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John Q. Citizen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-14-05 01:36 PM
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34. Thanks for your OP as well as this discussion. I'm enjoying
it.

I think the Corporate Media (particularly as embodied by the Media Consortium, or whatever they change their name to)is indubitably and deeply involved in our election system and has a strong incentive to maintain the status quo.

That said, We see Members of Congress like Conyers et al, and a few Senators actually "getting it." They haven't been media raped. Also, the timidity of many members to address this issue seems more like an election liability (both politically and structurally, as in are their votes being screwed with?)than like a good safe political choice.

Given that about half the electorate has already decided that registering, let alone voting, is a waste of time, I would say the man on the street does "get it" at least on a very basic level.
And beyond that, it doesn't take a computer scientist to realize that voting in pixels alone is just plain ripe for exploitation. Many people know at a gut level that something stinks, whether they know a DRE from a punch card machine.

I think the reason Democrats aren't, as a whole, more concerned with this issue is complex.
For one thing, I think there is, at some level, the complicity of some Democrats..
Secondly, if the legitimacy of the system is called into question, that calls into question the legitimacy of every elected member of congress and the entire government itself.
And lastly, Joe Blow isn't pissed off but ill at ease. They just quit voting or vote and hope that it's all OK.


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