I’ve previously written about stolen elections. The first election I voted in, 2000, happened to be the most blatant stolen election in US history. It went to the highest levels of power, involving a pivotal state governed by the brother of a major candidate and a partisan Supreme Court that decided to bypass democracy itself in order to declare the new ruler.

I don’t know what to make of it all. It really is messed up. Just another thing to make me despair. And heading into the new century was a time of my life when I didn’t need more despair.

It was my mid-twenties. Depression had hit me like a ton of bricks starting in my late teens. Leaving home for the first time, I was a lost cause and a lost soul. I dropped out of college and wandered aimlessly for a number of years, having endlessly contemplated suicide and one time attempted it. I eventually settled down, having permanently returned to my childhood home. At that point, I was in a slightly better frame of mind.

The turn of the century got everyone excited, with threats of the Y2K bug. It was a new century and a new millennium. We survived that with a sigh of relief, but the worst was yet to come. The coming decade of the aughts would not be a happy time. Even so, many looked to the new millennium with optimism, the Cold War having ended more than a decade before and the intervening years having seen a tech boom. The threat of terrorists and economic recessions weren’t yet on many people’s minds. The future seemed bright and ripe for change.

I remember that moment in time. I heard Nader give a speech on his presidential campaign. He gave me hope, as naive as that may sound. I can’t explain what an amazing thing hope can be when it has been lost for so long. Listening to Nader, it was beyond refreshing. It was inspiring. He was a politician who actually gave a damn. And the cynical partisan Democrats attacked the likes of me for voting my conscience, a silly thing to do considering that I wasn’t a Democrat and neither were most of Nader’s supporters, but that is always how partisan politics trumps all else, even democracy itself.

Following the Florida fiasco, the strangest thing in the world happened. Democrats rationalized it away, as their candidate rolled over and played dead (Kerry in 2004 followed Gore’s example, handing Bush a second term). The fullest recounts ever done showed that Gore won Florida (even more troubling developments happened in 2004), but no one wanted to know, especially not Democrats. To know the truth would mean having to admit the dark reality before us. And here we are still afraid of the truth.

Maybe there were good reasons for that fear. The powers that be were nothing to sniff at. I was reminded of this in coming across Clint Curtis’ allegations about vote rigging. What really caught my attention was the ‘suicide’ of an investigator, Raymond Lemme, who supposedly was about to bring info out to the public. There was also the suspicious death of a high-level Republican consultant, Michael Connell, after having been subpoenaed in a vote rigging investigation.

I don’t know what to do with this kind of thing. To most people, this is the territory of conspiracy theorists, ya know crazy paranoiacs. It should, therefore, be dismissed from thought and banished from public debate. The problem is that I’m psychologically incapable of ignoring inconvenient and uncomfortable facts. Call it depressive realism. I just can’t turn away, as if it doesn’t matter.

The whole thing is highly plausible, even though proving specific connections is difficult. I do know that a lot of unusual activity happened in the 2000 and 2004 elections. All of this comes back to mind during this campaign season, watching all the strange things going on with the Democratic caucuses and primaries: voters being purged, voter status being mysteriously switched, exit polls not matching voting results, etc.

The failure of our system isn’t necessarily what can be proved. Rather, it’s what can’t be proved that is problematic. Our present system is designed to lack transparency and accountability, to leave few if any paper trails and any other traceable evidence. I’d be glad if we could simply verify nothing illegal or immoral happened, nothing anti-democratic was involved, but that is precisely what we can’t do. The one thing democracy can’t overcome is secrecy, as that makes corruption inevitable.

I can’t help thinking that future generations will remember the beginning of this century as one of the darkest times in American history. It will be known as the era when the enemy within became more dangerous than any foreign power.

If you are one of the rare courageous individuals who wants to know what is going on in the world, then read Democracy Undone by Dale Tavris or one of the many other books about the topic. Or if you’d rather not read an entire book, you can find some info in the videos and links below. Your mind will be blown, your heart broken, and your sense of justice outraged—the proper attitude of any freedom-loving American.

This leaves us all with one question: If we don’t have a functioning democracy, what kind of country is this? Don’t just pass over that question. Let it sink in. Let yourself feel despair, to mourn what has been lost. Stop for a moment and consider what this all means. Look at what is before you with eyes wide open.

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Did Expert Witness, Activists Thwart a Rove Ohio Vote Plot?
by Andrew Kreig

Who’s Stealing Your Vote? A Documentary
by John Wellington Ennis

How to Rig an Election
by Victoria Collier

How the GOP Wired Ohio’s 2004 Vote Count for Bush to Win
by Steven Rosenfeld

New Court Filing Reveals How the 2004 Ohio Presidential Election Was Hacked
by Bob Fritakis

New Evidence Of Vote Hacking Emerges In Ohio 2004 General Election Lawsuit
by Karoli Kuns

Why Was Uncertified ‘Experimental’ Software Installed on ES&S Tabulation Systems in 39 OH Counties Just Days Before Presidential Election?
By Brad Friedman


Clint Curtis

Tom Feeney: Clint Curtis and vote fraud

Michael Connell

Mike Connell

Programmers weigh in on vote-rigging idea, some details confirmed
by John Byrne

Death of Democracy
by Brad Friedman

Clint Curtis Investigator’s ‘Suicide’ Case Reopened By Georgia Police!
by Brad Friedman

The ghost of rigged elections past: New revelations on the death of Michael Connell
by Bob Fitrakis

These People Kill People You Know
by zapdam

Suspicious Deaths of Those Who Knew Too Much Under Bush’s Watch
by Diana Lee

You will know them by the trail of dead

Investigator’s Murder Cover-Up Straw That Broke Plot
by John Caylor

Global Eye
By Chris Floyd




16 thoughts on “Democracy?

  1. It’s a plutocracy pretending to be a democracy so that people think they have power that they don’t have.

    Might as vote Green for the symbolic reason of showing that you aren’t swayed by the two mainstream parties. I think that the lesson of Sanders’ campaign is that the system is too corrupt. The Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Leadership Council set out to sabotage him from day one.

    So too did the mainstream media which serves the Establishment.

    • I almost didn’t post this. It depresses me. And I don’t expect many to either read it or take it seriously—three people dropped their subscription to my blog since I posted it; one of my regular subscribers liked all five posts before this one but not this one. As a society, we are deathly afraid of facing this reality.

      You might think Democrats would be more willing to deal with the problem, based on their proclaimed values and based on the fact that Republicans have apparently used these tactics to successfully steal elections, but you’d be wrong for thinking that. After the 2000 fiasco, Democrats were as quick as Republicans to rationalize away the problems and peculiarities. When 2004 came along, I don’t think many even wanted to pay attention what was going on.

      I don’t know what all this means. But I damn well know we should be taking it more seriously and that we should get to the bottom of it.

      Take Clint Curtis. He was in the middle of a major investigation and about to release important data when he was suicided. His daughter was getting married a few months later and this investigation might have made him famous for life. He had every reason to live and no apparent reason to kill himself. His ‘suicide’ also happened far away from where he lived in a state that doesn’t do autopsies for ‘suicides’, whereas if he had died at home an autopsy would have been required. Coincidence? Probably not. No one knows why he traveled so far and the records don’t match, as the hotel shows he checked into his room when his wife said he was still at home. Yet the original investigation was shut down.

      Or take Ray Lemme. He was a true believer. As I recall, he was a strongly conservative pro-life Catholic who thought electing Bush would literally save babies. He was a major player in the Bush campaign. When allegations of vote rigging came up, he was subpoenaed as a main witness. He told others that the Bush crowd is the kind that whacks people, which is to say kills them. He also told others that he had received threats from, I think, Rove. Conveniently, right before he was to be brought in as a witness, his plane had a fatal failure and afterward the government showed up taking away all the evidence. The mainstream news media almost entirely ignored the event, other than one network briefly noting it.

      It doesn’t take a conspiracy theorist to wonder about such things. If anything, it takes willful ignorance to not be bothered by it. People are so afraid that they can’t think straight. If most Americans admitted problems like these exist, their entire faith in the system would disintegrate. I really do think that we are on the very edge and it won’t take much to push over the edge. Americans have been going to Herculean efforts to look away from this oncoming disaster, which just makes it all the more inevitable and disastrous. What happens when most Americans can no longer deny the obvious, when reality comes crashing down on them?

    • I think there is an obvious reason why Democrats won’t take this kind of thing seriously. They might not be happy when Republicans suppress votes, disenfranchise voters, rig voting machines, refuse to do recounts, and elect their candidates through Surpeme Court fiat. But deep in their hearts Democrats realize that their own party is part of the corruption.

      Both Gore and Kerry could have demanded full investigations, but they didn’t. The reason they didn’t is they knew that it would destroy their political careers as part of the bipartisan establishment. It ultimately doesn’t matter which party wins, just as long as the establishment wins and every professional politician who cares about their career understands that.

      Also, as this campaign season has shown, these same kinds of unexplained voting peculiarities happen within the Democratic party as well. It’s not just Republicans. It’s the entire system.

      It’s entirely new either. There have been cases of all kinds of political corruption and electoral manipulations going back a long way. But most of the time it was isolated events, not continuous problems from one election to the next. There has never before been a political establishment that was as powerful as it is at present. And there were never voting machines until recent history. It’s a whole new ball game.

      In the past, if voter manipulation was thought to have occurred, there was always the possibility to do a full recount by hand. That is no longer possible with machines. If a virus is introduced, no trail will be left to see which votes were switched. And the virus itself might be undectable. Besides, no one is allowed to see the software to ensure it hasn’t been rigged. There is absolutely no transparency.

      Plus, the MSM won’t release it’s data. When their polling data doesn’t match the results, the MSM has gotten in the habit of changing it’s polling data to match the results. That is plain fucked up. The peculiarities are intentionally covered up by the very news media that should be reporting on it. That is because the MSM is an entrenched part of the political establishment. That is how corporatism works, not just close links between big biz and big gov but an actual revolving door. Any brave journalist who ever thought to challenge the system by doing serious investigative journalism would quickly find themsleves fired and shut out of the system, having lost all further access to officials and other sources of info.

      Everyone who is the part of the corporatist system realizes they have to play the game or else join the rest of us losers outside of the realm of power. It’s not just power. It’s connections, wealth, prestige, and an extremely comfortable life. If you play the game and play it well, the benefits are enormous. It doesn’t matter which party you support, just as long as you always support the establishment behind both parties.

    • There is this idea about conspiracy theories. It’s that conspiracies aren’t possible or so rare as to be irrelevant. If conspiracies happened, so the argument goes, there would always be someone who would speak out and so we’d know about them. It’s such a naive view. Despite this mainstream belief, conspiracies happen all the time.

      We have numerous official documents and other evidence about conspiracies that weren’t known while they were happening, often only becoming known decades later. Probably most of what militaries, alphabet soup agencies, organized crime, etc does in secret never comes to light.

      I’m not sure why anyone should find this surprising. It’s not hard to keep a secret, when all involved a vested interest to keep it secret or who, like soldiers, trained to be subservient.

      Take something like the Gulf of Tonkin incident, a false flag operation. It happened or rather didn’t happen in 1964, but evidence didn’t finally come out in mainstream reporting until 1995 and documents were only declassified in 2005. That was decades later! And that involved a situation probably with thousands of eye witnesses and declassified records show that even Senators at the time knew it was a lie. Few conspiracies ever have that many witnesses. Of course, those witnesses were military personnel, although from more than one government. Still, political officials in multiple countries had to have known the truth.

      People fear acknowledging conspiracies exist more than they fear conspiracies themselves. I find that strange. But I understand the fear. To admit to any of this is to no longer be able to deny how bad it is. It’s the same reason it’s taken so long for so many to take climate change seriously. It’s depressing. Yet, by doing nothing, we allow it all to get worse.

      Yet here we are. It’s been more than 4 decades since the Gulf of Tonkin incident, more than 2 decades since the truth was reported in the MSM, and more than a decade since the government documents were declassified. How many Americans know about this, one of the most successful conspiracies in US history? Very few. It’s generally only “conspiracy theorists” who bother to learn about such things.

  2. No doubt there is a lot happening behind closed doors that we don’t know about.

    The sad thing is that so few people will think about the implications. It has taken this long for it to happen and the main source of progress has been my generation.

    • What gives me hope is that the young generations have developed two clear tendencies. They seek out alternative sources, rather than relying on the mainstream to filter and frame the truth for them. And they have highly tuned bullshit detectors, from having experienced the internet so early in life. Those tendencies were already developing strongly with GenX and now they have developed even stronger with Millennials. The young generations have a talent for doubt and questioning.

  3. By “this” in the last post, I am referring to Bernie and his rapid rise.

    I think though the good thing is that time now works in favor of Generation Y. I just hope more young people vote.

    • The shift that is happening can be delayed, but it can’t be stopped. A major transformation will happen, either willing or unwilling, either easily or disruptively, either reform or revolution. Considering international tensions heating up as the planet is heating up, it might take a world war to resolve this unsustainable situation.

  4. Given the role of the Great Depression in causing WWII, it is entirely probable that this could result in a huge backlash.

    This time though the stakes are much higher. Nuclear weapons exist. Global warming is happening. Propaganda too has evolved a great deal.

    • Both China and Russia have been taking actions that makes one wonder. The Chinese have entirely rearranged their military, in the way one might expect if they were preparing for war. I worry less about the US falling into revolution or civil war than I do about another world war. At this point, a world war could be destructive beyond imagination—between nuclear weapons and biological weapons, entire populations could be wiped out.

  5. It’s nice to know that I’m not alone:

    “More than half of voters in the United States believe that the system U.S. political parties use to pick their candidates for the White House is “rigged” and more than two-thirds want to see the process changed, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.”

    This is further data proving a point I’m constantly repeating. The political elite, activists, and partisans in both parties may be clueless and disconnected from reality. But the majority of the American public is tired of the bullshit and demanding change.

    Most Americans are more liberal, progressive, anti-capitalist, and supportive of reform than what gets portrayed in the mainstream. What most Americans support constantly gets declared as ‘impossible’. This is just the ruling elite’s way of saying they know it is possible and that is why they denounce it so loudly.

    Below is some recent data about public opinion on (or rather against) capitalism. Although interesting data, the article is a bit clueless in typical mainstream fashion.

    There is no conflict between being for socialism and free markets while being against capitalism. Anyone who knows the history of capitalism wouldn’t confuse capitalism with free markets. As for free markets more generally, even Marx supported them and so did the municipal socialists.

    Also, there is no conflict between being for socialism and basic government services while also being for more local democratic self-governance, as opposed to big gov that serves big biz and other big money interests. They want a government that serves the public, not a public that serves the government. This requires power be located in the people, not the politicians.

    “The Harvard University survey, which polled young adults between ages 18 and 29, found that 51 percent of respondents do not support capitalism. Just 42 percent said they support it. […]

    “A subsequent survey that included people of all ages found that somewhat older Americans also are skeptical of capitalism. Only among respondents at least 50 years old was the majority in support of capitalism.

    “Although the results are startling, Harvard’s questions accord with other recent research on how Americans think about capitalism and socialism. In 2011, for example, the Pew Research Center found that people ages 18 to 29 were frustrated with the free-market system.

    “In that survey, 46 percent had positive views of capitalism, and 47 percent had negative views — a broader question than what Harvard’s pollsters asked, which was whether the respondent supported the system. With regard to socialism, by contrast, 49 percent of the young people in Pew’s poll had positive views, and just 43 percent had negative views. […]

    “Just 27 percent believe government should play a large role in regulating the economy, the Harvard poll found, and just 30 percent think the government should play a large role in reducing income inequality. Only 26 percent said government spending is an effective way to increase economic growth

    “Yet 48 percent agreed that “basic health insurance is a right for all people.” And 47 percent agreed with the statement that “Basic necessities, such as food and shelter, are a right that the government should provide to those unable to afford them.””

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