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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
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November, 2004

 

November 2004-The Media, The Pollsters, And Takin' It To The Streets
By Carol Sterritt

"It's the End of The World As I Know It and I Feel Fine"-REM
   The Ring Wraiths come out while we are using the ring to gain invisibility. Half of us are Frodo the RingBearer and Half of Us are Samwise. The ring must be thrown back into the volcano of doom. It seems impossible, and we ask, how?
   Thirty years ago, the media would have helped us out a little. But now the media is corporate-controlled, if not out and out shilling for the CIA. Furthermore, most of the media outlets considered to be among the elite of publications do have massive corporate holdings. The New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, etc., are such vast conglomerates that their corporate interests alone dictate that George Dubya's re-election promotes their economic interests. Dubya might not seem like a bright penny, but his tax break strategies are getting him the right votes in the right places. Even those newspapers that unexpectedly endorsed him still do NOT have front page news headlines screaming out loud with the retraction of all the lies that these liars have sold to us as we load our nation's youth onto planes to send them off to kill Iraqi people for what?
   Meanwhile Daily Polls inform us (most of the time) that Bush has a slight edge, or Kerry is neck and neck with Bush. But we have no way of knowing the truth and accuracy of these remarks.
   The Zogby Poll, Field Poll, Chicago Tribune, ABC, CBS, they all report an error margin from 1 to 5%. But if you dig a little bit, you realize that according to a recent Associated Press report, not one of these polls contacts anyone using a cell phone. For one thing, it is illegal to do any soliciting, even polling, using cell phone numbers as a data base. Since five percent of all Americans now have a cell phone as their principle phone communication system, this could be significant. But even more troubling is that 15% of all those Americans between the ages of 18 and 33 are using the cell phone as their only phone. So an even larger error of margin has been created, but it is NOT added in to the final count. And it is not reported to the public. Instead the few times I've heard it commented on, the increase in error margin is dismissed as unimportant.
   This dismissal requires close examination. This generation, not wishing to be cannon fodder, supports Kerry in larger percentages than any other group of us. Older Americans using only cell phones are most likely to be split between the party lines. The younger age bracket is exactly the group that has registered to vote in record droves. Now they are espousing a philosophy that if it was "way cool" to be apolitical four years ago, such an attitude might lead to the deserts outside Fallujah this time around. There it won't be cool at all, but deadly, deadly hot.
   On the only two light notes to come through this week: Oprah endorsed Kerry. Having her on our side also means we have her pulpit should push come to shove after the election. She is worth four dozen Chicago Tribs. Also Nickelodeon released the results of its poll taken among young viewers. The poll results: Kerry 57% and Bush 43%. This poll is the ONLY poll to have predicted the winner in every single presidential election since 1988.
   Those of us working on the Black Box Voting Issue are aware that only through continuing the mindset creation that the election is "too close to call" can Bush re-take the White House through any and all means. At least 61 million of the votes will be counted on machinery that has no paper trail. One of the three companies in charge of the vote tabulator count has already promised George W his victory. So the polls must fall in line and make it look as though it is conceivable that the Bush Crime Family really did capture the hearts and minds of their fellow Americans. Yeah, right...
   So after November 2nd, whatcha' gonna' do? Should Kerry out and out win, despite all these obstacles stacked against him, even then, the Republicans have a heavy card to deal against the Dems. There are at least a half dozen ways that they can challenge a Kerry victory. Several of these scenarios would bring the election back into the realm of the Supreme Court. Can we say "I can't believe that this is happening all over again?"
   Among the most likely of these, should a Colorado voter proposition pass allowing its electoral college votes to be split proportionately between the candidates, not winner take all as usual, then Bush supporters could legally challenge the votes that Kerry receives from Colorado under the new arrangement.
   The Supreme Court contains the same nine justices that ensured that the Florida vote count stop and that handed George W his "victory" the first time around.

Pretend Voter Registrations
   As I write this, other things are of concern. A large voter registration drive is occurring in several states, notably Nevada, where workers are pretending to register new voters. This firm, Sproul and Associates, then instructs its workers to destroy the registration applications for any voter that indicates they will vote Democratic. (The information is asked for on the front of the application.) The new Republican applicants do have their application forms processed. And supposedly no one will be the wiser until Nov. 2nd when the newly registered Democrats will find out that they are not registered at all... Meanwhile there is a short list of "swing states" that seems to get longer: New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania and of course, Florida.
   At least this time around, should the Black Caucus demand that the House of Representatives sign off on its paperwork, there will be at least a half dozen if not more Democrats willing to do so. Once this paperwork is signed, The Black Caucus knows how to legally force the Senate and the House to fully examine such issues as illegally eliminating blacks from voter rolls, and denying provisional ballots to those at a polling place where machines fail to work, etc. This could return a stolen election to its rightful owner.
   Most important in my humble but revolutionary opinion is that we all commit ourselves to "takin' it to the streets." I don't mean getting out your old Doobie Brother records (though that is an okay idea with me too.) I mean, things like massive civil disobedience. The middle and working classes now earn the majority of the taxes handed over to Washington for its War Profiteering Deficit Budget. Most of us pay about 90 to 95% of our income taxes through our weekly or bimonthly paychecks. Stop going to work and the business at hand in Washington shuts down quickly.
   You can pledge to be part of this network. Contact your local Peace and Justice Center. (locally 721 2844). Hit the website http://www.nov3.us/stolenelection.php and pledge yourself body and mind to stand with a nation of committed activists. We need to bring our country home from its nightmare. When, speaking during a debate, Bush gave a quick answer in response to a question critical of Iraq policy, "It takes time to turn a tyranny into a democracy," he said. Well, it's taken less than four years to turn our democracy into a tyranny. We must stop the NeoCons in their tracks. I pledge my life and my soul to this effort, and I know that you will join me. The week of November 2 and 3rd could be the greatest week that this nation has experienced. It won't be great without our help, and perhaps our blood, sweat and tears.

 

 

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