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America's Sham Electoral Process

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Weeks later, Adams got the minimum Electoral College count needed to win. House galleries were outraged for good reason. Dealmakers won, not voters. Jackson should have been declared president but wasn't. 

He got a second chance. He became America's seventh president. In 1828, he defeated Adams soundly. In 1832, he won a another term. He bested National Republican Henry Clay decisively.

In office, he vetoed congressional legislation granting the privatized Second Bank of the United States a 20-year charter. Jefferson opposed the first US Bank. Both were 19th century versions of today's Federal Reserve. 

Jackson called the Second Bank a "hydra-headed monster" for good reason. Along with other major central banks, the Fed wages financial war on humanity.

Subsequent elections were as fraudulent as the one Jackson lost. It's an American tradition. Media scoundrels don't explain.

Historian Robert Caro called Lyndon Johnson 1948 senatorial primary win the most blatant example of electoral theft in US history. Ballot fraud was rife. Johnson was behind by 20,000 votes. Final tallies showed him winning by 87.

From the 19th century to today, electoral legitimacy was sorely lacking. Today, elections are stolen with electronic ease. Corporate programmed and controlled machines vote, not people. 

They choose winners, not enfranchised citizens. Undercounts and overcounts are common. Many legitimate voters are stripped from rolls. Jim Crow lives. Blacks and Latinos are most affected. Muslims are considered fifth column threats. Media scoundrels say nothing.

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The 1965 Voting Rights Act was supposed to curb discriminatory practices. It prohibits states from imposing any "voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure (that may) deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color." 

It also established federal enforcement procedures. Most often it doesn't matter. In addition, no national standard applies. States choose their own electoral procedures. Discriminatory exclusion continues. 

So do other gross electoral irregularities. US federal, state and local elections fail the smell test. They're woefully short of free, fair, and open. Money power controls them. Last month, Jimmy Carter called America's process "one of the worst".because of the excessive influx of money."

The entire system is corrupt and dysfunctional. It has no legitimacy whatever. Presidential races constitute the apogean extreme of illegitimacy. 

The Center for Responsive Politics (CRP: predicts a $2.5 billion Obama/Romney contest. Combined with congressional races, it estimates $5.8 billion. Super PACS and other outside sources raise much of it. Donors can contribute as much as they want anonymously.

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According to CRP executive director Sheila Krumholz:

"Although a lot of money still remains to be raised and spent, the data already show that we're on track to break the extraordinary, record-setting sums spent in 2008."

"That cycle was the first in which we crossed the $5 billion mark, and the big question now is whether we will already reach - or surpass - $6 billion just one cycle later." 

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I was born in 1934, am a retired, progressive small businessman concerned about all the major national and world issues, committed to speak out and write about them.

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