The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United Nations partner on democratization and human rights projects, will send 44 observers from its human rights office around America on election day to monitor various activities, including potential problems at polling places. It's part of a broader observation initiative that will send out an additional 80 to 90 observers from nearly 30 countries to keep an eye on private American citizens.
Liberal-leaning civil rights groups, including The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP and the ACLU, met with representatives from the OSCE this week to express their fears about what they say are systematic efforts to suppress minority voters likely to vote for President Obama. In a letter earlier this month to Daan Everts, a senior official with OSCE, they warned of "a coordinated political effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans -- particularly traditionally disenfranchised groups like minorities."
Texas is at least one state rejecting this plan for U.N. involvement. In a letter sent by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the AG warns that U.N. poll watchers "do not have jurisdiction in the state and will, therefore, be criminally prosecuted if they attempt to interfere at Texas polling locations on Nov. 6." The letter goes on to say, "Groups and individuals from outside the United States are not allowed to influence or interfere with the election process in Texas. This State has robust election laws that were carefully crafted to protect the integrity of our election system."
It is astounding that we would bring in the U.N. to oversee American elections just because some left-wing groups fear "conservative intimidation". When will our government understand that U.S. Citizens do not want to be world citizens? And where was the OSCE when the Black Panthers were intimidating white seniors at polling stations in Philadelphia in 2010?
By the way, who is allowing these monitors to come and get involved in our elections? Did Congress ask for them? No. Did the States ask them to come in and be a monitor? No. So how can these liberal groups simply ask the U.N. to get involved in our sovereign, American activities, and nobody has a say in it? Something is definitely not right here.
In a country as vastly huge as America is, it's hopefully unlikely that approximately 135 foreign observers could have much impact with their presence. But on principle, every state in the Union should stand up to these unwanted and unnecessary foreigners on American soil who will attempt to interfere with U.S. elections. Legally they have no jurisdiction to be here in this capacity anyway.
Each and every legal registered voter in this country has a right and even an obligation to vote in the manner that he or she elects. This does not, however, give anybody from any special interest groups or the U.N. the right to monitor the election process. Bravo to Texas for standing up to these non-American forces. Every state should follow its lead and forbid this from taking place.
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