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The Voting System is Broken--and So are the Political Parties

The Big Fix

by MIKE WHITNEY

Last Friday Ohio’s top election official, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner issued a report concluding that the voting systems that decided the 2004 election in Ohio were rife with "critical security failures". The perpetrators were so cocksure they could pull it off that the servers for the computation of the Ohio vote count were in the same basement in Chattanooga, Tennessee that houses servers for the Republican National Committee. The programmers who (worked) for Ken Blackwell, the Republican Secretary of State, were Republicans who did websites for the Bush administration.

So why do we keep throwing billions of dollars down a black hole just to maintain this pathetic charade that fools no one? This year every one of the leading candidates is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Every one of them is a "dual loyalist" with a globalist agenda. Every one of them accepts the new regime of curtailed civil liberties, endless war, and free trade. They’re all part of the same corporate effluent that washed into Washington on a wave of special interest payola. They’re all lacquer-hair phonies who’ve never had an original thought in their lives. Everything they think or say comes off a cue-card or teleprompter that flashes poll-tested, focus-group mumbo-jumbo. If a prospective candidate hasn’t sworn his undying allegiance to the cabal of transnational corporations, or taken a blood-oath to defend the doctrine of unfettered self-aggrandizement, or pledged to carry out a bloodthirsty "economy-busting" global crusade; he is quickly banished to the wilderness. Just look at Ron Paul, who collected $6 million in donations in a matter of hours but still can’t even get his picture in the papers. Why is that? It’s because he hasn’t sold his soul to the carpetbagging freebooters who run the system.

The whole campaign extravaganza is a pointless farce. Why continue the deception? We all watched in 2000 while the majority five on the Supreme Court suspended the hand counting of ballots, overturned the ruling of the Florida Supreme Court, and awarded the election to their own Party’s candidate. How is that any different than Blackwell’s manipulations in Ohio? It’s all the same. In fact, the 5 justices had so little regard for the intelligence of the American people they invoked the 14th amendment, the "equal protection" clause, which had never been used other than in cases of racial discrimination. They didn’t care. Who was going to stop them? Can you imagine the peals of laughter that must have rung-out from the right-wing think tanks after that ruling?

What part of the body-politic has been spared the cancerous ravages of corporate corruption. The entire system is marinated in a culture of violence and dishonesty. The real difference between the parties is minuscule but significant. The Democrats have become the party of traditional imperialism spearheaded by Brzezinski, Holbrooke, Albright and the other guardians of Empire. These are the master-puppeteers who operate behind the scenes for the real powerbrokers. Their focus is mainly on Central Asia; controlling resources from the Caspian Basin, "pacifying" Afghanistan, rallying the EU to a greater role in NATO, and continuing the apocryphal "war on terror" into infinity. The Republican Party has become the party of neoconservatives. Their operational plan is "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm". It aligns the US with the foreign policy objectives of Israel’s Likud Party. The focus is balkanizing the Middle East, undermining Arab nationalism, installing US-Israeli client regimes, and controlling the regions prodigious natural resources. It is a straightforward strategy for regional hegemony. This is the real split between the parties, not the meaningless Democrat-Republican labels. Presently, the traditional imperialists have regained the upper-hand because the Bush bandwagon has swerved off the road and into the ditch.

What’s important for voters is that neither party has any intention of restoring the Bill of Rights, slowing the outsourcing of jobs, or abandoning the war on terror.

MIKE WHITNEY lives in Washington state. He can be reached at: fergiewhitney@msn.com_