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.