|November 6, 2004||EDITORIAL ARCHIVES|
GOP Hypocrite of the Week: Ken Blackwell
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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Welcome back to the BuzzFlash.com GOP Hypocrite of the Week.
BuzzFlash readers keep writing us e-mails asking if the Bush Cartel stole the election.
Our answer is: we don't know, but they could have if they wanted to.
Why? Because of electronic voting and voter suppression.
A band of patriots have exposed the electronic voting machines -- manufactured by three U.S. companies -- as both extremely vulnerable to hacking and having their vote results rigged. The machines are also manufactured by companies with strong Republican ties.
In fact, Wally O'Dell, the CEO of Diebold, which is headquartered in Ohio, penned a letter earlier this year pledging his commitment to "helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the President."
Just what exactly did Wally mean? Well, we'll give you one guess, and it has to do with a quote supposedly from Stalin: "Those who vote decide nothing, those who COUNT the votes decide everything."
There is no way of knowing whether the Diebold machines -- and other electronic voting machines -- were rigged or not. You see, their counting software is patented. Without considering alternatives, we privatized our vote counting.
There are other electronic voting systems. India's 380 million voters used their own electronic voting machines in recent elections. Their machines are inexpensive, transparent, and tamper-proof, because Indians appear to enjoy corruption-free voting. It's too bad Republicans don't.
The fact remains that U.S. electronic voting machines are eminently capable of being rigged. Coincidentally, the Bush Cartel will do anything to steal an election. You connect the not-so-distant dots.
But that brings us to our BuzzFlash GOP Hypocrite of the Week: Ken Blackwell, Ohio's Secretary of State and the man in charge of insuring the voting in his state is transparent, tamper-proof and corruption-free. Blackwell was the Bush Cartel's male version of Florida's Katherine "Cruella Deville" Harris. So, when Rove strategized how to suppress (and perhaps also steal) the vote, Blackwell, a Clarence Thomas wannabe, said, "Yes, Sir, Mr. Karl, I want to be your token black right winger, just like Clarence. How can I help you suppress black and Democratic voters? Then will you make sure I get elected the next Governor of Ohio? Please, Mr. Karl, please."
So an office holder who is supposed to help Americans vote, spent his time over the last two years implementing road blocks to voters, particularly new registrants.
Most people know their Secretary of State because he's the guy or woman whose name appears on their driver's license. But most Ohioans got to know Ken Blackwell because he was the one doing everything possible to stop everyone but Republicans from voting. The guy even tried to refuse any voter registration card that wasn't printed on 80 pound weight paper, that is, until Internet-savvy Democrats publicized it enough to make him retract his ridiculous requirement.
And then Blackwell even got involved with advocating for the passage of the Draconian anti-gay referendum in Ohio, speaking out at churches about the scourge of gay relationships. He saw nothing wrong with the Secretary of State involving himself with a ballot issue over which he was responsible for counting the results.
Stalin would be proud of Ken Blackwell.
So, did the Bushes steal the election again? You don't need specific proof. All you need to know is that they -- through the Bush Cartel Secretary of States in Florida and Ohio -- counted the votes.
Those who count the votes decide everything, the voters be damned.
Ken Blackwell, mission accomplished, you did everything you could do to disenfranchise voters while pretending to represent them. You are the BuzzFlash GOP Hypocrite of the Week.
Just remember our motto at BuzzFlash.com: So many Republican hypocrites, so little time.
Catch up with you soon.
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