Steal Back Your Vote

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America’s best gadfly investigative reporter is gearing up for the 2012 U.S. presidential election. Annette Hinkle reports for the Sag Harbor Express:

In this election year, Greg Palast wants you to vote…but he’s afraid it may not count — especially if you’re black, Native American or Hispanic and you live in certain states — notably Wisconsin, Colorado, Florida or New Mexico.

Palast, a former private eye, has made a name for himself by exploring cases of voter suppression in this country — beginning with the infamous 2000 presidential election in which Palm Beach County, Florida became known as the home of the hanging chad.

For Palast, the real story of that election lay not in the confusing butterfly ballot which confounded the county’s predominately wealthy Jewish voters, but in two computer disks he said were slipped to him from the office of Florida’s then Secretary of State Katherine Harris. According to Palast, those disks showed the names of 91,000 Florida felons that had been purged from the voter rolls. Most were black, says Palast, and when he checked further, he found that almost none of them were felons.

And, he adds, things have only gotten worse for voters in the years since.

A journalist by trade, Palast regularly delves into issues like the corporate funding of elections, vulture financiers, and the hidden issues behind disasters like the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska and the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the gulf. All-American issues that you would expect he writes about for one of the big U.S. dailies…

[continues in the Sag Harbor Express]

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    I have no doubt whatsoever that there are major voting rights violations going on that need to be forcibly addressed, and immediately.  But I do have to question Palast’s perspicacity just a wee bit.  Quotes:

    1.   “In England, there’s no difference between Labor and Tory, so no one bothers to steal elections.”

    A couple of troubling implications here.

          a.  This seems to advance the totally unwarranted notion that there IS a meaningful difference
               between the American parties.  Yes, there are significant stylistic variations (i.e., Republicans
               openly take an unambiguously pro-idiocy position whereas Democrats pay rhetorical lip service
               to wise policies but defeat them at every turn with incompetent execution or outright lies).  If
               someone can point to me a deep, meaningful operational difference, I’d love to hear it.

          b.  Politics is not actually about policy.  As it is actually practiced, it is a patronage game whereby
               participants advance according to their ability to feed ravenous machines–be it through prestige,
               skewed policy implementation or outright graft.  There is ALWAYS an incentive to steal
               elections.

    2.  ““I’m not partisan,” says Palast.”   

           AND

         ”In advance of the 2008 election, Palast teamed up with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to write “Steal Back
          Your Vote” a comic book guide . . . ”

          Well, that was a short-lived ephiphone.

    • assfish

      shut the fuck up McGonagle

      • Calypso_1

        I rather like your moniker.  Assfish has such interesting parasitological implications.

      • Andrew

         Yeah, that’ll work!

    • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

      I would like to voice my difference of opinion with you on point 1.a.

      You’re giving the Democrats too much credit for at least touting “wise” policies.

      As much as we might wish otherwise, they spout about the same quantity and quality of bullshit as the Republicans and for largely the same reasons.

      • Calypso_1

        I think the operative phrases were ‘rhetorical lip service’ & ‘outright lies’, but there is at least the notion that the titular left is based on intellectual – therefore elite, sic ‘wise policies’.

  • Marklar_Prime

    Expecting to effect positive change by voting for your favorite corporate selected mobster family is just dumb even if the votes ARE counted correctly.

  • Redacted

    How can I find time to steal back my vote? Dancing With the Stars is on!

  • charlieprimero

    Yeah, because it’s soooooo important whether people vote for pre-selected corporate government shill X rather than voting for pre-selected corporate government shill Y.

  • Signal Reference

    democracy..where 51% of the stupid control the 49% of the clueless..

    I cant belief people still think this crap works. who has the right in California to vote how people live in New York..i mean really..

    its time we stop playing this stupid game with each other and just do it
    ourselves..dont worry about the country, worry bout your damn
    community…

    • Redacted

      “Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for lunch.”

  • All for one and all for me

    I can’t believe anyone still believes that there is a choice and that their vote counts. The Government regardless of party is about one thing; themselves, self preservation. make as much money as you can while you can because in four years someone else might be getting their pockets lined instead. It’s not just like that in government, we individuals step on whatever and whomever to get ahead rather then working as a team for the betterment of this shit hole we call #1.

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