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A McCain "Win" Will Be Theft, Resistance Is Planned

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If your television declares John McCain the president elect on the evening of November 4th, your television will be lying.  You should immediately pick up your pre-packed bags and head straight to the White House in Washington, D.C., which we will surround and shut down until this attempt at a third illegitimate presidency is reversed.  

A McCain "win" will not be illegitimate because I disagree with his policies, but because he himself has rendered it illegitimate.  He and his campaign and allied supporters have sought to illegally remove hundreds of thousands of voters from the rolls, fraudulently registered people as Republicans without their knowledge and against their will, obstructed voter registration drives, falsely warned students against voting where they attend school, falsely accused community groups of voter registration fraud, falsely alleged the widespread existence of voter fraud, and encouraged supporters to falsely believe McCain's opponent is a foreign terrorist through speeches, recorded phone messages, and flyers.  Already in early voting in a number of states there have been cases of votes on electronic machines visibly flipping to McCain or McKinney when intended for Obama.  We will see McCain supporters on November 4th challenging people's right to vote, seeking to force people to vote on provisional ballots, and seeking to have provisional ballots discarded.  And we will see electronic vote counts wildly out of step with the most recent polls, although not with exit polls -- which we will be denied any access to unless they have been "adjusted" to match the official counts.

Inciting your supporters to violence with racist and religious lies about your opponent, effectively alleging treason on absolutely no basis, should be enough, alone, to disqualify a campaign for the presidency of the United States.  Working to block voters from registering should be enough on its own.  Any of the dozens of creative forms of vote suppression currently being used by the Republicans should be enough.  And allowing votes to be counted on completely unverifiable machines owned and controlled by corporations allied with your party should make the results illegitimate even if plausible.  If McCain is declared the "winner," it will not be plausible, but at this point he has so disgraced himself and our electoral system that he is no longer a legitimate candidate for president regardless of what the polls (themselves fallible, but all we've got) say just before election day.  Too many people have already been denied the opportunity to even push the buttons and have their votes miscounted.  Too much incendiary slander has been let loose.  Too much visible vote flipping has already been documented.

If Obama officially wins, McCain is likely to challenge it, charging the Obama campaign with some of the very crimes engaged in by McCain himself.  Our reaction should be exactly the same in the event of a McCain challenge as in the event of a McCain "victory."  We should not sit back for even a split second and wonder how it will work out.  We should not try to organize a plan on the spur of the moment to travel to key battleground states.  We should be prepared already to immediately travel to Washington, D.C., head straight for the White House, occupy Lafayette Square Park, the Ellipse, and surrounding streets, block entrances, and shut the place down until Obama is recognized as the president elect or we are guaranteed a credible election with universal registration and hand-counted paper ballots.

We may be there for days or weeks or months.  But we must be there.  We must be there by the millions.  We must show each other, and the nation, and the world that we have had enough, that we will not stand for one more stolen election, that we will not give in to fear, lies, theft, and intimidation.  If they choose to attack our nonviolent gathering of citizens, let them do it right in front of George W. Bush's White House with the world's media watching. We will not back down.

I'm not hoping it comes to this, of course.  If it doesn't because the official election results are credible and just, we should celebrate and prepare to lobby our government for real change.  But if resistance does not develop because people are too scared and obedient to act, then you'll still be glad you packed ahead of time, and you might want to look into tickets to Canada.

 

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David Swanson is the author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org and works for the online (more...)
 

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David, I certainly hope you are wrong but it is ve... by virginius "gin" arnold on Tuesday, Oct 21, 2008 at 8:03:26 AM
I don't care who believes what regarding voter... by steve scheetz on Tuesday, Oct 21, 2008 at 8:28:03 AM
"Shutting down DC" should have happened ... by Michael Fury on Tuesday, Oct 21, 2008 at 10:53:32 AM
Ron Paul was sidelined after setting an all-time f... by john riggs on Tuesday, Oct 21, 2008 at 11:31:20 AM
As some have already reiterated, we should have be... by Mr M on Tuesday, Oct 21, 2008 at 11:53:22 AM
If it looks like votes are again stolen I will abs... by Kathlyn Stone on Tuesday, Oct 21, 2008 at 12:00:28 PM
I am SO with you on this.  If our election is... by P. Alexandria on Tuesday, Oct 21, 2008 at 12:01:15 PM
As always...  Prepared to do anything necessa... by FAITHCARR on Tuesday, Oct 21, 2008 at 12:09:42 PM
Your two strategies, fight or flight, (to Canada) ... by Elizabeth Johnston on Tuesday, Oct 21, 2008 at 12:53:30 PM
Elizabeth, in a lot of ways I agree with you ... by virginius "gin" arnold on Tuesday, Oct 21, 2008 at 5:33:18 PM
If you go, remember, there are now these crowd con... by spakitty on Tuesday, Oct 21, 2008 at 2:53:22 PM
A few comments suggest how easily integrity could ... by Jim Prues on Tuesday, Oct 21, 2008 at 4:15:02 PM
I can tell you from first hand knowledge that this... by Sharon Roach on Tuesday, Oct 21, 2008 at 5:52:21 PM
There is absolutely no evidence that any election ... by Leep on Tuesday, Oct 21, 2008 at 6:23:25 PM
Do you realize that Justice Souter thought about r... by virginius "gin" arnold on Wednesday, Oct 22, 2008 at 10:45:51 AM
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidenc... by Leep on Wednesday, Oct 22, 2008 at 1:29:39 PM
but that does not make the evidence false. Most Co... by virginius "gin" arnold on Wednesday, Oct 22, 2008 at 6:02:11 PM
Diebold has connections to Republicans and Jeb Bus... by Leep on Wednesday, Oct 22, 2008 at 6:36:51 PM
...you might want to research some of the writings... by Paul Magill Smith on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 11:11:38 PM
David, I admire your long hard work and now your c... by Keith Mothersson on Tuesday, Oct 21, 2008 at 8:01:04 PM
with an election as crucial as that one why not re... by Paul Magill Smith on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 11:21:32 PM