Stolen election (Greg Palast, 6-06)
|Abdul Mati Klawein 1963
As critical thinkers concerned with the well being of all Americans,
the California Skeptics have quite a bit to say about our political system. It
has from a high point during
the 40s & 50s sunk to a new low, possible surpassing the pre-civil war days. This
is an introduction, along with the articles on big PHARMA on how low we sunk.
How They Stole Ohio
And the GOP 4-step
Recipe to 'Blackwell' the USA in 2008
Abracadabra: Three million votes vanish
By Greg Palast, June 1, 2006 at www.gregpalast.com
[Heads up! Catch Robert Kennedy
Jr., Mike Papantonio and Greg Palast this Saturday on Air America's 'Ring of Fire' on the shoplifting of the last election
… and the next one. Palast New book Armed Madhouse develops the topic.]
This is a fact: On November 2, 2004, in the State of Ohio, 239,127 votes for
President of the United States were dumped, rejected, blocked, lost and left to
rot uncounted. And not just anyone's vote. Dive into the electoral dumpster
and these "spoiled" votes have a very dark color indeed.
In another life, I taught statistics. And
these statistics stank: the raw data tells us that if you are a Black voter, the chance of you losing your vote to technical
errors in voting machinery is 900% higher than if you were a white voter. Any guesses as to whom those African-Americans
chose for president on those junked ballots? Check Ohio's racial demographics, do the numbers,
and there it is: Kerry won Ohio. And that, too, is a fact. A fact that could
not get reported in the USA.
But the shoplifting of those votes
in Ohio was just the tip of the theft-berg. November 2, 2004 was a national ballot-box
bonfire. In total, over three million votes (3,600,380 to be exact) were cast -- marked, punched, pulled -- YET NEVER
COUNTED. I'm not talking about the Ukraine or Uganda. I'm talking
about the United States of America "with liberty and justice for all." Well, not "all." The nine-to-one
Black-to-White ballot spoilage rate is a national statistic -- not just an Ohio trick.
Last year, I flew to New Mexico to investigate the
33,981 cast but not counted ballots of that state in the 2004 race. George Bush "won" New Mexico by 5,988 votes.
Or did he? I calculated that, of the all the ballots rejected and "spoiled," 89% were cast by voters of color.
Who won New Mexico? Kerry won -- or he would have, if they had counted the ballots. But they didn't count them. And that was deliberate. It's in the plan. It's the
program. And the program for 2008 is simple. Two million ballots were cast but not counted in the 2000 race.
(Over half, 54%, were cast by African-American.) In 2004, the GOP kicked it up to THREE million. Get ready, these
guys aim high: "four in '06" and "five in '08" looks to be their game plan.
How will they pile up five
million un-voters in 2008? Let's start with the three million "disappeared" of 2004:
Step 1: "Spoiling" ballots -- 1,389,231 of them. In the
vote-count game, these are called "undervotes" and "overvotes." You can recognize these lost ballots by their hanging chads,
punch cards without punches (an Ohio specialty), paper ballots eaten by scanners, and touch
screens that didn't know you touched them.
Step 2: Rejecting "provisional ballots"-- 1,090,729 in this
pile. Voters finding themselves at the "wrong" precinct, or wrongly "scrubbed" from voter rolls get these back-of-the-bus
ballots first inaugurated in 2002. In '04, provisional ballots were passed out like candy to voters in the poorest precincts.
They handed them out -- then threw them away -- one million dumped in all. In Ohio, Republican Secretary
of State Kenneth Blackwell changed state rules, allowing him to toss out the ballots of legal voters who cast ballots in the
wrong precinct although these citizens were told their vote would count after confirming their registration.
3: Not counting absentee ballots -- 526,420 of them. At least, that's what we figure from official stats.
But it's anyone's guess how many mailed-in votes were dumped. (However, in one case, in Palm Beach, Florida, Jeb Bush's candidate
for Elections Supervisor, Theresa LaPore, counted more absentee votes than absentee ballots mailed in. Not the brightest
bulb in the vote-fix biz, that Theresa.)
Step 4: Scrub'm, Purge'm, Block'm. These are the voters
who never got to vote at all. This group includes those who found their registrations were never entered on the voter
rolls. In Ohio, about one-fourth of those registered by Jesse Jackson's 2004 voter drive,
found their registrations delayed beyond the election date or lost.
Add to this un-voter group, those who were
wrongly "scrubbed" from registries as "felons." For example, there was Bernice Kines, purged in Florida in 2004 because
she was convicted of a felony on July 31, 2009. I repeat: 2009.
There was something especially odd about the Ohio felon purge: ex-cons are ALLOWED to vote
in that state, Mr. Blackwell.
How many lost their chance to vote by scrubbing, purging and blocking? That's
anyone's guess, but one million would not be an unfair estimate -- and that's not included in the 3.6 million tally of ballots
uncounted. Was it deliberate? Oh my God, yes. I'd like you to take
a look at the "caging" lists the Republican National Committee concocted to challenge voters with "suspect" addresses.
It included page after page of African-American soldiers, like one Randall Prausa, shipped overseas. Mission accomplished, Mr.
And there's some new tricks for these old dogs.
For the 2006 and 2008, the GOP is pushing new Voter ID requirements. Your signature won't be good enough anymore. What's wrong with the new ID laws? This: in the 2004 election, 300,000
voters were turned away from the polls for "wrong" ID. For example, in the "Little Texas" counties in New Mexico, if your voter registration
included a middle initial but your driver's license had none, you were kicked out of the polling station. Funny, but
they only seemed to ask Hispanic voters. We should see the number of voters rejected for ID to quintuple by 2008 based
on the new "voting reform" laws recently passed in several states. Also, coming
to a polling station near you: more caging lists, scrub lists, ID challenge lists and more. Exactly why do you
think they are compiling those "War on Terror" and War on Immigration databases? Behind the 2000 felon purge lists and
behind the 2004 caging lists were databases from the same companies that now have those homeland security contracts. Are they
saving us from Osama -- or from Democrats?
I wish I could give you a book on a page, because information is our
weapon: Turn on the lights and the cockroaches scatter. That's why I'm asking you to read RFK's article on the Theft
of Ohio -- and GET ANGRY. Then read, "Armed Madhouse: … The Scheme to Steal '08' -- AND GET READY
I thought you ought to know what our Republican Party has
been doing to the elections. While there I would recommend reading about big PHARMA. If you wonder why the press barely notices these issues, consider who owns the press and the removal of
the Fairness Doctrine, which occurred under Reagan. We can expect more of the same, especially given
the influence of those who fund the elections. These are hardly raised in the main-stream media—jk.
For a collection of articles on the last 2 stolen elections, plus the election in Mexico
If there lips are moving they are lying.
The one thing you can be sure that they stand for, is to get elected.
If there lips are moving they are lying (said of politician)
To understand developments in our political system
(both parties) one must understand the role of neoliberalism. Any analysis which
misses this connection is grossly inadequate. (Neocons follow neoliberalism economic
We have an evil, evil system. Words such as imperialism, greed, corporate greed, neoliberalism, neoconservate, globalism, bought politicians,
control of media are descriptive. There are reasons why the labor movement
has collapsed. It is the politics of neoliberalism, an out growth of corporate
greed. Given how it opposes the public weal, we have devoted a section to expose
just what neoliberalism is—a thing that the five corporations which own broadcasting will not do.
THE BRINK OF ECONOMIC COLLAPSE
Things have gotten worse, the hole the neocons has dug
is much deeper. The economic stats are worse than bad: the trend is toward greater disparity of wealth and on top of that the U.S. is loaded with debt and imbalance of trade. The debt can through fiscal austerity can be paid off (as some of it was under Clinton), but the
trade imbalance will only grow due to the dismantling of are industrial base and the setting up of free trade agreements such
as NAFTA. The current foreign debt
is equaled to over 70% of GDP, a ratio unmatched by far among industrialized nations.
To find out what economics is called the dismal science and the role of neoliberalism.