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How ‘Bout them Cowboys? Texas Prepares to Arrest Foreign Election Monitors: Remember the Alamo

The Fall of the Alamo (1903) by Robert Jenkins Onderdonk, depicts Davy Crockett wielding his rifle as a club against Mexican troops who have breached the walls of the mission.

Seal of the
Attorney General of Texas

As the polls tighten, and many debate as they watch the numbers in the crucial swing states, out in Texas there is not much to debate when it comes to the polls.  But there may be trouble of a different sort in the making.  The UN affiliated Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is planning to monitor the election this coming November.  Texas is not rolling out the welcome wagon.

Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbot, like many Americans, is wary of such foreign intrusion into a process that is a fundamental freedom in America.  He has given fair warning that they will be arrested if they violate Texas law and come within one hundred feet of the polling stations, or if they violate any other Texas law.

What is Going on in the Lone Star State?

I can’t help it, I love Texas.  My mom was descended from Texas pioneers, she was born and raised there.  She left when her career in the Army took her elsewhere.  But we lived there briefly, and visited often.  Some of my earliest memories include watching my cousin ride bulls and broncs in the rodeo.  His rodeo career ended when he lost a hand working in the oil fields, but there were never any man bags, pink shirts, or room for doubt around his campfire.  You always knew where you stood.  And he rode.  Until he couldn’t anymore.

The land of Longhorns, True Grit, Texas Rangers, and The Alamo, has always been fiercely independant, and fiercely Texan.   They don’t make any apologies for their determination to uphold the sovereignty of State’s Rights.  And before they were a state, they were a republic in their own right, The Republic of Texas.

But when all is said and done, Texas is staunchly Red, White, and Blue.  Their colors are showing again, and those colors are not running.  They are not at all happy about the upcoming presence of official European monitors at the voting booth in the upcoming election.  And they’re not just whistlin’ dixie, they have a plan to make sure those folks don’t cross the line, literally.

Quoting Fox News article, Texas threatens prosecution against international poll watchers

“Attorney General Greg Abbott is now threatening to prosecute any observer who  breaks state law by getting too close to any polling site.

“The OSCE may be entitled to its opinions about Voter ID laws, but your  opinion is legally irrelevant in the United States,” Abbott wrote in a letter this  week  to the OSCE.

He went on to remind representatives that they are not allowed to enter a  polling place, and cautioned against going within 100 feet of the entrance.  “Failure to comply with these requirements could subject the OSCE’s  representatives to criminal prosecution for violating state law,” he  wrote.

The letter touched off a flurry of testy tweets and correspondence that  brought in Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to play ref. Janez Lenarcic,  director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, fired  off a letter to Clinton to complain — which was followed by a letter from  Abbott to Clinton reiterating his concerns.

“The threat of criminal sanctions against OSCE/ODIHR observers is  unacceptable,” Lenarcic said in a statement.  “The United States, like all countries in the OSCE, has an obligation to invite  ODIHR observers to observe its elections.”

On Twitter, Abbott didn’t sound reassured.

He tweeted: “UN-related vote monitors warn Texas: Don’t mess with us.  My response: BRING IT.”

The article also explained why Abbott is concerned:

Abbott had expressed concern that OSCE met with groups that have filed suit  against voter laws in Texas — including the ACORN-tied Project Vote.

Unfortunately for Texans and other states, their voter ID law has been blocked.  So Abbott has valid concerns about the alliance of the OSCE and ACORN, who has been implicated in voter fraud.  See link to article for full coverage of Abbott’s efforts to muzzle the unjustified intrusion of the OSCE.

Does Abbot Have Reason to be Concerned?

Yes.  ACORN, a pet project of Obama, supposedly disbanded after they were defunded, but they are tied with Project Vote, who has met with the OSCE.  Why did ACORN disband?  They were in receipt of just over 8 Billion in funding from Obama’s Stimulus package which was intended to stimulate the economy.  At ACORN, in receipt of all of those billions, they were not really interested in stimulating the economy.  However, they attempted to aid in stimulating Johns all across the country:

They were busted in an unofficial sting operation for their willingness to circumvent the law, and knowlingly lend money to an actor posing as a pimp trying to house illegal alien teenage prostitutes.  This occured in more than one city, and it was a huge scandal.

As a result of this, they were stripped of federal funding, but in true zombie fashion, rose from the dead under the umbrella of many groups with new names. Project Vote, as indicated in the article from Fox, is one such umbrella.  You can read more about the current resurrection of ACORN and their efforts in the 2012 election here.

And as Attorney General Abbott is keenly aware, ACORN has been repeatedly implicated in voter fraud.  Judicial Watch has been fighting ACORN over this issue.  According to this article at Judicial Watch, the Obama administration just handed nearly half a billion dollars to an Illinois program headed by a former director of ACORN.

So it would certainly be justifiable to ask, why is the OSCE championing Project Vote, which is merely ACORN in a new outfit?  We can only speculate.  For that matter, why is the OSCE monitoring our elections at all?  Is there really any reason to believe that any lawful citizen of Texas or anywhere else, will be prevented from voting?  Maybe.

Black Panthers
Wield Clubs at Polling Station
2008 Election

In the 2008 election, up in Philadelphia, the Black Panthers stood outside of the polling stations hurling racial slurs, wielding clubs, and intimidating voters.  I’m not sure why the OSCE met with ACORN’s smokescreen group, Project Vote.  At the time of this writing, it is unknown if the OSCE has scheduled meetings with the Black Panthers as well.  It is also unknown what they will do to help insure fair elections if they are faced with Panther wrath in Philly if they show up at the polling stations there.

In the aftermath of the 2008 election which put Obama in the White House, before Bush left office, his administration filed charges against the Panthers for attempting to intimidate voters, but after Obama was sworn in and took his seat, the Obama administration succeeded in having the charges dropped. 

Who is the OSCE?

I had no idea.  But like most, when I heard they were arriving to monitor the vote, my eyebrow raised. Who are these people? And why are they coming here?  I went looking for answers.  I started with the basics, and I will share same with you. Here is what I learned:

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization. Its mandate includes issues such as arms control and the promotion of human rights, freedom of the press and fair elections. It has 550 headquarters staff and about 2300 field staff…….

The OSCE considers itself a regional organization in the sense of Chapter VIII of the United Nations Charter[5] and is an observer in the United Nations General Assembly.[6] The Chairman-in-Office gives routine briefings to the United Nations Security Council.[7]

It also is a factor in Arms Control, Border Management, Combatting Terrorism, Conflict Prevention, Military Reform, Policing, and Implementation.  To review the very basics of this organization, click here.

I say “the basics” for good reason.  The above link is a mere introduction to the OSCE as provided by Wikepedia.  Wikepedia has given a basic manilla envelope cover to this organization.  As anyone who has attempted to find answers knows:  Research is in order here. This is not the first time they have showed up to monitor our elections, but their role is questionable to many, including myself.

As for the intruders from the OSCE, they should take Abbott at his word.  Texans don’t give ground easily.  Outnumbered and outgunned by the Spanish, after a 13 day seige, it was Texan heroes who stood their ground and fought until the end, when they were slaughtered, at the battle for the Alamo Mission.  In the aftermath of that cruel battle, American heroes like Davy Crockett, who fell at the Battle of the Alamo, are still revered today as the embodiment of courage and endurance in the face of overwhelming battlefield odds.  Afterward, it was also Texas that gave us the well known rallying call for justice:

“Remember the Alamo!” 

And so they did, when they settled the score:

The Battle of the Alamo (February 23 – March 6, 1836) was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. Following a 13-day siege, Mexican troops under President General Antonio López de Santa Anna launched an assault on the Alamo Mission near San Antonio de Béxar (modern-day San Antonio, Texas, USA). All but two of the Texian defenders were killed. Santa Anna’s perceived cruelty during the battle inspired many Texians—both Texas settlers and adventurers from the United States—to join the Texian Army. Buoyed by a desire for revenge, the Texians defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836, ending the revolution.

As far as I am concerned, a tip ‘o the hat to Texas and Texas Attorney General Abbott for standing their ground.  Texas has every right to expect that their state law be upheld by visitors to their state, at election time, and any other time.   They have every right to question potential voter fraud with ACORN affiliated “Project Vote” at the helm, and every right to question the alliance between Project Vote and the UN affilliated OSCE.

When all is said and done, Attorney General Abbott is doing his job.  Texas is well within their rights, and they are to be commended for their determination to prevent voter fraud in one of the most important elections in American history.

“Since you have chosen to elect a man with a timber toe to succeed me, you may all go to hell and I will go to Texas” ~Davy Crockett, 1835, upon the election of Congressman Adam Huntsman, a one legged supporter of President Andrew Jackson.

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