You can always count on Texas to step up to the plate when state sovereignty is at stake.
A U.N.-affiliated group called OSCE says it intends to send observers from other countries to observe our elections here in Texas. Yes, you read that right. A UN group is coming here to Texas. It just boggles the mind. Well, our Attorney General, Greg Abbott is having none of it.
[...] Elections and election observation are regulated by state law. The Texas Election Code governs anyone who participates in Texas elections—including representatives of the OSCE. The OSCE’s representatives are not authorized by Texas law to enter a polling place. It may be a criminal offense for OSCE’s representatives to maintain a presence within 100 feet of a polling place’s entrance. Failure to comply with these requirements could subject the OSCE’s representatives to criminal prosecution for violating state law.
The OSCE was not happy about that letter. Too bad. Don’t mess with Texas.
Gov. Rick Perry tweeted this in support: “No UN monitors/inspectors will be part of any TX election process; I commend @Txsecofstate for swift action to clarify issue.”
Texas authorities have threatened to arrest international election observers, prompting a furious response from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
“The threat of criminal sanctions against [international] observers is unacceptable,” Janez Lenarčič, the Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), said in a statement. “The United States, like all countries in the OSCE, has an obligation to invite ODIHR observers to observe its elections.”
We gave up all obligations to foreign powers when we issued the Declaration of Independence. Whatever they may claim, the US is not obligated to allow foreigners to interfere in our election process.
The belief that America can’t handle it’s own elections is so abhorrent that even if the left’s request for assistance from the OSCE is a stunt, they should be massively ashamed of themselves. There is a primal First Principle above all others: Citizens are capable of governing themselves. We have federal, state, and local laws to deal with any concerns expressed by either side about the fairness of the vote. The idea that these laws are not adequate is absurd.
Therefore, the only possible explanation for bringing in outsiders to “monitor” the vote is not to ensure a fair election, but to try and intimidate their political opponents. [...]
If you’d like to volunteer to be a poll watcher and make sure the ballots are handled and counted honestly, go to TrueTheVote.org and sign up!
Cross posted at ThoughtsFromAConservativeMom.com