The Politics of M.A.D

Last week I posted about the hatred that was being spouted about Anaheim City Council Candidate Bill Dalati. Well, I guess that was just the first among many opening salvos on just how nasty this election is going to get with less then three weeks to go before election day.

Yesterday a friend of mine e-mailed me a copy of a letter in spanish that was sent to newly registered voters in the County of Orange. It seems that the only ones who received the letters were those who registered under hispanic last-names. After receiving a translation of the letter, the ugliness of people who will go to no end to win came to light.

The letter claims that the Registrar of Voters has developed a technology to detect if a person is here illegally and will immediately flag your vote and arrest you at the polling location. Apparently mailed out by the group “California Coalition for Immigration Reform,” which seems to be located in Huntington Beach, CA (at least the PO Box is), contains a list of various groups along the margin of the letter and is signed by a Sergio Rameriez. (Who knows if this person actually exist?). The body of the letter says that there is “No incentive to vote” and that it is “useless and dangerous to vote in any election unless you are a citizen of the United States.” Both of the two main points that are contained in the letter are deliberate falsehoods that any student of Political Science can spot: Immigrants can’t vote (well, that would wipe out over half of the voter base) and the state has a computer system to track legal residence status (Illegal and a violation of campaign law, one just needs to look at the controversy surrounding the presentation of ID at a polling location.)

According to the Los Angeles Times, CCIR did not send the letter. However, affiliated members of the group were investigated by the FBI when they stood near polling sites in 1996 and in 1998 with signs that stated that only citizens can vote. The Mexican American Legal Defense Fund is asking the US Department of Justice to look into who sent the letter and to bring charges.

In the whacked out conspiracy theory department: Chuck DeVore, State Assembly member in the 70th District, claims the Democrats sent out the letter in an attempt to boost Lou Correa’s campaign. (Um, Chuck isn’t Military Intelligence an oxymoron?). Matt Cunningham (Jubal) of OC Blog claims that this letter is being unfairly pinned on the OC GOP.

The source of the letter seems to be unknown at this point as Barbra Coe of CCIR says that they did not send the letter (Her e-mail and phone number is listed on the letterhead, but the logo has varied with each batch of letters that have been sent out according to the Times and Coe). As the voice of reason here, the person who sent this letter and their political affiliation needs to be know. If this was sent by the OC GOP in an attempt to battle for the 34th then this is just the same slime-ball politics that emanates from the OC GOP. If this is a member acting on his/her own recognizance for the CCIR then that person needs pay the price for sending this blatantly false and illegal letter. However, if any connection arises between the letter, the OC GOP, and CCIR and/or a member(s) then the stiffest penalty should be levied against all parties.

10 Comments so far

  1. More about the letter (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 6:04 pm

    Here’s a simple test: who’s profiting from the letter?


  2. Mike Randall (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 12:20 am

    Look’s like you.

    Your personal post on the subject is full of misinformation and lacks actual evidence. It seems you are trying to make the same leap of faith that Chuck DeVore and Matt Cunningham mad over at OC Blog.


  3. eh (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 12:21 am

    Let me see if I have this straight: the US is being overrun by literally millions of Hispanic illegals, too many of whom are criminal, creating an almost too big to calculate cost to our society, and too many of whom are academically challenged, which is creating a new ethnic underclass with all the attendant social problems, and we’re supposed to get all upset because a few Hispanics got a letter of unknown origin, a letter that has the gall to point out a literal truth — that only citizens can vote.

    Is that about right?


  4. Mike Randall (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 12:36 am

    Sorry about the state of your education.

    The letter itself is illegial and you want to condone this action?

    How about bringing back the poll tax, wait with the way this is going that may be next.


  5. eh (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 2:13 am

    Sorry about the state of your education.

    Huh?

    Look’s (sic) like you.

    You’ve got no business talking about anyone else’s “education” (not to mention the other spelling mistakes/typos etc in your text here: “mad”, “illegial”, “spanish”).

    And my comment was about the proportionality, or better the lack of it, in the various responses to this.

    Like yours, for example:

    How about bringing back the poll tax, wait with the way this is going that may be next.

    But perhaps you are right. I mean, demography changing mass immigration (much of it illegal) of people who are on average 1) significantly more likely to be criminal, and 2) significantly less likely to achieve above the bare minimum academically is nothing when compared to these letters — right?


  6. viz (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 4:25 am

    We are conducting a survey on amnesty for illegal immigrants in the UK and the USA for the next 6 months at http://www.skillipedia.com . We want to hear opinions from normal people – not political parties or think tanks.

    Your opinions or feedback are much appreciated

    Viz


  7. George (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 5:31 am

    “In the whacked out conspiracy theory department: Chuck DeVore, State Assembly member in the 70th District, claims the Democrats sent out the letter in an attempt to boost Lou Correa’s campaign.”

    “Whacked out”, only in the eyes of those with closed minds. This tactic is hardly outside of the realm of possibility, as U.S. political history is littered with cases of such devious practices by both parties. Your haste to dismiss gives makes me suspicious that you have an agenda of your own. The militancy of some illegal alien advocacy groups indicates to me that they are not above attempting to discredit those that oppose them by any available means. If I sent hate mail in your name to someone, you would be hard pressed to extricate yourself from consequential condemnation by that person.

    “According to the Los Angeles Times, CCIR did not send the letter. However, affiliated members of the group were investigated by the FBI when they stood near polling sites in 1996 and in 1998 with signs that stated that only citizens can vote.”

    Intimidating? It was a statement of fact and not intimidating to citizen voters. Were these people ever indicted for a crime, or just having their right to free speech challenged, as was recently done to the Minutemen at Columbia University? The mere fact that they were concerned that illegl aliens would vote and that they carried signs indicating so, doesn’t even come close to making a nexus to the letter. Unless you sincerely believe that these people are truly idiots, it is not likely that they’d use their own letterhead on such correspondance, but then again, you’re hardly an unbiased commentator, are you?


  8. Jubal (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 8:45 am

    Mike,

    It may be some roque anti-immigration extremist. But since you style yourself the voice of reason, why can’t you admit the possibility this is a Democratic dirty trick? I don’t know who the perpetrator is — and neither do your party cohorts who are so quick to point the finger at us Republicans. But I think you could at least admit the OC GOP stands to gain nothing from such a letter — but the Dems gain from the subsequent publicity.


  9. Michael Doss (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 10:49 am

    Jubal, both parties, but especially the GOP, have shown time and time again that they’re willing to do things that seem to have no bearing on what they gain or not, for the sake of appealing to their base. I think it’s much more likely so paranoid “citizen’s group” than the GOP or Dems here, but I can make a very educated guess about what side of the aisle their politics fall…


  10. TLB (unregistered) on October 19th, 2006 @ 5:36 pm

    Mike Randall says: “Your personal post on the subject is full of misinformation and lacks actual evidence.”

    Please list here or at my site the “misinformation”.

    Obviously, I have no evidence beyond that which is provided to me by the MSM.



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