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Election Theft in the USA: An Astrophysicist's POV

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And I'll say it's a credit to OpEdNews' Editor-in-Chief Rob Kall that very early, he committed OEN to telling this story. OEN has kept its leadership in reporting on election theft in America. And for many of our readers, Joan, you have been the one who pulled these stories in, organized them, and helped our readers make sense of the situation.

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JB: Thanks for your kind words about me and OpEdNews, Josh! Fear of lawsuits is a huge de-motivator for those with deep pockets. For instance, look at the fate of far too many whistleblowers, who stuck their necks out for the public good: marginalized, fired, tied up in lawsuits for years, resulting in bankruptcy, broken marriages, and on and on. As you point out, there was coverage about Clint Curtis and Ohio 2004 - at BradBlog, FreePress, and, of course, OpEdNews. Thanks for providing those links.

So, here we are, with another election-go-round under our collective belt. Do you have any encouraging words as we envision four or possibly eight years of President Donald Trump ahead? What should we be doing? What can we be doing?

JM: I see lots to be encouraged about in the present situation - thanks for asking.

First is the fact that a lot of Americans are pissed off enough to get up from their sofas. Those of us who are old enough remember a surge of anti-nuclear and pro-environment activism when Reagan came into office in 1980. I think we'll be seeing the same kind of citizen engagement with Trump in the White House. For example, Obama deported 2.5 million people, far more than under any other president. Where are the massive protests from the Hispanic American community? It's hard to focus all that indignation on Obama's "liberal" African-American face. But if Trump tries to do the same thing, you can be sure that there will be an outcry.

Second, Trump has no ties to the American war machine, and we might hope that he is less likely to provoke wars or proxy wars with Russia and China. Hillary would have been a real danger in this department. (The proviso concerns Trump's cabinet appointments, which have been straight out of the neoCon lineup. Still, I hold hope that we will be see less China-bashing and Russia-bashing in the press.)

Third, the issue of electronic election theft, which has been buried for 12 years, even on many progressive web sites -- with OEN as a commendable exception -- the issue has come out to the fore and people are talking about it. Stein's recount movement began an educational process. And now we have the ridiculous charge that Russia interfered with our pristine and sacrosanct American election machinery. But, if this is what it takes to pull together an outraged public to demand protection for our voting machines, I'll take it!

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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