It seems like a libel against ostriches to keep comparing us to them. But the fact is that our corporate media have gone far beyond the manufacturing of consent into an outright conspiracy of silence. Only a few wingnut reporters and editors of obscure newspapers – not to mention those despicable, pajama-clad bloggers – are challenging the highly questionable results of this month’s election. Oh, and the Kerry-Edwards campaign.
Based on the full set of the 4 p.m. Election Day exit poll data Dr. Stephen F. Freeman from the University of Pennsylvania calculated that “the odds of just three of the major swing states, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania all swinging as far as they did against their respective exit polls were 250 million to one.”
The Ohio Election Protection Coalition’s public hearings have documented insufficient voting machines in black Democratic precincts resulting in five-to-seven hour waits, voter intimidation, machine malfunctions and other irregularities.
Another significant development this week was the Democratic Party breaking its silence on the matter.
Ohio Chairman Dennis White distributed a press release on Monday afternoon that ran the headline: “Kerry/Edwards Campaign Joins Ohio Recount.”
We are, as Orwell might have said, a very goodthinkful people. Our voting system has always been rotten, but few want to acknowledge the possibility that a presidential election might have been rigged – that the party in power was so desperate to retain its status that it resorted to systematic voter suppression and voting machine fraud. After all, voting is a sacred duty and the very keystone of our cherished FreedomsTM. And as W.TM never tires of pointing out, we have a solemn and ChristianTM duty to continually enlarge and spread FreedomTM to every corner of the globe.
The only alternative is dictatorship – or maybe a RevolutionTM.