Don’t mess with Texas
The jumble of alphabet soup known as the OSCE, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, wants to observe elections in Texas. Texas says it ain’t happening:
Lawmakers from the group of 56 European and Central Asian nations have been observing U.S. elections since 2002, without incident. Their presence has become a flashpoint this year, however, as Republicans accuse Democrats of voter fraud while Democrats counter that GOP-inspired voter ID laws aim to disenfranchise minority voters.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott further fueled the controversy on Tuesday when he sent a letter to the OSCE warning the organization that its representatives “are not authorized by Texas law to enter a polling place” and that it “may be a criminal offense for OSCE’s representatives to maintain a presence within 100 feet of a polling place’s entrance.”
OK, the OSCE isn’t the League of Nations or the UN (thankfully… and who is?). But who are they and what do they do?
[OSCE] …decisions [on politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects] are taken by consensus on a politically, but not legally binding basis.
So that means Texas is free to ignore them (that and the whole “in Europe” thing in their organization’s name). Game over man, game over.
And to paraphrase Martin Niemöller,
First they came to monitor my carbon footprint, and I did not speak out–
Because I was green.
Then they came to monitor gun purchases, and I did not speak out–
Because I was against guns.
Then they came to monitor my speech, and I did not speak out–
Because I was a flaming progressive.
Then they came to monitor my voting–and there was no one left to speak for me.
Maybe the OSCE should go to Chicago with the express mission of observing voting fraud. That could be quite a bit more revealing.