Monday, April 25, 2005

Could it happen here?

We've heard it before, but a whitewash commission with Baker and Carter - yeah, that Baker - was set up to hear complaints and suggestions about voting. I didn't even know it was going on, though I did see a bunch of stuff about it on the blogs after the fact.

There are two kickers from the article. The first is this great quote from Margaret Atwood's great book, The Handmaid’s Tale:

That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn’t even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn’t even an enemy you could put your finger on.

I thought of this line as soon as I heard Tommy Franks talking about doing away with that problematic Constitution thingy. And then I thought of all the other 'temporary' measures the government has taken since 9/11 - can you say Patriot Act? Tax cuts? The policy of illegal detainments and torture, including that of U.S. citizens?

The next kicker is this quote from the consulted WaPo article:

...advocacy group leaders and politicians invited to testify yesterday provided a dizzying list of electoral problems that might make some wonder how any ballots were counted in November.

We need paper ballots. And we need a Dem candidate who is going to actually stand up for the voting rights of minorities. Kerry didn't even stand up for his own votes! His own votes! It really does defy belief.

The exit polls weren't wrong for the first time in history. The exit polls were right. The manipulated counts without paper trails - mostly counted by Republican-owned and controlled corporations - were wrong, and threw the election to Bush.

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