HOW CAN WE AS GOOD CITIZENS ENSURE THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTIONS? — PART 1

Horns of a goat and a ram, goat’s fur and ears, nose and canines of a pig; a typical depiction of the devil in Christian art. The goat, ram and pig are consistently associated with the devil. Detail of a 16th-century painting by Jacob de Backer in the National Museum in Warsaw. (from Devil (en.wikipedia.org))

Why Is It Necessary To Ensure The Integrity Of Our Elections?

Are you concerned about election integrity? The subject has most certainly been in the news. Some of us have great concerns about whether we can trust the vote. Others think concerns about election integrity are a big hullabuloo about nothing.

Is there an issue? Well, consider how carefully most of us protect our personal property.

  • When we leave our homes, we lock the doors. Some of us even purchase expensive home monitoring services.
  • When we go to the gym, we lock our street clothes (including our car keys and wallets) in lockers.
  • When we park our cars on the street or in public lots, we lock them up.
  • When we establish a bank account, we need to provide a photo ID to take money out.
  • When we use a credit card, we need to use that card to ID ourselves to spend money with that card, and we may even use a pin.
  • And so forth.

Isn’t election integrity just as serious a matter as protecting our personal property? In addition to the power to make and/or enforce the law, whoever wins an election gains control over huge amounts of wealth. So, it is important that we elect honest people, but how do we know when we have elected someone who is not honest? A good clue is that that person strangely has much more money to spend on himself. For example, a few years after their election that person may have several expensive homes in their possession. Where did all that money come from? Can’t you guess?

We often fail to pay our elected officials appropriate salaries. Arguably, to make pilfering public funds less tempting, we should pay school board members, county board members, and members of the General Assembly much more than we do. Unfortunately, many of us are so miserly we won’t pay our elected officials respectable salaries, and that works to the advantage of the dishonest. BECAUSE they are unwillingly to take bribes, relatively honest people cannot afford to run for public offices that require a lot of work, but don’t pay well. Thus, the crooked have much less competition when they run for public office. However, that’s another subject for another time.

The fact we don’t pay our elected officials well is not the fundamental problem with our election system. Isn’t a devil always whispering in our ears? Why do we so often listen? The real problem is that none of us is good. Consider how the Apostle Paul put it.

Romans 3:9-18 New American Standard Bible

9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; 10 as it is written:

“There is no righteous person, not even one;

11 There is no one who understands,

There is no one who seeks out God;

12 They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt;

There is no one who does good,

There is not even one.”

13 “Their throat is an open grave,

With their tongues they keep deceiving,”

“The venom of asps is under their lips”;

14 “Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness”;

15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood,

16 Destruction and misery are in their paths,

17 And they have not known the way of peace.”

18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Almost all of us may try to vote for people more intelligent and gifted than ourselves, but we also tend to vote for people who promise us a personal benefit in return for our vote. In return for that promise of a personal benefit we sacrifice voting for someone we hope will be more honest than our self. We only get honest leaders when we exercise a little honesty ourselves. We only get honest leaders when we vote with an honest desire to further the welfare of our family, friends, and neighbors.

When we vote we must begin with the understanding that none of us is good. We must accept the fact we cannot even trust ourselves to do what is right. Once we accept our own potential for corruptibility, then we will understand why we cannot give our leaders any more power than absolutely necessary. Few of us, if any, can resist the temptations of great power.

Consider this example.

As the coronavirus pandemic raged, Uncle Sam was doing more than putting money in unemployed Americans’ pockets — the federal government was also shipping tens of billions of dollars overseas to fraudsters working with the country’s most prominent adversaries, such as China and Russia.

Haywood Talcove, CEO for LexisNexis Risk Solutions’ government division, says 40% of the more than $700 billion spent on unemployment went to fraudsters. 

Most of that ill-gotten money — $175 billion of it — went to overseas actors. And most of that, perhaps $140 billion, went to organizations that are state-sponsored.

Continued => Feds pay billions to fraudsters tied to China and Russia in COVID-19 schemes – Washington Times

When we allow our leaders to bribe us to obtain our votes — with “other people’s money” — we elect people like ourselves, people more concerned with enriching themselves than in serving or in protecting the rights and property of others. Therefore, when we complain about our political leaders, we must admit we have no one to blame except ourselves.

  • We simply cannot find an honest man or woman, someone to vote for we can trust with great power.
  • When someone promises to use the power of government to give us “other people’s money,” we must resist our own greed. Otherwise, we won’t even vote for the most honest candidate on the ballot.
  • For the sake of our family, friends, and neighbors, we must hold our leaders accountable. We must monitor what our elected officials are doing and work to replace the crooks and the incompetent.
  • To protect our ability to control those who lead us, we must protect the integrity of our election system. That is the subject of this series.

What is next?

  • How Do We Volunteer To Be An Election Officer?
  • What About Election Laws?
  • How Are The Political Parties Involved?
  • What About Early Voting?
  • What About Counting The Absentee Vote?
  • What Can We Do To Get The General Assembly To Strengthen The Integrity Of Our Elections?

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The Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (See below for latest blog posts.)

Supporting family values in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park

Welcome to the website of the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance (PWMFA). We are a grassroots organization of citizens of Prince William County and the independent cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, Virginia, dedicated to supporting and promoting the values inherent in the concept of family. Learn more about us.

Where they stand

  • The principal goal of the Family Alliance is to help Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park voters learn more about candidates seeking to represent them in public office. Our focus is especially directed at the County and City school boards, the Board of County Supervisors and Manassas and Manassas Park City Councils. We also concentrate on State legislative candidates with the aim of informing the voting public on where candidates stand regarding key issues affecting the family. Here are some of the projects we are currently undertaking:
    • We’re soliciting the positions of candidates seeking statewide and legislative public offices in both the General and Primary elections in the 2020 election cycle and publicizing the results.
    • We maintain an active website (www.familyallianceonline.org) to draw attention to school issues, elections and the need for Christian leadership on issues affecting the family.
    • We seek to build a network of church contacts throughout Prince William and the two cities (Manassas and Manassas Park) with the aim of promoting the institution of the family and an educated electorate.

Some of our Achievements

  • Led the successful campaign for the Marriage Amendment in 2006, carrying Prince William County and Manassas by a larger margin than statewide.
  • Led the successful fight against off-track betting in Manassas Park in 2004.
  • Distributed Voter Guides to Prince William County churches area.
  • Successfully promoted internet filtering in public libraries and abstinence-based family life education.
  • Cited by The Federalist in Virginia Plans For All Public Schools To Allow Boys In Girls’ Bathrooms (thefederalist.com).

The 2020 Election

  • Nominating Conventions and Primary Elections: Prepared Voter Guides for the Republican Party’s nominating conventions and the June 23 Primary Races.
  • General Election: Prepared Voter Guides that focused upon the incumbent’s voting records.

Affect Public Policy – Help Us Protect our Community

Support our efforts! Visit our “Get Involved” section to join the PWMFA or to make an “online” contribution.

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Voter Guide for 7th District June 21, 2022 Primary – English

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7th District Voter Guide for June 21, 2022 Primary, Español

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Giovanna Nall of the Prince William & Manassas Family Alliance Board of Directors on CNN Tita

Choque de Opiniones May 8 on the Supreme Court Upcoming Decision Possibly Impacting Roe v Wade

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