Apparently the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe does not have enough to do. In spite of elections in such places as Ukraine and regimes in places such as Belarus, the OSCE is sending election observers to the United States to monitor our voting.
But they are unwelcome as far as I am concerned. Foreigners have no business watching our elections. Let them watch from afar. If they want to know how to have proper procedures for their nations, that’s great. Meet with the appropriate leaders and officials. We can teach other nations many things about elections. But our elections are not subject to the assessment of other nations or international agencies.
In Texas, however, the Attorney General, Greg Abbott, basically told the so-called observers: Watch your step and obey our laws – or else!
“In April, you reportedly met with a group of organizations that have filed lawsuits challenging election integrity laws enacted by the Texas Legislature. One of those organizations, Project Vote, is closely affiliated with ACORN, which collapsed in disgrace after its role in a widespread voter-registration fraud scheme was uncovered,” Abbott told the group in a letter.
“According to a letter that Project Vote and other organizations sent to you, OSCE has identified voter ID laws as a barrier to the right to vote. That letter urged OSCE to monitor states that have taken steps to protect ballot integrity by enacting Voter ID laws.
“OSCE may be entitled to its opinions about voter ID laws, but your opinion is legally irrelevant in the United States, where the Supreme Court has already determined that voter ID laws are constitutional.
“If OSCE members want to learn more about our election processes so they can improve their own democratic systems, we welcome the opportunity to discuss the measures Texas has implemented to protect the integrity of elections. However, groups and individuals from outside the United States are not allowed to influence or interfere with the election process in Texas.”
He told the group that, as observers, OSCE’s representatives “are not authorized by Texas law to enter a polling place. Failure to comply with these requirements could subject the OSCE’s representatives to criminal prosecution for violating state law.”
RAH for AG Abbott! But the Obama State Department says the election observers have legal immunity! How dare they! Here’s the article from the Hill.
During Friday’s State Department media briefing, Nuland said that the OSCE observers were eligible for full immunity. Nuland also said that she did not anticipate having those immunities invoked, as the OSCE and Texas were in communication.
I cannot imagine election observers have formal diplomatic status. But that will require further research. I did find this comment alarming from Ambassador Janez Lenarčič, the Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR):
The ODIHR Director shared his concerns in a letter to United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“The threat of criminal sanctions against OSCE/ODIHR observers is unacceptable,” Lenarčič said. “The United States, like all countries in the OSCE, has an obligation to invite ODIHR observers to observe its elections.”
OBLIGATED? To allow foreigners to observe our elections? NEVER! That is not authorized by the Constitution – the supreme law of the land – next to the Bible most dear – that we are obliged to report on our elections to foreign agencies. If I were President (Lord help the USA!) that would stop tomorrow. But the scandal is that the OCSE observers were invited by our delegation to the OCSE:
Following an official invitation from the United States Mission to the OSCE, and based on the findings and conclusions of a Needs Assessment Mission (NAM), the OSCE/ODIHR has deployed a Limited Election Observation Mission (LEOM) for the 6 November 2012 general elections.
And they will issue a report to see if we have proper procedures:
The mission will assess these elections for their compliance with OSCE commitments and other international standards for democratic elections, as well as national legislation. Observers will follow campaign activities, the work of the election administration and relevant federal and state institutions, implementation of the legislative framework, and the resolution of election disputes. As part of the observation, the LEOM will conduct comprehensive monitoring of the media.
After the elections, ODIHR will issue a statement of preliminary findings and conclusions at a press conference. A final report on the observation of the entire electoral process will be issued approximately eight weeks after the end of the observation mission.
I will watch for that report. So who is ODIHR? It is the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, a branch of the OSCE. The OSCE seeks to stop hate crimes, promote arms control and support “gender equality”. I am sure what they mean by all that is not favorable to our values. Check this out on “hate crimes”:
“This report shows that hate crime continues to be a significant problem across the OSCE region,” said Floriane Hohenberg, the Head of ODIHR’s Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department. “However, we were also able to report on several examples of good practice with regard to recording and responding to the problem. We hope that this report further increases awareness of the problem and serves as a resource for participating States that are looking for more effective responses to the problem.”
While I favor a judge giving more time to a crime arising from the pure meanness of singling one out due to among other things, race, gender, religion, or being gay, I do not favor laws requiring judges to do that or to create new crimes arising from such fact situations. These type of crimes will be political footballs resulting in injustice. Ask George Zimmerman. Here’s the OSCE views on gun control:
The Document on Small Arms and Light Weapons, adopted in 2000, contains a wide range of norms, principles and measures relating to the production, transfer, storage, collection or seizure, and destruction of weapons. The Document obliges participating States to disclose their annual imports and exports of SALW, as well as the numbers of small arms seized and destroyed. The Document is supplemented by FSC decisions that regulate related matters, such as SALW export controls. Most recently, the FSC adopted a Plan of Action on SALW that fosters the full implementation of SALW-related commitments as well as encouraging further development of norms, measures and principles to prevent the proliferation of illicit SALW.
The United States must not be obliged to report to any group of foreigners about our guns! I think this OSCE is an area where we should not borrow from China to remain involved in. And never again should foreigners intervene in our elections. (Now I agree: It’s only fair. We should stay out of their elections, as well.) Remember: There was one candidate on your ballot in your state that would have stopped this globalist nonsense. But people did not vote for Ron Paul. Let’s pray we have another chance…