Sat. Jun 22nd, 2024


by Ken Carman
 So we are half way through yet another wasted year. “Wasted” because we argue about what Hillary could have done, didn’t do, how much she was disliked, how the party screwed Bernie, how Bernie people screwed Hillary, how the party sucks, how we have to appeal to the Trump base or we’ll lose , how we have to appeal to moderates or we’ll lose , how we have to appeal to progressives or we’ll lose, and how every candidate except maybe… doesn’t come up to snuff.
 All these ‘reasons:” no matter how accurate, or not, are insignificant, minor, tiny, microscopic, infinitesimally small. While we have been doing this for at least 20 years, with slight variations, Republicans, ALEC and their other enablers have been breaking the voting systems of this country state, by state, by state. If anything Georgia should have been a wake up call, but it seems we have fallen back asleep, or at least into old patterns. They are so brazen about it the guy who won that election, Kemp, was the one who decided who gets to vote in his own election, where the good machines went, where too few machines were sent, early voting or not, and most important who got tossed out because some Kemp appointed bureaucrat deliberately mis-entered names of those suspected of going to vote politically incorrect. Now probably coming to a precinct near you, or yours: Exact Match, or some re-branded version of the same %$#! thing.
 It been so brazen. So obvious. All of this since Gore was ripped off because a bipartisan complete recount of the votes was deemed embarrassing, since equal protection apparently is only for Republicans who might lose an election when all votes are counted.
 I am proud of our candidates who fought to have each vote counted state by state, by state in 2018. Not sure that’s enough now. Early this morning, I think it was on the replay of The Dean Obeidallah Show, a true frightening thing was predicted by a guest. I was typing so I didn’t catch who it was. The prediction was if you think it bad we lost but still won the popular by almost 3 million last time, we may lose yet win by almost 5 millions next time.
 But most of us seem to rather claim “it doesn’t have that much effect… (REALLY? Georgia? One incredible anomaly: 3 million, 3X as much as any presidential election EVER? 3 severely election fraud compromised states? Not that much effect?)
 They aren’t breaking the system to stop any specific candidate. They are breaking it to assure we have a one party nation with a two party façade… IF even that. It won’t matter one damn bit WHO, don’t you get it? You still think the system is still fair enough that who goes after the prize is all that matters? They know exactly what they’re doing. Have you seen those stupid red maps Repubs have been proudly showing around to indicate they are the true majority? As if deer, bear, beaver, porcupines, trees, grass and sand get to vote too. Land mass shouldn’t decide whose vote counts more.
 This has been all about smashing a system: a system that by its very nature increasingly offers ACTUAL “unequal protection” for everyone but the right. Voting is controlled by each individual state right down to local precincts: who gets appointed, who gets elected, who controls the elections, who gets to vote, who has more obstructions put in their way. Some get to vote by mail. Some can only vote on the day they’re working. Some have to drive many, many miles and stand for many hours in long lines. At my lily white, quite conservative, precinct we breeze right through. But even then, once I vote a poll worker I know takes the cartridge out of the machine I just voted on into a backroom and does whatever, in private.
 I worked with him when I was a poll worker and Mr. Right Winger tried to start a political argument with me for no apparent reason. Long hair, maybe? And why is it I’ve never seen him pull the cartridge from the Republican machine when we vote by party? Is he erasing politically inconvenient votes? Do you think asking would reveal the truth? Silly you.
 Ah, the ‘glorious’ wonders of the machines and The Help America (NOT)Vote Act. Machines built by companies with Republican connections. Machines with proprietary software that have been known to flip votes. Machines that when they ‘breakdown,’ like in Ohio during Kerry/Bush, have their votes sent off to a Republican server in Tennessee. In another Ohio district they shut down the precinct, threw out all the Dem observers, and the Republicans counted the votes.
 Anyone think Republicans have relaxed since then and it’s all good now, or even gotten better? Still being silly?
 I haven’t even mentioned foreign interference. Even if you discount The Mueller Report, Black Box Voting, experts like Malcolm Nance, what the hell is wrong with making sure our systems are secure? Oh, maybe because it might help PREVENT cheating?
 No, I fear we may be in big trouble. We’ve already wasted half of yet another year. Meanwhile the voting gremlins are hard at work.

Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 40 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks, and into the unseen cracks and crevasses, that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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By Ken Carman

Retired entertainer, provider of educational services, columnist, homebrewer, collie lover, writer of songs, poetry and prose... humorist, mediocre motorcyclist, very bad carpenter, horrid handyman and quirky eccentric deluxe.

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