Tuesday, November 02, 2004

A Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy

"There is always some basic principle that will ultimately get the Republican Party together. If my observations are worth anything, that basic principle is the cohesive power of public plunder."
A. J. McLaurin, U.S. politician.

It is a true shame that voting in America has turned into a set of legal challenges. Even before the polling places officially open on Nov. 2, the courts have are already been involved in disrupting and casting a suspicious pale over the election.

Ohio is the latest example of republican thuggery and election deceitfulness. A Federal appeals court ruled early Tuesday morning that the Republican Party could place thousands of people inside polling places to challenge the eligibility of voters.

In Philadelphia, republicans have said they plan to challenge 10,000 voters in the heavily black West Philadelphia section because of what they say are concerns of registration fraud. In Florida, Republicans have said they will challenge suspicious voters, if they show up. In South Dakota, 200 Republican monitors are engaging in a list of activities at polling places across the state that include writing down license plate numbers and taking notes.

Possibly by the next presidential election, The Misanthrope believes republicans will be able to bypass the courts and use representatives of the NRA to keep opposition voters away.

"It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting."
Tom Stoppard (1937 - ), Czech-born British playwright and screenwriter.

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