While C-SPAN cameras were rolling at the Polk County, Iowa Democratic caucus Monday night, voter fraud may have been caught live on-air.
FIRST VOTE: 215 Sanders 210 Clinton 26 O'Malley 8 Undecided 459 TOTAL
After this, the groups realign and another count was conducted. Sanders's group leads performed a FULL recount of all the supporters in his group. The Clinton team only added the new supporters gained to her original number from the first round of voting. I did not see another recount of the Clinton supporters taking place. It would have been very hard to miss that activity.
SECOND ROUND: 232 Clinton 224 Sanders 456 Total
In the video, a red-shirted Sanders supporter can be seen taking a physical recount. But when it comes to the Clinton camp, the precinct chair in blue, Liz Buck, simply adds the new voters to the old total without a physical recount. Yet, suddenly the math doesn't add up. So, Buck suggests, "Well, somebody must have left." Caucus chair Drew Gentsch agreed and decided, without conducting a recount, that it was three people that must have left.
Sanders supporters vigorously argued the final count to no avail. Gentsch asked the room for a majority vote to conduct a recount, but not before warning the crowd that a recount would make no difference in the outcome at all. And thus the room voted overwhelmingly against a recount, with Buck gladly reminding a recount wouldn't knock Clinton out of the winner's slot.
In a separate example, as noted by The American Mirror, an organizer in the Ames 1-3 district was accused by a man taking video of "attempting to lie to voters and stall in a manner that clearly benefited Hillary Clinton:"
With all of this in mind and with Clinton winning six separate coin tosses that decided her victory in Iowa, it is appropriate to reflect on the words of founding father, John Adams:
I do not say that democracy has been more pernicious on the whole, and in the long run, than monarchy or aristocracy. Democracy has never been and never can be so durable as aristocracy or monarchy; but while it lasts, it is more bloody than either.…
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. It is in vain to say that democracy is less vain, less proud, less selfish, less ambitious, or less avaricious than aristocracy or monarchy. It is not true, in fact, and nowhere appears in history. Those passions are the same in all men, under all forms of simple government, and when unchecked, produce the same effects of fraud, violence, and cruelty.
When clear prospects are opened before vanity, pride, avarice, or ambition, for their easy gratification, it is hard for the most considerate philosophers and the most conscientious moralists to resist the temptation. Individuals have conquered themselves. Nations and large bodies of men, never.