A new definition of the democratic election takes root
We won't even address the presidential elections George W. Bush won.
(Aberrations belong in Ripley's). Suffice it to say that those elections were
a green flag to the political class to think creatively when it comes to
getting their candidate elected - never mind the theory of universal
democratic elections, where all the citizens are expected to vote. Sure, there
are always mistakes in any human endeavor, but we're not talking about
mistakes here; we're talking about outright, intentional attacks on the
democratic process with its cornerstone, the democratic election, that
legitimizes any government in power. 'Government by consent of the
people', the phrase goes. Recent elections world-wide are mockeries of this
noble ideal, and poses an unimaginable threat to all the world.
Take this June's elections in Arkansas. Oh, yes, they held one alright. All
6 million of that state were invited to participate in the elections of their
representatives of this 10,000 square miles of a U.S. state. Arkansas has
500 cities and towns. The land of Arkansas is diversified, ranging from
forest to farmlands, to the hills and mountains in the north. Always a
patriotic state, the home of presidents, Arkansas boasts of thousands of
young men who have died on the battlefields, so that the people of
Arkansas might rule themselves, but, on the night Arkansas opened the
polling stations, no one seemed to remember them. It seems some
Washington operatives appeared just in time to force the closing of all but
four ballot stations. For most Arkansasians, voting that day meant driving for
hours to get to a ballot box. The definition of “the people” was amended
to mean people with cars. Frankly, no one should care what the excuses
are. The boys of Arkansas gave no excuses when their state and country
called them to fight and die on the battlefields for democracy's sake, for the
sake of a fair election that they and their progeny could enjoy as the
guarantee of liberty for the people of Arkansas.
The perversion of the election is tantamount to treason, a betrayal that
sickens every veteran that made the sacrifice of home and family for the
American way of life. It is the harbinger of the fall of the United States,
that once ideal democracy that gave hope to all the nations of the world.
We should not forget that as recently as the last century, our fathers and
grandfathers offered their lives that we might be free. It is our responsibility
to pass on to our children the democratic election in pristine form.
What will it take for Americans to be outraged by such practices as we
have seen in the Arkansas 'democratic' election? Must we wait until our
elections fall to the level of the election we saw in Afghanistan? That
election has been condemned as a fraud by key U.N. officials who
monitored it. Karzai, then - and still - president, gave all the appearances
of a democratic leader. He appointed an election commission that reported
to him alone, that made decisions that promoted him alone. Karzai used a
reverse strategy of the Washington group that got Arkansas to close down
all but four voting stations: Karzai's lackeys opened up 25 percent of the
polls in Taliban territory, knowing they would not be used, but used they
were, to stuff the ballot boxes with Karzai votes. When 1.5 million votes, a
third of all votes, were questioned, all of them Karzai votes, the U.N.
creatively determined that Afghanistan law did not permit the tossing out of
fraudulent votes. This was fortunate for Karzai. If these votes had been
tossed out in this so-called democratic election, Karzai would have had to
go through another election. The U.S. wanted Karzai to win, and apparently
the U.N. held the same sentiment. Thanks to those fraudulent votes, Karzai
is the “duly” elected president of Afghanistan today.
The democratic election is new to Afghanistan. What is Arkansas' excuse?
American citizens, don't let this happen here...again?
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