Cartel Talks of Steps to Potentially Cancel ("Postpone") the Presidential
Election: This is For Real Folks!
BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
Oh yes, the incendiary BuzzFlash -- and other online publications
-- have been engaging in their typical hyperbolic scare tactics when
we have warned that the Bush Cartel might actually postpone
the presidential election if Kerry and Edwards are poised to win
it through the will of the people.
We were just fanning the flames of fear based on the Bush Cartel
stealing the election in 2000, right?
In a short Newsweek brief, in Monday's (July 19) edition,
by the infamous Michael Isikoff, it is revealed that Tommy Ridge
what would be needed to be done to postpone the fall presidential
election, if there were to be a terrorist attack:
counter-terrorism officials, citing what they call "alarming" intelligence
about a possible Qaeda strike inside the United States this fall,
are reviewing a proposal that could
allow for the postponement of the November presidential election
in the event of such an attack, NEWSWEEK has learned....
As a result, sources tell NEWSWEEK, Ridge's department last week
asked the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel to analyze
what legal steps would be needed to permit the postponement of
the election were an attack to take place. Justice was specifically
to review a recent letter to Ridge from DeForest B. Soaries Jr.,
chairman of the newly created U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
Soaries noted that, while a primary election in New York on September
11, 2001, was quickly suspended by that state's Board of Elections
after the attacks that morning, "the federal government has no agency
that has the statutory authority to cancel and reschedule a federal
election." Soaries, a Bush appointee who two years ago was an unsuccessful
GOP candidate for Congress, wants Ridge to seek emergency legislation
from Congress empowering his agency to make such a call. Homeland
officials say that as drastic as such proposals sound, they are taking
them seriously—along with other possible contingency plans in the
event of an election-eve or Election Day attack. "We are reviewing
the issue to determine what steps need to be taken to secure the
election," says Brian Roehrkasse, a Homeland spokesman.
So, this is real folks. A Bush lackey role model,
Tom Ridge, may be empowered to cancel the fall elections.
Maybe that's why Jeb officially has given up on the "theft of the election" 2000
felon's purge list (although we doubt that he really has). When you
can just cancel the election, you don't need to steal it by preventing
voters from casting their ballots, do you? The Bush Cartel has always
escalated its boldness when faced with election losses. Now they just
a few thousand people from voting in Florida; they may prevent the
entire country from voting!
So, it's got all the Rove fingerprints on it. A relatively unknown
Republican Rev. from New Jersey is appointed to head an obscure new
Then he writes a letter demanding that plans be made to cancel -- or "postpone" --
the election if necessary. Then Tom Ridge carries the water, as trial
balloons are floated to the favored GOP lapdog leak recipient at Newsweek,
Michael Isikoff, he of the Linda Tripp "story" fame.
This is beyond frightening. It is the end of democracy in America, if Tom
Ridge is granted these powers. And you know, a move will be afoot in Congress
to do so.
Lord save us, if the Democrats collapse on this one and let Ridge or anyone
in the Bush administration have such powers.
What terrorist attack could prevent a national election from being held?
You see, the Bush Cartel could claim that they have solid information of
an imminent attack and postpone the election because they don't want the
terrorists to influence the outcome, because, they would argue, that would
give a victory to the terrorists.
Which is all another way of saying, the Republicans don't plan on yielding
power under any circumstances, the will of the people be damned.
Chilling beyond belief.
BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS