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November 8, 2006
So I Was Wrong
But the problems with fraudulent electronic
voting machines remain
I am absolutely delighted that I was dead wrong about
the election. As you may recall, in my last post for November 2,
I predicted that Kirsten Gillibrand and many other Democratic Party
candidates for Congress would
be cheated out of their hard fought and well deserved wins. So
I get to eat kitty litter and smile.
|Diebold Fraud Box
I’m wondering though, as I pick bentonite crumbs
out of my teeth, how exactly this happened. These electronic voting
boxes are now widely used across the country, and they figured prominently
in this election. Yet, for the most part, the problems with the fraud
boxes were scattered and mostly trivial. Relatively speaking, that
is. (Check out this collection
of posts from the bradblog of electronic voting fraud incidents
posted as they were reported on election day.)
I do not believe that the people in power and authority
necessarily have our best interests in mind. They have their own
interests in mind. Thus I do not suddenly have renewed faith in our
electoral system. Recent elections have proved that something is
basically very wrong inside American voting booths. And it does not
appear that problem has magically gone away.
Call me paranoid, call me a wet blanket, call me any
damn thing you want. Like any patriotic American, I am happy about
this rare electoral victory over America’s enemies. But I definitely
do not feel a sense of relief.
So I have been floating several solutions to this conundrum
in my mind.
1) The large number of votes overwhelmed the
electronic fraud. This definitely did not happen in the
2004 presidential election, where that miserable twit John Kerry
couldn’t concede fast enough on election night... even though
he probably won. We really can’t blame Ralph Nader. Kerry,
a designated sacrifice candidate, simply did not inspire enough
voters to come out for him. I know I certainly gritted my teeth
as I cast my precious vote for him.
These fraud boxes work best in close contests. In the
20th Congressional District, it appears that the tipping point came
several days before the election when the New York Daily News managed
to get hold of proof that John Sweeney has been known to wrap his
fingers around his wife’s throat in a less than friendly manner.
This does not play well with 51 percent of the voters.
So Kirsten Gillibrand, originally thought to be a lost
cause, won by a strong four points, But I can’t help but think,
how much should she have won by if there were no fraud boxes in the
20th? Six points? Ten? I mean, what sort of person votes for a wife
It seems that the Democratic Party has picked up at
least 27 House of Representative seats across the country. That means
that they will have 54 more votes in the House than the Radical Re-pubs
have. (If you don’t understand, think about it.) Plus, it looks
like the Dems have captured the Senate. But how many more seats would
they have won if the fraud boxes had not been in use?
2) The vendors of fraudulent electronic voting
boxes decided not to cheat this time. Maybe Diebold and
the rest decided that they are under too much scrutiny. Maybe they
all read the November 2 post on albanyweblog and said, “Oh-oh,
some guy on the internet says that people are going to riot if
we commit fraud again. We’d better cool it until the heat’s
Seriously, the opponents of proprietary electronic
voting machines are better organized than ever. And even the corporate
media has been reluctantly forced to acknowledge that there is a
serious problem with these secret boxes. It is not unreasonable to
suppose that these corporate manufacturers wanted to “prove
everybody wrong.” That way, they can commit fraud another day.
Or maybe the corporations that feed off of our economy
have had enough of the Gops. They’ve decided that the old puppets
are worn out, time for a new set of shills.
3) The Democrats have bought off the vendors. Fueled
by individual contributions via the internet, the national Democrats
have been able to bypass the traditional sources of corporate cash.
Thus, instead of the Democrats begging the corporations for financial
favors, the corporations have been trying to get in good with the
Democrats by offering contributions. As a result the Democrats are
awash with money for the first time in decades.
What do you do with too much money? Because of campaign
finance rules, a lot of the contributions can’t be used to,
say, buy ads on TV. You have to get creative.
If you are a Re-pub, then you go do things like vote
robo-calls and buying Al Sharpton. Perhaps Democratic Party Chairman
Howard Dean called up Diebold and their ilk and said, “Listen,
gents. There’s all these groups like blackboxvoting and the
Electronic Frontier Foundation who would love to rip you clowns some
new orifices and throw you all in the can. All they’re lacking
is cash for lawyers. So... what can you do for us?”
Then again, maybe the Democrats paid off the voting
machine vendors. Maybe from now on the Party that cuts the best deal
with the vendors will “win” the elections. There’s
a nice thought to ponder.
4) Everything is going to Hell, so the cowardly
Gops are bailing out. Anyone who has been following the
issues can see that our economy is on the verge of collapse. Can
you say, “deficit?” Then there’s the War Against
Iraq, and our international reputation...
The slimy creatures who are in charge of the Radical
Re-pub Party may have made a strategic decision to let the Democrats
take control of Congress so that the corporate media can blame them
for the impending social and economic collapse. Republicans, after
all, are famous for never taking personal responsibility.
Ah, the corporate media. They tried very hard to campaign
for the failing Re-pubs right up past the bitter end. On election
night, after the polls closed, I watched with amazement as the talking
heads on Time Warner Channel Nine cheered for John Sweeney. Even
as his defeat became evident, they continued to slant their language
heavily in his favor.
Or how about that little chimp Alan Chartock campaigning
for NY State Comptroller Alan Hevesi’s Republican challenger?
For about a month, it seemed that every time I happened to hear WAMC “the
Alan Chartock Radio Network” there was old Alan Gottatalk himself
telling us that “we need a comptroller that’s opposite
to the sitting governors party.” Right.
I did worry that Chartock’s listeners would obediently
help turn Mr. Hevesi out of office, but the evidence is that they
didn’t listen to him. Nor did anybody pay attention to the
Hearst Times Union. Mr. Hevesi won by the usual two to one margin,
just like Mr. Spitzer, Mr. Cuomo, and Hillary did.
Most people I talked to before the election were defiantly
stating that they were going to vote for Mr. Hevesi. Everyone knew
about Mr. Hevesi’s petty expenditures of State money on himself
and his wife. But everyone I talked to were terrified of his Republican
opponent. This character wanted to give the State pension fund to
the stock market. People realized that this was real criminal behavior.
This time the voters simply were not obeying the corporate
media. The Hearst Times Union could only campaign soggily for their
Republicans. Even Elizabeth Benjamin gave up trying
to smear Mr. Spitzer’s character. What a contrast to the
past thirty years of media campaigning.
The Hearst Rag even broke precedent and called for
people to get out and vote. On their front page in big type, yet.
For two days in a row. Talk about changing times.
This widespread refusal to take orders from the corporate
media is the biggest news of this election season. The so-called “Republican
Revolution” of 1992 was created entirely by the corporate media,
which literally lied to America about the Republican party’s
intentions. Remember the “Contract With America?” And
remember how later on everybody was required to hate Bill Clinton,
but nobody could coherently explain why?
The power of the corporate media has not been destroyed,
not by a long shot. But with the rise of the internet, their monopoly
on information is over. And with the loss of that monopoly, they
can no longer shape public opinion at will.
I believe that this loss of the corporate media’s
monopoly is the factor that the Republican party did not take into
account when they laid their plans for conquest and control of our
society. They thought that the corporate media would filter information
for them and keep people stupid. They simply did not anticipate that
technology would provide the internet.
But they have relied on technology to destroy our electoral
system with electronic fraud boxes. For years the corporate media
kept this tremendous issue, that of electronic fraud, out of the
national consciousness. But again, the internet has allowed voting
Americans to communicate information about this national scam.
Those fraud boxes are still in the voting booths. They
are crouching like thousands of little monsters, ready to devour
America. We’ve still got a problem.
| Inside the Fraud Box. It ain't the hardware, it's
the secret software that steals your vote.
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