Democrats in New York are taking scaremongering to a whole new level this Halloween/voting season.
The problem with governments is that their structure is mostly sustained by those who are thirsty for power. When their hold on power is about to crumble, they become filled with despair, causing them to lose any sort of sense of ridicule.
Lord Acton once declared power corrupts but he may have failed to close his statements by warning us that, those who are in power will also do all they can to corrupt the ones they depend on.
According to the New York Post, the New York State Democratic Committee is not letting anybody off the hook this Halloween:
“The New York State Democratic Committee is bullying people into voting next week with intimidating letters warning that it can easily find out which slackers fail to cast a ballot next Tuesday.”
While the statement sounds a bit hyperbolic, – especially due to the source we’re dealing with – the contents of the letter may give us a hint of how truly spooky the NY Democratic Committee’s words may sound to a reasonable voter.
“Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record, (…) We will be reviewing voting records (…) to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014.”
For the closing remarks, the committee continued its slightly menacing tone with the following construction:
“If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not.”
According to the NY Post, only registered Democrats who did not vote in the last election cycle received the letters, making the whole thing sound even creepier. While many recipients are reportedly announcing their dislike for the threatening letters, the committee and its chair, Gov. David Paterson, have defended their own tactics.
While this whole thing sounds too crazy to be real, I also think members of any political organization would be perfectly capable of such thing.
True or not, one can’t help but wonder whether NY Democrats were simply playing a prank, hoping the whole ordeal would serve as a nice little Halloween story in years to come.