The Airing of Grievances
Friday, November 05, 2004
Was The Election Stolen?
In a piece entitled "The Unltimate Felony Against Democracy", Thom Hartmann says that this "may (or may not) be the most massive election fraud in our history." His beef, usurprisingly, is with the electronic voting machines. According to Hartmann, the exit polls were indeed correct, but the numbers produced by paperless voting machines were wrong. But his main point, and one that I strongly agree with, is that the electronic machines should never have been (and never should be) involved in the election in the first place. Here's the money quote:
"Why have we let corporations into our polling places, locations so sacred to democracy that in many states even international election monitors and reporters are banned? Why are we allowing corporations to exclusively handle our vote, in a secret and totally invisible way? Particularly a private corporation founded, in one case, by a family that believes the Bible should replace the Constitution; in another case run by one of Ohio's top Republicans; and in another case partly owned by Saudi investors?"Extrememly good questions. If anybody has any answers (grounded in fairness), I sure would love to hear 'em.
And in case you think this is all a bunch of bunk, check out this quote from Walden O'Dell, chief executive of Diebold Inc. (one of the companies whose machines were used), in an August 14th fund-raising letter:
"[We] are committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."Now, like AofG regular BV (who sent this quote along), "I'm not really to anxious to start down the conspiracy track." That being said, this stuff really is way too troubling to go unnoticed or uninvestigated. Not good.