The good fight has been fought for some years now. Progress has indeed been made. There are rumblings of indictments from the Valerie Plame incident, that may exceed Karl Rove. With each passing death in Iraq a nation begins to realize that this is just not worth it, despite the bravado of Bush, a man who knows nothing about sacrifice. The Downing Street Memos are still out there, waiting to take down this corrupt administration. This however, is not the time for resting upon false hope. There is still an 800 pound gorilla in the room that only a handful seem to be talking about.
Why the certainty? Why the cockiness? Well, there is that gorilla. That gorilla is election reform, or the lack thereof. Just today, the resident election reform experts, Fitrakis and Wasserman, warn us that the recent special election in Ohio, may also have been stolen. I say also because any objective review of the 2004 election reveals that it was indeed stolen. How else do you explain a man who cannot break a 49% approval rating, earning 11 million more votes than the previous election? Fraud. I have heard all the right wing blather in reaction to this. I do not object to the word conspiracy, because by definition, that is what this is. It is the word theory I take exception to. Theory implies some uncertainty, where in this case there is none. I offer the fact that no GOP government officials will agree to allow paper trails as my proof.
Whatever progress we think we have made in the past few years is completely irrelevant if the elections are not guaranteed to be fair. There are so many crimes out there being committed by this administration you can bet that they will do whatever they can to not lose control of either house in 2006. They correctly recognize that if that were to happen, then REAL investigations would ensue, complete with subpoena power. It is obvious that the tide has shifted and public opinion is rapidly drawing away from the party that has led us down this path of destruction. The majority of people in this country now correctly believe that Bush has lied to us about going to war and his personal ratings are plummeting. There is no question in my mind that if the elections were fair and honest, that the GOP would lose control in 2006 but the question remains, will they be fair?
I will be honest; I do not know the first thing about how we go about fixing this gorilla of a problem. I would just as soon leave that up to the experts, such as Fitrakis and Wasserman. The bottom line is 2006 is not as far off as you think. The system is too vast and detailed to think we can try and fix this next year. If we do, we will get more obstruction from GOP officials and promises of fixing the system, after the elections. Heed this warning, if unchecked, we will wake up in late 2006, and the GOP will have a filibuster proof majority in the Senate. As unlikely as that sounds, it is no more unlikely than George Bush picking up an extra 175,000 votes from south Florida, but that is exactly what they sold us in the 2004 election.