Historical Focus and Political Rants
Is Voter Fraud Real?
Over the course of several elections, there has been a lot of conversation regarding voter fraud. Does it really happen? One thing is certain-democracy, voting, fair elections, and equal rights are among those ideologies that humans must constantly work to preserve, update, and protect. If we don’t, things might unravel.
In this country, those aforementioned ideologies are still new. It has not yet been 100 years since women were granted the right to vote, and not yet half a century since the Equal Rights Amendment was made into policy. When consideration is given to the reality that some Southerners still refer to people across the Mason-Dixon Line as “Yankees,” well, it is apparent social change doesn’t occur overnight. Changing a belief system is often harder than changing a law, and many systems of belief are rooted in the American soil. So, we must continue to work. Things like fair elections are grown off the backs of those people who have fought and died for such causes. These new systems of belief and ideologies that contribute to the positive advancement of human rights and a productive society must constantly be nourished, or they die.
Did you know voter-roll housekeeping is perfectly legal? Voter roll, purging inactive voters, was used in Florida and Ohio, both before and after the 2000 Presidential election; however, the 2000 election brought new attention to the practice. This gave rise to a wave of efforts, mainly carried out by Republicans during elections between 2000 and 2012, to suppress a Democratic vote by trying to pass voter ID laws, restricting voting hours, and limiting polling places, thereby disenfranchising voters. This is not fraud, but it is using the voting system as a tool to suppress a certain population.
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To renovate the people of a nation, the fictional literature of that nation must first be renovated…..to renovate morality, we must renovate fiction, to renovate manners we must first renovate fiction….to renew the people’s hearts and minds and remold their character, we must first renovate fiction. ~Liang Qichao
The Chinese Enlightenment of the 20th century was initiated in 1915 by intellectuals that united together in an effort to turn their shared ideas of a cultural awakening into political action demonstrated through protests, literature, and organized societies. The May Fourth Revolution during 1919 connected science with democracy, and this challenged past traditions of filial devotion to parents, subservience to the state, and cultural superstitions in China. The use of writing, literature, and protest activities were vital tools used by student demonstrators to awaken society to critical thought with a hope of leading China towards a more democratic state among the other nations of the world.
China’s inability to consolidate power after the 1911 Republican Revolution re-opened the door to imperial restoration, authoritarian politics, and warlord militarism. Between the years 1911-1920, the country’s cultural history was challenged by ideas of the Enlightenment that fostered concepts of democracy, science, and critical rationality. Confucianism, filial devotion, and superstitions were being challenged as backward thinking. Delivering the ideas of the Enlightenment to the masses was a great struggle for the May Fourth activists. The activists realized literature was the way to change the minds of the masses and a way to implement democratic values into Chinese society. Literature was used as an instrument of the Enlightenment to help change a country’s identity.
The English empire engaged in planned military, religious and political conquests that elevated Protestantism in the American colonies during the years 1689-1690. During 1688, Lord Churchill’s military coup sparked a pursuit of religious and political dominance in England, and such a pursuit carried over into the colonies in America. As such, the military was a portal into political positions for soldiers. Furthermore, the English empire engaged in stringent military training, employed political positions based upon a system of meritocracy, and carried out the endeavors of the Crown nearly a century before the onset of the American Revolution.
According to known historian Charles M. Andrews, the American colonies were not the result of a planned English conquest. Additionally, Mr. Andrews further asserted that England became one of the world’s greatest colonizing powers without any “fixed policy, in fact, without any clear idea of what she and her people were doing.” However, to the contrary, the English empire has an extensive military history that rests upon a system of meritocracy; in fact, the military used planned tactics, combined with the support of the local provincial soldiers, to gain control of Boston and Maine during 1689.
The English empire used garrison government as a system that placed skilled soldiers into high-ranking military and political positions in England and America. The English empire was a combative body that used military garrisons as a representation of strength and organization to intimidate outside forces and enforce domestic order. The English empire used garrison government because it was a system that produced military and political dominance in pursuit of religious and imperialistic endeavors throughout Britain and the English colonies. “The army was the forceful and administrative foundation of the nation-state and its American empire.”
Reciprocity, or gift exchange, shaped the Iroquois way of life. It was through reciprocity in which communities were built, alliances formed, peace maintained, and trade preserved. Additionally, the lack or unwillingness to exchange gifts resulted in hostility towards villages and nations, unfriendliness towards European colonists, and resulted in war. Reciprocity was revered so highly among the Iroquois because gift exchange was a part of the Cosmogonic Myth, an important aspect of Iroquois spirituality.
Iroquois reciprocity was entrenched in their belief in the Cosmogonic Myth; which was a mythological belief based on the Sky World. The Cosmogonic Myth details the creation of the universe as the Iroquois believe it transpired. Sky Woman and her husband were two vital participants in the Cosmogonic Myth and they resided in the Sky World. Like a courting ritual, Sky Woman and her husband exchanged gifts and obligations with each other to establish their relationship. Sky Woman took care of her prospective husband by cooking him a “potent” soup which cured his illness. Sky Woman brought her husband bread baked with berries; her potential husband sent her home with enough venison to nearly fill her house.
The English development of the American colonies during the first four decades of the 17th century did not involve the legal institution of Negro slavery. The English settlers had indentured servants during this time, but permanent Negro slavery did not legally exist. It was not until the tobacco colony of Virginia, in 1640, enacted a radical court order that helped develop the legal institution of Negro slavery throughout the Southern colonies in America.
The journey across the Atlantic Ocean was expensive. The less financially fortunate settlers arrived as indentured servants to their master. Indentured servitude paid for the servant’s trip to America, but the servant had to honor the temporary contractual arrangement in order to get released as a free person. An indentured servant was bound by a contract to serve their master for a set number of years, typically four to seven years or until the age of twenty-one. While the servant was under contract, they “might be sold or conveyed from one master to another at any time” up to the expiration of the contract. Indentured servitude was linked to the development of chattel slavery in America.
A shortage of labor and an abundance of land placed a high value on involuntary labor in the tobacco colony of Virginia. The colony required cheap, permanent and tireless labor to harvest tobacco. Tobacco required labor intensive work, but not skilled work. The Virginia colonists embarked upon creating an empire “upon smoke” and the requirement for permanent labor developed into a necessity for the colonists.