College Student Tries To Auction His Vote on Ebay

July 4, 2008


A college student claimed it was all a joke when he put his vote in this fall’s presidential election up for sale on the Web auction site eBay. But prosecutors didn’t see the humor.

University of Minnesota student Max P. Sanders, 19, was charged with a felony Thursday in Hennepin County District Court after allegedly asking for a minimum of $10 in exchange for voting for the bidder’s preferred candidate.

“Good luck!” Sanders wrote under the eBay handle zepdrummer612. “You’re (sic) country depends on You!”

Sanders was charged with one count of bribery, treating and soliciting under an 1893 state law that makes it a crime to offer to buy or sell a vote.

According to a criminal complaint, the Minnesota secretary of state’s office learned about the offering on the Web site and told prosecutors. Investigators sent a subpoena to eBay and got information that led to Sanders.

The student told investigators he made the eBay posting, adding, “That was a joke. It’s no longer listed,” according to the complaint.

“We take it very seriously. Fundamentally, we believe it is wrong to sell your vote,” said John Aiken, a spokesman for the office. “There are people that have died for this country for our right to vote, and to take something that lightly, to say, ‘I can be bought.’

“It’s a real shame,” he said. “I can imagine the conversations being held in American Legion Clubs and VFWs about whether this is a joke or not.”

The scarcely used law had its heyday in the 1920s, when many people sold their votes in exchange for liquor, Assistant County Attorney Pat Diamond said.

“There are two things going on here in terms of why it’s a crime,” he said. “One is the notion that elections should be a contest of ideas and not of pocketbooks – at least not in the sense of straight-out ‘I can buy your vote.’ The second notion is that everybody gets one vote, and you don’t get to buy another one.”

Sanders and his attorney, Steven Levine, declined to comment Thursday. The charge carries up to five years’ imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

As for the offer on eBay? It got no bids.

Originally provided by the Associated Press

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What The Hell Is A Democrat?

April 15, 2008

Let me start off by saying that the principles and concepts that make each what they are has completely flip-flopped at least once in the history of the United States.  In the time of Lincoln, the Democrats might have been mistaken for their Republican counterparts of current day.  Republicans in Lincoln’s time might even be called liberal.  They supported ending slavery.  Republicans of today have been associated with Southern, Conservative ideals, and people like David Duke and Strom Thurmond exemplify what may finally be changing.

Liberal Democrats might assume the origin of the statement, “Government does not belong in my wallet or my bedroom” is firmly locked in the history of the Democratic movement.  They could not be more wrong.  Barry Goldwater, the pinnacle of conservatism and an icon in the modern-day Republican party, coined that term, a principle that is now held close by the Libertarians.  Since before the era of Carter, there has been a slow and steady move towards one, moderate political consolidation of the two-party system.  About the time Ross Perot reaered his ugly head, whispers among analysts and academicians introduced the concept 3 parties.  Not necessarily the origin of the concept, but it seemed as though Ross Perot was the loudest of any current examples.

**It is interesting to note that during the GW Bush’s first campaign, McCain was running as an independent.  At one point in that electon cycle, McCain was being considered as a potential running mate for John Kerry, the Democratic nominee.  Now, he claims to have always been a conservative.  A very close friend of his, Hillary Clinton, was a Republican before she ever even considered being a Democrat.  The lines are not blurry, they were bleached away and wiped off with our political system’s integrity…. or what’s left of it.

What the hell is a Democrat?  What is a Republican?  The Republican Party, also known as The Good Old Party,  is slowly becoming the only party.  The far left is now what was once called the moderate middle.  From this point forward in this blog, I will speak about “Billary” because they are two parts of a whole. They floated through two terms together, and they will sink together and likely each other.  Since before the time of Clinton’s first term, I have asked why there is not a third choice, if not a fourth, fifth, or sixth choices?

Please, stop listening to speeches often written by speech-writers or whether or not they perform well on Saturday Night Live.  Look at their records.  See how they voted.  Look at the long-term effects.  I would now suggest that the massive surplus that happened during the pendulum swing towards Billary was merely done to have enough money for the GW Bush’s terms to spend on his own personal friends’ private contracts with the government and GW’s continuation of a family vendetta and quest for oil.  Recalling now infamous cries of “I didn’t inhale”, one might think there might have been progress on a failing drug policy in the United States during the Clinton Administration.  Quite the opposite.  3 Strikes, increasing mandatory minimums, and the largest number of non-violent drug users were locked up instead being given treatment all suggest that the social liberal was not truly liberal at all.

What the hell is a Democrat?  This year, I am voting Republicrat Arlen Specter!


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