Cummings’ U.N. proposal for U.S. elections

By Les Kinsolving

What on earth happened to Baltimore’s Congressman Elijah Cummings?

Has the burden of being a member of the House, as well as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, proven too heavy?

Is Elijah not aware of the vast number of times the United States and Israel have been voted against in the U.N. General Assembly?

Astonishingly, Elijah was one of 12 members of Congress who actually signed a letter to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan asking the United Nations to send international observers to the United States to monitor our election this Nov. 2.

“We are deeply concerned that the right of U.S. citizens to vote in free and fair elections is again in jeopardy,” read the letter, all of whose signers are leftist Democrats and seven of whom belong to the socialist-aligned Progressive Caucus in the House of Representatives.

Mr. Annan, mired by a corruption investigation into the U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq that he controlled, has already declined this request. “Generally, the United Nations does not intervene in electoral affairs unless the request comes from a national government or an electoral authority – not the legislative branch,” U.N. spokeswoman Marie Okabe told one reporter.

Lowell Ponte of FrontPageMagazine.com writes:

The request was also absurd for another self-evident reason. It in effect asks that agents from undemocratic regimes such as Communist Cuba, the People’s Republic of China, totalitarian North Korea, Syria and the theocracy of Iran (that recently disqualified in advance all of its ‘election’ candidates who dared to advocate reform) be given the power to sit in judgment of American democracy.

The leftwing Democrats requesting this foreign intervention into our election doubtless did so with the expectation that it would benefit their side. At a minimum, most such U.N. observers would come from countries politically to the left of the U.S. and would almost certainly criticize U.S. states that exclude felons and the mentally ill from voting.

And what happened in the White House when this Elijah Cummings-endorsed letter came up for discussion and debate?

The Washington Post reports:

After an unusually rancorous skirmish that brought proceedings on the House floor to a standstill late Thursday, the issue may have received more publicity than even Democrats hoped for.

It pitted Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Ind.), author of an amendment to the 2005 foreign aid bill aimed at blocking U.N. involvement in U.S. elections, against Rep. Corrie Brown (D-Fla.), who had harsh words for Buyer.

Buyer had been describing a July 1 letter from Democrats to Secretary General Kofi Annan, requesting that he send observers to “monitor” this fall’s elections, as “rather foolish, nonsense and silly.”

“Imagine on Election Day you get up, you have your breakfast, you grab your coffee and your Danish, and you are going to go to the voting booth,” Buyer said. “When you show up, you are curious because you see a white van out there that says the U.N. beside it and little blue helmets. The United Nations has arrived; we are going to ensure the integrity of the American electoral process … I don’t think so.”

When Brown’s turn came, she tore into Buyer.

“I come from Florida where you and others participated in what I call the United States coup d’etat,” she said. “We need to make sure that it does not happen again. Over and over again, after the election, when you stole the election, you came back here and said get over it.”

An irate Buyer then halted the debate and demanded that Brown’s words be “taken down,” a step that can lead to a formal House reprimand.

After a 20-minute conference with the House parliamentarian, Acting Speaker Doug Ose (R-Calif.) issued a ruling: “Members should not accuse other members of committing a crime, such as stealing an election. By accusing an identifiable member of stealing an election, the gentlewoman’s words are not in order.”

Brown appealed the ruling, Buyer attempted to table the appeal and Brown then demanded a recorded vote. Proceedings continued on hold for more than a half-hour, as members returned to the chamber from functions around town.

The straight party-line vote of 219 to 187 upheld the ruling that Brown was out of order. By 243 to 161, the House then approved Buyer’s amendment barring any U.S. funds from being used by the United Nations to monitor elections here. Thirty-three Democrats joined a solid block of 210 Republicans in that vote.

Congressman Cummings press secretary confirmed that he voted against holding Congressman Brown out of order. And he voted against the amendment barring any U.S. funds for U.N. intervention in our Nov. 2 election!

Do all the voters in Maryland’s 7th District agree with these absolutely incredible votes of Congressman Cummings?

At the July 19 daily White House news briefing, WND spoke with presidential Press Secretary Scott McClellan:

WND: Congresswoman Corrine Brown has joined 10 other Democrats in asking the U.N. to monitor our elections on Nov. 2. When this was described by Congressman Steve Buyer of Indiana as “foolish nonsense and silly,” Ms. Brown denounced Republicans, saying you “stole the election,” for which she was ruled out of order by a vote of 219 to 187, while 243 to 161 approved Buyer’s amendment barring any funds being used by the U.N. to monitor our elections, even in South Dakota. And my question: The president is grateful for this strong bipartisan vote against U.N. intervention and this reprimand of Ms. Brown, isn’t he?

McCLELLAN: It sounds like Congress has taken care of this issue and they addressed it, Les.

WND: So you’re thoroughly supportive …

McCLELLAN: I think Congress has already addressed this issue and it’s been put behind us.

WND: … and you think it’s good?

McCLELLAN: (to another reporter) Go ahead.