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Peter Tatchell writes on The Independent's blogs today:

Will next week's US presidential vote be free and fair? Based on the conduct of the last election, possibly not. The 2004 election was marred by vote-fixing that would disgrace a banana republic. Four years later, few new safeguards have been implemented to prevent a re-run of the voter exclusion and ballot tampering of 2004.

This is the conclusion of Robert F Kennedy Jr, civil rights lawyer and nephew of JFK. In one of the most important pieces of investigative journalism in recent years, published in Rolling Stone magazine in 2006, he revealed how voting irregularities in 2004 were enough to steal the presidency for the Republicans. You can read his meticulous 14,000-word expose here. It is essential reading for everyone who cares about the fate of US democracy. Read more.

Question: Do you worry for the integrity of the election?


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millenium_king wrote:
Oct. 28th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Not just the Republicans
For that matter, quite a bit of America isn't as right-wing as the Republicans.

Really? It is a belief of mine that most peope are more conservative than they vote. For example: most people want personal freedom (a *gasp* right-wing idea!

Most people want to keep the money they earn. Nobody goes home and voluntarily redistributes their paycheck. Charity sometimes, yes, but never to the degree liberals want (ie. do you give away 50-60% of your paycheck each week?).

Most people want to own property (individual property rights?! Damn Conservatives!). Those people who do own property do not want to rent it from the government as liberal, "single-taxer" movements have advocated in the past.

Leftists want the government to give them (and those they deem "poor") more government aid - but they seldom want what they have confiscated in order to do so.

Finally, please remember that 11 of the last 15 presidencies have been Republican. And that Bill Clinton hardly counts as a "majority president" since he won the first time with only 40% of the vote.
siliconshaman wrote:
Oct. 28th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Not just the Republicans
Pfftt, the Conservatives didn't invent those ideas, they stole them.

Personal Freedom, anarchists..
Freedom from taxation, again anarchists.
Private ownership of property, the Levellers I believe.
Welfare, I think you'll find that was invented by Socialists.

and even at that, I still say that the McCain/Bush school of neo/theo-conservatism is wa-aa-ay out in the right field, well beyond what a large percentage of the rest of the population would be willing to put their name to.
millenium_king wrote:
Oct. 29th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Not just the Republicans
Pfftt, the Conservatives didn't invent those ideas, they stole them.

I'm sorry - I can't tell if that's a really funny joke or if you are really that deluded.

The anarchists and levellers and whatever didn't "invent" those rights - they were established by the Constitution. Supporting the Constitution is a right-wing idea - revising it as a "living document" is the domain of the Left.
siliconshaman wrote:
Oct. 30th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
Re: Not just the Republicans
Wow, you really don't study history over there do you...

Most of those groups pre-date the formation of America. The Founding Fathers didn't just pull these idea out of their hats you know. In fact, your sacred Constitution is largely inspired by pre-existing ideas, including oddly enough, a number of ships articles of Pirate crews.

I suggest you go read around.
millenium_king wrote:
Oct. 30th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Not just the Republicans
So what is your point? That all ideas were founded using previous ideas?

How does that make personal freedom, property ownership, and liberty non-conservative or non-right wing ideas?

Any political philosophy that interprets the consitution as it was originally written is a right-wing philosophy. Left-wing philosophies include adding a second "bill-of-rights" that is made up of entitlements etc.

By the way, the Consitution was also inspired by the governing strategies of certain Native American tribes - but so what? It was mainly structured around enlightenment ideas, including the Calvanist belief in the equality of all human souls and that ones rights are obtained from a divine source.
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