Yes, Virginia, Voter Fraud Is Real. So Is the Anglo-Saxon Attitude to Law

Yes, Virginia, Voter Fraud Is Real. So Is the Anglo-Saxon Attitude to Law, by John Derbyshire.

Voter fraud is a real problem …

California, encouraged by the Obama administration, gives drivers licenses to illegal aliens. That’s bad enough. Worse is this: When acquiring a license, the applicant is automatically registered to vote, unless he specifically asks not to be. Close to a million illegals have been given licenses since the motor-voter law came in two years ago. …

Scholarly researches have come up with a figure of 6.4 percent of noncitizens— legal and illegal resident aliens — voting in the 2008 election. [Nearly 2 million non-citizen Hispanics illegally registered to vote, by Rowan Scarborough, The Washington Times, February 15, 2017]

Attempts to bring these and related issues to the attention of the Obama Justice Department — issues of voter fraud whose perps could be identified by some easy low-level data mining — were greeted with total lack of interest. …

Another big take-away from his talk: the ruthless, relentless, unblinking efforts by CultMarx bastions like the ACLU to stamp hard on any suggestion for reform. Local politicians and county officials are terrified to do anything about situations like that of my friend. They know that if they do try to clean up the voter rolls, someone from one of these busybody progressive outfits will show up with a battalion of lawyers in tow and camp out in front of the county courthouse, staffed-up and financed — very well-financed — to litigate the matter to death.

The deep ideological purpose here is quite plain: To erase the distinction between citizens and resident aliens, both legal and illegal.

Cultural Marxists detest the nation-state. The citizen-noncitizen distinction is, to them, Jim Crow. Any effort to restrain noncitizen voting is, in the CultMarx mind, the thin end of a wedge whose thick end is separate drinking fountains for noncitizens.

That ideological purpose is itself just the hard core in a cloud of fluffy anti-nationalism that blankets all of Western society nowadays. …

The Anglo-Saxon attitude to law:

George Orwell, in one of his essays about the English character, said: “The masses still more or less assume that “against the law” is a synonym for “wrong.” It is known that the criminal law is harsh and full of anomalies and that litigation is so expensive as always to favour the rich against the poor: but there is a general feeling that the law, such as it is, will be scrupulously administered … An Englishman does not believe in his bones, as a Spanish or Italian peasant does, that the law is simply a racket.” …

It’s the law; it needs to be impartially administered; its judgments need to be firmly enforced. That’s it. That’s the mindset Orwell identified.

You don’t find it much outside the Anglosphere. If we lose it, we’re no better than Syria or Russia, China or Zimbabwe. In those places the law is just a tool with which the powerful can crush the skulls of their enemies … It was shocking and horrible, during the Obama Administration, to see that latter mentality abroad in the U.S.A.