Like it makes any difference anyway.
1minute to change democracy into demockery.
In your face
It was reported on CNN.
It's been validated by Princeton University computer experts.
Everyone with an IQ over 70 knows...
US electronic voting machines can be hacked easily.
So what's been done about it as we head into the 2008 Presidential election?
Super Tuesday here we come.
Your vote counts...
but it may not be counted.
Besides, it can be redone by delegates at the convention if they so choose. That's the electoral principles that colleges America. When will the lessons become boring? When IQ's reach 71?
Again Democracy now has an article about caucuses, and this "stupor tuesday" thing. read it and it reviews the electing process-
http://www.democracynow.org/2008/2/5/su ... d_to_polls
Amy Goodman-Explain how these contests today, for the Democrats, in particular, could mean no person in a clear lead. What does it mean to split the delegates rather than winner- take-all?
STEPHEN WAYNE: Well, what it means is that the Democrats allocate delegates proportional to the vote that the candidates received, and 75 percent of the delegates in any particular state are allocated in districts no larger than a congressional district. So that means if you have a district, for example, that’s primarily African American, Obama will win that, and if you have another district which is a blue-collar district where Mrs. Clinton gets the greatest support, she would win that. And both of them would probably not win it overwhelmingly, so they would split the delegates. It’s going to be very, very close.
AMY GOODMAN: And how is it for the Republicans?
STEPHEN WAYNE: Well, the Republicans are different. A number of the large Republican states—New York, New Jersey, California, Missouri—have a winner-take-all vote. And that is, in New York and New Jersey, it’s whoever gets the most votes within the state gets all the delegates, while in California, it’s winner-take-all by congressional district, most of the delegates. So that gives McCain an advantage, since he has presumably the momentum going for him.
The other interesting thing about many of the contests today is that these are what we call closed primaries. Only registered members of the party can participate. And that hurts both McCain and Obama, who have gotten a substantial portion of their vote from independents.
AMY GOODMAN: What happens to Edwards’s delegates?
STEPHEN WAYNE: Well, that depends on what Edwards says. Edwards has dropped out. Now, Edwards could in the end endorse someone, and I think he’s probably waiting for someone to get into the lead and then endorse them and ask his delegates to vote for that person. If he says nothing, the delegates can come in and vote their own conscience. And even if Edwards says “I support Barack Obama” or “I support Hillary Clinton,” that doesn’t mean he can force his delegates to vote for Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. These are people who he’s picked, so presumably they’re loyal to him and to his ideas, but he can’t command them to vote for any one person.
AMY GOODMAN: Professor Wayne, what’s a superdelegate?
STEPHEN WAYNE: A superdelegate—only the Democrats have superdelegates. And superdelegates are people who are delegates by virtue of their position in elective or party office. There are three members of the National Committee in each state. They’re automatically delegates. All the members of Congress, the Democrats, are delegates. Ex-presidential candidates of the Democrats are delegates. Governors are delegates. Mayors of large cities can be delegates. And the thing about these delegates, they’re not elected. They’re simply appointed, and they’re unpledged. So, formally they can vote for whomever they want.
There has been a campaign, a subterranean campaign, between Obama and Mrs. Clinton to win the hearts and souls of these delegates. And in fact, that campaign began two years ago, when both candidates, Mrs. Clinton and Obama, set up what were called leadership political action committees, which raised money and then distributed a substantial portion of this money to Democrats who were running for office.
What a fucked up system! Designed to impoverish the poorer candidates and then guarantee the person pre-selected gets the brass ring.
How anyone can give legitimate credence to this system is beyond reason. I must say that the formula Ron Paul is using to stay relevant in this bullshit is really to be commended. He is using the grass roots method to get through to people and at least he has stuck to his positions and not faltered or wasted his money- unlike Edwards and Kucinich, who were forced out by money and so was their messages.
Whether you like him or not, you have to admit, he has succeeded at getting serious attention. If only money weren't the main factor, all candidates would start on an equal footing.
But like equality in America, it's just lip service to ideals that can never be attained. Actions speak louder than words and America is becoming a paraplegic.