FOR SALE by owner: All electronic touch screen voting machines must go! Used in only one major election. Actual usage may vary widely per machine.* Most red machines come complete with booth and privacy curtain. Blue machines w/o. To be sold on first come basis. Machines will be sold without orig. vendor's proprietary software due to minor glitches. NOTE: Software exceptions and quantity discounts available to bidders from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, Haitii, etc. To see if you qualify, please contact Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell.
(*Example: Some red machines such as the four used in New Life Church recorded an avg. of 159 votes per machine, but tallied 4,258 votes for George Bush. Votes counted is not representive of actual useage.)
I confess to composing the above with some fact, some fancy. It's based the story of the state of Ohio as presented over on Common Dreams. In brief, Ohio's House Bill 3 which just passed will effectively:
- demand the use of discriminatory voter ID
- cripple the possibility of statewide recounts
- end the process of state-based challenges to federal elections---most importantly for president---held within the state.
Here's the real fun part according to Common Dreams:
"Ohio's GOP-controlled legislature's has passed a repressive new law that will gut free elections here and is already surfacing elsewhere around the US. The bill will continue the process of installing the GOP as America's permanent ruling party."
So, while we're supposed to just get out and vote this year and 2008 to turn things around, if what's happening in Ohio and may be coming to a number of other states, what's the use?
As thugs in the white house continue to dismantle the nation, our corrupted congress aids it, and the supreme court abets it, how much longer do we continue to cling to some pipe dream that next election will be different? It only takes an Ohio here, a Florida there, i.e., a few key states to keep the reigning powers gaining strength while losing public support.
That's why I composed the lead-in classified ad for this blog. With politicians effectively closing down all pretensions of democracy in Ohio, how much longer must they continue the charade? Why not just sell the damn voting machines? Tell citizens they no longer need go out to polls to vote, that they can stay home and vote and with the new technologies, their state will just read their minds and tabulate the votes.
Sure that's preposterous, but I'm sure there's a pretty fair chance people will buy it. American's are a pretty tolerant, if not downright gullible bunch. I say that based on the pablum Bush feeds 'em. Obviously he thinks so too. Like his next war he's now selling us. And Americans continue to swallow it. Oh they may not like it, but it's not distasteful enough to 'em to stop taking it. Maybe those who do get mad enough will go to the polls in November. But maybe that won't make any difference.