Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Take Back the Vote – Take Back America

There is an immediate need to take back the vote. The left has been talking about that for a long time now but on the Right we were lulled into the belief that it was just sour grapes. Part of that came from the media, other elements on which we built up our smug house of cards came from such books as, “Stealing Elections,” by John Fund. You may not be aware that a book with a similar title that actually outed the NeoCons was published earlier. The author died mysteriously. When you intend to steal elections it makes perfect sense to inject disinformation at the outset. Fund was late producing his book, it was originally planned in 2000, but he did write it and it has proven to be very useful in creating the impression that election fraud either did not exist or was more likely to be the tool of the Left than a clever idea raised to new levels of profit and complexity by his friends.

The Campaign of the Voting Machines was designed to steal elections as an adjunct of the NeoCon political strategy. That strategy was to steal the rhetoric of peace, prosperity, individual rights and freedom, converting the meanings to war (for us), grinding poverty (for us), and absolute slavery for us and our posterity.

The divisions between the right and left worked. It is time to come together since, to borrow a phrase from a previous generation, if we don't hang together we will all hang separately.

We can begin that around the issue of taking back elections.

We need to assume that any given election has been stolen unless this is the procedure followed. Those who work for the government have a vested interest in ignoring the fact that wittingly or unwittingly, they are part of the problem. We cannot afford to trust them. Here is what we must install, controlled by voters at the precinct level.

What we need:

1. Voters go to their precinct, marking paper ballots under the eagle eyes of local people from all parties.

2. The ballots are counted at the precinct immediately after the polls close by stalwarts elected by those in the precinct for that purpose. Everyone can watch, staying six feet from the table where the count is taking place.

3. Finally, the double, triple checked results are posted directly and transparently to the Internet right up where everyone can tally themselves getting it exactly right.

Then, the election will be honest. Those who work for the government

This leads us immediately to the question of how to achieve the simple and direct scenario above. This will be far easier with all of us working together.

The time, money, and thought spent by people across the country on how to return control to the people has been monumental. That investment has mostly come from the Left, remember to be grateful. It has also been focused directly on achieving that single purpose, leaving all else intact.

My suggestion is that while it is essential that the people control the vote it is far from the only thing we should control. Therefore we should approach this constellation of issues, which I will get to in a moment, as one larger, integrated, campaign.

Asked why he robbed banks Willie Sutton, career criminal, said, “Because that is where the money is.” Sutton had noticed that it was more profitable to rob banks than the little old lady down the street; more return for time invested.

That explains exactly why centralized control did not, could not work. Remember the concept of an attractive nuisance? The least ethical and easily tempted headed for law school and elected office like lemmings. Large pots of money motivate those least ethical individuals to lie, cheat, and finagle their way into power so they can grab the cash. In comparison, robbing banks is honest.

The other principle we need to keep in mind while mulling these naturally occurring impulses on the part of humanity is the economic principle of, “bad money drives out good.” This is equally true of ethics. There are many things good people will not do to be elected; nothing bad people will not do to get themselves in the seats of power.

It is a lot of trouble to defend those large caches of power and money. It is exhausting, aggravating, and, eventually, impossible. Many on the left are now realizing this, sitting there exhausted and bereft of money while the candidates they worked for join the million dollar club through their elected offices.

Concentrations of power and money inevitably result in the kind of free-for-all that we are now witnessing among corporations that have worked to use government and a government that feeds off corporations.

I repeat the H. L. Menckenism, “Elections are Futures Markets in Stolen Property.” If power and money is concentrated the inevitable will occur.

Therefore control needs to be returned to where it always should have been, to individuals at the most local level. Retail stealing is easier to catch and less likely to be appealing to habitual criminals, attorneys and politicians.

Many on the left will realize that this is where they wanted to go anyway; many on the right will be chagrined at their long misspent romance with the power of corporations. We all make mistakes.

We need to assert a rigid and unbending accountability as one of our weapons.

Naturally, those with greed in their hearts and minds did all possible to reduce the risk they would be held accountable for their predatory behavior. They were well aware of the hazard of accountability. Our laws on racketeering and the abuse of power deal with these questions.

That is why Bush keeps trying to sneak a pardon into bills under consideration by Congress. Even he knows he is liable. That also accounts for the posh Bushland built on the 100,000 acres in Paraguay. No extradition. He and many of his friends have caches of money parked in the basement or off shore so they can make their get-away.

So in addition to ensuring that elections are localized and controlled by the people we need to ensure the following:

The power of government is returned to the people at the most local level. We all know, through sad experience, that the states also engage in the same kind of diddling with power and money. Fortuitously, they are also bankrupt and will be grateful for the funds we can return to the state level by asserting accountability at the federal level.

Corporations are stripped of the power that makes it possible for them to evade accountability.

That to ensure that future generations of wishful Willie Suttons will understand we mean it, we sue those guilty of preying on us into a poverty so complete that in five generations their descendants, if they have any, will still be naked and whimpering.

Is that clear?

Now, how to accomplish the agenda.

Use the present projects in motion, bringing them together to create an approach that includes the real goal on elections, the Local Control Scenario.

While pursuing that, and in parallel, assert liability for all public officials, corporate executives and employees who cooperated in the deceptive practices that resulted in the use of voting machines. Demand punitive damages naming the individuals involved as individuals so they have to provide their own counsel. They will not like this. They will pull our 1959. We will respond by ensuring that there is full support for those on point in advance and by letting those they use to do their dirty work know that they are choosing the wrong side.

That said, we need to take action out in the open. If you want a world that works transparently then you must be yourself transparent. All of us need the truth. It was the limitation of information, an elegant way to say, 'lying,' that has been the basis of the NeoCon strategy. We want openness and knowledge to be common to all of us.

We need to openly suborn those who cooperated with the NeoCons; they are available, if the price is right.

Offer Get Out Of Jail Free Cards to the first 25 Congress members, corporate employees, and public employees who come forward to testify. They will start eyeing each other uneasily. The first one will be the most difficult. After that we will have to pick and choose.

We will begin a campaign to bankrupt the media who has cooperated, also naming them as corporations and individuals in similar law suits. At the same time we will start our own media, straight into the local areas using tools already in existence but overlooked by those in power.

We will fast forward on rebuilding local economy in America. We must, both for our survival and because every individual who extracts themselves from dependence on services, utilities, products, supplied by corporations, is effectively cutting some small part of the supply line on which their wealth depends.

There are lots of details but they are all doable using what we have now at our disposal.

Left, Right, Green, Libertarian and other, all of us need to put the past behind us and move forward together. It was ugly. There was nothing those now in power were unwilling to do to hold power. We cannot negotiate with them, they will always cheat because it is their nature.

They controlled us by first dividing, making it impossible for the people to mount an effective defense. Now, we turn the tables on them.

Get off the Grids – Organize Locally – Build Coalition

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