Monday, April 16, 2007

Moving On Is Hard To Do

Dennis Kucinich was on CNN last night, discussing the Iraq War. He proudly accepted the label “liberal” and stated boldly that he has always been against this war and has even voted against funding it all along. As he was speaking, the bottom of the screen read, “Rep. Dennis Kucinich D-Ohio." I turned to Man of American Dissent and said, “Ohio voters keep sending Kucinich to Congress and I’m supposed to believe that Ohio went for Bush in ’04? Puh-lease.”

All these years later, and I’m still not over it. I’ve still not read or seen anything that has changed my mind about what happened in Ohio in 2004. In fact, evidence continues to drip out that supports the argument that George Bush is an illegitimate president and that his campaign, along with Bush loyalists in key positions, with malice of forethought, rigged the election in his favor.

I remember reading reports of Ken Blackwell, in the months leading up to the election, purging the voter rolls of hundreds of thousands of Democratic voters. I remember him creating arbitrary rules about voter registration and the weight paper it must be printed on. I remember the long lines of mostly black voters in Ohio on Election Day. I remember the mysterious lock down by Homeland Security of the building in Warren County where the last of the votes were tallied. I remember the bizarre numbers coming out of Ohio in the days after the election, numbers that varied wildly from the exit polls. I remember being frightened by what had been revealed, and even more frightened by the silence of traditional media. It was a black time to say the least.

During the following weeks, I poured over election results, county by county, and none of it made any sense. I followed the re-count as it moved forward, out of the spotlight, the result of hard work and diligence by activists not willing to sit down and shut up about the possible thwarting of the democratic process. At that time, I still had hope that the truth would be revealed, and that a hand recount of the ballots would show that there was something rotten in Ohio. How naïve I was. Of course they rigged the recount too.

The silence of the media and the indifference of the Democratic Party forced this, possibly the biggest story of our lifetime, underground where it remains today. Perhaps it’s just too frightening to contemplate, too difficult to accept and the implications too great. But ignoring the continuing saga only puts us at greater risk of a repeat performance. It can happen here, and it has. Why wouldn’t it happen again?

The reason I bring this up now is because the firing of US Attorneys across the country is likely connected to this same rotten scheme. There’s no denying the electoral significance of the states that were targeted by Alberto Gonzales’s Justice Department. I was glad to see Robert Reich actually utter the suggestion on television this weekend that this White House wants to make it harder for Americans to vote. That is the real story behind the Attorney purge. It really is that simple.

I’m also rehashing this story because so much is left unrevealed and what is coming out is not widely reported. How many people know that the recount in Ohio was fixed? How many people know that election workers have been convicted of rigging that recount? Mainstream news reports of the conviction make sure to suggest that their actions did nothing to alter the outcome of the election, but that’s just ass covering. We will never know if the vote totals in Cuyahoga County were manipulated, and that is because these elections officials made sure that there would never be a hand recount. I don’t care what their motivations were, democracy was thwarted and the truth was buried.

How many people know that the 2006 election was riddled with “inconsistencies” as well? Who knows what the Rove machine is setting up for 2008? One election turning out right does not mean everything’s okay, it just means enough people voted to override any plan in place to thwart the will of the people. We still have voting machines that are vulnerable to manipulation. We still have a Republican crusade to make voting more difficult. We still have a media that is not at all interested in pursuing the story. The ballots in Ohio have never been counted so we don’t know for sure what happened in 2004, but the circumstantial evidence is enough to convict in the court of public opinion. Well, it would be if more people knew about it.

You can call me a conspiracy theorist and dismiss my concerns as the result of the overactive imagination of a hyperventilating liberal that can’t stand losing. You can, but you’d be wrong. I’m willing to accept that Bush legitimately won the election, I just want the glaring discrepancies and secrecy explained. I accept that enough Americans voted for Bush in 2004 to make it a close election, even if I have a hard time understanding why. I accept that he could have won, but what I know of that election and the amazing things (unexplained glitches, literally unbelievable vote counts and inconsistencies in exit polling) that occurred that have yet to be explained, I just don’t believe that he did. The fact that the Bush administration continues to manipulate any and all information relating to the integrity of our elections, is a good indicator that they’ve got something to hide. Again, it’s circumstantial, but criminals have been convicted on less.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Dale h said...

LGN~

I would be very surprised if no one on the committee interrogating Gonzalez establishes the very pattern you've referenced, as shown below, to make certain it is in the public record. Also, the fact that Gonzalez has been 'rehearsing' so long and so hard for his appearance, with reportedly abysmal results, suggests the 'weaver' of the tangled web is continuing to 'practice' to deceive.

He'll either come clean or crash and burn. I'm tuning in for the crash and burn.


"Referring to the map above, here is the list of fired attorneys

David Iglesias (District of New Mexico)
H. E. Cummins III (Eastern District of Arkansas)
Paul K. Charlton (District of Arizona)
John McKay (Western District of Washington)
Daniel Bogden (District of Nevada)
Margaret Chiara (Western District of Michigan)

Carol Lam (Southern District of California )
Kevin V. Ryan (Northern District of California)

6 of the attorneys come from states that are not completely red or blue. The other 2 are from the country’s largest state and a major source of campaign contributions California.

Coincidence? I think not. And the USAs from California? Contemplate, just for a moment, what an electoral prize CA would be in the upcoming 2008 election."

2:18 PM  
Anonymous david said...

Oh, I don't think you're a conspiracy theorist, LGND. And I think you're being generous when you suggest Bush won either election. He lost the first and had to be installed by the Courts. The second was fraud. But who was going to investigate? He controled House & Senate and appointed those US Attorneys.

It is too late to regret. However, when Rudy Giuliani wins the White House in 2008, will Democrats take to the street and occupy every town square and demand democracy be restored?

Don't laugh. Back in 2000 I laughed when an old Jewish New Yorker friend told me Bush was going to win over Gore. I said it would be a disaster and surely America wouldn't be fooled by him. She looked grim and replied, "It will be a disaster. But the fix is in."

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Dale H said...

Can't rule out anything, David, but I wouldn't bet either a Canadian or American farm on your prediction. The larger trends will saddle individual Repug candidate not only with their personal and political liabilities, but with the Party's ever lengthening record of incompetence and perfidy.
Plus "....Can't get fooled again"!

0http://www.aladems.net/4/10/07

Giuliani Gaffes in Alabama
Today in Montgomery, Alabama in what was supposed to be a triumphant campaign swing in the Deep South, Rudy Giuliani committed yet another gaffe in what has been a tough few weeks for the sometimes frontrunning, always liberal Republican frontrunner.

When asked the obvious campaign question of how much a gallon of milk and loaf of bread costs, the NYC native swung and missed.

The AP has the grim details...
"when asked about more mundane matters — like the price of some basic staples — Giuliani had trouble with a reporter's question.

"A gallon of milk is probably about a $1.50, a loaf of bread about a $1.25, $1.30," he said.


A check of the Web site for D'Agostino supermarket on Manhattan's Upper East Side showed a gallon of milk priced at $4.19 and a loaf of white bread at $2.99 to $3.39.


In Montgomery, Ala., a gallon of milk goes for about $3.39 and bread is about $2."


A pro-choice, gun-grabbing, cross-dressing, serial marrying Yankee has to walk a pretty fine line to stay afloat in a GOP primary dominated by the far right wing. Giulani's Bama Gaffe could be the beginning of the end of the flash in the pan that was the Rudy for Prez campaign.





Perfidy comes from Latin perfidia, from perfidus, faithless, treacherous, false, from per-, through (perhaps connoting deviation or infringement, or perhaps explicable by qui per fidem decipit, "who through faith or trust deceives") + fides, faith.

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Skippy said...

LGND --

The key to Bush's electoral win in Ohio in 2004 was due to a brilliant Karl Rove maneuver.

He got an anti-gay marriage initiative on the state ballot and spent a lot of money bribing African-American ministers to support this from their pulpits. He took advantage of the unfortunately high level of homophobia in the church-going Black community.

When the votes were counted, Bush got 16 percent of the African-American votes in Ohio and only 9 percent nationally. The difference delivered Ohio to Bush.

George Bush was then elected by about 30,000 homophobic African-Americans in Ohio.

If Ohio African-Americans had voted in the same percentage for Bush as the rest of the nation, John Kerry would be President today.

This is what Karl Rove did. Sleazy but brilliant.

2:29 AM  
Anonymous david said...

Hmmm. Do you have a reference for this, Skippy? Afterall, this was an election where exit polls in a dozen states shifted a statistically improbable 5% from Kerry to Bush.

Voting against a same-sex resolution doesn't mean these African-Americans would also vote for Bush. And the GOP was busy trying to suppress the Black vote --so how would they identify the Pro-Bush over the Pro-Kerry?

I don't think there's any reason to rationalize the Ohio vote. There is enough anecdotal evidence --along with overt and prosecutible acts-- of vote rigging, that one can assume that the vote was suppressed in Dem neighborhoods, ballots for Kerry were destroyed, and ballots for Bush were fabricated.

America is a law-abiding, reasonable, and decent society. The Average American cannot conceive of fraud on this scale. It would be considered unbelieveably unAmerican.

In Latin America, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe, electoral fraud has been commonplace. The people are either resigned to it or they riot. It should come as no surprise that Mexico's Calderon had the same election advisors as Bush during his razor-thin, so-called victory.

The important thing to remember is that representative democracy is NOT Democracy. It's a approximation. It uses elections as a theoretical method of picking rulers who represent the People and will act in the Public Interest. In reality, it establishes a class of legislators and administors who are as easily seduced by a sense of entitlement as were Kings and Aristocrats.

In truth, the only way to preserve a large and powerful republic is to have many large and powerful public bodies. Countervailing forces, as JK Galbraith would call them. Unions, NGOs, shareholders' rights groups, progressive & liberal churches are all important in a representative democracy.

Thank heavens for blogs like LGND! They're making it possible.

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