Thursday, June 01, 2006

The Sheep And The Ostriches, A Barnyard Of Dysfunction

Back in 2000, when we watched the court battle for the White House play out on our televisions, I think most of us were stunned by the outcome of that presidential race. Who could have predicted that the Supreme Court would hand down a “one time only” decision ordering that the votes not be counted in Florida and that George W. Bush be installed as our president “for the good of the country”? It was a stunning decision and in the aftermath, Bush assured us that he would “unite” the country and we were urged by the media and left wing organizations to get over it and “move on.”

In 2004, even though the presidential race was closer than seemed possible with such an inadequate leader in the White House, it became clear on election day (for those who were paying attention to the early returns) that John Kerry would in fact be our next president. Of course, last minute surges in Republican voters, a homeland security threat caused the lockdown of the facility counting the last of the votes in Warren County Ohio that led to a stunning turn around for Bush when those votes were counted behind closed doors, and the realization that Bush voters were shy when it came to talking to exit poll workers, all helped explain another victory for George W. Bush. Again, we were urged to move on and ignore the evidence that suggested something shady went on that day, lest we be seen as “sore losers” or even worse, “conspiracy theorists” and “liberal moonbats.”

But many of us refused to “move on” and instead decided to compile information, analyze data and talk about what we knew. Brad Friedman at BradBlog has been relentlessly tracking the electronic voting machines, the companies that supply them and the constant reliability problems associated with them. Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman at The Free Press, have been researching and documenting the literally “unbelievable” vote tallies in the Ohio 2004 election and the statistical “anomalies” and “glitches” that always erred in Bush’s favor. In my opinion, you have to suspend all logic in order to believe that Bush won the 2004 election. Some of us can do that, because not is too painful, but some of us can’t.

I’m anxiously awaiting the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine, set to hit newsstands Friday (available online here), because they will publish an extensive article by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., detailing the theft of the 2004 election. Sure, Republicans can still throw the “moonbat” charge out to describe Bobby Kennedy, but I don’t care about them. What I do care about, are the Democrats and liberals that have ignored the reality of what happened and I hope this will, at the very least, open some eyes.

If we do not learn from history, we are bound to repeat it and ignoring the statistical impossibility that Bush could have won the 2004 election without a little help from his friends (Ken Blackwell, Karl Rove, Tom and Bernadette Noe for starters) will only make the next “impossible” win easier to accept and harder to fight. If we really want to be the “reality based community” we like to claim that we are, then we have to stop ignoring, burying and running from the truth. Willful ignorance is even more dangerous than the honest ignorance we tag the sheep-like masses with. They don’t know any better, but we do, or at least we should.

5 Comments:

Anonymous daCascadian said...

The (liberal)Girl Next Door >"...an extensive article by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., detailing the theft of the 2004 election..."

And here`s some interesting information on the 2000 Theft

"After spending 36 days in the fall of 2000 in thrall to politicians, pundits and the press, Americans probably thought they knew all about the hanging, dangling and pregnant chads that helped decide the presidential election.

Turns out, those chads only distracted attention from much more grievous breakdowns during the 2000 election..."It’s an embarrassing outcome for George Bush because it showed that Gore had gotten more votes. Everybody had thought that the chads were where all the bad ballots were, but it turned out that the ones that were the most decisive were write-in ballots where people would check Gore and write Gore in, and the machine kicked those out. There were 175,000 votes overall that were so-called “spoiled ballots.” About two-thirds of the spoiled ballots were over-votes; many or most of them would have been write-in over-votes, where people had punched and written in a candidate’s name. And nobody looked at this, not even the Florida Supreme Court in the last decision it made requiring a statewide recount. Nobody had thought about it except Judge Terry Lewis, who was overseeing the statewide recount when it was halted by the U.S. Supreme Court. The write-in over-votes have really not gotten much attention. Those votes are not ambiguous. When you see Gore picked and then Gore written in, there’s not a question in your mind who this person was voting for. When you go through those, they’re unambiguous: Bush got some of those votes, but they were overwhelmingly for Gore"..."

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." - H. L. Mencken

2:12 PM  
Anonymous geocrackr said...

Mollie Mollie Mollie... Don't you know that Brad Friedman, Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman, Congressman John Conyers, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. are retarded? Why, it's a wonder Kennedy even finished law school, much less wrote a whole magazine article by himself. Why don't you just take your shoes off and get back in the kitchen, and leave important matters like politickin to those Dem strategists who've been so successful for the last 10 years.

9:39 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Dacascadian--Thanks for that. I've read so much on the 2000 and 2004 election, but I don't remember reading about this specific issue. I wish I could say I'm surprised, but sadly I'm not.

GeoCrackr--If I could cook, I would. My husband won't let me near the stove! But thanks for the suggestion, with advice like that, you'd make a great Democratic Party political hack!

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