Fraud at the Polls
Systemic electoral fraud.
by Stephen Lendman
At age 25, Orson Welles co-wrote, produced, directed, and starred in Citizen Kane. It looks critically at the life and times of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.
Welles played the lead character, Charles Foster Kane. The film retains its force today. After losing a gubernatorial election, his New York Inquirer headlined: "Fraud at Polls!"
It reflects real life electoral politics. It repeats under democratic and authoritarian regimes. Exceptions prove the rule.
The memorable line from Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore explains, saying:
"Things are seldom as they seem. Skim milk masquerades as cream."
Media scoundrel misinformation features it. Fiction substitutes for truth and full disclosure. Explanations most needed are suppressed.
Over the weekend, Greece held second round parliamentary elections. Egypt held a presidential runoff. Results of both are suspect. More on Egypt below.
Based on pre-election polls, two dominant parties competed in Greece's election - New Democracy and SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left).
Support for Greece's former ruling party, PASOK, collapsed for good reason.
May 6 parliamentary elections favored anti-austerity candidates. Coalition talks failed. On June 17, new elections were held.
SYRIZA campaigned on "tear(ing) up the barbaric (Troika) accord." On Greece's NET TV, its leader Alexis Tsipras said:
"We are being asked to agree to the destruction of Greek society. SYRIZA won't betray the Greek people."
Whatever party emerges first gains an automatic extra 50 parliamentary seats. This provision alone makes electoral results suspect.