News Analysis
Cutting thru the Propaganda
Hall of Shame
Evil GOP Bastard of the Month
Kenneth Blackwell
Ohio Secretary of
State & Vote Purger

Blackwell, like Florida's Katherine Harris, was not only the Ohio official in charge of
Since the New Deal, Republicans have been on the wrong side of every issue of concern to ordinary Americans; Social Security, the war in Vietnam, equal rights, civil liberties, church- state separation, consumer issues, public education, reproductive freedom, national health care, labor issues, gun policy, campaign-finance reform, the environment
and tax fairness. No political party could remain so consistently wrong by accident.
The only rational conclusion is that, despite their cynical "family values" propaganda, the Republican Party is a criminal conspiracy to betray the interests of the American people
in favor of plutocratic and corporate interests, and absolutist religious groups. 

Why? Because they're evil GOP bastards!
elections in that state, he was also co-chair of the Bush-Cheney campaign in Ohio. We saw the same impartiality as demonstrated by Harris in 2000.  Blackwell did everything he could to suppress Democratic voter turnout, including placing an insuf-
ficient number of voting machines in black precincts. Would he be above tampering with vote tallies (exit polls showed Kerry ahead)? We doubt it. 
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Since the Christers hate fags more than they care about their own jobs, and love anonymous embryos more than their own kids, it's easy to snooker them  into voting against their own interests.
November 2004
Need more proof that the Republicans are evil bastards?

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List of influential right-wIng think tanks & foundations

The elections of 2004 will be marked by historians as the date when American democracy failed. This will prove to be the result of either Republican manipulation of vote tabulations (easy to do in a "no-paper-trail" environment), or because a majority of Americans are simply too credulous to withstand modern propaganda techniques -- especially when corporate media are engaged in  "see-no-evil" complicity -- or both.  There are no other explanations.

How else can we explain the reelection of George W. Bush, whose administration was asleep
at the switch on 9/11; who not only failed to create any new jobs for the millions of new workers entering the job market in each of the last four years, but actually suffered a net loss in US employment; whose
tax cuts for the rich resulted in the largest deficits in US history; whose environmental policies resulted in increases in air and water pollution; and who willfully misrepresented the facts in order to invade and occupy Iraq -- with over 8,000 US soldiers maimed, more than 1,100 US dead, and the deaths of an estimated 100,000 innocent Iraqis. This presidency has been a disaster on all fronts -- except, of course, in its skill at demagoguery and political decep-
tion (if either Bush or Cheney ever uttered an unambiguously truthful statement during the campaign it's news to me).

It's certainly easier to explain Bush's reelection as the result of
ballot tampering than to believe that so many of our fellow Americans are morons. The dangerously incestuous relationship between the GOP and the nation's largest suppliers of electronic voting machines (ESS and Diebold) should at least arouse suspicion.

Is the software fair or fixed?  Incredibly, we're told that we have to take the manufacturers' word for their
honesty and accuracy.  The computer software used in these machines are considered proprie-
tary "trade secrets," and as such are exempt from independent bipar-
tisan examination and verification. Excuse me, but nobody in their right mind would do their banking without
hard-copy verification and receipts. Why should we expect anything less for the most impor-
tant function of our democracy?

There has been an interesting pattern developing in the last few election cycles. Democrats lead in pre-election polling and exit polling, but then the Republicans win by comfortable margins. This occurred in Florida in 2000, and Georgia in the 2002 mid-term elections where both the Democratic governor and senator of Georgia had comfortable leads, only to see "surprise" Re-
publican victories on election day. Odd. A recount would normally be requested, but with electronic voting, the same number is simply regurgitated.

phenomenon was repeated in the presidential elections on Nov-
ember 2. Kerry had leads in after-
exit polling in Florida, Ohio and other Red states, only to be "surprisingly" erased by the final tallies. It would be odd that those last-minute deviations from the exit polling in critical swing states always favor Republicans. But then again, the head of Ohio-based Diebold, Walden O'Dell, is a part-
isan Republican who is on the record as having said he is "com-
mitted to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president (Bush) next year." Have the paper ballots -- especially those hundreds of thousands of provisional ballots, been counted fairly in GOP-control-
led states?  Unlikely.

Our clueless corporate news media can only ponder (as they did in 2000 and 2002), "What's the matter with exit-polling methodologies?" without raising the obvious ques-
tion, "Are vote tallies being manip-
ulated?"  Considering that once-
accurate exit-polling techniques haven't changed -- while the method of voting has (along with the current control by rabidly ideological Re-
publicans of many state electoral processes) -- yields what can be the only obvious conclusion.

Democrats have shown themselves to be utterly hapless in confronting this danger to our democracy.  Many of us have been sounding the alarm since the curious 2002 elec-
tion results. Shouldn't the guiding principle be "If an election can be stolen, it will be stolen"?  The motives of any politician reluctant to enact voter-verifiable balloting should be immediately suspect.

Of course, it could be possible that the Republicans -- while having the means, the motive and the oppor-
tunity for electoral theft in any state controlled by the GOP (such as Florida and Ohio) -- honorably re-
fused to commit such a horrendous rape of our sacred democratic tradition.

Again, unlikely. For Republicans, "honor" is just a campaign slogan to snooker the rubes. To prove this point, consider the recent revel-
ations from Micky Herskowitz, longtime friend of the Bush family and original ghostwriter for George W. Bush's "autobiography" (before his contract was canceled and the task given to Karen Hughes to finish the job in more hagiographic style).

Writes Russ Baker who interviewed Herskowitz: "George W. Bush's beliefs on Iraq were based in part on a notion dating back to the Rea-
gan White House -- ascribed in part to now-vice president Dick Cheney,
Exposing the ugly truth
about the Republican Party's diabolical plot to replace constitutional democracy with an oligarchic
fascist theocracy...

It's the only rational explanation!
Why does the Republican Party zealously pursue policies so obviously counter to the best interests of ordinary Americans? 

It can only be
because they're...
Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee under Reagan. "Start a small war. Pick a country where there is justification you can jump on, go ahead and invade."

"He was thinking about invading Iraq in 1999," said author and journalist Mickey Herskowitz. "It was on his mind. He said to me: 'One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a comman-
der-in-chief.' And he said, 'My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it.' He said, 'If I have a chance to invade… if I had that much capital, I'm not going to waste it. I'm going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I'm going to have a successful presidency."

That should adequately reveal the "honor" of George W. Bush, and by rational inference prevent any hesitance to assume the very worst. All the waste in treasure, lives and limbs was just a cynical ploy so Bush could boast a "successful presidency." After 9/11, Bush had his "chance" and just as he antici-
pated, a majority of American voters (?)  fell for it.

Sadly, the rubes that voted for George W. Bush would have voted for him anyway.  His look-how-holy-
I-am public piety and shameless exploitation of the fundamentalists' obsession with "gay marriage" ensured a reservoir of eager donors, activists and voters. Bush's reasons for the need to "protect" marriage were as specious as his reasons for war with Iraq. Christian fundamentalists are repulsed by non-procreational sex in general and gay sex in particular, so Bush was only too happy to get out
in front of that mob in an act of shameless
theocratic pandering.

Religion has become the
number one predictor of how Americans vote. For Republican politicians willing to sink so low, exploiting religious beliefs for political advantage has proved all-too-easy since the religious are already predisposed to accept beliefs not grounded in objective reality. Interestingly, we now find ourselves only among the Islamic theocra-
cies and the Peoples' Republic of China as a country where Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" could create such national outrage.

As the recent
PIPA study showed, a majority of Bush voters didn't know even the basic facts of the Iraq war or many of the other policies and positions of their Republican messiah.  All they needed to know was that he was one of "them."  And of course, they also elected anyone else with an "R" next to their name (such as the new Oklahoma senator who wants the death penalty for abortions and the reelection of one of Kentucky's senators who seems to be suffering from senile dementia) since they are members of God's Own Party.

Whether the '04 election was stolen by ballot tam-
pering, or if Bush was reelected by an uninformed,
misinformed or utterly irrational majority, or some combination thereof, the results are the same. Things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.

If the Democratic Party expects to function as a viable political force in this country, they're going to have to realize what they're up against.  In the last few elections, the Republicans have proved that they will lie, pander, demagogue, and even engage in unprovoked war to gain political advantage -- and without the fear of today's toothless media lapdogs blowing the whistle on them. If radical Republican ideologues will engage in that sort of political sleaze, it needs to be understood that they're also capable of subverting our sacred democratic tradition by stealing elections when and where they can get away with it (such as in
Florida and Ohio).

Without a system of guaranteed electoral integrity through voter-verifiable balloting with transparent
state vote tabulations, the true outcome of the 2004 elections will never be truly known, and worse, the future of American democracy will be in serious peril.
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