These ten nuns, including one 98 year old, who haven't driven cars in years walk into a precinct in Indiana all set to vote, but are turned away for lack of voter ID;
Statistics, viz., those lacking voter ID:
6.0 million seniors;
- 5.5 million African Americans;
- 8.1 million Hispanics;
- 4.5 million eighteen-- to twenty-four-year olds; and
- 15 percent voters with household income under $35,000 a year.
above, the details on the six million votes eliminated from the 2008
presidential count. The democracy holocaust bloating, bloating like a blowfish
on its belly dead but bloating . . .
To sum a lot of this up, Palast quotes the former chairman of the US Commission on Civil Rights,
Mary Frances Berry [elaborating
on the famous Stalin quote]: "'Elections aren't stolen in the vote count--they're
stolen in the no count,' a thought perceptive enough to have her removed from
the commission by President Bush."
Well, as much progress
as we progs have made in beating back those bullion butchers, their ingenuity
also burgeons, as resourceful as Wiley E. Coyote, only roping us Road Runners
year by year. As we fight the real killer, election fraud, they flaunt their
phantom, voter fraud, by legislating voter ID laws. And where to next? We need
a psychic to rob back the billionaires, hold up [in the good sense] our banks
and make them work for us, now that the Monsters have gained access to their
innermost vaults. (remember the Da Vinci
Code? They accomplish Swiss heists in reality, not Dan Brown's fantasy
that he is (gumshoe, racketeer buster, reporter, Renaissance man his prior CV),
Palast the Ballast provides us with next steps, already published at Opednews, "Seven
Ways to Beat the Ballot Bandits," http://www.opednews.com/articles/7-Ways-to-Beat-the-Ballot-by-Greg-Palast-120807-965.html.
Every ending is a beginning. "We are evolving into a colonial economy," writes election and environmental authority Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in the introduction. "How will they do it?" he asks us. By stopping Americans from voting, highest up on their hierarchy of lethal weaponry.
A 48-page comic book, "Tales from the Crypt of Democracy," brilliantly illustrated by the award-winning artist Ted Rall, summarizes the bleak horrors detailed in "Billionaires and Ballot Bandits." Palast reaches out to all of us with his revelations in a nutshell. Years from now we can turn to it and rememberand marvel in our triumph that such atrocities once dominated the human landscape, here and throughout the world.
We can overturn that hourglass that keeps pushing us down, and stay at the top and do it right, Palast assures us. He's leading the way. Drop everything to follow, at least part of each day, exhausted as we may be, we must not let them exhaust us, gagging on the exhaust of their pollution. . . .
Words, enough. To arms, all of us. And read my forthcoming (Columbus: CICJ, soon) Grassroots, Geeks, Pros, and Pols: How the People Lost and Won, 2000-2008, which pays tribute to what we've accomplished, so few of us pushing such a huge rock, even as Palast spurs us on.