Thursday, March 12, 2009

Enemies of democracy reveal themselves

"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Locals may remember a guy by the name of Don Neddo. Shortly after the Iraq Aggression, Neddo organized many pro-war rallies in this area where he led denunciations of those who act like citizens by daring ask questions about the insanity.

He later stepped down as an organizer of pro-war rallies after it was revealed that he was telling bald-faced lies about being a veteran. He claimed to have served in Korea when in fact he hadn't been in the military at all.

Apparently not content with his earlier attempts to suppress freedom and democracy at home, he's embarked on another crusade against them.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise is reporting that Neddo is one of two people challenging the petitions of Eric Sundwall, a Libertarian running for the special election in the 20th Congressional District.

The other enemy of real democracy, or perhaps the tool of the enemies of real democracy, is someone named Laurie Kelly Sickles of Ballston Spa, according to the ADE.

These tactics designed to asphyxiate free choice are very familiar to me as someone who follows African politics, but they remain an unwelcome site in a country that markets itself as the leader of the free world.

During an appearance in Glens Falls, Sundwall said he expected challenges to his petitions by anti-democratic forces and that he was taking measures to ensure more than enough signatures to remain on the ballot.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I thought these types of challenges could only be launched by the other candidates? What business does a private citizen have challenging a candidate's ballot access petitions? This is very troubling to me. If Tedisco wants to get him off the ballot the challenge should be formally launched by his campaign, or the Republican Party. This sounds like a sneeky way of being able to avoid looking anti-democratic on his part.

Brian said...

Luke:

"New York State Election Law allows registered voters to challenge the validity of a petition. General objections must be filed within three days after a petition is filed and must be followed up with the filing of specific objections within the next six days.

Sundwall said two members of the Conservative Party filed general objections to his petitions, and he is now waiting to see whether the person will follow through with specific objections."


(From The Legislative Gazette: http://www.legislativegazette.com/read_more.php?story=3634)