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Theft or Stupidity?

How did Bush `win' a majority of the popular vote? Either he stole it, or Americans really are stupid enough to vote against their interests and safety.
THEFT OR STUPIDITY?

By Chaelan MacTavish, Counter Propaganda

[This article was published in the Portland State University Vanguard 11.5/2004. Chaelan MacTavish can be reached at  counterpropaganda@dailyvanguard.com.]


In a stunning defeat for the American people, President Bush won the majority of the popular vote on Tuesday. The only question to consider is how did this happen? Is it due to the well-documented capabilities of crooked Republicans to steal an election or even worse, is it due to the stupidity of the American electorate?

Crying foul in the election may seem like sore losing at this point, but the Republican Party's behavior in the aftermath of the last Presidential election must be remembered. They flooded the courts with lawsuits detailing why the votes of certain counties in Florida should NOT be counted, because they were leading for the moment. If the recounts had been allowed to continue, as the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) study showed, we would have seen that Bush lost both the electoral vote and the popular vote last time.

He did still take the presidency without winning the popular vote. Now, four years later, the Republicans have had plenty of time to formulate how to make sure their candidate won this time, without such a blatant fiasco. The easiest path to projected legitimacy is, of course, the winning of the popular vote. But, as Josef Stalin once said, "It is not who votes that counts, but who counts the votes."

A third of votes cast in this election were counted by electronic voting machines. You can surf the web for myriad tales of their disaster in past elections. For example, the source code of Diebold machines are a "trade secret," and elections officials are legally barred from examining them. However, if a machine breaks down in the middle of voting day (from, say, an influx of too many Democratic votes) a technician from Diebold is dispatched to "fix" the computer, and voting is resumed on the machines.

On Election Day, around 3 p.m., exit polls were leaning heavily towards Kerry. Bush was getting upset. And their machines started having "gliches." Technicians were dispatched. And, as Diebold CEO Walden O'Dell promised on August 14, Ohio "deliver[ed] its elector votes to Bush" - with or without the will of the people.

The case for theft is not a far-fetched one, especially considering the polls. More news organizations showed the candidates dead even. But the polling was done on land lines, those Americans who only own a cell phone were never included. Those voters are generally younger, and according to the Rock the Vote/Zogby text message poll of this constituency, they favored Kerry over Bush 55 percent to 40 percent.

How, then, did Bush "win" a majority of the popular vote? Either he stole it, or Americans really are stupid enough to vote against their interests and safety.

To consider that more than half of the voting public would vote for such a terribly incompetent president, who has tanked the economy, poisoned his own people, ignored threats of attacks, let the perpetrators go free, attacked innocent countries for resources, made a whole new host of terrorists (that will attack us shortly) and made this world so much worse to live in, is unfathomable.

Whether he won 51 percent of the popular vote, or only 45 percent, it still means we have a lot of Americans who would vote for what some historians are already calling the worst president in history.

Although it seems there may still be thievery in this election, it is the electorate that is truly worrisome. Winston Churchill said it best, "In a democracy, people get the kind of government they deserve."

I fear for what such a self-destructive populace deserves these next four years.

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its easy when you don't have a clear choice 06.Nov.2004 07:48

me

Kerry never offered America a choice.

His two main themes were this.

(1) Vote for me because I'm not Bush and I'll do everything we are talking about better because its me doing it and not him.

(2) I have a secret plan to spend that tax break to the wealthest 1 percent to fix everything Bush has done wrong.


After boiling Kerry's campaign down to these two strategies, you can begin to see why Bush won.

The democrats have to go back to their core values and stick to them even if it means a loss. People can smell when someone is changing their position just to tease vote out of them, and they resent it.

No 06.Nov.2004 23:42

No

No.

They are not Democrats who need to return to their core values.

It is you, 'me', and your neighbours, who must change your own core values.

Among those values, you might stop demanding that others cave in to your infantile demands, and start doing things for your self.

Because 06.Nov.2004 23:46

History Rules!

The Democratic Party has never strayed from its opportunistic core values.

Read some (real) history about the Civil Rights Movement, and the Johnson Democrats.


Speaking of whom... Anybody count the number of presidents soaked in Texas oil?