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1 Year Ago Today -- History Made WITH NO NEWS REPORTING -- Vote this up!
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Well my fellow DUers, it was a year ago today that I think was one of the high water marks for DU in its entire history.

Do you recall what it was?

You probably don't. And you're a DUer!

Even sadder is that most of our fellow 300 million citizens have even less of a clue...

You see, last year on January 6th, a little something happened in Congress for the very first time. Never before, since the rules were set up back in 1877 for the electoral college system, had the votes from a state been questioned. Not only that, in terms of "he-said-she-said" news, the statements in that special joint session of Congress were more numerous and more intense than ever before or ever since -- and yet the news barely brought it up -- thanks for nothing media!

It was the pivotal point in the absconding of the 2004 election (yes I said absconding, look it up, it means 'to leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution').

Truth be told, our system was set up with actual checks and balances, and despite the erosion over the years, their echoes still exist in the actual rules defined by the constitution:
Not anticipating the development of a two-party system, the Framers believed that electors would cast votes for a large range of candidates from various states and that nearly every election would go to the House of Representatives for a final decision.
The bottom line up front is the rules we play by, the Constitution, with the clarity of a ringing bell, laid out that the Congress is the ultimate arbiter of the administrative branch, in fact Congress is even above the Judicial branch. All power flows down through Congress, and specifically, the House of Representatives was designed to hire and fire the administration.

It doesn't take a political scientist to tell you that those original intentions have been thrown upside down and done a few back flips. In 2006, a scant 230 years since we started calling ourselves United, we find ourselves with a virtual one-party system.

After all the fervor and fever of the 2004 election impossibilities, everyone here on DU knows deep in their heart that no matter what, there IS a chance 2006 and 2008 will go down with our collective thumbs up there, shaking our collective heads saying "but I thought we had that covered..." (Didn't Kerry have 20 THOUSAND lawyers at the ready??!)

This anniversary remembrance is here to help us celebrate the voice that poured out through us, through DU, through the country ultimately. A voice revolted by knowledge of deep corruptions and even deeper cover ups. A voice ultimately muffled by a media overtaken by its own infestation. A year later we have more than enough proof of the complicity of the press, and the very act of not reporting the events of January 6th can now quite readily be seen as the proof that there was guilt to be hidden, that there were crimes being covered up. The only event that has the actual power of choosing the president and the administration was relegated lines like "Two members of congress raised a question..." when every journalist knew there were four of the most HEATED hours of debate EVER in Congress. Shame on them all.

To refresh your memory let me illustrate a short timeline:

---> November 2 2004 -- First there was an election day in which all signs pointed towards No More Years for the Republican Administration -- All signs -- and then everything came down, and I mean EVERYTHING, the governance of 300 million people, came down to results of just one state, where 5,627,545 votes came down to a difference of only 118,599 ... a total of 118,599 out of 121,068,715 total citizens decided the election -- it was like 1000 people were brought together to decide the election, and only ONE person actually got to vote! One person... one king... no surprise huh?
---> The rest of November saw the flowing of a thick mucous called the "Political Capital" of a "Mandate". While most of the country marched on oblivious, DU was a hotbed of outrage and investigation. Perhaps even for the first time in history thousands and thousands of people were able to learn and share their learning about the workings and malfunctions of government in real time as it happened.
---> December's blogosphere went where no MSM but KO would go, casting our gaze on a unending stream of irregularities and the efforts to prove the count was fair it self. Most Americans surely don't even know there was multiple statewide recount efforts, nor would they know the blatant fetters put upon them by even more blatantly corrupt state officials. Some days got down right comical.
---> <invisible event on January 6> haha
---> It wasn't even three months after the election that the cracks started to become sublime: remember that just 20 days after today's anniversary was the press conference where "Mandate" suddenly became "Man Date"!! The blogs were buzzing and it seemed like Level 1 one here would never end!

Now it's a year later. If not for people standing up that day, across the internet and across the Congress, surely the fear and bullying would see us today living in a world where Delay and Abramoff would be dining with the president.

If you can, remember how you felt that day, how it was to see the door close on the hopes of real democratic action in government. The day of the Boxer Rebellion. The day the constitution enshrined to protect the election. It's worth remembering.

It'd be great to see some pictures and hear stories people can remember about their online and RL experiences that day, so please reply and dredge up that crazy day where CSPAN let us hear those croaking words, "For what purpose does the gentlewoman from Ohio rise?" DU and the rest of the blogosphere brought to the surface every emotion imaginable that day. Hope, Joy, Disbelief, Despair. What did you go through? Anger? Anger was one a lot of people felt, and still feel.

1770 saw the British massacre Boston, which lead five years later to a little political action you might still remember from history class.

"Make no mistake" was in fact not a funny catch phrase, it was a direct command from the chief to every one of his hired hands to make sure they could commit their acts devious or criminal and not be caught.

They KNEW January 6 would have been the only day their mistakes might have mattered, but their hard work and diligent efforts ended up stealing the show. Literally. Thanks again go to the media, shame on them. The proof is in the pudding, and in a in a way that no one can deny, pudding is what the media should be called that day.

The future depends on the past to not forget. Add your vote and your voice so the future can remember that there are moments in history that can change the course of events, and next time DONT LET IT HAPPEN AGAIN!
January 6, 2001 failed.
January 6, 2005 failed.
What about 2009, 2013, 2017, 2021, 2025, or 2029? May our small part of vigilance help if needed on some January 6 in the near or distant future.

The price of "America's Liberty" should be "America's Eternal Vigilance"

Eternal vigilance is the price of libertypower is ever stealing from the many to the few. The hand entrusted with power becomes the necessary enemy of the people. Only by continual oversight can the democrat in office be prevented from hardening into a despot: only by unintermitted Agitation can a people be kept sufficiently awake to principle not to let liberty be smothered in material prosperity(want more liberty quotes to inspire you?

And finally let me say there's no way I would remember any of this myself if it were not for one person, here on DU, who's incredible efforts forced me to see all of the truth in a way I couldn't deny -- no matter how much I'd prefer to have given up on politics altogether swearing it all off as foolish as tilting a windmills. The numbers didn't lie. They were true every different way they came up. Proof after statistical proof piled on, cutting the wiggle room of denial further and further and further. Until, like some ancient disbeliever doing the math that proved the Sun actually DIDNT revolve around the Earth, forcing the loss of their religion, it forced me to lose the very last grip of my religion -- the sad naivet of not noticing a political coup.

Truth Is All -- You have my everlasting thanks and my eternal hope that the efforts of everyone end up bringing our country, our place in the world!, back into line with the now-so-lofty aspirations it was supposedly founded upon.

Heck, maybe even one day we'll see the wheels revolve to where our ancestors would be pleased.

The spell had been broken. Bush would not ascend to his second term in office without at least some measure of irregularity questioning the legitimacy of the process. The emperor's new clothes would receive some public exposure, if only for a brief moment. But, that moment may become a reference point in history that will mark the beginning of the second American Revolution. Report on Washington DC, January 6, 2005

Today is a real Patriot's Day.

Still a year on, steeled against all, {B^) FULL_METAL_HAT
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  -1 Year Ago Today -- History Made WITH NO NEWS REPORTING -- Vote this up! FULL_METAL_HAT  Jan-06-06 10:50 PM   #0 
  - Some links here.  FULL_METAL_HAT   Jan-06-06 10:52 PM   #1 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-07-06 12:02 AM   #26 
  - I truly fail to see the humor of this post...  feelthebreeze   Jan-07-06 12:06 AM   #28 
     - trying to point out the lack of dignity and courage that this moment  FULL_METAL_HAT   Jan-07-06 12:23 AM   #33 
        - Your phrasing is also somewhat confusing.  tblue37   Jan-07-06 05:11 AM   #53 
  - Anyone good @ DU archive searching? Some old links would be great!  FULL_METAL_HAT   Jan-07-06 12:29 AM   #36 
  - I was at the rally outside the Capitol that day. Pics:  electropop   Jan-07-06 10:35 AM   #69 
     - I'm in your picture! Orange vest...front  breathe peace   Jan-07-06 07:11 PM   #117 
        - Welcome to DU!!!  fooj   Jan-08-06 02:19 AM   #135 
        - Thanks!  breathe peace   Jan-08-06 09:28 AM   #137 
        - Likewise, welcome!  electropop   Jan-08-06 06:13 PM   #141 
           - Sign me up...  breathe peace   Jan-08-06 09:00 PM   #142 
  - 300 more inspiring quotes (linked properly this time!!)  FULL_METAL_HAT   Jan-07-06 08:45 AM   #58 
     - Don't forget George Orwell's on who has the power to say 2+2= whatever  EVDebs   Jan-07-06 09:24 AM   #62 
  - RECOMMENDED. It was our last hope, we survived by a prayer! PICTURES  autorank   Jan-06-06 10:53 PM   #2 
  - This was a great, great day. Here's a take you've not heard, maybe  autorank   Jan-06-06 11:27 PM   #12 
     - Actually they had Gore in a perfect storm...  FULL_METAL_HAT   Jan-06-06 11:33 PM   #14 
        - I remember that but the drama is tempered by the weak kneed...  autorank   Jan-07-06 12:07 AM   #29 
  - I was here and remember it well.  Acryliccalico   Jan-06-06 10:56 PM   #3 
  - Come on, if you remember, tell a little story -- for the children! :^> n/t  FULL_METAL_HAT   Jan-06-06 11:03 PM   #5 
  - Yes, FMH, we need to remember this date.  Al-CIAda   Jan-06-06 10:56 PM   #4 
  - I can't believe I ranted and didn't even mention ERD2004!! LOL  FULL_METAL_HAT   Jan-06-06 11:17 PM   #11 
     - I joined on 11/22/1004. Very specifically came to ERD2004.  sfexpat2000   Jan-06-06 11:36 PM   #16 
     - you joined 1,000 years ago?  Faye   Jan-07-06 12:40 AM   #38 
     - LOL! And you said, time flies!  sfexpat2000   Jan-07-06 12:44 AM   #40 
     - I joined November 10,2004 while organizing the CASE Ohio "Fight for  mod mom   Jan-07-06 08:54 AM   #59 
        - Those who were in Columbus were in *awe* - that day saved my sanity  IndyOp   Jan-07-06 10:49 AM   #70 
           - That was actually a different event that you are talking about-the first  mod mom   Jan-07-06 12:30 PM   #85 
     - It was inspiring to the point that the ERD'04 was the only board I  Al-CIAda   Jan-07-06 12:11 AM   #30 
        - Me too! At first I didn't even know there were other forums! LOL  FULL_METAL_HAT   Jan-07-06 12:35 AM   #37 
           - i was the same way.  Faye   Jan-07-06 12:43 AM   #39 
  - Kick and recommended!  RagingInMiami   Jan-06-06 11:04 PM   #6 
  - the Boxer Rebellion  crispini   Jan-06-06 11:09 PM   #7 
  - More.  Zan_of_Texas   Jan-06-06 11:37 PM   #18 
     - Talk about irony, the DeLay quote. Zan you nailed it.  autorank   Jan-07-06 12:00 AM   #25 
        - I second that. The juxtaposition of Conyers and Delay and  sfexpat2000   Jan-07-06 12:23 PM   #83 
  - What a year....  stillcool47   Jan-06-06 11:09 PM   #8 
  - Here's some flowers to share on Patriot's Day :)  FULL_METAL_HAT   Jan-06-06 11:14 PM   #10 
  - Thank you, FMH  sfexpat2000   Jan-06-06 11:11 PM   #9 
  - wow. i totally forgot  Faye   Jan-06-06 11:30 PM   #13 
  - do you mind if i repost this somewhere else?  Faye   Jan-06-06 11:34 PM   #15 
  - Please Post away -- Patriot's Day deserves wide exposure!  FULL_METAL_HAT   Jan-06-06 11:41 PM   #19 
     - i just found....  Faye   Jan-06-06 11:54 PM   #23 
        - "There's an old saying in Tennesse--I know it's in Texas, probably in ....  FULL_METAL_HAT   Jan-07-06 12:14 AM   #31 
        - i like to say regards to the past two elections  Faye   Jan-07-06 12:21 AM   #32 
        - more about that day....  Faye   Jan-07-06 01:11 AM   #44 
        - Hi Faye...  fooj   Jan-08-06 02:23 AM   #136 
  - Thank you FULL_METAL_HAT  kster   Jan-06-06 11:37 PM   #17 
  - Hard to believe it's been a year.  nicknameless   Jan-06-06 11:43 PM   #20 
  - Excellent Post and Happy Election Reform Anniversary Truth Seekers!  radio4progressives   Jan-06-06 11:49 PM   #21 
  - thanks for the reminder FMH of those solemn and bittersweet few hours.  stellanoir   Jan-06-06 11:53 PM   #22 
  - It was the next day that I joined DU and took my moniker...  feelthebreeze   Jan-06-06 11:57 PM   #24 
  - Sure-- I remembered  ginnyinWI   Jan-07-06 12:03 AM   #27 
  - Kicked, recommended and bookmarked! Thank you for this! n/t  Nothing Without Hope   Jan-07-06 12:26 AM   #34 
  - Thanks for the memories.! K&R  DemInDistress   Jan-07-06 12:27 AM   #35 
  - 30 votes ain't too bad so far, but 365, one for each day would be AWESOME!  FULL_METAL_HAT   Jan-07-06 12:49 AM   #41 
  - I remember every moment of this day .... K&R.  understandinglife   Jan-07-06 01:04 AM   #42 
  - Kick for those in the House who showed they have spine. n/t  Hissyspit   Jan-07-06 01:07 AM   #43 
  - I was outside of CBS Headquarters in NYC- protesting  FogerRox   Jan-07-06 01:22 AM   #45 
     - Damn, you were in the belly of the best.  autorank   Jan-07-06 01:49 AM   #47 
        - yes the Black Rock Building-- handing out flyers "Kerry won"  FogerRox   Jan-07-06 10:01 AM   #64 
  - A year already.....that day is a milestone for the PUSH BACKERS  northerdar   Jan-07-06 01:46 AM   #46 
  - Welcome to DU northerdar!!!  autorank   Jan-07-06 01:53 AM   #48 
     - I agree there will be a time of reckoning. but what will it be?  northerdar   Jan-07-06 02:17 AM   #49 
        - Every day they reckon with themselves, even if just briefly, as do we.  autorank   Jan-07-06 03:03 AM   #50 
           - Thinking of going to the USA south west this February  northerdar   Jan-07-06 10:54 AM   #71 
  - I guess this date was resonating in my subconscious, because I had just...  Peace Patriot   Jan-07-06 03:04 AM   #51 
  - This Tread Made My Day (And Night!!) ....3:03 a.m. Central  loudsue   Jan-07-06 03:07 AM   #52 
  - No news reporting and no one else I knew apparently aware or concerned.  eomer   Jan-07-06 07:41 AM   #54 
  - Awesome Reminder FullMetalHat Thanks..." alone in the corner  texpatriot2004   Jan-07-06 07:52 AM   #55 
  - K&R  bpilgrim   Jan-07-06 08:20 AM   #56 
  - Thanks are in order to the Patriot's that day:  FULL_METAL_HAT   Jan-07-06 08:37 AM   #57 
  - I am so happy to see all on this thread! Freaking Out!  Cults4Bush   Jan-07-06 11:21 AM   #75 
  - Jan 6th, the day Barbara became a folk-hero  mikelewis   Jan-07-06 09:00 AM   #60 
  - yes Title should have been: January 6th--Patriots Day. THE BOXER REBELLION  FULL_METAL_HAT   Jan-07-06 09:11 AM   #61 
     - Thanks for the Patriots' Day Remembrance Thread FMH  freedomfries   Jan-07-06 10:06 AM   #65 
  - THANK YOU, Patriots!!!  troubleinwinter   Jan-07-06 09:52 AM   #63 
  - hey I just posted that below as well. Wasn't sure how many remembered  Cults4Bush   Jan-07-06 11:18 AM   #74 
     - Glad you posted it too! It's great to look at our patriots agian!  troubleinwinter   Jan-07-06 11:30 AM   #76 
  - I went to school as usual because I didn't have enough faith.  MelissaB   Jan-07-06 10:08 AM   #66 
  - K&R.  Kurovski   Jan-07-06 10:22 AM   #67 
  - Never Surrender -- -- Never Forget  Senator   Jan-07-06 10:26 AM   #68 
  - Kick  sfexpat2000   Jan-07-06 11:12 AM   #72 
  - ! a project born and bred on DU... check it out!  Cults4Bush   Jan-07-06 11:17 AM   #73 
  - Check out this linked history of  Cults4Bush   Jan-07-06 11:47 AM   #78 
     - The planning threads made me laugh out loud!  sfexpat2000   Jan-07-06 12:16 PM   #81 
  - it was the best of times and the worst of times  nashville_brook   Jan-07-06 11:34 AM   #77 
  - I could be wrong but, the Florida State constitution reads similar to  The Backlash Cometh   Jan-07-06 11:48 AM   #79 
  - No, not quite right  Senator   Jan-07-06 12:12 PM   #80 
     - Thanks Senator.  The Backlash Cometh   Jan-07-06 03:24 PM   #102 
  - So how come that DU Election Reform Forum thingy ain't on the front pg? nt  Bill Bored   Jan-07-06 12:17 PM   #82 
  - Good question. Without clean elections, whadda we got?  sfexpat2000   Jan-07-06 12:25 PM   #84 
     - W/O clean election we have bu$hland-formerly known as the United States of  mod mom   Jan-07-06 12:34 PM   #86 
        - Thank you for your work in OH, mod mom. I remember  sfexpat2000   Jan-07-06 12:40 PM   #87 
           - Someday I hope to return to my former life, but until we restore democracy  mod mom   Jan-07-06 01:04 PM   #89 
              - Right on!  sfexpat2000   Jan-07-06 01:09 PM   #91 
  - Brilliant!!!  lala_rawraw   Jan-07-06 12:53 PM   #88 
  - Thank you for this thread!  fooj   Jan-07-06 01:05 PM   #90 
  - What the thieves never consider about stealing a democratic election...  1democracy   Jan-07-06 01:25 PM   #92 
     - When elections no longer belong to the American people...  Dr_eldritch   Jan-07-06 04:59 PM   #108 
        - The rat bastards WILL burn in hell.  fooj   Jan-07-06 08:27 PM   #121 
  - Some memories, and some pictures.  bleever   Jan-07-06 01:46 PM   #93 
  - wow 90 votes for the greatest page, do I hear 100 votes-- COME ON  FogerRox   Jan-07-06 01:52 PM   #95 
  - "Prove it!"  sfexpat2000   Jan-07-06 02:54 PM   #98 
  - I read this post a couple of hours ago and  MelissaB   Jan-07-06 04:37 PM   #106 
     - Thanks, MelissaB.  bleever   Jan-07-06 07:24 PM   #118 
  - Kick ! Thank you. n/t  pauldp   Jan-07-06 01:50 PM   #94 
  - Kick!  wiley   Jan-07-06 02:23 PM   #96 
  - And thus marked the beginning of the end for the Corporate-Dominated...  ClassWarrior   Jan-07-06 02:41 PM   #97 
  - Proud to give this thread its 100th vote for the Greatest page  klook   Jan-07-06 02:56 PM   #99 
  - Woohoo!  fooj   Jan-07-06 03:03 PM   #100 
     - YES  FogerRox   Jan-07-06 03:11 PM   #101 
  - Kick  sfexpat2000   Jan-07-06 03:56 PM   #103 
  - come on pump this sucker up--are ya watching football?  FogerRox   Jan-07-06 03:58 PM   #104 
     - Kick  sfexpat2000   Jan-07-06 04:26 PM   #105 
        - But the part about no news reporting is not quite true.  BerryBush   Jan-07-06 04:45 PM   #107 
           - recommend this thread please  FogerRox   Jan-07-06 05:03 PM   #109 
           - Keith is a gift. We really needed him -- not on our side  sfexpat2000   Jan-07-06 05:46 PM   #113 
  - Looking back at my letter to US senators...  Dr_eldritch   Jan-07-06 05:11 PM   #110 
  - Incredible letter - Send it to Kerry !!  IndyOp   Jan-07-06 07:46 PM   #119 
  - At least 25% of Americans at the time believed Bush stole the election.  McCamy Taylor   Jan-07-06 05:17 PM   #111 
  - What these bastards can't fail to realize is that by cutting us out  sfexpat2000   Jan-07-06 05:40 PM   #112 
  - There were so many heroes!  pat_k   Jan-07-06 06:00 PM   #114 
  - Pictures: Demand Democracy Rally in Ohio on January 3rd  pat_k   Jan-07-06 06:20 PM   #115 
  - Faye and Dzika from DU put this video together a few short weeks later.  Cults4Bush   Jan-07-06 06:37 PM   #116 
  - This is the very best!!! It should go all over the net, all the time!!!  autorank   Jan-07-06 07:49 PM   #120 
  - FULL_METAL_HAT...Here is a Treasure you will enjoy!!!  autorank   Jan-07-06 08:33 PM   #122 
  - Thanks to all who posted pix from OH, none of this existed in "reality".  eppur_se_muova   Jan-07-06 09:53 PM   #123 
  - Kick  sfexpat2000   Jan-07-06 10:19 PM   #124 
  - Super Kicked and Screw You Main $tream Media.  fearnobush   Jan-07-06 10:28 PM   #125 
  - The Future is NOW!  pat_k   Jan-07-06 11:04 PM   #126 
  - A Look Back  pat_k   Jan-07-06 11:12 PM   #127 
  - FMH, here's what I'm doing and propose others consider:  understandinglife   Jan-07-06 11:22 PM   #128 
  - January 6th Pictures (Will and Andy, et al)  pat_k   Jan-07-06 11:55 PM   #129 
  - Thanks.  sfexpat2000   Jan-08-06 12:33 AM   #130 
  - Wow...  fooj   Jan-08-06 02:16 AM   #134 
  - January 5th -- Ohio Voters and Advocates DC Press Conference  pat_k   Jan-08-06 12:36 AM   #131 
  - Should DU have a "Greatest This Week" category?  pat_k   Jan-08-06 01:27 AM   #132 
  - Jan. 6, 2005. I remember it well.  LeahD   Jan-08-06 02:00 AM   #133 
  - We will NEVER forget; AND we will use use the memory to motivate  autorank   Jan-08-06 11:38 AM   #138 
  - Dots are being connected in pencil re Abramoff/Ney/Diebold, etc.  LeahD   Jan-08-06 12:19 PM   #139 
  - And time seems to make some forget the Bush/Rove reach-control  Imagevision   Jan-08-06 02:46 PM   #140 

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