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By Larry Pratt

July 9, 2006

Demographers say that the red states are growing faster than the blue states, and that goes for the red counties within the blue states as well. So, conservatives in general, and gun owners in particular, only need to sit back and keep having babies, right?

Not necessarily. Ever hear of rotten boroughs? They were election districts in 18th century England that were designed geographically but had experienced huge losses of population so that only an old rotten, barely inhabited borough was left for some members of Parliament to represent. Other districts, of course, represented many, many more voters. Yet all members of Parliament had the same vote. Not very fair, most would say (except the members from Rotten, of course).

Well, the United States has its own rotten borough system in spite of the Constitution�s requirement to count all persons for apportioning the vote for the House of Representatives and then divide by the number of members currently established for the House.

That�s the theory. It doesn�t always work that way in practice. Gerrymandering is a term that dates back to Massachusetts Governor Eldridge Gerry who used the older rotten borough practice to favor his Republican party over the Federalist party in our early Republican era. Had it not been for Gerry we might use the term rotten boroughing instead of gerrymandering.

Modern advances in gerrymandering have been developed by a designer of legislative districts, Michael Berman, who was retained by California Democrats in 1980. The elections for the House in the next election (following the decennial census of 1980) resulted in six additional seats for the Democrats from the state of California alone. Perhaps it is worth noting that Michael�s brother Howard won his seat first in 1982 which he still holds in 2006.

Business has only gotten better for Michael Berman. In 2001 California Democrats paid him $1.36 million to draw the state Senate and U.S. House districts. Democrat members of Congress from California paid Berman $600,000 ($20,000 each) for his services. One satisfied customer, Rep. Loretta Sanchez chirped: "I spend $2 million [campaigning] every election. If my colleagues are smart, they�ll pay their $20,000 and Michael will draw the district they can win in. Those who have refused to pay? God help them." (Stealing Democracy: How to Rig Elections by Spencer Overton: Norton: 2006; pages 19 and 20)

Keep in mind that these Democrats are tireless enemies of the Second Amendment and self defense. Berman�s districts tend to produce those on the far end of the political spectrum.

As clever as folks like Berman and his geek brigade are, they should not get all the credit for this massive election fraud.

The Census Bureau was used by the Clinton administration to put even more oomph into the vote grabbing his party. The Census Bureau is in the Commerce Department which at the time was headed up by William Daley, son of the infamous rigger of Chicago elections, Mayor Richard Daley.

"Census sampling" was the term used by Secretary Daley and President Clinton to put lipstick on a pig, or in other words, to make vote fraud sound acceptable. The alleged problem was that illegal aliens were being undercounted because they try to be invisible. The problem with this argument is that it is an hypothesis, not a fact. The existence of invisible, uncountable persons was never proved.

But once the hypothesis was accepted as fact, "samplers" were free to pull estimates out of the air. For Democrats, the convenient thing about sampling was that it was assumed to be needed only in areas around hard-core, left wing blue jurisdictions. Fewer real persons who had actually been counted could be artificially inflated to equal the number needed for a congressional district population.

Voila! Rotten boroughs. Gerrymandering can be so embarrassingly obvious when population centers are connected by interstates and other equally heavily populated areas. But "sampling" avoids all those obvious signs of gerrymandering, as well as actually adds to the numbers of left wing Representatives more than the Democrats would have actually been entitled to.

Once we understand how the Democrats have been beating the population trends that are unfavorable to them we realize what chutzpah Al Gore displayed in 2000 when he complained about voting irregularities � in Democrat run counties of South Florida! The next time you hear that "Bush stole the election," you should find that so funny that you laugh out loud.

Add to the census and redistricting games the Motor Voter Act, and vote fraud rises to an even higher level. The federal Motor Voter Act unconstitutionally tells states how to conduct elections without paying them for the trouble. People must be offered a chance to register when applying for a driver�s license or welfare. It is illegal to ask for proof of citizenship.

Many people get registered who could not care less about voting. As a result, there is a large universe of non-voters who cannot be purged from the voter rolls for eight years. This makes it rather easy for enterprising vote thieves to use the names of non-voters to vote on behalf of the non-voter.

As John Fund points out in his book Stealing Elections, there is "accumulating evidence that Motor Voter has been registering illegal aliens, since anyone who receives a government benefit may also register to vote with no questions asked. An INS investigation in 1996 into alleged Motor Voter fraud in California�s 46th congressional district revealed that '4,023 illegal voters possibly cast ballots in the disputed election between Republican Robert Dornan and Democrat Loretta Sanchez.' Representative Dornan lost that election by fewer than 1,000 votes."

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In other words likely vote fraud took a pro-gun vote in the U.S. House of Representatives and replaced it with an anti-gun vote. Redistricting, counting by puffed up estimates of Democrat voters and voting by ineligible voters makes it so that a pro-gun conservative Republican needs a bigger and bigger margin just to win by a hair.

All Americans are disenfranchised by vote fraud, but it looks as if gun owners are especially at risk.

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Larry Pratt has been Executive Director of Gun Owners of America for 27 years. GOA is a national membership organization of 300,000 Americans dedicated to promoting their second amendment freedom to keep and bear arms.

GOA lobbies for the pro-gun position in Washington and is involved in firearm issues in the states. GOA's work includes providing legal assistance to those involved in lawsuits with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the federal firearms law enforcement agency.

Pratt has appeared on numerous national radio and TV programs such as NBC's Today Show, CBS' Good Morning America, CNN's Crossfire and Larry King Live, Fox's Hannity & Colmes, MSNBC's Phil Donahue show and many others. He has debated Congressmen James Traficant, Jr. (D-OH), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Vice President Al Gore, among others. His columns have appeared in newspapers across the country.

He published a book, Armed People Victorious, in 1990 and was editor of a book, Safeguarding Liberty: The Constitution & Militias, 1995. His latest book, On the Firing Line: Essays in the Defense of Liberty was published in 2001.

Pratt has held elective office in the state legislature of Virginia, serving in the House of Delegates. Pratt directs a number of other public interest organizations and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the American Institute for Cancer Research.

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As John Fund points out in his book Stealing Elections, there is "accumulating evidence that Motor Voter has been registering illegal aliens, since anyone who receives a government benefit may also register to vote with no questions asked.