Fake vote, fake democracy.

"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war."
 ––Abraham Lincoln 1864 in letter to Col. W.F. Elkins.
 
If the vote is fraudulently changed by the “the wealth aggregated in a few hands” and the election thereby stolen, then by definition you have no Democracy––are we there yet?
 
You’ll know in about one week.
 
With a record seventy-three percent disapproval rate for Congress the public is finally seeing the painfully cumulative impact of failure and corruption in the Republican congress—but it is still possible that the will of the voters may not matter.
 
Why are George Bush and Karl Rove so certain they will not lose the House and Senate?
 
Reporters have said that they “almost seem delusionally certain they will win the House and Senate in November.
 
I am reminded of 2000 when Al Gore was declared the winner in Florida by the networks using exit polls. One network went live to Crawford ranch to get Bush’s reaction—“Oh no, oh no, that’s not right, we’ve got Florida”—with a smirk and smile. I was shocked as I realized he “knew”. I felt uneasy as I realized Bush’s inability to hide his childish certainty––even gloating––was so obvious that it revealed that he, at least, believed that he had inside information that he would win Florida. 

I never saw that clip shown again. The media has been notably quiet about the abundance of serious information on voter fraud. There were rumors of memos to some reporters not to cover the issue of voter fraud and questionable races. Supposedly they were burned by their “wrong” exit poll determination that declared Al Gore the winner in Florida––the fact that they were actually correct is a fact still seldom mentioned.
 
There was almost no coverage but C-SPAN of Congressman Conyers hearings on voter fraud in 2004. The endless examples have languished out of mainstream media sight with the notable exception of Robert Kennedy Jr’s recent excellent Rolling Stone article, “Was the 2004 election Stolen?” www.rollingstone.com/news/story/10432334/was_the_2004_election_stolen
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Six years have passed.
 
The amazing thing is that after the 2000 debacle of voter violations, right up to the Supreme Court––we still want to ignore the fact that Florida exit polls were correct. The hanging chads were used to stampede and force by law that the states purchase millions of dollars of electronic voting machines. Many from Diebold executive, Walden O'Dell, who in a fundraiser his company sponsored for President Bush is reported to have promised the president that his company would "deliver" the necessary votes needed to keep Bush in the White House for a second term.
 
In  2004 when there was proof certain that we needed paper verification for an independent audit, in most of the country still, almost nothing was done. Perhaps this explains why President Bush and Karl Rove are so confident. Rove, when questioned about his extreme “ optimism” in the face of poll numbers, he said he has “the” numbers”.
 
We know they have laid the groundwork with gerrymandering; but they also could easily have a darker extension of that research of computer analysis––that of finding districts where voting sites that are susceptible to partisan vote tampering and districts that are the most productive to alter. At least the possibility is prominent and our only security is their integrity.
 
Since only a few corporations own most of our media, and the case can be made, in our government, that corporate influence is so ubiquitous that most of the public is ill or uninformed.
 
It is possible also, that people’s feelings of powerlessness have let them fall into an escapist denial that allows the media to not investigate and report. It is time to awaken. This is not a partisan issue, it is the issue: are we a democratic republic or not? It is about actions and the Constitution.
 
In America we give corporations the rights of a person, but without the responsibilities or conscience we require of a person. Corporations are given billions in welfare and allowed to donate millions to campaigns.  It has been said they have no soul. It is more the rule than the exception that corporations act soulless, when they are blind to empathy, democracy, common good and integrity and that they are driven by selfish ambition. It’s called business. And—they own the media.
 
The truth is that there is nothing wrong with capitalism that ethics wouldn’t cure.
 
Add to this, an Administration in desperate need to hold control of Congress.
 
One can understand the administration’s absolute dire need to win and its willingness if not temptation, to use a wide range of overtly unethical and illegal tactics. The current Administration dare not lose the power to block all Congressional investigations and hearings, of their mounting unconstitutional and illegal actions, such as, secretly spying on Americans. Karl Rove’s modus operandi is—do the dirty trick to win the power then cover the operation with the power. We are now facing the sine qua non of this tactic.

Sound hopeless?  It’s not.
 
The antidote we still have is the power of exit polls.  The light of truth is still in our hands. The major concern regarding electronic voting is the ability to change votes without detection—this is the most crucial threat to the survival of our democracy.

The only way for citizens to track any betrayal of an election—without a paper or separate record—are exit polls. Astoundingly, according to CNN, the government has required up to 80% of voting machines for November’s election to be of the type that are easily tampered with. 

The media and news organizations for the past two weeks have been covering these inequities now before the elections—the real question is what have they been doing for the past two years? Media and news organizations can exonerate themselves by holding exit polls nationwide in this impending election.

We have no national standard to safeguard a vote trail. On the contrary, states were forced to use electronic only voting. Thus, ensuring that there is no recount possible, once votes are changed, or if there is a software malfunction––that’s it––there is no way to go back to know what was cast. Whatever was done by the voters is gone.

Now, only exit polls can give statistically accurate results of the real vote.  If we do not do this in sufficient numbers we will have no alternative but to hold another election––with a paper trail or lose our democracy. And if the election is stolen what are the chances they will allow that?  As Lenny Bruce said, “If your not paranoid, your not paying attention”, so perhaps Democrat’s and independent’s paranoia about Karl Rove is just paying attention.
 
The media and any organization with the means, needs to serve the country––by doing exit polls for as many races as possible, especially close races.  Exit polls are used around the world as the check on the validity of elections. Exit polls are so reliable that they are used as guides to the honesty of elections in Europe and even in third world countries. The disparity of exit polls to election results in Germany is less than three tenths of one percent. Exit polls are statistically very accurate and they are even more reliable when there are several that act as checks on pollster bias. These days we need information and we need it reported.
 
Even though the irregularities in 2004 were very partisan––almost without exception they hurt John Kerry and benefited George Bush, we must expose all irregularities, no matter what party loses or gains.

Please contact the media you use, ask them to save the republic by putting their media might and light into creating exit polls. The more we have the better. There are investigative journalists left in America. It’s a great story for them and it may save our democracy.  This is how we the people show we are awake and take back our country and our Democracy.
 
The fact that, “Some by sin do rise, others by virtue fall” Shakespeare’s truth is one that when well understood, sets us all free to self correct and grow up. Perhaps the higher purpose of this crisis is that we really can see, choose and support democracy as a virtue. It is time for America to be fearless for the good. It is time to know that it is more powerful to be good than to be right. It’s time to take the challenge that democracy and honesty requires. 
 
As Lincoln said to Congress in 1862:

“The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise––with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”

“Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. Other means may succeed; this could not fail. The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just—a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless. ”—Abraham Lincoln.

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