Rolling Stone: America Overthrown in 2004

Democracy Denied 2004Rolling Stone does some investigative and rather exhaustive digging into public documents and says we’re almost guaranteed the 2004 election results were massively rigged (unless we’re the 1 in 660,000 chance it wasn’t) (via Homeland Stupidity):

For the second election in a row, the president of the United States was selected not by the uncontested will of the people but under a cloud of dirty tricks. Given the scope of the GOP machinations, we simply cannot be certain that the right man now occupies the Oval Office “” which means, in effect, that we have been deprived of our faith in democracy itself.

No, we’ve been deprived of democracy, straight up. RS also drops a big fuck you on Ken Blackwell’s bid for Ohio Governor:

But in the battle for Ohio, Republicans had a distinct advantage: The man in charge of the counting was Kenneth Blackwell, the co-chair of President Bush’s re-election committee.(43) As Ohio’s secretary of state, Blackwell had broad powers to interpret and implement state and federal election laws — setting standards for everything from the processing of voter registration to the conduct of official recounts.(44) And as Bush’s re-election chair in Ohio, he had a powerful motivation to rig the rules for his candidate. Blackwell, in fact, served as the ”principal electoral system adviser” for Bush during the 2000 recount in Florida,(45) where he witnessed firsthand the success of his counterpart Katherine Harris, the Florida secretary of state who co-chaired Bush’s campaign there.(46)

Blackwell — now the Republican candidate for governor of Ohio(47) — is well-known in the state as a fierce partisan eager to rise in the GOP. An outspoken leader of Ohio’s right-wing fundamentalists, he opposes abortion even in cases of rape(48) and was the chief cheerleader for the anti-gay-marriage amendment that Republicans employed to spark turnout in rural counties(49). He has openly denounced Kerry as ”an unapologetic liberal Democrat,”(50) and during the 2004 election he used his official powers to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of Ohio citizens in Democratic strongholds. In a ruling issued two weeks before the election, a federal judge rebuked Blackwell for seeking to ”accomplish the same result in Ohio in 2004 that occurred in Florida in 2000.”(51)

And he’s still Secretary of State as he’s running a bid for governor. WTF?! Now that he’s no doubt mastered the art of vote rigging to install Bush as a Caesar*, he’s going for his own little throne to rule over the local people? I wonder.

America, your right to vote has all but vanished.

* You can still help Bill Peirce by making a contribution. And it may inspire more lawsuits in Ohio (eventually criminal ones if we shine the spotlight bright enough) which would be a double win for Libertarian visibility nation-wide and in Ohio in November. I openly support them and have been paid for my work with them in the past, and the campaign is receptive to ideas like this.

Update by Stephen Gordon: The Republican Liberty Caucus endorsed Blackwell. I was starting to become a bit more positive about the RLC after their endorsement of Sue Jeffers — that is until I saw their open endorsement of fraudulent voting.

Update by SV: MSNBC asks Will Your Vote Count in 2006? Not if this bombshell doesn’t erupt into 24/7 national media coverage and people like Ken Blackwell carted off in handcuffs.

Another update by SV: It seems Blackwell is up to his old tricks, keeping the Green Party’s gubernatorial candidate off the ballot for no good reason. Well… actually that candidate has been highly critical and may force a recount.

21 Comments
  1. And the libertarians are worried about ballot access!

    We’ll get on some ballots, then electronic voting shenanigans will prevent us from getting even 5%

    Glad this is finally getting some coverage. As we all know, the republicans have been rife with fraud…. this should surprise no one.

  2. Indeed. Ken Blackwell belongs in OSP:

    The OSP facility mission is to protect Ohio’s citizens, employees, and inmates by confining those inmates who pose a threat to staff, other inmates, or institutional security in a controlled setting that is conducive to self-improvement.

  3. Stephen, I non-gay love ya man, but you are a first class SUCKER for having even a microscopic shard of trust for ANYTHING affiliated with the GOP in general. Serves you right!

    Blackwell is LOVED by the GOP and NRA types. LOVED. They would throw their backs out they would pull the lever for him so hard, even if he ran on an explicit platform of nuking Cincinnati (filled with liberals anyway).

    Republicans don’t give a DAMN about crookedness or anything else, they only care about installing Republicans for the sake of installing Republicans. Conservatives are BAD human beings. Period.

    http://www.gunowners.org/a052606.htm GOA wanted people to throw themselves under the bus for Tom Delay, and now Ken Blackwell. Fuck them too.

  4. Also, on a national level, I beleive that Libertarians are now fixed at about 400,000 votes. No matter how many we really get. It will be around that number next time too. I’ll bet money on it.

  5. The problem is… everyone that called out this from day one (like Badnarik) were ridiculed and some others burnt out trying to bring this info to the light of day. We needed momentum to expose then. Now, most people have probably forgotten how close the races were, etc.

    I imagine this will get gently swept under the rug of more important news about Iran and nuclear weapons or whatever other garbage they want to write about.

    And of course, we have the clint curtis affidavit from florida
    http://www.buzzflash.com/alerts/04/12/images/CC_Affidavit_120604.pdf

    It can and did happen folks.

  6. I don’t dispute this at all but couldn’t RS have someone other than a pure democrat partisan such as Robert Kennedy Jr. do the research and report. It seems that it would have more credibility if it was from someone not so tied to the democratic party. Are there any libertarian think tanks that have done any research on this.

  7. I’ve been with Badnarik all the way, thank you very much. You are referring to the Republican sycophant “they’re still ok, in my book crowd” that engaged in ridicule.

    Freedom to Facism tackles this a little bit, I think, but that movie will never see the light of day at any sizeable level. And if it does, entire “news” TV programs and newspapers, etc will be aimed at “debunking” the truth.

  8. TerryP, you mean CATO? Bwahahaha. They are conservatives. Hard core, Republicans up-the-ass conservatives.

  9. Hard core, Republicans up-the-ass conservatives?

    Right on the homepage, http://www.cato.org/ :

    “Federal Marriage Amendment Is Contrary to American Values”

    “Keep the talks [with Iran] focused and cut to the chase, preventing the talks from turning into torturous and largely pointless name-calling matches like the Six Party talks in North Korea.”

    “How Identification Is Overused and Misunderstood …. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, demands for identification in the name of security have increased…. Jim Harper … discovers and examines the real threats to individual privacy and civil liberties posed by current and emerging identification technology. Instead of a uniform, government-controlled identification system, Harper presents the framework for a competitive, responsive identification and credentialing industry that provides genuine privacy, security, anonymity, and accountability.”

    “Leaving Women Behind: Modern Families, Outdated Laws”

  10. From the MSNBC link

    “Diebold Election Systems spokesperson David Bear says Hursti’s findings do not represent a fatal vulnerability in Diebold technology, but simply note the presence of a feature that allows access to authorized technicians to periodically update the software. If it so happens that someone not supposed to use the machine””or an election official who wants to put his or her thumb on the scale of democracy””takes advantage of this fast track to fraud, that’s not Diebold’s problem. “[Our critics are] throwing out a ‘what if’ that’s premised on a basis of an evil, nefarious person breaking the law,” says Bear.”

    DUH GUYS!!! Thats not a security flaw, its a feature! You should be thankful. (Didn’t Microsoft pull this not to long ago? Maybe it was some other company.)

  11. Thorley Winston: The MoJo article you point to is rife with the author’s reasonable doubt about the validity of the election and the recount, so it’s not as debunked as you claim.

    Trust me, I’m no fan of RFK either, but until the final part of the article, he does a fine job of push all the facts out there and letting them stand on their own in context (that’s the important part here… context).

    Taken as a small part of the puzzle, these facts have been downplayed over and over, but this is the first major article that attempts to connect all the dots and show there’s more going on here than mere *woops* coincidence on the part of those who oversaw the elections.

  12. And we have to connect the dots, otherwise the terrorists will win.

  13. “Democracy” is what the assholes want to install, because it is much more easily co-opted than “representative government”, which is what the Constitution dictates. Sheesh! If y’all can’t stay on message on the glossary, what hope can you have for electoral success?

    -BM

  14. You’d do better if you condemned both parties and the whole system at the same time. We’re not a democracy, and I personally don’t think everyone should be allowed to vote anyhow. I think the vote should be earned, not given.

    If you contribute nothing why should you get a vote?

    And let’s use proper terminology. Authoritarians are not terrorists. They are mostly fat bureaucrats.

  15. I don’t have any problem believing that the elections are rigged. But, I’ve also heard stories for years about how unions and other liberal groups have engaged in all sorts of voter fraud to rig elections. I just find it amusing that when the Republicans do it it’s national news. When the Democrats do it media doesn’t bat an eye. Both are corrupt and both are serving to destroy our freedom. Except that one wants to destroy our freedom in a way that the national press thinks is OK.

  16. Who decides who has “earned” a vote?

    Doesn’t the fact that Bush can declare anybody a terrorist and have him “disappeared” earn us the right to remove him?

  17. Election fraud is nothing new. Remember Tamara Clark in Las Vegas in the early 90s? Remember when she was winning, and the power went out at the counting location, and when the power came back on she was losing? Read “Votescam” and you’ll understand how elections have been rigged for years. I often wonder how many people actually vote Libertarian. We’ll never really know.

  18. “He who casts the votes decides nothing. He who counts the votes decides everything.”
    — Joseph Stalin

    Pretty much says it all right there.

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