“It's not even Election Day yet, and the Kerry-Edwards campaign
is already down by almost a million votes.” – Greg
Palast, November 1, 2004
On January 6, 2005 the United States Congress
certified the results of the election that took place last November
2nd and declared
that George W. Bush had been duly elected president. They certified
a lot more than an election outcome. It is now official. This nation
has become the world’s most powerful banana republic. Perhaps
the Bush family will have presidents for life, just like the Duvaliers
America is governed by one party rule, the press does not dare
provoke that one party, the opposition party is afraid to oppose,
the wealthy are getting wealthier by using the national treasury
as their private piggy bank, civil liberties are under assault,
workers think themselves lucky to earn starvation wages at Wal-Mart,
and the man nominated to become the chief law enforcement official
in the land has put in writing that torture is not such a bad thing
Of course a defining issue for any banana republic is a non-existent
or corrupt electoral system. For the second presidential election
in a row thousands of Americans were denied their right to vote
or voted without the certainty of knowing that their ballots would
It is very disturbing indeed when urban legend becomes fact. Every
black American with internet access has received a hyperbolic mass
email declaring that they will soon lose their voting rights. The
email tells us that we will lose our right to vote in 2007 unless
the Voting Rights Act is extended.
Whoever started that email should get busy and send us an update.
We have lost our right to vote because of arcane rules about provisional
ballots being cast in the proper precinct. We have lost our right
to vote in the state of Ohio when voting machines sit in storage
on Election Day and thousands go home without voting because they
could not or would not stand on line for hours. We have lost the
right to vote when the state of Florida can falsely claim that
thousands of law abiding citizens are felons and thus keep them
from getting anywhere near a voting booth.
The denial of voting rights has become acceptable.
The chicken hearted opposition are more afraid of looking like
than they are of actually being winners. They could be liberated
by the knowledge that they have nothing left to lose and go down
fighting. They obviously don’t agree, preferring to labor in the
shadows and pretend that they have done a great thing because they
go through the motions of asking Alberto Gonzales to disavow torture
but then admit they will vote to confirm him.
The losing leadership doesn’t even have the
decency to shut up. Terry McAuliffe continues to brag that he
is as good a corporate
bag man as his Republican counterparts. Credit must be given where
it is due. At least the Republican political whores know how to
win elections. McAuliffe is both a political whore and a political
John Kerry has done McAuliffe one better. It
is probably fitting that he cut and ran so that he didn’t have to suffer in person
on January 6th. He ran from Congress and didn’t stop running until
he got to Iraq to visit the troops. Before he took off he publicly stated that
he would not join in opposing the Ohio electors and gave us another
reason to shake our heads in dismay:
How do you both acknowledge irregularities
practices” and also conclude that the outcome was correct? In
general one should not agree with Republican talking points,
but the term flip flopper does come to mind at moments like these.
It certainly must be true that God has a sense of humor because
Kerry also planned to observe an
election in Palestine. Hopefully the Palestinians don’t have
to deal with Ken Blackwell or provisional ballots. If they do
they certainly won’t be able to count on Kerry to put up a fight
As usual it is black America that fights
for justice when no one else is willing to do so. Congressman
John Conyers took the
lead in investigating the Ohio vote theft. His colleague Stephanie
Tubbs Jones took to the floor of Congress and formally announced
opposition to the certification of Ohio’s electoral votes.
The rest of the Democrats made a timid showing
on the day they should have fearlessly gone into the breach.
Senator Barbara Boxer had the decency to join with her House
colleagues and protest the Ohio vote theft. She was the only
Senator who took a stand and spoke up for justice.
A banana republic can change if its citizens
are willing to fight. The Democratic party certainly can’t
be counted on to defend social security, our right to vote
or our civil liberties.
If the rank and file continue to support worthless Democrats
we can look forward to inaugurating Arnold Schwarzenegger or
Jeb Bush four years from now, assuming that we still have elections