As the November
2006 elections approach, there is growing concern about the integrity of
elections with the expanded use of electronic voting systems.
These systems are
supplied by corporations with ties to Republicans and there have been multiple
demonstrations by experts showing the vulnerability of these machines to
hacking or tampering. With this information now widely available to the public,
many voters may decide not to vote, thinking the Republicans will rig the vote.
The fact that there
are few decent candidates from either party adds to the inclination of voters
to stay home.
However, this is
exactly what those wishing to rig elections in their favor want: an apathetic,
disillusioned public making their job easier by not even voting. The ruling
elite, their minions, and the voters who blindly support them won't be ignoring
the elections. If the dissenting segment of the population doesn't vote, then
there won't even be a need to tamper with the vote count.
A thorough analysis
of election results, accompanied by exit polls or subsequent follow-up polls of
people who were recorded as voting, could indeed expose election rigging. The
establishment�s aim is to manipulate things so that there is no attempt to
investigate or verify voting outcomes as well as to keep those supporting
non-establishment candidates from voting by making them think their votes will
became governor of Minnesota several years ago because voters recognition of
him as a celebrity overrode the media reinforced belief that candidates from
outside the two major parties can't win. Now, Joe Lieberman is exploiting his
name recognition to seek to reclaim his Senate seat by running as an
independent with the de facto support of the state's Republicans. Thus, third
party candidates can win if the public goes out and votes for them.
If you don't want
the criminals in power to rig the vote then your logical move is to make sure
you do vote, so that they will have to expose their hand. If you give a
criminal something he/she wishes to steal, then you have victimized yourself
before the criminal even has a chance to try to pull of the crime.
Here in my home
state of Florida, there are multiple congressional candidates running against
the establishment, with those running as Democrats having almost non-existent
support from the Democratic Party committees. The Independent US Senate
candidate in Florida, Brian Moore, is a Progressive/Green leaning activist
worthy of consideration over Bill Nelson, the Democrat who has supported Bush's
phony terror war and other unconstitutional measures. Other candidates include
Democrats Clint Curtis, who blew the whistle on electronic voting fraud plans
by his Bush crony opponent, Tom Feeney; Bob Bowman, the retired USAF pilot and
rocket scientist turned courageous 911 Truth promoter; and South Florida Democrats
Michael Calderin, David Patlak, and Libertarian leaning Frank Gonzalez, who
surprised the right-wing Cuban exile crony Lincoln Diaz-Balart by getting 27
percent of the vote in 2004 as a Libertarian.
Check out the
candidates in your region and don't be scared away from the voting booth. Even
if you have to go there and leave every race blank, it's your responsibility to
record your vote or abstention. Not voting means you've already given away your
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