So, the three Presidential debates are over and all the corporate media focus is on who won, who lost, and what the daily national poll numbers are. This election will not be decided over which debater scored two out of three falls, and it won’t be decided by who’s ahead in national polling on November 5. It will be won by whoever has the most electoral college votes on November 6 after the election polls are closed—and the Republicans have perfected the art of fixing votes in a way that will remain unquestioned by the corporate media and the Democratic Party. Who primarily continues to bang the drum loudly over this? Greg Palast, an American reporter exiled to the BBC and two British newspapers (although his reports also appear in The Nation, Rolling Stone and Harper’s magazines), and Brad Friedman of BradBlog.com. Besides them, you can count the TV and radio political show hosts talking about this on one hand, mainly when they have Greg or Brad as guests on the show.
Republican secretaries of state control the registered voter databases and/or the allotment of custom-programmed voting machines in Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, and other states where Karl Rove, the Kochs and company need to disappear and otherwise wipe out or prevent Democratic votes. Tagg Romney’s part ownership of a company that supplies voting machines for a county in Ohio is worrisome but I don’t see any legal authorities doing anything about it. For an in-depth look at how an election can be stolen in nine easy steps, read Palast’s “Billionaires & Ballot Bandits”.
Mark my words, if Obama does lose, the corporate media will once again fall back on the lie they put out in 2000, 2004, and 2010: more Republicans and Independents voted than Democrats. The fate of our country and the world rests on all Democrats not allowing this to happen again this year. The only way to effect real political change in this country, with transparency and an open-air, exclusively paper ballot voting system, is to make sure Obama and the Democrats re-take the White House and Congress this year. After that happens, we can hold their feet to the fire to try to force them to finally take the corruption out of U.S. politics. There are very few clean hands in all three branches of the federal government. It’s time we either gave them lye soap or vote in a whole new group of hands.