September 10, 2004

UN Election Monitors in Florida - Response received

Back in July, Stephen at Hold the Mayo wrote about the story where some nitwits in Florida (don't blame me, I voted for Gore and Buchannan) wrote the UN and asked for international election monitors to ensure a fair election.

I agreed with Stephen that this was enough to warrant a letter to my Congressmen. Today I got a response from Representative Tom Davis, VA 11th. Here's a couple of excerpts:

Under no circumstances do I believe we require international observers to validate our elections. America, while not perfect, has long maintained the lead in freedom and democracy. Furthermore, I am outraged at the notion that other members feel we require foreign nationals to conduct fair elections.

Further on:
I have personally gained an invaluable understanding of foreign governments by serving as an international observer during their elections. Nonetheless, the spirit in which international observers were called for in this instance was cynical and uncalled for; and I do not support it.

He makes a good point. Probably every US election is watched by international observers, not to validate or ensure fairness, but to see how to do it right.

Besides, even the best intentioned election monitors can be duped and made to look foolish. Isn't that right, President Carter?

Posted by Ted at September 10, 2004 04:00 AM
Category: Politics

My vision went blurry for a moment, and I read that one line as don't blame me, I voted for Gatchaman. Which didn't strike me as that implausible, given that we're talking about Florida here.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at September 10, 2004 06:22 AM
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