Mainstream Media, The Blackout and Diversions Continue
By Anthony Wade
I stated yesterday that the John Ashcroft resignation was a diversionary tactic to keep Votergate 2004 out of the mainstream media. I further speculated that I expected Bush to name an equally controversial replacement, and quick. The speculation was derived from the fact that it was becoming apparent the Bush strategy is to throw stories out as fast as possible to keep the theft of the 2004 election, the only story that matters now, off the air.
Today Bush named Alberto Gonzales as the new Attorney General. For those of you who may not know, Gonzales is the genius who wrote a legal defense of the Bush torture policy. While Gonzales is far less polarizing then Ashcroft, the choice may be more an attempt to stir the stories that Bush will be more moderate in a second term. The reality is that Bush should not have a second term, as Votergate 2004 continues to grow as a national movement. By keeping the discourse about facets of a second Bush term, he attempts to dispel the illegitimacy of such a term. Gonzales, the man who argued that Bush could treat prisoners in ways that led to the Abu Ghraib scandal, was praised by Bush today, who said "He has an unwavering principle of respect for the law." So much for increased moderation of the truth.
While Bush tried to have the discussion on one front be about his sauntering to the middle, he also dug out an old divisive issue to stir the storm. Today, Bush dragged out the reviled privatization of social security scam. This is a plan that has a two trillion dollar hole in it. It is widely speculated that it has no chance of passing, yet Bush propped it back up again today. Again the goal is to keep the real story about Votergate 2004 from making the mainstream media. There are now six Congressmen on board, asking the GAO to investigate the rampant fraud that has occurred. Yet if you watch the media, the silence remains near-deafening. We hear about Gonzales and social security privatization, but nothing about the disenfranchisement of the will of the people.
Keith Olbermann provided some hope at the start of this week by breaking the media blackout. In response, he received over 6,000 thank you emails. The country wants the truth. The media has sold us out. We need to continue to be vigilant in the face of this attempt to purposefully not cover such an important story. We all are aware of what we face with another four years under Bush. Yesterday, two tanks converged on an antiwar protest in Los Angeles (http://www.alternet.org/election04/2004/11/002663.html). That is what happens to dissent under George W. Bush.
The bottom line remains that there is ample evidence of massive voter fraud. A county in Ohio which gave Bush the presidency, actually locked down the vote count process, not allowing anyone to watch, and thus tainting the tallies. Twenty-nine counties in Florida actually reversed their vote, from their registrations. There are already some people dispatched at the behest of this administration to float fanciful "dixiecrat " theories to explain away these abnormalities. This explanation ignores how it could happen so pervasively, so consistently, across only those counties which used op-scan machines. The theory is bogus. It assumes that there are voluminous amounts of people spread across Florida who like to register as democrats, but vote as republicans. It also does not explain how 9 million of the 11 million new voters could have voted for Bush. It also does not explain the gross discrepancy in the exit polling.
On the subject of exit polling, we see now that the GOP wants to ban the practice. Ed Gillespie, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, actually said "I would encourage the media to abandon exit surveys on Election Day ". Let 's set the record straight. Exit polling is extremely accurate and always had been, until George W. Bush and Diebold came around. In fact, on Election Day this year, we saw precise exit polling in the two states that had paper trails for their voter machines. It was in the Diebold states with no paper trail that we saw such a wide discrepancy between the exit polls and the vote tallies that fraud becomes apparent. In each swing state without paper trails, we saw swings of 5-15%, and ALWAYS in favor of Bush. That does not indicate a problem with the exit polling; it infers chicanery within the vote tallies.
Gillespie, realizing that the exit polls may be the undoing of his party this year, now wants to take away the last indicator of voting fraud we have left. He already owns the machines. He already has insured there is no paper trail for your votes. Now, he wants the last bit of proof we might ever have if an election is stolen. The depths of the GOP 's dirty tricks are only surpassed by their audacity.
The Votergate 2004 movement is working. The story has broken through the mainstream media. Now, we have six members of Congress on board asking for an immediate investigation. Rumors have Kerry willing to un-concede if fraud can be proven (http://crisispapers.org/features/bw-blogs.htm). The administration and the mainstream, corporate-bought-and-sold-out media were hoping this would all go away. Instead we keep pressing on, hoping to reach a point of critical mass, where things can start to unfold and unravel to break this story wide-open. Keep the emails going to the media whores who have sold you out. Keep the faxes going to your representatives. Don 't buy the clever stories that are put out there only to have the national discourse be about anything but Votergate 2004. I would not be surprised if there is a major news event generated to continue this pattern of diversion. The more dramatic the new story is, the more panicked they are, which means the closer we are getting. We must not relent.
Anthony Wade is co-administrator of a website devoted to educating the populace to the ongoing lies of President George W. Bush and seeking his removal from office. He is a 37-year-old independent writer from New York with political commentary articles seen on multiple websites. A Christian progressive and professional Rehabilitation Counselor working with the poor and disabled, Mr. Wade believes that you can have faith and hold elected officials accountable for lies and excess.
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