Is it preposterous or inconceivable that the Republican dirty tricks machine suppressed five to ten million votes in recent national elections? Nobody knows except maybe the Rove/Poindexter data system.
When the corporatist media sometimes mentions Republican ‘dirty tricks,’ the inference is their machinations are benign and not to be regarded as a serious matter. The GOP further suggests these often illegal dirty tricks, carried out by covert and sometimes overt means are as harmless and innocuous as Halloween pranks. In reality, Republican dirty tricks have evolved massively from the Nixon era, into today’s nation stealing coups.
Voter suppression has become a GOP mainstay for their overthrow of the Constitution and our nation. Ironically, often repeated in the current media, a retiring Republican president, Dwight D Eisenhower, warned us to “beware the military-industrial complex”. Today, we must add the politicized CIA to the military-industrial complex, since what we have here is stealth CIA tactics, along with secret nation overthrow missions for corporate and GOP political advantage.
How the CIA? The CIA Director becomes the U.S. ’s Chief liar and deceiver. In the 1980 Reagan campaign, both George H. Bush and William Casey were former and then current CIA Directors. Casey was Reagan’s campaign manager during his tenure as Director. A past specialty of the CIA had been to overthrow Banana Republics and nations, for U.S. business interests. Why not overthrow the United States ? Thus was born Iran-Contra during the Iran hostage crisis. On January 20, 1981, the moment Reagan was sworn in as president, the hostages, on the Teheran airport tarmac, were put on a plane and flown home. All the negotiations for Iran-Contra had been done without President Carter’s knowledge. The Reaganites were constitutionally and legally treasonous.
Although Iran-Contra didn’t directly suppress votes, it helped by deception to make Carter look inept and allowed the GOP to steal our country. Remember Carter’s failed helicopter rescue to free the hostages? Ollie North was in charge of that rescue attempt and made sure the choppers didn’t fit the desert mission. The GOP is always looking for a war for profit and distraction. For Reagan it was simply a war of distraction in Grenada , after meddling in Central America and the terrorists killing of the Marines in Lebanon. When it was Bush One’s turn, he selected Panama , and went to war against his CIA friend, Noriega. Little attention was paid by our media, when Bush had our new stealth fighter-bomber tested in a botched attack to destroy Noriega, instead wiping out over 3,000 innocent Panamanians in a nearby village. Oh well, collateral damage. Who cares? That’s 3,000 less Panamanians to vote and cause problems for the establishment. War is the strongest form of voter suppression.
More CIA. Rumsfeld’s replacement, Robert Gates, was on the board of directors of VoteHere, a company that was the biggest elections industry lobbyist to help write the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). HAVA, has proved to be quite flawed and questionable.
For Mexico ’s last controversial national election, ChoicePoint, the biased Republican data company that helped Katherine Harris purge over 100,000 black voters in Florida 2000, was recommended by Bush & Company. ChoicePoint was hired as the primary counting system in the very questionable Mexican vote count for the conservative pro U.S. winner.
Other means the GOP suppresses votes: Use the bully pulpit and as much government and tax payer’s money for GOP political issues as possible. Use huge corporate donations to support Right wing candidates. Shut out Democrats as much as possible, by floating lies and hiding GOP corruption. Use big lobbyists to write legislation for Big Business. Use corporate media bash repetition of all progressive opposition. Support or ignore all the Republican lies and corruption. Use GOP registration companies, to destroy or manipulate voter registration forms, particularly when voters select a non-Republican party preference. Use ‘Caging,’ uncovered by the Democratic Congress, a GOP mail con game to suppress hundreds of thousands of Democratic voters from receiving their ballots, or have the ability to vote.
Deceptive mailers and robo-calls have been perfected by the Republicans. Many GOP $millions spent on the above and perhaps many million voters were falsely swayed not to vote. Public airwaves have been privatized by the GOP, ‘some say’ as much as 95% of all the media. Four or five conglomerates own most of the media. Karl Rove and Frank Luntz have perfected word reframing our country. The “Death Tax” wording, rather than “Inheritance Tax” works against 99% of Americans, without their having a clue that they’re voting against themselves.
Republican Governors and Secretary’s of State have a particular advantage in voter suppression. GOP media and out of state money put Governor Schwarzenegger into office mainly to protect the energy companies against the California $9 billion lawsuit, that Arnold eventually settled for pennies on the dollar. GOP out of state companies and workers were used to gather signatures for Arnold , in some cases at $10 a signature. Legalities were thrown out the window for the out of state workers. The Terminator could then terminate fair voting by encouraging his GOP replacement for Secretary of State to approve the faulty, partisan electronic Diebold hackable voting machines and data systems. Fortunately we now have an honest Secretary of State, in Debra Bowen, to put a stop to California voter suppression and fraud. The 2004 and 2006 Ohio Secretary of State proved he could swing an election and suppress thousands of votes by giving heavy Democratic districts very few voting machines to serve many thousands of voters, causing an 8 hour or longer wait, while a nearby Republican district will have more machines to serve a lot fewer GOP voters.
This last election demonstrated how unreliable and hackable all the major GOP privatized partisan electronic machines are, with proprietary (secret) programs. Until the 2006 election, there wasn’t a single close race using GOP owned electronic voting machines that a Republican didn’t win.
Maybe now, just maybe, we can suppress further voter suppression, by suppressing the most corrupt president and political party in the history of the United States . We the people can stop the GOP’s crooked ways by turning out so many voters that it will overwhelm their illegal system.
by Jerry Drucker
Jerry Drucker is a freelance writer and screenwriter, political progressive letterwriter, member of Valley Dems United, Dems for Change and Valley Grassroots for Democracy. Jerry was voted as the 41st AD man of the year for 2008 by the LA County Democratic Party members.
Reprinted with permission from the Valley Democrats United newsletter, Margie Murray, Editor, where the article first appeared.
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