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Palasthenics: Greg Palast's Billionaires and Ballot Busters: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps

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     I'm a reporter, and it's not my job to preserve Democrats. But preserving democracy, with that fragile little d, that means something to me. And that's the story you're about to hear . --GP defines the term "activist" as "an especially active, vigorous advocate of a cause. . . ."

Truth sleuth Greg Palast will deny this descriptor, but what is he doing if not advocating causes, the plight of the underclass (including us) in this country and around the world? Getting the word out and stirring action?

Reporters tell what happened and is happening, but Palast also advocates actions.

Enough Said. Now to the victims: voters, especially those of the underclass, which also encompasses nearly all of us: kids (subset: students), oldsters, indigent minorities, ex-felons . . .

For instance: "In 2004 in New Mexico, there were a total of nineteen thousand  blank and oddly ruined ballots. Here's the weird part: 89 percent, nine out of ten votes destroyed, were cast by Hispanics . . . or African Americans or Native Americans. George Bush won the state by fewer than six thousand votes."  

In 2008, six million U.S. voters were kept from voting in 2008. Palast lays out meticulous statistics:  

-    767,023 provisional ballots were cast and not counted;

-    1,451,116 ballots were "spoiled," not counted;

-    488,136 absentee ballots were mailed in, but not counted; and

-    2,383,587 would-be voters had their registrations rejected;

-    491,952 voters already registered were wrongly purged from the rolls; and

-    320,000 properly registered voters were simply turned away from the polls when they tried to vote, mostly for not having IDs acceptable to a poll worker.

In addition, thanks to the repeal of Glass-Steagall and the SCOTUS upholding of Citizens United, Romney will be able to outspend Obama by multiple billions and Obama's huge following has been decimated because the changes he promised haven't quite vaporized the inestimable damages wrought by the previous administration, though unemployment statistics are down since he was elected. Those still unemployed don't care; passage of ACA was dramatic if not epochal and yet such triumphs can be erased with words and commercials. Bin Laden was nabbed eleven years too late for that accomplishment to sway the public, and so on and so on, so there's a lot going against the people's choice. It's still Obama. We all know that.

The Republicans know that if everyone who could vote did vote, there would never be another GOP president again, and that fact has motivated Palast's explanation of why, more in-depth than in previous studies/reports, Republicans have dominated governments since the late 1960s and their back-stage artistry has ballooned exponentially. Karl Rove came of age around that time. Would our plight be half so tragic had he remained in the mailroom business? Hard to say.

Palast turns his artistry inside-out and its impact not only here but around the world, in a meticulous network of Paul Singers, Koch brothers, and Ice Men, among others, busy destroying the world because they can't see beyond their own ridiculously overloaded bank accounts. They just don't understand that in destroying the world's people they are destroying themselves. In destroying Nature, they are destroying Culture, and vice versa.

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