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November 13, 2012

Thanks Mitt & Ann Romney

Thanks Mitt Romney

This is a thank you note to a good man.

Thank you for turning aside from a life of ease and security to run for the presidency against an incumbent.

Thank you for enduring the slander of you, your family, and your faith perpetrated by a criminally negligent media.

Thank you for calling things such as terrorism by their right name.

Thank for selecting Paul Ryan as vice presidential running mate.

Thank you — and your lovely wife — for demonstrating true love.

Thank you for handling yourself with grace and equanimity in every situation.

Thank you for your patriotism.

Thank you for believing in America. It is to our eternal shame that America did not, in this time and place, believe in you.

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November 13, 2012

Obama guilty of Voter Suppression denying our frontline Soldiers their right to vote.

Voter Suppression

Election 2012: Indifference of the administration and the Defense Department will cause a record low military vote this year, particularly in swing states. Those who protect our right to vote deserve better.

A new report by the Military Voter Protection Project found that absentee ballot requests by the military have dropped significantly since 2008 and are on track to make 2012 a record low for the military vote. As of Sept. 22, requests were down 46% in Florida, 70% in Virginia and 70% in Ohio.

“These are (the) lowest numbers we’ve seen in the last decade,” Eric Eversole, founder and executive director of the project, told U.S. News & World Report’s Washington Whispers. “There are a number of factors that go into this, but if the Pentagon was doing what it was supposed to be, this would be a nonissue.”

The Pentagon is not doing its job, and the Obama administration doesn’t seem to care.

Under the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE), which was signed into law in 2009 by President Obama, the Federal Voter Assistance Program (FVAP) is supposed to assist service members with voting on military installations.

A Defense Department Inspector General report released in August found that FVAP hadn’t set up those voter assistance offices, using budget cuts as an excuse.

May we not-so-cynically suggest that the Obama administration is in no hurry to deal with the issue. While often using our troops as backdrops for photo ops, making sure their vote, unlike that of other groups, isn’t suppressed is not a top priority.

It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the fact that John McCain won 54% of the military vote in 2008 or that a May 2012 Gallup poll showed Mitt Romney pulling 58% to Obama’s paltry 34%. A new Rasmussen poll found that 59% of likely voters who have served in the military favor the Republican challenger, while 35% support the president.

The law also requires that states mail absentee ballots to their servicemen 45 days before an election so that there is sufficient time to count them.

The Justice Department can file suit to ensure compliance but in 2010 was content to grant failing states waivers. As a result, one-third of overseas troops who wanted to vote in 2010 couldn’t, according to congressional testimony in February.

Romney’s campaign has sent letters to election officials in Wisconsin, Mississippi, Michigan and Vermont demanding that the deadline for receiving ballots from military and overseas voters be extended. As reported by the MacIver Institute, “At least 30 Wisconsin municipalities failed to send absentee ballots to military voters before the 45-day deadline.”

The administration showed its true appreciation for military service on July 17, when the Obama for America Campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party filed suit in that swing state to strike down part of that state’s law governing voting by members of the military that gives them three extra days to cast their ballots. Democrats objected that the exception discriminated against nonmilitary voters.

The National Defense Committee, a veterans group, notes that “for each of the last three years, the Department of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program has reported to the president and the Congress that the number one reason for military voter disenfranchisement is inadequate time to successfully vote.”

“You guys make a pretty good photo op,” Obama joked during a 2009 visit to Osan Air Base in South Korea, greeting roughly 1,500 airmen, soldiers, sailors and Marines, many in camouflage, in an airport hanger.

But suppressing the military vote is no joke. It’s a national disgrace.

Read More At IBD: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/100312-628015-obama-ignores-military-absentee-voting-problems.htm#ixzz2C7mohcoV

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