Man, I feel kinda dirty. Just read this Rolling Stone article about the ways that Republican election officials worked to manipulate the vote for the 2004 presidential campaign. So many actions that explicitly break the law, so many that violate the spirit of the law, so many invoked in the name of preserving voters’ rights while denying them, so much stalling, and lies, lies, lies, lies, lies. I’m no fan of elections of any kind, but this article is a hefty and well-sourced documentation of such offensive dirty tricks, deceit, and outright cheating that it actually disturbs me.
The article focuses on just the dirty tricks in Ohio, a state that swung the election. We should first have been suspicious after finding out that the official in charge of Ohio’s elections in 2004, Kenneth Blackwell, was also the co-chair of Bush’s re-election committee. The article goes on to discuss the many tactics, policies and crimes committed by this man, and by other Republican
scum operatives in the state. Long story short, their actions prevented 350,000+ voters from voting (or stopped their votes from being counted), when John Kerry only lost Ohio by 118,000+ votes… And if you think that such trickery only went on in one state, you’re one trusting soul.
Viva democracy and stuff.
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