Remember The Old Days, When We Had Elections?

Ah, self-government, we hardly knew ye.

Powerline: Slip sliding away.
Coulter at Jewish World Review:
The day after the November election, Republican Sen. Norm Coleman had won his re-election to the U.S. Senate, beating challenger Al Franken by 725 votes.Then one heavily Democratic town miraculously discovered 100 missing ballots. And, in another marvel, they were all for Al Franken! It was like a completely evil version of a Christmas miracle.

As strange as it was that all 100 post-election, "discovered" ballots would be for one candidate, it was even stranger that the official time stamp for the miracle ballots printed out by the voting machine on the miracle ballots showed that the votes had been cast on Nov. 2 — two days before the election.

Democratic election officials in the miracle-ballot county simply announced that their voting machine must have been broken. Don't worry about it — they were sure those 100 votes for Franken were legit. Then another 400-odd statistically improbable "corrections" were made in other Democratic strongholds until — by the end of election week — Coleman's lead had been whittled down to a mere 215 votes.

Since then, highly irregular counting methods have added to Franken's total bit by bit, to the point that Coleman is now ahead by only 188 votes.

That was then. Now Franken's ahead. Which could change, since officials are dealing with Franken's challenges first, but who can be sanguine about such a process? As House of Eratosthenes puts it --and Coulter documents with multiple examples

-- We are well on our way — if we’re not there already — to having an unwritten rule that, in any state, if the democrat party loses an election by less than a thousand votes, they automatically win.

More troubling even than that to me is that few Americans seem to be troubled by it. Our forefathers fought a revolution over confiscatory taxes limiting our freedom, for heaven's sake, and we won't stand up for ourselves when we are routinely disenfranchised altogether. Tell me again what was wrong with slavery and women not having the right to vote? See what I mean about our no longer having allegiance to self-government?