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Tuesday, 20 July 2004

Cancelling Elections

The Nation is reporting that several states cancelled their Republican primary elections. Why? Because Bush would "obviously" win. Except that instates that did have Republican primaries, up to 30% of registered Republicans voted for Bush challengers. Even a lot of Republicans hate Bush. How do you win an election when every body hates you? Get the voters to stay home. Swing voters hate Bush. Leftists hate Bush. Center-right people hate bush. Only neocons and the far-far right still like Bush. So all you have to do is make sure that only super-conservative people vote. Luckily, the more negative your campaign is, the more likely that folks will stay home. And the more centrist - center-left people are, the more likely they are to stay home. If you go negative enough, only the ultra right wing will show up to vote. Except even that might not work (although I'm sure Fox will be encouraging folks to vote). So why not just cancell elections? They did it in the primaries. Clearly democracy is not that important anymore.

We cannot let them cancell the elections. Alas, they could. The constitution only stipulated that the electoral college must cast ballots. Direct election of the president came from an act of congress, not the constitution. If congress passed it, they could suspend it. What sort of actions should we take to raise aweareness and communicate our rejection of this idea?

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