THE CASE FOR PAPER BALLOTS: Soros Crony Running Utah Caucus Online Voting

Yesterday, this writer talked about the similarities between religion and American politics.  Specifically, voting being a substitute of sorts for the Sacrament of Penance, known more popularly as Confession.  One goes into the confessional or voting booth, and makes an honest statement.  That information – either the confession or the vote – is between the individual and God.  End of sentence.  In the Church, the possibility of compromise or someone listening in is the exact reason why confession must be done in person.  After all the shenanigans surrounding the George Soros company voting machines changing votes, etc., since the demise of the Vote-O-Matic, and one would think the powers that be would insist on that system’s resurrection.

Yeah, no.  The people in charge of the establishment these days are all for online voting.  Little problem with that.  Between Ted Cruz’s billionaire backer brilliant computer programmer Robert Mercer and George Soros crony Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, who we now find out is the Chairman of the Board of the British company, Smartmatic Group, responsible for online voting in the Republican caucus in Utah, there’s entirely too much room for something worse than a conflict of interest.  (Don’t want to make any accusations without due cause, but come on, Georgie, did you think we wouldn’t find out?)

Breitbart Big Government has at least one honest reporter left who actually still reads the Wall Street Journal:

“We expect all the jurisdictions across the U.S. to take notice and to look at this experience as something to study and, hopefully, follow,” said Antonio Mugica, founder and chief executive of Smartmatic Group, an election-equipment vendor that is running the Utah election.

Why is the “Smartmatic Group” important?

The chairman of Smartmatic’s board, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, currently serves on the board of George Soros’s Open Society Foundation and has close ties to the billionaire.

Well, isn’t that special.  But, wait, according to the Smartmatic website, there’s more:

Mark Malloch-Brown is a former number two in the United Nations as well as having served in the British Cabinet and Foreign Office. He now sits in the House of Lords and is active both in business and in the non-profit world. He also remains deeply involved in international affairs.

Mark served as Deputy Secretary-General and Chief of Staff of the UN under Kofi Annan. For six years before that he was Administrator of the UNDP, leading the UN’s development efforts around the world. He was later Minister of State in the Foreign Office, covering Africa and Asia, and was a member of Gordon Brown’s cabinet.

Other positions have included vice-chairman of George Soros’s Investment Funds, as well as his Open Society Institute, a Vice-President at the World Bank and the lead international partner at Sawyer Miller, a political consulting firm. He also has served as Vice-Chairman of the World Economic Forum. He began his career as a journalist at The Economist.

This is in addition to more connections to George Soros.  And this man is managing an online caucus in the U.S. state of Utah.  According to Aaron Klein, our honest reporter at Breitbart, the Wall Street Journal neglected to inform their readers of this connection all while cheerleading the Utah online vote experience.

The Wall Street Journal dubbed the Republican party’s online adventure on Tuesday as “one of the biggest online votes conducted so far in the U.S.” and the “largest experiment with online presidential voting since 2004, when Michigan allowed Democrats to vote in a party caucus via the Internet.”

Mr. Mugica stressed to the Journal that there was PLENTY of security surrounding the votes they have done so far, and is quite positive that they are ready with backups and more should a recount be needed.  Considering the sort of hacking that’s been going on lately, that strains credulity.

However, the powers that be hiding behind the spokeshuman of Barack Obama, the current Occupier of the Oval Office, are pushing for online voting to be the wave of the future.

Obama last week called for future online voting while speaking at the South by Southwest technology and music festival. He said the technology world should debate “how can we create safe, secure, smart systems for people to be able to vote much easier online.”

In a press release, Smartmatic’s Mugica responded directly to Obama’s call for online voting, stating, “President Obama’s call was surprising in only one respect—that it caused a stir.”

“In a world where we can buy a house, take a degree course, and access government services online, it does not make sense that elections don’t use tried and tested technology,” added Mugica. “I agree with the President. The future of democracy is digital.”

And those of us doing the voting who have been victims of hacks of all sorts beg to differ.  Paper ballots held inside an evidence chain are far less likely to be tampered with.  Anything digital is subject to a programmer’s error, accidental or otherwise.

This, my friends, is why all freedom loving people should DEMAND paper ballots when voting.  Either that or BRING BACK THE VOTE-O-MATIC.  If someone can’t figure out how the darn thing works, should they really be voting?

Side note: all this is starting to put the 2000 presidential election, Bush vs. Gore, into perspective.  On a several decade continuum, that episode in American life is beginning to look like a deliberate crisis that just couldn’t be wasted.

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Cultural Limits
A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.