By M.D. Kittle
The same Democrats who have accused conservatives of destroying democracy are railing against a conservative event aimed at recruiting and training poll watchers.
Believe it or not, after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg dumped hundreds of millions of dollars into liberal groups that embedded in election offices of Democrat-heavy cities, a lot of voters still have concerns about the integrity of elections.
Democrats have lumped legitimate questions into their sweeping “insurrection” show, the politically-driven public congressional hearings on the Jan. 6, 2021 riots at the U.S. Capitol.
“I find it absolutely ridiculous that they are questioning training and informing individuals to be prepared for the most important process in maintaining our democracy, that being Election Day,” said state Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls).
Brandtjen chairs an Assembly committee that has been investigating allegations of wrongdoing in the 2020 presidential election. State and local elections officials in Wisconsin’s largest cities have defied subpoenas to turn over important election-related documents.
“Making sure we’re sorting out the facts from fiction on Election Day is essential for people to believe in the election process,” Brandtjen said.
While there is no definitive evidence of mass election fraud that would have overturned the results of the election, there were certainly plenty of opportunities for malfeasance and laws were clearly broken.
But the people screaming the loudest about the “Big Lie” care little about election integrity. If they did they wouldn’t wage war against voter ID laws, clean voter rolls, and restrictions on outside private groups (liberal or conservative) infiltrating elections.
The same people who tell you they are for the people and for the core principles of democracy don’t much care for conservative observers at the polls. That’s because democracy is extremely inconvenient to them when their opponents get engaged. And their opponents are engaged perhaps like never before.
As Republican National Committee spokeswoman Rachel Reisner notes, poll-watching is a bipartisan activity. Democrats and Republicans alike are encouraged to send a list of party members who want to serve as poll watchers and workers.
Democrats just don’t like it when Republicans step up in liberal bastions like Milwaukee and Madison. They especially don’t like it when Republicans speak up — in much the same way that school boards and educrats don’t want to hear from frustrated parents about policies and curriculum they’re shoving down everyone’s throats.
Since 2020, increasing numbers of conservatives are volunteering to do Election Day duty. It seems elections officials in some cities don’t want to be observed.
So much for democratic transparency.
“Democrats protesting and intimidating volunteers who are interested in becoming poll watchers and workers are disenfranchising Republicans who have a legal right to be involved in the process. Anyone who says otherwise should be ashamed of themselves,” Reisner said.
There seems to be little shame among the “this is what democracy looks like” crowd, and certainly little integrity.