We may think we are living in a democracy because our kids say the pledge of allegiance, we have elections, and a government exists that seems to have elected officials working there, but we live in a Corporate Fascist State. B. Mussolini defined fascism as the marriage of state or government with corporations.
All states contract to corporations to organize voter registration lists, operate and program hardware, and canvass the elections. These corporations are republican owned. Corporations are consistently cited as responsible for faulty equipment, faulty software, bad voter registration lists and canvasses that are based on these election irregularities, but they have legally binding contracts that keep them from liability or culpability.
Today the legalistic corporate law model that keeps the Bush regime out of war crimes court and not being impeached for crimes against the Constitution are the law of the land, and these laws do NOT have the best interests of the people in mind.
When the corporate owned media present the "election" as proceeding normally and focus on who said what, with pundits arguing their point's of view, we don't see the guy behind the curtain pulling the levers. Oz is U.S. and we have been passively accepting the privatization of our election system for decades while corporations run the show. Combined with legal contracts with states these corporations have gained more power and have less and less liability to make elections work, transparent, and accountable or recount able.
So, if you can't vote, as 26,000 thousand African Americans in Florida experienced in 2000, another 100,000 in Ohio in 2004, and millions more from manipulation of the voter registration lists by "government" officials paying corporations to organize and justify election irregularities, don't be surprised.
Our votes are placebos. We don't live in a real democracy. We have corporate appointments guised in the corporate owned media's election theater as elections. Software can change the election totals of a state in less than a minute and make the numbers match media arguments for how close the race is and claim exit polls are wrong, or republicans don't give accurate information to pollsters. It's a media circus, and we are watching the fireworks while they pull the levers behind the media curtin.
We have to de-privatize, or make publically owned all election systems and protocols. This is a long over due federal standard that the country needs. Corporate America does not want people in control because they run America just fine and we would get in their way. They will build up their lobbies and heighten their media propaganda attacks against any effort to make elections the people's business. Propaganda like elections are too important for people to run, or too complicated...
Both the Demz and Repugs are bought off with the "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" corporate owned government we have today, so they argue and do their little dance pretending to do something, while nothing gets changed. Corporate America remains in control of legislation that favors them, while the best interests of the people are ignored. War and tax breaks for the rich benefit the same people and those are the top 1% of the country that own 85% of the wealth.
That is not a democracy, that is a oligarchy and plutocracy. We need to get special interests, the rich and powerful, and corporations out of our government, elections, and media or we will not be able to return to a real democracy.