Thursday, October 21, 2004
( 9:13 AM )
International Man of Democracy
Markos Moulitsas, the blogosphere's own Daily Kos, has his first Guardian column published. In it, he explains to the international masses the intricacies of how deeply we could get screwed in this election. After listing the numerous accounts of fraud done on the American voter, he concludes:
These efforts are not isolated incidents, but part of the Republican Party's "Victory" programme. While ostensibly a voter registration and "get out the vote" operation, the programme includes a concerted nationwide effort by Republicans to lock in their electoral gains by any and all means necessary. Sounds like partisan rhetoric, sure, until you hear it from the source. Alluding to the fraud committed by his party in his home state of South Dakota, former Republican governor and congressman Bill Janklow told the Associated Press last week that the entire Victory programme is rife with electoral fraud: "These people are cheating. When you tamper with it, you cheat the system. And cheating in elections is the worst form of cancer because it's uncontrollable."
Victory indeed. At the cost of our very democracy. Well, these people want a God-ordained sovreign, so why not demolish the Republic in the process? It's only gotten in their way thus far. If you are able to take Election Day off work, show up and volunteer to help at the polls. No matter how people vote, it's their right to cast that vote. Democrats and Progressives aren't afraid of people voting for whomever they want - that's what makes the system work. The only way Bush can win is if the system fails. That's what we must now defend.