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Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Politics and civil commentary with community columnist John Eyster.


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John Eyster
Sunday, November 4, 2012


MORE & MORE I am reading and hearing that WE THE PEOPLE of the US will be VERY GRATEFUL when the campaign season is over on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6. Are YOU?

Are YOU too sick & tired of the invasion of our lives and homes by campaign propaganda from every candidate for elective office which is the MORE OFFENSIVE this year because of the development of the SUPER PACs! HELP! I am among citizens of the US who BEG our legislators – state and national – to SAVE us from another such political campaign cycle! Please!! First and foremost, ROBO-CALLS should be PROHIBITED! WHY NOT?!

I think WE THE PEOPLE of the US ought to become more aware of OTHER POLITICAL SYSTEMS in which CAMPAIGNING is more focused. Consider our neighbor, “Elections in Canada” – scroll down to the section, “Length of election campaigns.”

Read this portion of the article and you will find out that the minimum length for campaigns for a national election is 36 days. There is no legal maximum except that the Charter requires Parliament to sit once every 12 months, so never can a campaign season exceed about 300 days.

The reality is that the longest campaign season was the 1926 election which lasted 76 days. The election campaign season in 2005-2006 lasted 55-days! I wish for a campaign season of no more than 60 days! What do YOU wish for? (NOTE: I do agree with the Canadian minimum of 36 days.)

Following our countdown to Election Day, I’ve posted on my WE THE PEOPLE blog:

“COUNTDOWN to ELECTION DAY” on November 1.

“COUNTDOWN to ELECTION DAY – Part II” on November 3.

Now, today, “COUNTDOWN to ELECTION DAY - Part III” and I plan on “COUNTDOWN to ELECTION DAY – Part IV” tomorrow.

I was happy to read the New York Times editorial, “Upholding Democracy, Ballot by Ballot.”

VERY SAD to read, “In Iowa and Wisconsin, the Romney campaign has given its poll watchers misleading or incorrect information — for instance, that voters should show an ID in Iowa, where none is required — which could create disputes and long lines, most likely in Democratic precincts.”

If you want to read more, check out the article, “GOP training materials for poll watchers misleading, state elections officials say” published in last Thursday’s Cap Times.

I agree with the Times editorial calling for a VERY HEAVY VOTER TURNOUT in the 2012 General Election as ONE of the ways to undermine the restrictions on voting! “Public outcry, with support from the courts, may eventually remove these threats to democracy. For now, those who contribute to a heavy turnout on Tuesday will send a message that Americans reject any underhanded effort to place political gain above a franchise for which people have given their lives.”

So far, it appears that WE THE PEOPLE of WI are demonstrating with our VERY HIGH VOTER TURN-OUT that we do NOT support infringements on our VOTER RIGHTS! The final tally after voting at the polls on Tuesday will tell us. I voted early using in person absentee voting. Have YOU voted yet? Will you vote on Tuesday?

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT TODAY – The New York Times “On this day” feature reminded me that today is the date on which Barack Hussein Obama was elected 44th president of the US. “ON THIS DAY - On Nov. 4, 2008, Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States, as the country chose him as its first black chief executive.”

I always prize reading the E-edition of the Gazette when it is accessible online early. Today, I want to salute Gazette Editor-in-Chief Scott Angus for his candid discussion in his weekly column, “Editor’s Views” about the Presidential endorsement published in today’s Gazette! I agree with Scott that today’s endorsement in the Presidential race should NOT be “surprised.” For sure, anyone and everyone who reads the Gazette regularly do KNOW well the REPUBLICAN ownership of the Gazette. Remember: “He who pays the piper calls the tune.”

Read Scott’s statement “While the board typically takes votes on which candidates to support, Bliss sometimes invokes executive privilege and makes the call himself on the higher offices. You can do that when you own the press.” Yes, the owner has special control.

This is NOT unlike ABRAHAM LINCOLN’s vote with his cabinet on the EMANCIATPION PROCLAMATION. The cabinet voted it down. Announcing the vote, President Lincoln stated that he voted FOR the Emancipation Proclamation and that single vote was the “majority.” Reality!

Regular readers of my WE THE PEOPLE blog KNOW that I do NOT agree with the Gazette’s Presidential endorsement today.

I do HOPE you vote! The countdown continues and I follow the GAB’s OFFICIAL COUNTDOWN regularly. As I post this on my blog – the countdown is: 2 Days – 1 Hour – 7 Minutes – 45 Seconds. If you want to check on the countdown NOW as you are reading WE THE PEOPLE blog, use this link to see the countdown clock posted by our WI Government Accountability Board, “Voter Information Center.”

Here we go…

Mr. E.

Last updated: 10:33 am Wednesday, August 28, 2013

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor assigned with the online/distance education faculty of Viterbo University, LaCrosse. He continues his personal mission supporting democracy/civics education in Wisconsin K-12 schools through Project Citizen, We the People, Discovering Democracy (Milton HS). John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff or management.

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