Why You Should Vote in 2008

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 07/17/2008 - 10:09am.

The whole world looking on from the outside is well aware that the electoral system in the USA is not even up to the standard expected of third world countries, which explains the initial reaction of the Editorial Board namely not to vote.

All voting by the incriminated machines mentioned is open to fraud, and the only answer in a true democracy is to revert to the simple old system of voting on paper.  In France, we put the slip of paper bearing the name of the person (or list) which we choose into an envelope and then we put that envelope into the urn, which has a meter which counts the number of items inserted.  This ensures that the number of envelopes has to match the number recorded on the meter.  In the United Kingdom, each voter receives a voting slip bearing the names of all the candidates and puts a cross in the box against the name of the chosen candidate.  After doing this, he or she puts the slip into the urn.  It may be time-consuming to count the votes, but this enables as many re-counts to take place as may be considered necessary without the same risks of fraud.

The possibility of fraud is so obvious that we outsiders cannot understand how it can be accepted by the voting public, but I would never let such criminals as George W. Bush or his brother, John Ellis (aka JEB) Bush, put me off exercising my right to vote.  On the other hand, every effort should be made to have observers present at every stage of the voting and counting, even if they cannot come from outside and thus be entirely independent of the contestant parties.

From what the international press has told us in the past, the most careful supervisory observation systems must be installed in such states as Ohio and Florida, where the criminality seems most rife and all means of recording should be used to prove the corruption and fraud.  In other words, I suggest that every voter should cast a vote and then take every possible step to follow it through and thereby catch out the fraudsters.

If unhappily this is not possible, then the only remaining answer can be violent revolution for which the present establishment alone would be responsible.  True patriotism would lead all voters to refuse to support the two leading parties, which are monuments to corruption, and do everything that they can to show the world that they value and deserve their hard-won right to vote.

 Robert Thompson - July 17, 2008 - source AxisOfLogic

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 07/17/2008 - 10:09am.