On April 4, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth in Ford's Theatre in Washington DC. Sixteen years later, Charles J. Guiteau, a mentally disturbed public office seeker, shot President James Garfield, who died of his wounds more than two months later. Twenty years on, William McKinley was shot by anarchist Leon Czologsz while attending the Pan-American exibit in Buffalo, New York. And finally, on November 22, 1963, John Kennedy was mortally wounded while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.
On January 30, 1835, Andrew Jackson was attending a funeral when Richard Lawrence attempted to shoot the President. He had two derringers, both misfired. Had it not been for this stroke of good luck for Jackson, he would have been the first assassinated president, not Lincoln. Teddy Roosevelt's life was saved when a copy of his speech and his spectacle case in his pocket slowed down the .38 calibur bullet shot by John Shrank, a mentally disturbed New York saloonkeeper. Two Puerto Rican Nationals, Oscar Collazo and Grisellio Torresolo, stormed the Blair House in Washington DC where Harry S. Truman and his family were staying. Torresolo, who was killed, managed to kill one policeman and wound another. Collazo wounded a thrid policeman. He was arrested and sentenced to death, which Truman commuted to a life sentence. Carter freed Collazo in 1979. Gerald Ford survived two assasination attempts, both by women. On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan survived a shot in the chest by John Hinkley Jr.
The ultimate goal of any assassin is to circumvent the will of the people. To rob an elected official from fullfilling the mandate granted by a majority of Americans through the election process. And so is the mind-set of misguided indivduals who participate in voter fraud. They prefer to skew the totals in favor of their candidate or idealogy. Voter fraud is when either a vote is not counted, or counted more than once, or was cast by someone not eligible to vote. One of the most fundamental freedoms is "One Citizen, One Vote." But many have attempted to override that basic principle by organizing or participating in fraud. Chicago, the home of Obama-style politics is famous for voting irregularities. It is common knowledge that the Daley Machine perpetrated extensive voter fraud during the Kennedy/Nixon election cycle. Dead people, felons, and people who voted more than once put Kennedy over the top in Illinois and gave the election to JFK. Nixon was within his rights to contest the results, but felt it would not serve the American people and the let the results stand. Who can forget Acorn, or Bush/Gore? If I had space, I would give seven more aggregous examples of presidential voter fraud. So why are so many Democrats opposed to tightening up the process by requiring voter ID? And are there Republicans who would like to suppress certain elements of the population in order to assure a win? I for one want every election to be fair and decisive. I don't want felons, dead people, illegals, or people who vote more than once to decide between Obama and Romney. I want eligible Americans to determine who will serve in the White House for the next four years, and if voter ID would help, lets do it, and the sooner the better.