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Obama: DO NOT CONCEDE!
From David Swanson,
Gore Vidal, et al to Obama: Do Not Concede!


An Open Letter to Senator Obama and the Democratic Leadership:

On Election Night, DO NOT CONCEDE!

"Eight years is too much" is how Barack Obama explained why we must win the coming election and begin to restore America. But, even if we receive the most votes, will we win the election?

DO NOT CONCEDE!

Both of the last two elections were conceded by the Democratic presidential candidate. The 2004 election was handed to George Bush while votes were still being counted in closely-fought Ohio. While the 2000 election was contested to the Supreme Court, it too was ultimately conceded to Bush "for the good of the country."


Some good.

Numerous politicians, investigators and authors, including Robert Kennedy, Jr., agree the 2004 election was stolen, not only in Ohio but in several other battleground states. Tactics included purging of legitimate voters and the use of nefarious voting software--but when even these actions did not yield the required numbers, Republican election officials simply changed the vote tallies in several states, all without a peep from the Democratic Party.

DO NOT CONCEDE!

In the time since the last general election the public has learned much about these scandals, which have led some states to reject electronic touchscreen voting (and which caused the infamous Diebold voting machines corporation to hide behind a new corporate name,) yet the Democratic Party seems to have learned nothing.

THREE STRIKES AND WE'RE OUT!

If we cannot afford another Republican administration, we cannot afford a third concession in the face of election fraud. Already there is evidence of massive fraud such as voter purging and caging of Democratic voters, and "flipping" of votes in early voting on electronic touchscreen machines. It is reasonable to once again
expect further manipulation on election night by some Republican operatives and election officials, as was seen in 2004; should we also expect our Democratic Party leaders and candidates to repeat history, by once again conceding in the face of such blatant fraud?

Senator Obama, we need you, our Party and all candidates to stand firm, come what may on election night. You ask us to work for you, contribute to you--and to have your back; we ask that you promise to have our back: We ask that you PLEDGE TO STAND FIRM, AND NOT CONCEDE THE COMING ELECTION in the face of election irregularities, no matter how long it takes to contest such fraud, while there remains any doubt as to any part of the process. Be assured, Democratic voters will be more--not less--energized if we see you promise to stand firm.

Senator Obama, if there is any reason to contest the election, DO NOT CONCEDE!

Signed: (Titles for identification purposes only)
  • Gore Vidal, Author
  • Bob Fitrakis, Professor of Political Science, Columbus State Community College, Attorney; Editor of The Free Press (freepress.org)
  • Harvey Wasserman, Senior Editor, FreePress.org, Author of SOLARTOPIA! Our Green-Powered Earth
  • Mark Crispin Miller, Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, Author of Fooled Again, How the Right Stole the 2004 Election
  • Tim Carpenter, Director, Progressive Democrats of America
  • Mimi Kennedy, Chair, National Advisory Board, Progressive Democrats of America
  • David Swanson, Co-Founder, After Downing Street
  • Eric Bauman, Chair, Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • Garry S. Shay, Member, Democratic National Committee (CA) Lead Chair, Rules Committee, California Democratic Party
  • Jo Olson, MD, Co-Chair, Progressive Caucus, California Democratic Party
  • Mal Burnstein, Co-Chair, Progressive Caucus, California Democratic Party
  • Marcy Winograd, Executive Board representative, California Democratic Party, 41st AD, Former Chair, Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles
  • David Earnhardt, Filmmaker, "Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections"
  • Don Goldmacher, Chair, Election Integrity, Progressive Caucus, California Democratic Party
  • Michael Jay, Progressive Democrats of America, Special Projects, Former Delegate, California Democratic Party, 42nd AD
  • Sheri Myers, Director, "Wake Up and Save Your Country"
  • Robert A. Feuer, Former Chairman, Stockbridge, MA Town Democratic Committee
  • Thomas Patrick O'Shaughnessy, Region 3 Vice Chair, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair, Irish American Caucus, California Democratic Party
  • Howard Jennings, PDA-Virginia, State Co-Coordinator
  • Sarah Stott, Chapter Chair, PDA-Virginia
  • Lisa Pease, Co-editor, "The Assassinations: Probe Magazine on JFK, MLK, RFK and Malcolm X"
  • Cindy Asner, Former Delegate, California Democratic Party, Member, National Advisory Board, Progressive Democrats of America
  • Julie Lopez Dad, President, Santa Monica Democratic Club, Chair, 41st AD Committee, Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • Dr. Bill Honigman, PDA California State Coordinator and Orange County Chapter Leader, Delegate, California Democratic Party, 73rd AD
  • Rob Kall, Publisher, OpEdNews.com
  • Linda Milazzo, Senior Editor, OpEdNews.com, Blogger, Huffington Post
  • Rady Ananda, Senior Editor, OpEdNews.com
  • Jan Baumgartner, Managing Editor, OpEdNews.com
  • Cheryl Biren-Wright, Managing Editor, OpEdNews.com
  • Sherry Healy, Co-Founder California Election Protection Network, Coordinator, Election Defense Alliance
  • Laura Bonham, Summit County, UT Democratic Party Chairperson
  • Albert E. Fairchild, Retired Foreign Service Officer
  • Dorathea Peters, Precinct Captain, Alexandria, VA Democratic Committee

 

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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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This is an important communication to the Obama ca... by Elizabeth Johnston on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 3:10:46 PM
IF Obama oddly does quickly concede just like Kerr... by Adnihilo on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 3:32:15 PM
honestly.  There will be numerous legal chall... by Rady Ananda on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 4:33:34 PM
McCain is unelectable; especially coming on the he... by Harold Smith on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 3:51:30 PM
Beat me to it Mr. Swanson. Kerry's hasty conce... by Reverend Anthony Wade on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 5:41:28 PM
He will have spent $750 MILLION dollars, and has ... by steve scheetz on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 5:49:32 PM
That's just wrong. Obama has, for the most par... by JC Garrett on Saturday, Nov 1, 2008 at 7:33:19 PM
I agree with you JC. Obama has stayed away from th... by Cheryl Biren on Sunday, Nov 2, 2008 at 7:58:20 AM