Election Theft 101
Nov. 10, 2000
L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
contributor to Newsmax.com
Election thievery is easy. Anyone can become an expert, so
why not aim high? Go after the top office in the land. All you
have to do is follow a few, simple, time-tested rules. Soon you,ll
find yourself able to compete with the best of the looters.
Step 1: Demand a recount.
This can be accomplished with little effort, particularly when
an election is close. In fact, a recount is automatic under some
state laws. Make sure, though, that you get your people to manufacture
votes during the recount.
Just in case you are unable to produce enough new votes, be
ready with an alternate plan. One shrewd option might be to demand
a hand recount, even before the results of the first recount
Step 2: Send out your assistants to dig up as much
dirt as possible.
When you,re first starting out, it,s best if you have some people
with prior experience in the art of election plundering. When
you can,t get the most highly sought after individuals in the
field like, for instance, the former mayor of Chicago, Richard
J. Daley, you might consider hiring one of his relatives.
In the event a recount doesn,t quite go your way, there is
nothing like a good fishing expedition to provide choice material
with which to question the results. It,s highly advisable to
solicit victims, maybe some senior citizens who have had difficulty
with the arduous task of punching the correct holes in a paper
ballot. But a word of caution. It,s important to appear to have
your emissaries initiate any action.
Step 3: Create as many questions, controversies and
doubts as possible, while you yourself remain above the fray.
The effective election swindler will deal in quantity rather
than quality. The worth of the claim is far less important than
its propaganda value. The goal is to instill a sufficient degree
of uncertainty so the assertion can be made that the election
It also helps to frequently remind yourself of this adage:
"If I throw enough dung at the wall, some of it will stick.
Some useful accusations that can be hurled include the following:
that the form of the ballot was misleading; that voters were
confused during the process; that some ballots are missing entirely;
or that voting machines were faulty. Try to generate outcry for
that all important second or third recount.
Step 4: Direct your surrogates to assemble, finance
and prepare an army of lawyers in order to move the election
into the courts.
Use of the courts to delay or actually change the result of an
election is one of the finest backup plans. It will work especially
well if you can enlist the help of a partisan federal circuit
judge. If a biased federal judge is not available, go to state
court. Whatever you do, do not let yourself be distracted by
talk of a constitutional crisis.
Step 5: Play good cop, bad cop.
Be sure to make speeches that are filled with noble platitudes.
At the same time, continue plotting your ballot larceny behind
the scenes. Send out substitutes to all of the media outlets
so you can begin the process of conditioning the public. (See
Step 8 entitled "Spin and propagandize.)
Step 6: Play the race card.
Identify some minority victims. Then ask a celebrity minority
leader, say someone like Jesse Jackson, to organize a number
of demonstrations. If you want a real edge, elicit the help of
minority members of Congress to stir up the community and make
the general populace feel uncomfortable.
Step 7: Bring in the Feds.
With a little luck, you,ll have an Attorney General who can step
in and provide some additional weight. The presence of this figure
should strike fear in the hearts of young and old alike. In addition,
the entrance of a law enforcement official may even provide cover
when critics emerge.
Step 8: Spin and propagandize to sway public opinion.
Finally, you need to undermine the legitimacy of the outcome.
For example, in the case where an electoral vote decides the
presidency without an accompanying popular vote, question the
relevance of antiquated procedures for current times. Completely
ignore any talk of the rule of law or reference to respect for
the Constitution. If anyone attempts to bring up the truth thing,
act indignant. Change the subject. Never forget that the goal
is to win at whatever cost necessary.
Beware of those who hold up the example of Richard Nixon,s
timely concession in 1960 or those who express concern over the
uncertainty of the financial markets, the image of the U.S. on
the world stage or the time it normally takes for a smooth transition
of power. After all, this is war.
And here,s the cardinal rule of election theft: Never ever
listen to those who try to tell you that it,s in the best interest
of the country to concede in a gracious manner. No, the only
way to steal an election in style is to keep your focus on you.
Now go out and seize those votes!
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