Friday, August 19, 2005

It's Fuck You Friday

To those Republicans who continue to tell us to "get over" the massive voting fraud that installed Little Boots in the White House for two horrible terms: fuck you.

In today's New York Times, Paul Krugman - one of the few journalists left at the Times who isn't either in jail or preparing to rot in hell for their massive disinformation campaign prior to the Iraq war - tells the stark truth about American "elections", and gives a frightening (and surely true) vision of the future of our electoral process.

By running for the U.S. Senate, Katherine Harris, Florida's former secretary of state, has stirred up some ugly memories. And that's a good thing, because those memories remain relevant. There was at least as much electoral malfeasance in 2004 as there was in 2000, even if it didn't change the outcome. And the next election may be worse.

In his recent book "Steal This Vote" - a very judicious work, despite its title - Andrew Gumbel, a U.S. correspondent for the British newspaper The Independent, provides the best overview I've seen of the 2000 Florida vote. And he documents the simple truth: "Al Gore won the 2000 presidential election."

...Meanwhile, the whitewash of what happened in Florida in 2000 showed that election-tampering carries no penalty, and political operatives have acted accordingly. For example, in 2002 the Republican Party in New Hampshire hired a company to jam Democratic and union phone banks on Election Day.

...We aren't going to rerun the last three elections. But what about the future?

Our current political leaders would suffer greatly if either house of Congress changed hands in 2006, or if the presidency changed hands in 2008. The lids would come off all the simmering scandals, from the selling of the Iraq war to profiteering by politically connected companies. The Republicans will be strongly tempted to make sure that they win those elections by any means necessary. And everything we've seen suggests that they will give in to that temptation.

I'll pair Krugman's article with an excellent analysis of the 2004 election fraud that appears in Project Censored, which lists 18 almost impossible facts you must believe if you accept the legitimacy of Bush's 2004 "victory". The entire article is well worth the read. I'll note a couple from his list of 18:

2) Even though first-time voters, lapsed voters (those who didn’t vote in 2000), and undecideds went for John Kerry by big margins, and Bush lost people who voted for him in the cliffhanger 2000 election, Bush still received a 3.5 million vote surplus nationally.(3)

3) The fact that Bush far exceeded the 85% of registered Florida Republicans’ votes that he got in 2000, receiving in 2004 more than 100% of the registered Republican votes in 47 out of 67 Florida counties, 200% of registered Republicans in 15 counties, and over 300% of registered Republicans in 4 counties, merely shows Floridians’ enthusiasm for Bush. He managed to do this despite the fact that his share of the crossover votes by registered Democrats in Florida did not increase over 2000 and he lost ground among registered Independents, dropping 15 points.(4)

4) Florida’s reporting of more presidential votes (7.59 million) than actual number of people who voted (7.35 million), a surplus of 237,522 votes, does not indicate fraud.

So while the world remains shocked that we'd elect this ninny not only once but twice, keep in mind that chances are excellent that George W. Bush has never actually won a single national election. Blame can, of course, be assigned to the apathy of the American people, who have allowed this blatant fraud for three consecutive election cycles (I'm including the 2002 midterms in this count, and the Project Censored article covers the extensive fraud in this election very well).

Until the American people - including independents and moderate Republicans and the people who don't vote and don't give a shit, until they lose a son or daughter in Iraq - demand their democracy back, Krugman is correct that this fraud will continue unabated. The crime of the new century is not Iraq - it's how the ones responsible for Iraq were illegally given office.

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