I hope that by the time you read this that Barack Obama is
the president of the United States. On the other hand, if McCain-Palin and the
neocons find a way to steal their fourth major US election in eight years, don�t
say you were not warned.
The fact is, Republicans still own and control all of the
voting machines. Not a thing has been done to break this monopoly, despite
years of reporting, independent investigations, and tireless coverage by www.bradblog.com,
and others. Not a thing has been done, in any reasonable fashion, by the
Democratic Party for eight years. (Why not?)
Nor has a thing been done about the election malfeasance
being carried out by on-the-ground Republican operatives. It�s happening as I
write this, in states across the country, from Ohio to Florida. Obama votes are
flipping to McCain (never the other way around). Voter rolls are being purged.
People are turning out in large numbers, and being �discouraged� from casting
their votes, and when their votes are cast on Diebold and ES&S electronic
voting machines, the Republicans can still -- still -- invent any vote count
they wish. Legal challenges? Bush-Cheney has stacked the judicial system with
Republicans. The last stop, the Supreme Court, is Bush-Cheney country, top to
Nothing has changed, and what has changed has gotten worse.
As for you hopelessly naive Democratic Party and Obama-Biden
supporters who want to insist that the 2006 Dem landslide somehow proved that
mass turnout and campaign enthusiasm alone can overcome total Republican
control of the election apparatus, please relieve yourselves of your delusions.
The only reason McCain-Palin lose today is because forces at
the core of the Anglo-American empire have decided that eight years of neocon
rule has been too damaging and counterproductive. So much so, that the empire
itself wants a break from itself, if only for a moment. That a couple of years
of elite corporate neoliberal management under a President Obama retrieves the �squandered�
opportunity that the empire fumbled after 9/11. They want to get the �war on
terror� conquest back on course, complete with the subtleties, �international
cooperation,� and public appearances. They want -- need -- a more palatable
face in the White House, so that the looting and plunder begun by Paulson, Bernanke,
and Wall Street can �succeed,� in a way that minimizes public outrage, even as
trillions continue to be stolen.
But maybe not. Maybe the too-far-gone collapse of the empire
goes into another four years of even greater, even more unimaginable violence
and upheaval, and all hope -- even the tiniest bit---must be crushed, even more
than it already been flattened. Maybe President Palin takes over for
cancer-ridden President McCain, and the hell of hells begins. What then? What
McCain and Palin, and their legions of thugs, are behaving
as confidently as the Bush family did on November 4, 2000, with the same
smugness. They are proclaiming an upset triumph. You had better hope that they
are merely posturing.
I hope that I am wrong.
I hope that you can toss this editorial into the bin, along
with the rest of your Obama election victory party confetti.
I hope that the nightmare scenario will not unfold.