Dear Howard Dean: Why Bother?
December 13, 2005
By Ernest Partridge, The
Dr. Howard Dean, Chair
Democratic National Committee
Dear Dr. Dean,
Every week I get dozens of solicitations from the Democratic National
Committee, from the Democratic Senate and Congressional Campaign
Committees, or from various Democratic candidates and office-holders,
each of them asking for contributions. "You can help us achieve
victory next November," I am told.
If by "victory" is meant a majority vote cast at the
polls, then the Democrats achieved "victory" in 2000,
2002 and 2004. And yet, the Republicans remain in control of the
Congress and the White House.
Small wonder! Republicans build the voting machines, Republicans
write the secret software, Republicans count and compile the totals.
The Republican machines allow no auditing of the vote totals they
report. So Republicans have the ability to "win" elections,
regardless of the will of the voters. There is compelling evidence
that they have done just that.
And so, if nothing is done to end the privatization of our elections
and to introduce reliable verification, the Republicans will "win"
again in November 2006 and then in 2008. Today, eleven months before
the mid-term election, the outcome is fore-ordained – as certain
as Soviet elections under Stalin, and Iraqi elections under Saddam.
For, as Stalin said, "Those who cast the votes decide nothing, those
who count the votes decide everything."
In the United States today, the GOP counts most of the votes,
and there are no means to verify up to 80% of those votes.
In view of this dreadful situation, when the Democrats ask me
for a contribution I must reply: "What's the point? It's already
been settled! What remains is an empty charade."
The evidence of election fraud is overwhelming. You, Dr. Dean,
are doubtless as aware of that evidence as I am. In fact, along
with millions of fellow citizens, I watched the video
clip of you sitting at a table with Bev Harris, as she simulated
with a computer, in just a few seconds, a "fix" of
an election. If I were to elaborate the evidence of fraud, space
restraints would force me to halt after I had scarcely begun, and
I would never get to other issues I wish to discuss in this letter.
Suffice it to say that several independent statistical analyses
have put the probability of an honest 2004 election as one in several
million. The thirty-plus-point polling discrepancy in last month's
Ohio election reform initiatives are off the probability scale –
in effect, impossible as random error. Attempts to explain away
the 2004 exit poll errors are risibly lame. (For example, the theory
that Republican voters were more reluctant to speak to exit pollsters
is supported by no independent evidence, and fails to explain why
this alleged phenomenon was confined to districts with paperless
e-voting machines, and not found in paper-ballot districts).
Reports of machine failure and error during the 2004 election were
overwhelmingly to the advantage of Bush/Cheney. No one has come
forth with a plausible explanation of how Bush gained an additional
eleven million votes over his 2000 total. (For a "gateway"
into the evidence of voting fraud, see The Crisis Papers pages on
Integrity" and "Election
The evidence of voting fraud and election theft is no secret –
it is out in the open for all to see who are willing to see. In
2000, millions watched as Republican thugs, recruited by Tom DeLay
from Washington congressional offices, stormed and shut down the
voting recount in Miami. The published text of the majority opinion
in Bush v. Gore that handed the 2000 election over to George
Bush is a self-refuting travesty. Books, articles and reports by
Conyers' staff, Fitrakis
and Wasserman, Mark
Crispin Miller, and the Congressional Government
Accountability Office, to name just a few, all testify convincingly
to the vulnerability of the election process and the illegitimacy
of the election results. Occasionally a virtual confession of guilt
is blurted out by a careless GOP operative. For example, as the
votes in the 2004 Presidential election were still being counted,
Republican Congressman Peter King was caught on camera saying "It's
all over but the counting. And we'll take care of the counting."
(You can see
There is no cogent rebuttal to this evidence of voting fraud:
there can't be, for the e-voting machines and compilers have been
designed to forbid rebuttal. The software is secret and there is
no independent record of the votes. Accordingly, so-called "verification"
is nothing more than a re-run of the suspect tallies. Lacking substantive
evidence of the reliability of the voting and compiling machines
and software, all that remains for the defenders of e-voting is
a pathetic plea, "just trust us!" That and ad hominem
attacks on the skeptics: "get over it," "sore losers,"
The response of the mainstream media in the face of all this?
The response of the Democratic Party? Total silence.
The response of the media and the Party to the GAO
report report validating the concerns of the critics? More silence.
Admittedly, with total GOP control of the executive and congressional
branches in Washington, federal investigation and legislation are,
for the moment, out of the question. But elections are administered
on the state and municipal levels where, in many cases, the Democrats
are in control. So I ask again:
- Where are the criminal investigations?
- Where are the civil lawsuits, e.g., by Max Cleland in Georgia,
Walter Mondale in Minnesota, Al Gore in Florida, John Kerry
- Why is appropriate state-level legislation not proposed and
enacted by Democratic majorities?
- Why is the national Democratic Party not publicizing the
I am told that some Democratic politicians are concerned that
if the Party raises a ruckus about voting fraud, the Democratic
base will be discouraged and will stay at home on election day.
Well, so what? If the fix is in on election day, what does it
matter if the voters go to the polls? Why try to close the gate
if the horse has been stolen?
We also hear that the crime of stealing a national election is
so enormous that the GOP wouldn't dare to attempt it.
Why would they not? Computer experts have shown us that the theft
of a national election can be carried out by very few individuals:
the programmers who write the secret software and a few centralized
hackers working in "real time" as the returns start to
come in. We are also told that they can do this without leaving
any trace of their crimes.
Might the perpetrators be deterred by moral qualms or loyalty
to our political institutions?
Get real! We are speaking here of a pack of scoundrels who have
lied to the public in order to launch an illegal war costing tens
of thousands of innocent lives, who have openly violated treaties
and condoned war crimes, who have suspended the civil liberties
guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, who have absconded with the national
treasury and have put our children and their children in permanent
hock, who have sullied the good name and reputation of the United
States before the community of nations. In the face of such manifest
evil, stolen elections are moral chump change.
And consider in addition the stakes faced by these traitors: billions
of dollars from the public treasury "appropriated" into
private accounts and massive tax breaks for Bush's "haves and
have-mores" while the rest of us face an increased tax burden
and a slash in public services. And for many now in the Bush administration
and in the Congress, defeat in the 2006 and 2008 elections would
bring Congressional and Justice Department investigations and indictments
followed by hard time in the federal slammer.
In the face of all this, who can doubt that, if given the opportunity,
they would fix elections in order to keep their ill-gotten booty
and their immunity from prosecution? And it is abundantly clear
that they have this opportunity.
When the defenders of e-voting bother to respond to these concerns,
they are heard to demand: "where's the evidence of this alleged
fraud?" As noted above, we have the evidence, compelling at least,
and many believe, conclusive. But such demands radically misconceive
the correct burden of proof. Private citizens and organizations
should not have to take upon themselves the obligation to prove
their franchise either secure or fraudulent. The free citizens of
an authentic democracy have the right to a secure and verifiable
vote, and it is the proper task of the criminal justice system to
secure that right.
So there you have it, Dr. Dean. A massive and ongoing crime is
being committed against our democracy – a democracy which has now,
in effect, been set aside and shut down. A democracy which can only
be restored if we the people rise up and take it back.
Where, in this coming struggle, is the Democratic Party? Is it
an ally of the people and a defender of our Constitution? Or is
it an accomplice to the crime?
The American people are entitled to an answer.
Continuing silence by the Democratic party is, in effect, an answer.
But it is not the answer to which the free citizens of a democracy
Ernest Partridge, Ph.D,
Co-Editor, The Crisis Papers.
Dr. Ernest Partridge is a consultant, writer and lecturer in
the field of Environmental Ethics and Public Policy. He publishes
the website, The
Online Gadfly and co-edits the progressive website, The
Crisis Papers. He is at work on a book, Conscience of a
Progressive, which can be seen in-progress here.
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