Those darn wind­mills

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Does any­one re­mem­ber Don Quixote? That lov­able—and delu­sional—Span­ish aris­to­crat who gal­loped through the scenes of a clas­sic novel and pop­u­lar mu­si­cal at­tack­ing wind­mills be­cause he thought they were drag­ons?

Fast-for­ward to 2017 and the “real” world, where the cur­rent pres­i­dent in­sists on tilt­ing at the wind­mill of voter fraud, even though (a) he won the elec­tion, and (b) there is no ev­i­dence of wide­spread fraud. His ob­ses­sion with voter fraud is so great he has cre­ated a com­mit­tee of San­cho Pan­zas to prove his un­prov­able point. Un­for­tu­nately, this group has cho­sen to weed out fraud by tramp­ing on states’ and vot­ers’ rights to such an ex­tent that, if not stopped, I be­lieve they will be com­mit­ting voter in­tim­i­da­tion on a na­tional scale.

What is the point of hav­ing cur­tained polling booths if this com­mit­tee is al­lowed to re­veal all on the pub­lic stage? What pos­si­ble le­git­i­mate rea­son could there be for them to know about my mil­i­tary ser­vice? Even worse, all the in­for­ma­tion be­ing re­quested—in­clud­ing par­tial So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers—makes iden­tity theft eas­ier than tak­ing candy from ba­bies. Cou­ple this un­prece­dented in­tru­sion into our pri­vacy with the in­creased in­ci­dence of il­le­gal hack­ing of gov­ern­ment sites, and it doesn’t take a dooms­day prophet to see the po­ten­tial for harm.

As gover­nor of Arkansas, it is Mr. Asa Hutchin­son’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect and de­fend the rights of the state and its cit­i­zens. I am ask­ing, sir, that you refuse to pan­der to this witch hunt. There is too much at stake here to play into this bizarre, delu­sional game.



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