refused.

" 'The election is a necessity', Lincoln said. 'We cannot have a free government without elections; and if the rebellion could force us to forgo, or postpone, a national election, it might fairly claim to have already conquered us'."

Nuff said.

[Ed. note: This page has been updated.]

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