Battleground Texas: Defending the vote

Making the Eyes of Texas blue.

 

Image via Fort Bend Democrats (who, bless their hearts, love this display because it involved "recycling").
Image via Fort Bend Democrats (who, bless their hearts, love this display because it involved “recycling”).

The new video from James O’Keefe (see below) has gone viral in the last 72 hours.  It was the first big “get” for Breitbart Texas, and for good reason: it shows an operative from the Obama-affiliated Battleground Texas PAC apparently violating Texas law on voter registration. Continue reading “Battleground Texas: Defending the vote”

2012 Election: After a bad outcome, a downpayment on hope

Let freedom ring.

In the aftermath of 6 November, there are so many things to talk about that it’s hard to scope them down and present them all together.  So I’m not going to try to do that, but rather talk about ideas one or two at a time.

The idea for today is what I consider the most basic, which is that the political side that won the election can’t win the future.  It has no organized idea of hope or a future.  It is not a way for men to live.

Humans are creatures of both reasonable, structured hope and marvelous, ingenious aspiration.  Take away the latter, and the former languishes, ceasing to produce and satisfy.  If we hadn’t decided to forget all history prior to, say, the inauguration of George W. Bush, we would remember that the constraining of human hopes by communism yields exactly the result I have outlined. Continue reading “2012 Election: After a bad outcome, a downpayment on hope”

2012 election: Time-out from history definitively over

It’s baa-aack.

In 1989, Francis Fukuyama wrote an essay for the National Journal entitled “The End of History?”  The essay became the foundation of his 1992 book, The End of History and the Last Man.  I read the book at the time – and disagreed at the time with its quintessentially-20th-century thesis that mankind had evolved firmly into Western liberal democracy, and that the social and cultural pressures that had hitherto created “history” would no longer be doing so.

That’s the 20th century in a nutshell: the ascendance of a shallow, even sophomoric belief Continue reading “2012 election: Time-out from history definitively over”

Election Day: 6 November 2012; UPDATE: More shenanigans; More UPDATES; First results from Indiana; UPDATE: Fox calls Ohio for Obama

Vote early. Vote once.

I will be updating this post as new information comes in today.  I’ll be live-blogging in earnest when the polls start closing in the East.  A couple of updates to start with, however.

– Ed Morrissey’s been following the burble about Romney being up by 92K votes, in early voting, over Obama in Ohio.  If you heard that figure, it’s not valid.  Ohio officials affirm that the vote count hasn’t started. Continue reading “Election Day: 6 November 2012; UPDATE: More shenanigans; More UPDATES; First results from Indiana; UPDATE: Fox calls Ohio for Obama”

Guide to the California propositions, 6 November 2012 general election; UPDATE: Results

Ready, set, vote!

There will be 11 separate initiatives on the California ballot on Tuesday, as any California voter who’s been watching TV knows.  Some of the advertising on these initiatives is absurd.  Most of it from both sides of the aisle focuses on a single point – sometimes a misleading one – as if the voters are morons who can’t string more than one thought together.  Herewith, a slightly more in-depth treatment.  (Prop. 30 is the only one that runs long.)

Bonus features:  (a) a printable crib sheet to remind you which way you want to vote on each measure. (b)  Link to the full texts of the propositions at the California Secretary of State website.

Proposition 30.  Better known as “Hand over the cash or we kill the schools,” Continue reading “Guide to the California propositions, 6 November 2012 general election; UPDATE: Results”