2004 was stolen, so what?

Dave Pollard of Salon has what I think is the most compelling response to Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s recent Rolling Stone piece on the 2004 election:

This is Enron morality — the law doesn’t matter, the rights of people don’t matter, and the ends justify the means. It is the way big business operates now in the US — break the law, and even if you’re caught (if you haven’t bribed the right politicians to ‘deregulate’ the offense, or the right officials to ignore the crime, or the right judges to dismiss it), settle out of court for a fraction of the benefit your crime gave you. If it’s good enough for big business, why not for the business of politics? Bush believes he is above the law — above 750 of them, in fact. The mentality is that if you’re rich and powerful, you set the rules, you don’t play by them; you make the laws, to your own advantage, you don’t obey them.

So what? Robert Kennedy Jr. has no answers, just more evidence of the crime. What does Rolling Stone suggest? Another investigation. Reading some books and reports. Yawn. We warned after 2000 that if the system wasn’t fixed, there could be a repeat in 2004. There was. Now it’s nearly two years later and still nothing has been done, despite evidence it will happen again in 2008. And it’s not just election fraud: ‘Swift boat’-style character assassination of opponents is now standard procedure, using massive amounts of money to spread lies about candidates who threaten the status quo. As soon as the Democrats choose their candidate for 2008, unless it’s an approved candidate friendly to neocons, the richest and most ruthless slander machine in civilization’s history will go into overdrive to discredit the candidate. Legality, morality, fairness won’t matter. Money trumps truth. The end justifies the means.

Gerrymandering and other undemocratic abuses of power, abuses perpetrated for years by both major parties but now honed to precision, will likely prevent Democrats from re-taking the House this fall despite the overwhelming unpopularity of the Republican Party.

hen will Americans wake up to the realization that the system is horrifically broken, that the political system in the US is utterly incapable of reflecting the will of the people?

We don’t need more books or investigations. We need drastic changes to the system. Unfortunately, the lawyers and politicians who broke it are in charge of the system. The inmates are running the asylum.

He highlights here an important issue; one I wish I had thought of yesterday. The Rolling Stone article offers an a compelling argument as to what illegal actions were taken to steal the 2004 election and subvert the democratic process.

But simply stated, those illegal actions represent only a small part of the way that election was stolen. The propoganda, the lies, the swiftboating, the noise machine, and the power abuses all represent equally egregious crimes against democracy, designed to confuse and manipulate the electorate into voting a certain way. Elections for at least the last half century have not been an honest referendum on the issues, rather they’ve been a farcical exercise in deciding who has the best hair. Even if an election were conducted legally, the above still means the election wouldn’t reflect the real will of the people.

The US Government is not representative of its citizens.

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