Are the stories about “voter fraud” seen in conservative media outlets based on actual cases of fraud, or speculation of what could occur if a large number of individuals decided to try to vote more than once? Are organizations like Tea Party affiliated True the Vote and Virginia Voters Alliance designed for partisan advantage, or are they only interested in a fair process?
The debate over election fraud or suppression clearly illustrates the divide in our country. It’s a political divide and a reality divide. There is agreement on this: there is something wrong with our electoral process and someone is cheating. Let’s hear out the arguments on both sides.
Our journey, the Story of America, has officially begun with coverage of the 2012 election. We decided to focus on the battleground state of Virginia for the election. We traveled down to Mecklenburg County at the southern end of Virginia and met a wood carving artist, a born-again Christian, who was as warm and hospitable as any stranger could be. Yet, during the interview, he asserts that President Obama is a communist, terrorist, racist foreigner trying to destroy America. It was challenging to reconcile the person who kindly offered us coffee and lunch when we walked into his store with the person who made these statements.
I was born in Freehold, NJ to parents who had been studying in the U.S. and ended up staying. My parents are originally from Hong Kong, where I have now spent about half my life. Having lived abroad for so long, I have often been asked why I don't just give up my passport, especially considering the fact that the U.S. has a worldwide taxation policy. I can think of two words: pride and privilege.
America is the country that opened a world of opportunity for my parents, especially my father who is an aeronautics engineer. Had he stayed in Hong Kong, it’s unlikely he would have received funding to do the kind of research he has done. America is the country, whose schools many Chinese still aspire to send their children. I went to public schools up through high school, and attended a liberal arts women's college. I have had a lot of exposure to the education system in Hong Kong, and I am grateful for the education I received in the U.S. I was encouraged to ask questions, be a free and creative thinker, take risks, and challenge authority in order to right wrongs and fight for what I believe in. This is something that the Chinese culture does not know how to teach or nurture. I am not simply proud of what people think America stands for (i.e the American Dream, freedom, etc.). I am proud of what America actually is — a place that encourages conflicts of ideas. The conflict means that everyone is getting their say, and most are even being heard.