Another Fraudulent Election
The terms on which this election was fought out didnâ€™t include the questions: Should the US occupy Iraq or not, or should the repressive laws and policies be reversed? Instead the terms for this election came down to who would be the better commander in chief for the WOT. People who wanted to vote against the occupation couldnâ€™t. People who wanted to vote against the USA PATRIOT Act couldnâ€™t either. That's why I say the will of the people was not exercised in this election.
Black people have had to fight fiercely for every gain. From slave revolts down through people being killed just for trying to register to vote, every step of the way has been marked by struggle to force the authorities to grant basic rights. Now today the right to vote was snatched back from many Black and Latino people.
Earlier this year, Florida's Secretary of State issued a list of 47,000 "felons" who would be ineligible to vote. Most of them were Black. Florida was forced to make the list public, and it was found to contain thousands of errors, including having people who were listed as being convicted in the future. This is on top of the 94,000 people, again mostly Black, who were stricken from the voting rolls by a similarly error filled list in 2000, most of whom have not still not been put back on the voting lists.
Ohio used an old state law about the kind of paper voter registrations must be on to invalidate newly registered Black voters. The Republican Party lined up thousands of â€œpoll watchers,â€? who are really political thugs, to challenge Latinos and Blacks to present proof that they are citizens or that they live in the precinct they're voting in on Election Day. This is another rerun of 2000 when some â€œpoll watchersâ€? wore shirts that falsely implied they were federal police to intimidate people from even trying to vote. Additionally, corporations tied to the Republicans have made electronic voting machines that leave no way to check the accuracy of their count that was used in states across the country.
All this is on top of the way the criminal injustice system works to criminalize Black and Latino people. Youth of color are routinely jacked up by the cops, beaten down and arrested for nothing more than being the wrong color or having been in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is part of the reason why half of the 2 million people in jail in the US are Black. Bush and company have disenfranchised millions of Black and other minority voters.
This is what the Republicans did in 2000, and the Democrats let them get
away with it. They didn't build a fight to stop it and stood in the way of others who wanted to fight it. Things must be different this time. There must be massive resistance to any and all attempts by Bush and company to steal the presidency again. Much is at stake. Bush and company have set the country on a dangerous courseâ€”A â€œWar On Terrorâ€? (WOT), which is really a power move aimed at keeping the US the dominant imperialist power in the world. It includes the illegitimate, immoral and illegal occupation of Iraq, an intensifying repressive clamp down in the US and the promise of more wars and more repression for generations to come. The attempts to steal the election through thuggery and manipulating the vote count is an extension of the direction they have the country on. Many, many people are agonizing over what can and must be done to stop all this.
I have to say that voting Bush out wasnâ€™t going to reverse this direction. Kerry and the Democrats provide no answer to this. The terms on which this election was fought out didnâ€™t include the questions: Should the US occupy Iraq or not, or should the repressive laws and policies be reversed? Instead the terms for this election came down to who would be the better commander in chief for the WOT. People
who wanted to vote against the occupation couldnâ€™t. People who wanted
to vote against the USA PATRIOT Act couldnâ€™t either. That's why I say the will of the people was not exercised in this election.
We couldnâ€™t rely on the Democrats to lead the fight to stop Bush and his
crew from stealing the election. We have to take the initiative into our hands and rely on ourselves to win this fight. There must be massive opposition to this and to the whole agenda Bush and company have set in motion.
There is leadership that exists to lead the masses in doing just that. Bob Avakian, has analyzed the accomplishments and shortcomings of previous revolutionary societies and developed a vision of how to make revolution and how to involve the masses of people in building a new society.
A society that is no longer dominated by a rich capitalist class, where whites no longer lord it over people of color and men no longer dominate women. Avakian is addressing all the questions that would confront us in preparing for and making revolution here in the belly of the beast, as we used to put it in the 1960'S. (Interested readers can find writings by Avakian at www.bobavakian.net.)
It is intolerable that Bush and company stole this election. It is a reflection of how serious things are in the US that they can't even allow the election to go down without the group in power trying to rig the result. This can't be allowed to happen.
Carl Dix is a longtime revolutionary political activist. A Vietnam-era veteran, Carl was one of the Fort Lewis 6â€“active duty GIâ€™s who refused orders to Vietnam in 1970. To contact Carl, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (866) 841-9139
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