Resistance is not futile


You must learn to comply , . .

It’s really quite easy if you try.

Take your opinion from the latest poll.

You might want to try it out with your friends at the mall.

If you find you’re not in step with the latest broadcast,

from your commander-in-chief,

or the pretty people on TV,

just take your little happy pill with your morning Joe

and don’t forget to listen to the hip radio show

because they might cut off those marvelous little stamps,

which help your family get by,

if you will only listen more and comply.

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.
  – Groucho Marx

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Groucho Marx, self-portrait. (image public domain courtesy of Wikipedia)


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Henry David Thoreau wrote an essay, now popularly known as “Civil Disobedience,” which was originally titled “Resistance to Civil Government.” He delivered it as a lecture in 1848 and published it 1849. He wished to avoid politics and government, although they both affected his life. Just as many Americans in the north before the Civil War, Thoreau was morally opposed to slavery. He viewed the U.S. – Mexican War (1846–48), as an unjust aggression against a neighboring country and also as a means by which the southern states could acquire more territory for slavery.

Flying a false flag of voter suppression is a clever way of masking a significant problem of assuring ballot integrity. Voting rights are not suppressed by having to show proper identification. When applying for employment it is a federal requirement of the employer for the applicant to prove their right to work based on Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) – 1986 requirements. All of us must show acceptable forms of identification. Application for loans, alcoholic beverage purchases all require ID. Voter fraud has proven to be a routine problem and was even a basis of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley consistent re-election. Looking the other way was his trademark as long as he was elected. This should not be the foundation from which any candidate gets elected. Vote suppression might be a better term for overlooking a greater problem of impersonation fraud at the ballot box. Voter identification law cuts both ways and treats each political party with equal requirements.

In 1996 Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination unopposed for Illinois State Senator. He was able to do so by challenging the legitimacy of signatures for an opposition candidate. Voting laws are made to prevent ethical violations and this is one example which demonstrates the need for similar voter authenticity. Laws against voter fraud are in place because the system must be free from corruption.