Posing that question probably has to do with my Chicago upbringing – and all those years I had to deal with the Windy City’s infamous Democrat Machine. It came to mind recently because Democrats seem to be suggesting that the Coronavirus is more deadly than the medical professionals say.
Maybe it has to do with voting.
Republicans have always been in favor of expanding the right to vote. The GOP passed the Constitutional amendments and empowering legislation that enabled former slaves to vote over the fierce opposition of the Democrats – who illegally and unconstitutionally prevented blacks from voting in the old southland over a hundred years after the Civil War.
It was a Republican senator who drafted and introduced the Voting Rights Act of 1965 – which passed thanks to overwhelming Republican support in Congress.
Republican woman – known as suffragettes – and a Republican Congress bonded in common cause to pass the Susan B. Anthony Amendment that granted women the right to vote. Republican President Richard Nixon put the White House behind a constitutional amendment to lower the voting age from 21 to 18. Nixon put his signature on the Amendment to show support even though presidents do not need to sign amendments and cannot veto them.
But there is one area where Republicans strongly disagree with Democrats in terms of voting. That is folks who have passed on to the great perhaps – in other words, the deceased.
It has long been a common practice in Democrat strongholds for the dearly departed to cast ballots. The dead seem to vote in much greater numbers in cities where Democrats maintain virtual one-party control over the electoral process.
Maybe that is only a coincidence. Ya think?
It is variously known as “the cemetery vote,” “the headstone community” or the “postmortem precinct.”
It always struck me as curious that the dead did not cast absentee ballots. I have never seen any of them show up at the polling place, but then again, how could I? Perhaps the votes of the dead are brought to the polling place by the same precinct worker who comes in with bunches of ballots from nursing homes – occasionally with the elderly voters’ knowledge.
Democrats have historically fiercely opposed any efforts to remove the deceased from voter rolls – as well as other types of ineligible people, but that is another story. Why should a person have to give up the right to vote just because they are dead, they seem to believe?
There may be a reason why Democrats are so protective of the rights of the deceased to vote. Based on my experience the dearly departed seem to vote overwhelmingly – almost exclusively – for Democrats. This is true even of people with a long history of voting for Republicans while they were still on earth. They must teach civics in the afterlife since many of the departed vote more regularly after they departed than before.
The practice of the dead voting is so widely known and accepted that when Chicago’s machine Mayor Richard M. Daley departed this “valley of tears” (Psalm 84:6), a prominent Democrat responded to the community mourning by saying “at least he can still vote.”
In the classic movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” we were told that every time you hear a bell an angel got its wings. The political machine folks tend to believe that when you hear that sweet chime, another dead person has voted Democrat.
So, there ‘tis.