I usually don't publish anyone else's writing on my blog, but this analysis of election fraud by Richard Tamm is so outstanding that I just couldn't resist. He needed a URL and I needed to get this information out ASAP. So everyone wins -- except of course for America. But then after the 2000 stolen election and the 2004 stolen election and the 2014 stolen election, Americans should be used to losing by now. Or else, like me, they should be totally outraged!
What happened in the 2014 U.S. election?
By Richard Tamm
I've been trying to understand what happened myself. So, I've been reading many articles, etc. and have come up with the following. These are my own thoughts on this subject, and are subject to revision based on both my own further reading and investigation as well as on your feedback.
As Jonathan Simon said on the weekly KPFA show, "Guns & Butter" entitled: "Voting Machines: Computerized Election Theft" (http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/108384 ) "Republicans won control of Pennsylvania in 2010. They then redistricted brilliantly, so that in 2012 the Democrats actually won a majority of votes statewide for the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania, and they wound up winning 5 of the 18 seats with a majority of the vote!" (This hour-long audio is a real MUST to hear - packed with information.) Here are pictures of two of these gerrymandered districts:
Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District, at: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/our-money/Getting-to-know-the-ridiculous-new-7th-congressional-district.html
Illinois 4th Congressional District:
From an article entitled "States Deny Millions of Ex-Felons Voting Rights" (http://www.advancementproject.org/news/entry/states-deny-millions-of-ex-felons-voting-rights ): "In three Southern states the numbers are more stark: In Florida, 23 percent of the voting-age black population can't vote because of a felony record; in Kentucky it's 22 percent; and in Virginia it's 20 percent. Taken together, one in five blacks living in those three states is disenfranchised. Florida, with 1.5 million disenfranchised ex-felons, leads the nation."
And Richard Parker reported in "Election 2014: Surge or Theft?" (http://prospect.org/article/election-2014-surge-or-theft ), "Meanwhile in Virginia, nearly 200,000 otherwise-qualified citizens were denied their voting rights because of improper or inadequate IDs; in Texas, the number was more than 600,000. All part of a 33-state effort to guarantee against voter fraud—a danger certifiably documented in 31 instances out of more than one billion votes cast since 2000, according to the Washington Post."
Ari Berman also reported in "Did Voting Restrictions Determine the Outcomes of Key Midterm Races?" (http://www.thenation.com/blog/188697/how-new-voting-restrictions-impacted-2014-election?_ga=1.225498714.1711161610.1382336045# ), "Six hundred thousand registered voters don’t have the required voter ID in Texas but the state issued only 407 new voter IDs as of Election Day. “There are more licensed auctioneers (2,454) in Texas than there are people with election identification certificates,” reported the Texas Observer."
In North Carolina’s 2010 election, 200,000 voted in the early voting days, while in 2012 nearly 700,000—including one-quarter of all African Americans voting in the election—did, as well; this year that was illegal."
And Mark Gollom reported in "Will new voter ID laws swing the U.S. election? (http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/will-new-voter-id-laws-swing-the-u-s-election-1.1252564 ) "It's true that Republican-dominated state legislatures in some states have passed laws that could make voting more difficult. In Florida, laws were passed to limit the number of early-voting days, prohibit voting on the Sunday before the election and impose a 48-hour time limit on third-party voter groups to register new voters. "
"A third instance of fraudulent voter registration has been uncovered in the important swing state of Virginia, where a Republican consultant has been arrested and thousands of discarded voter registration forms were recovered from a dumpster earlier this week."
And Harvey Wasserman and Bob Fitrakis speak for many of the leaders in the election protection movement when they say in the linked article above, "In evaluating the actual vote count, manipulation of untrackable electronic voting machines must also be accounted for. Over the years, Bev Harris, Brad Friedman, Jon Simon, Richard Charnin and many others have added vital research leading to the inevitable conclusion that the 2014 election---like 2000 and 2004---was essentially bought, rigged, stolen and lynched."
Many argue that the Democrats' abandonment of populism to the right-wing, shifting the form of that populism from the economic realm to the "culture wars", has been critical for Republican dominance of Middle America. (See, for instance, Thomas Frank's What's the Matter with Kansas?.)" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Leadership_Council)
Along with Clinton's moves to the center-right with the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act and the passage of NAFTA, there was a loosening of ties with labor and a seeking of more campaign funds and support from Wall Street. This is still affecting the Democrats negatively in not being able to fire up their base and also not being able to get anything close to the amounts of unlimited Dark Money now being unleashed against them.
Acting as "Republican lite" has not been working.
If you take the city of Richmond as an example, the progressive Democrats and Greens succeeded in winning their races against over $3 million that Chevron spent to defeat them because they spoke economic populism and what Howard Dean called "lunch-bucket" issues and were able to really fire up their base to have a successful grass-roots campaign. In contrast, the regular Democrats who took the Chevron money to oppose the progressive Dems and Greens all lost.
Also, in abandoning their close ties with labor and their commitment to economic populism and "lunch-bucket" issues because of their more recent need for campaign contributions from the same Wall Street big banks, large corporations and plutocrats funding the Republicans, they have refused to consistently speak up for and defend the poor and middle class and champion economic justice for all.
By default, they often simply appear to be accepting and allowing the terribly corrosive revolving-door corruption so visible to everyone, and the slide toward ever greater corporate, oligarchic and state power, growing militarism, endless war, and drift from the truth - not the issues that will fire up their base.
'It would be a terrible mistake to leave even one state out of a basic package of training, IT and staffing,' he said. 'I don't advocate putting a zillion dollars into Alaska, but I do advocate having a competent, well-run Democratic Party in place, because you never know where lightning is going to strike.'"
1. Denial: As Jonathan Simon said in his interview on Guns & Butter, above, at minute 11: "...a conversation I had in a public forum that was actually a conference on media reform back in 2007 with a man who was at the time the DNC Democratic National Committee official pollster Cornell Belcher. And, I asked him on this panel whether he placed any credence at all in fact that we had all these red shift patterns and whether the election returns could possibly be being manipulated. And, of course, he said absolutely not, not a chance. And then he said something curious. He said but you know it's funny but I felt he was a little bit like on some truth serum. He said, "You know when our internal polls show our guy ahead by 10 points, we've learned to treat it as if he's even, as if it's a toss-up, you know. And we can't figure out why."
So, internal polls are designed to be very accurate because they allow the party to get the information necessary to know where they should put money into elections at the last minute, where the money is needed, where it's not needed, where it would be wasted. So, those polls are designed to really tell them the truth. They are not designed to market any candidate or build momentum or anything. They're internal. And when they're off, so they're doing their best, methodology-wise, to come up with an accurate picture. And he was talking about them being off by 10%! And so, then, I reframed my question: "Well, in light of that, do you think that there's a possibility that the vote counts could be manipulated?" And he said "Of course not!"
2. Inexplicable Silence: Joan Brunwasser talked about this with Harvey Wasserman in "Harvey Wasserman: How the GOP Bought, Rigged, Stole and Lynched the 2014 Election" (http://www.opednews.com/articles/1/Harvey-Wasserman-on-How-t-by-Joan-Brunwasser-2014-Elections_Activist_Election-Fraud_Election-Integrity-141114-419.html ):
"JB: The $64,000 question is: Why do the Dems continue to act so spineless on this issue of election theft? [Which is what all the "suppress all the voters who may not be voting for your candidate/s" strategy amounts to]
Even on the losing end of the stick, Democrats still represent tens of millions of voters. Are they still so terrified of being tarred and feathered as conspiracy theorists? All the less than savory yet very effective voter suppression tactics are hardly even covered by the Mainstream Media.
HW: It's actually a $64 trillion question and I have no answer. It's totally contrary to my own nature to let such things go by, so I have no idea beyond a bunch of politico/psycho-babble. But we do know they absolutely refuse to discuss it. Daily Kos has banned a number of us who blog about it. Gore and Kerry simply walked away and have never discussed it since. If you have an answer, please let me know."