Posts Tagged: voting


29
Sep 16

Could Russia Take Over the USA Through Cyberhacking?

Is it possible that Russia could take over the USA without firing a shot? I feel a bit sheeplish, as if I might come off like some guy in the John Birch Society, writing that. But we’re not talking about Communists (though we’re talking about a Russian regime that seems to admire Stalin’s methods) or “commie infiltration”. Top American bigshots, Harry Reid, Clinton, Obama, and even the CIA have expressed concern about the evident Russian hacking of the DNC–and indications that Russian cyber agents hacked into the primaries in Arizona. There seems to be some sort of backroom agreement between Trump and Putin; there are enough indications that one can infer it, at least.
And if Russia were to tinker with our voting, even take it over, without anyone being able to quite prove it…would the US Gov actually declare the voting process to be without validity? If the Russians gave elections to right-wingers with whom they may’ve made deals, and the US govt discovered this, wouldn’t the govt risk an uprising if they said, “Election invalidated”?
If the Russians can insert candidates favorable to them–could they actually make backroom deals with those candidates, more candidates than Trump, that give them control over the USA? “You will be ‘elected’, but you must do as we ask…” Perhaps in a few years “congress” would “vote” to merge the USA and Russia.
Paranoia? Maybe. But it’s time to take international hacking of voting far, far more seriously.

28
Jun 16

Have you been politically CHLOROFORMED?

I’m told there’s an actual term for a known strategy in conservative political circles, called CHLOROFORMING–that is the process of convincing people that they don’t want to vote, that it’s hopeless to vote, that voting can change nothing, that it’s too difficult or it’s pointless.

If you believe that there’s no point in voting, you have been “CHLOROFORMED”.


3
Dec 15

If you don’t like…

If you don’t like the nightmarish availability of guns, then show up to vote at *congressional races* and vote Republicans OUT. Encourage your friends to register to vote; encourage your friends to put on their coats, encourage your friends to simply note: they must vote the Republicans out.

If you don’t like the crushing of the middle class and the poor, then show up to vote at *congressional races* and vote Republicans OUT. Encourage your friends to register to vote; encourage your friends to put on their coats, encourage your friends to simply note: they must vote the Republicans out.

If you don’t like the suppression of science and climate change truth, then show up to vote at *congressional races* and vote Republicans OUT. Encourage your friends to register to vote; encourage your friends to put on their coats, encourage your friends to simply note: they must vote the Republicans out.

If you don’t like the erosion of women’s rights, then show up to vote at *congressional races* and vote Republicans OUT. Encourage your friends to register to vote; encourage your friends to put on their coats, encourage your friends to simply note: they must vote the Republicans out.


20
Oct 15

THEY SAY BERNIE SANDERS WANTS THE IMPOSSIBLE. BUT–What if …

Bernie Sanders has plans for better safety nets, healthcare, and democratic-socialist regulations to level the playing field and modify the marketplace–and all those plans are being attacked, by Democrats as well as Republicans, as too expensive, or as just plain impossible to pull off. The claims of expense are exaggerated, but the *issue* of expense is fair in a general way. However, Sanders offers a solution:

Eliminate corporate tax loopholes, he says; reduce spending on the military, increase taxes on the top ten percent…and that’ll pay for all of it. And I think it really will cover the expense of a fairer society, if you go far enough in improving revenue with reform.

But — eliminating corporate welfare and increasing taxes on the top ten per cent “just can’t be done”, people say…because of Congress. He’d never get the necessary laws passed and he couldn’t do much of it by executive order.

And yet, he *could* get it passed…if in the coming elections for Senate and the House we get the vote out; if we persuade more Democrats and Independents to vote in every election. And if we register more people to vote…and then launch a massive campaign to get those newly registered people to *show up* to vote on those elections. Far more people tend to show up to vote for President than for their Senator or Congressperson. That lapse in voting needs to be eliminated. We have to value voting, in the Democratic party; independents, Greens–we all need to value voting again. Our attitude toward voting needs to change if Americans genuinely want a fairer society.


12
Aug 15

Want a Real Change? Would You Like to See Sanders Elected? Then…

Want a real change, and see Sanders as that chance? Good. But talk is cheap; besides supporting him with (even small) donations, show up to VOTE. Amazing the numbers of people who talk politics who later don’t vote. They claim there’s no meaning in it voting. They’re wrong.

If enough people had shown up for Gore at the voting booths in 2000, we would’ve had enough votes to overcome the voter suppression happening in Florida, the vote wouldn’t have gone to the Supreme Court, Gore would have been elected handily, and we wouldn’t have had an Iraq war–Gore absolutely would not have got us into Iraq. Indeed, we might well not have had the 9/11 attack which, I believe, could have been stopped except for the incompetence of Condie Rice and the Bush administration in general. They weren’t paying attention to the signs. A Gore administration would have been more pro active, would have stopped it–the indicators were there.

And Gore was very much concerned about global warming/climate change long before 2000. Remember “An Inconvenient Truth”? He would have done something about it back when it would have been a great help.

Make sure you’re registered to vote; ask your friends to register to vote. That’s what Sanders supporters need to do: get the vote out.

Then you’ll see change.