The trail of corruption is none other than the same path that the conservative, racist, hood-wearing knuckle-dragging Dixiecrat faction of the southern Democrat Party of yesteryear has followed to hijack that which survives as the Republican Party of today. Anti-intellectual, anti-scientific, xenophobic and angry, they are easily manipulated by corporate propaganda to be its pawns to do its bidding even though its interests are diametrically opposed to their own. They think concretely in black and white terms and believe every issue has only two sides — their own and the wrong side. They believe that the end always justifies the means, so that any strategy that works is considered acceptable. Stealing elections does not matter — all that matters is winning elections.The latest Harper's magazine contains a disturbing cover story titled "How to Rig an Election: The GOP Aims to Paint the Country Red." It alleges that certain Republican insiders around America electronically manipulate touch-screen voting machines and ballot-counting computers to falsify election returns.
The long article begins by recounting historic U.S. election frauds, many of them committed by Democrats. But it says a "red shift" has occurred, with modern ballot thievery mostly attributed to Republicans. The prestigious magazine explains:
"Two major events have paved the way for this lethal form of election manipulation: the mass adoption of computerized voting technology, and the outsourcing of our elections to a handful of corporations that operate in the shadows, with little oversight or accountability."
Leaders of America's election computer firms include some far-right political zealots and some outright crooks, the report says, adding:
"Many of the staffers behind our major voting-machine companies have been accused or convicted of a dizzying array of white-collar crimes, including conspiracy, bribery, bid-rigging, computer fraud, tax fraud, stock fraud, mail fraud, extortion and drug trafficking."
Harper's lists scandals linked to Diebold, Sequoia, Election Systems & Software, Dominion and other firms. It also lists 2008 and 2010 state-level elections where polls had predicted easy Democratic victories, but tallies from electronic machines mysteriously gave "upsets" to Republicans.
And it lists states and foreign nations that have banned various electronic systems as untrustworthy. For example, it says Ireland spent $70 million for paperless machines -- but sold them as scrap in June for $92,000.
This pattern is self-perpetuating. These pawns are manipulated to engage in behavior that works against their own interests, which insures they remain angry. Their masters fuel that anger by urging them to rebel against anything and everything that stands in the way of the masters’ success, using any means that will work.
Currently, the pawns have been convinced that Romney has “momentum” that will insure his victory and that when that happens everything they hate will be done away with on “day one.” Of course, wealth will soon fall from above, the realm of their wealthy corporate masters.
Some will be stationed at polling places as “monitors,” and their presence will be intended to intimidate and disrupt the election process by challenging eligibility of voters who “look like” they may be ineligible. It could be skin color, or perhaps that Obama/Biden bumper sticker on their car parked outside.
When they discover that something went awry with the momentum myth, they will be capable of concluding only that President Obama somehow fixed the election. And, yes, they’ll be very angry.