William Hamilton: Reelection 2012, things to do
June 20, 2012
To borrow from comedian Jay Leno, it appears that President Obama made so many posh improvements to the prison at Guantanamo Bay that it is now more like a gated community. Our economy is to the point that only the Gitmo inmates can say they are better off today than they were four years ago.
Seriously, let’s assume you are running for re-election. Your professional pollsters tell you the young people who voted for you in droves in 2008 will probably stay home in 2012. What do you do? Well, it depends on your perception of today’s young voters.
If you perceive today’s youth as decent, sober, responsible, wannabe achievers who would rather work than be on welfare, then you would want them to perceive you as a candidate with a positive vision for a bright economic future for America, someone with the proven leadership skills to get our economy moving in the right direction.
If, however, you perceive of today’s American youth as a bunch of financially irresponsible, non-religious, dope-smoking, anti-family, under-achievers who are looking for a socialist hand-out rather than a capitalist hand-up, you will need a different approach. For example, promise “free” student loans, attack certain churches for their religious convictions, provide free birth control, attack capitalism, demean stay-at-home mothers, and undermine traditional marriage.
What? You’ve tried all that and it isn’t working. Okay. Give 800,000 young illegal immigrants work permits. Attach a voter registration card to each work permit and let ACORN get them to the polls in November. Promise the illegals free or reduced school tuition. Also, tell the “Animal House” youth that you’ll legalize pot.
Now, if that doesn’t work out for you, there is always voter fraud. The Communist dictator, Joseph Stalin said, “It’s not the people who vote that count. It’s the people who count the votes who count.” Where possible, use Chicago rules for counting ballots, i.e., the dead get to vote early and often. Order your attorney general to attack any state that tries to purge its voter registration lists of dead people, felons, and illegal aliens.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says voter fraud is not a problem. But, on April 3, 2012, a white male walked into Eric Holder’s Washington, D.C. voting precinct, asked for Holder’s ballot and, without proof of the stranger’s actual identity, the election worker tried to hand the stranger Holder’s ballot. Rather than commit voter fraud, the stranger refused to touch the offered ballot, saying he would feel better if he went out to his car and got his ID card. He did not return.
But the odds are that the stranger could have voted Holder’s ballot and gotten away with it. Keep in mind, Eric Holder is black and relatively famous. The male was white and a relative nobody. You can watch this actual incident on your computer by going to: http://www.projectveritas.com. When told a white male could have voted Holder’s ballot, Mr. Holder’s reaction was to say that voter fraud happens so little that election outcomes are not affected. Okay. Then why is it so routinely practiced in Chicago?
You could also blame Congress but, embarrassingly, your own party took control of Congress on Jan. 3, 2007, lost the House in 2010, but still controls the U.S. Senate. So, maybe this re-election thing isn’t going to work out for you. Possible solution: Step aside. Let Hillary take your place. She already has the drapes and the silver service. Play more golf.
Nationally syndicated columnist, William Hamilton, was educated at the University of Oklahoma, the George Washington University, the U.S Naval War College, the University of Nebraska, and Harvard University.