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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Who Does a Loss Really Hurt?

The Dems do not want to fight stolen elections because they are afraid of being painted as “sore losers”.

We do not care what they are labeled as; we want our votes to count and we want fair elections. The entire future of the world is at stake and riding on the results of this midterm election; this is the most important election of our lives. The Dems absolutely must take back the Congress. The polls show that the people want the Dems to control the Congress.

I, along with most people, cannot believe the amount of damage that has occurred over these last six years. America has been turned upside down. Our National Debt has nearly doubled. We have lost all of our moral authority in the world. Hundreds of thousands of people have died as a result of this Administration’s policies. Our Constitution has been shredded.

All of this has occurred as a result of three stolen elections.

Gore gave up fighting. Kerry didn’t fight. Numerous people lost in 2002 (Max Cleland) as a result of swapped votes; they didn’t fight either.

Did all of these people avoid fighting because they did not want to be painted as sore losers? Look at the loss that has occurred for all of us as a result of these stolen elections. Who are the real losers?

I was amazed, while listening to CSPAN hearings onHR 4844, when I heard the Republicans cite their own election fraud as proof for the need of a National voter ID which will disenfranchise thousands of people, mostly lower income and the elderly who are typically Democratic voters. It is the goal of the Republicans to disenfranchise as many people as possible.

The Republicans claim that voter fraud at the polls is a problem. They are not afraid of being labeled sore losers when they scream and yell about perceived:

• ‘dead people’ voting
• Illegal aliens voting
• Felon voters
• Voter impersonation

Unfortunately, for these Republican’s who cited ‘over-votes’ as proof of these problems, the facts do not support these claims. An under-reported Elections Assistance Commission report (PDF) found that there was very little evidence of this type of voter fraud while the evidence of the kind of election fraud that affects Democratic voters is widespread.

We understand clearly what the Dems must fight against and what they must try to combat before the elections. This type of election fraud has been proven.

Intimidation letters

Challenging registrations and making it difficult to register.

Confusing ballots

Voting machines that malfunction, record incorrectly, are difficult to use, contain software bugs and switch votes.

Voting machines that are easily hacked.

Exceptionally long lines to vote. (PDF)

Department of Justice not investigating voter intimidation and disenfranchisement.

Chaos at the polls.

Long lines and discouragement.

It really is amazing the Democratic Party has done very little to get out in front of this and combat these problems. Also, they absolutely must prepare the electorate for this kind of fraud and make certain that there are enough voices in the corporate media, warning of these claims, before the elections. They also need to get over the fear of being painted as a “sore loser” and remember who the real losers are.

As I noted in an earlier post, there are several organizations who are fighting this election fraud. Bev Harris’ group has an amazing citizen’s tool kit (pdf) which contains all of the instructions on how to play an active role in your elections and confirm that the rules are followed and that the people who are eligible to vote, are allowed to vote.

I believe that her organization is the one asking people to videotape any disenfranchisement at the polls and send the evidence in, although I cannot find that info on her site. If anyone can clarify this, please let me know.

In addition, most of the groups listed also have numbers or emails to report violations or disenfranchisement issues. We need to be eyes and ears and help these groups fighting to preserve our votes and our right to vote.

Lou Dobbs has been one of the only people in the corporate media to bring to the public’s attention the danger of electronic voting. I believe that this is really a good thing, getting the message out to the public, but a frightening thought occurred as a result. (I am very suspicious of the corporate media doing their job.)

Yesterday Steve at TLC put up a post stating that polls show that 2/3 of the public do not trust the voting machines. One of the posters brought up an interesting point that led to a thought of impending disaster.

What if the media is preparing us for a Republican challenge to the results of the elections?

They are not afraid of being painted as “sore losers”. So, what if the Dems do win a landslide of seats and the Republicans bring up the unreliability of electronic voting? Then the Preznit with his Unitary Executive Authority, nullifies the elections and keeps the Pukes in charge? Then we all take to the streets and Marshall Law is declared and we all get thrown in the detention centers that KBR is building?

Just sayin’.


UPDATE: The DNC is seeking attorneys to volunteer in every district to ensure the elections are fair and that every vote is counted. Seems they are lining up for a fight. Let's hope they have enough volunteers and are prepared to be declared "sore losers."

UPDATE 2: Common Cause who is working tirelessly for election reform, needs help funding their voter hotline.

1-866-MY-VOTE-1

They were able to use this hotline in 2004 to track disenfranchisement efforts and other difficulties that voters had at the polls.

14 Comments:

  • At 1:28 PM, October 21, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

  • At 3:00 PM, October 21, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

    a couple more updates

     
  • At 3:27 PM, October 21, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

  • At 10:20 PM, October 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Anjha, CO in 2004 was a state that took control in both State Houses and a Senate seat.
    Before I moved, like me, people were sick of repukes pulling the 11th hour gerrymandering, in power for 14 years and losing jobs!
    What a lot of people overlook is the fact that western states are turning bluer faster than ever.

     
  • At 10:21 PM, October 21, 2006, Anonymous Seven of Six said…

    That was me!

     
  • At 2:35 PM, October 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

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  • At 4:00 PM, October 22, 2006, Anonymous euzoius said…

    Thanks for the excellent rundown of Republican election fraud tactics.

    Too bad the press has no real interest in our democracy. This would have been a good newspaper story, with all its documentation.

     
  • At 6:13 PM, October 22, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

    Euzious, how sweet. Thank you, I needed that today - more than you could know.

    I am really happy that you stopped by. Please stop by more often.

    I am really completely fucked and the only thing that I can do anymore is a bit of research and hopefully provide someone with some information that they did not yet have and offer them an opportunity to sign a petition or make a phone call.

    Unfortunately, this is all that I can do...anywhere it seems. So I am very, very happy that you stopped by.

    Nice troll up there too. I am going to delete it. Taking up bandwith.

     
  • At 2:08 PM, October 23, 2006, Blogger Seven of Six said…

    Anjha, Have you seen Seven Days at Minimum Wage!

    Every fucking congressperson and the bu$h adiministration should be hog tied and forced to watch!!
    SOB's!

     
  • At 12:34 AM, October 24, 2006, Blogger OffTheFence said…

    Anjha,

    Saw your post on L&L. Catch your breath first. Then go at it again. There is no shame in following SOS's advice if you decide to go that route. Third time's a charm, right?

     
  • At 1:37 AM, October 24, 2006, Blogger OffTheFence said…

    A few months ago, my local paper presented an admirable, investigative, multi-article report on the topic of low-wage/min-wage earners/working poor. It also revealed the tax incentives many businesses received to build and begin operation. Many business never fulfilled their promised obligations and shut-down or moved on soon after receiving the money. They bought or were given land, paid the construction workers, employed a few workers, then closed. Fraud was certainly suggested in some cases. Obvious lapses of oversight were evident at the least. Meanwhile, politicians promised and bragged about the # of jobs they were bringing into their communities. There were many interviews with individuals who commuted from rural to rural locations, 30-100 miles away, for low-wage factory jobs with no benefits. Others talked about working 2-3 jobs, leaving their children unattended, having no health care or benefits, driving illegally because they couldn't afford insurance, or others not working at all because they don't have transportation, and on and on.

    In some rural communities there is simply no viable employment. During the summer, while traveling the state, I drove through a downtown so dilapidated and stagnant, with residents who looked so dirty, sick or diseased, that I had a hard time believing I was in the US. I've not been able to get rid of the images I saw in that town. Those people I saw don't have transportation to jobs, they aren't voting, and they aren't represented in the polls. Nothing is trickling down to them.

     
  • At 11:00 AM, October 24, 2006, Blogger Seven of Six said…

    That was great OTF!

     
  • At 10:24 AM, October 25, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

    SOS, thanks for the link. I will explore the financial side of things later...so much to do...so much stress.

     
  • At 12:25 PM, October 31, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

    erg

     

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