imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Self-righteous U.S. should look at its own election

by twospiritwarrior Monday, Dec. 13, 2004 at 7:48 AM

Hypocrisy R US.......Moi?.......Who, me?

Vancouver Sun December 8, 2004

Self-righteous U.S. should look at its own election

By Stephen Hume

In a democracy all citizens are equal. However, among democracies, some

appear to think themselves more equal than others and thus entitled to

self-righteous huffing and puffing where humble self-examination might be

more in order.

George Orwell's send-up of inflated, holier-than-thou rhetoric sprang to

mind as I listened to the fervid tub-thumping in the United States about the

political schemozzle in Ukraine, where democratic process struggles to be

born amid widespread allegations of electoral irregularities.

Piecing the complaints together from various accounts, they seem to include:

Voter turnouts exceeding the number of those registered to vote;

intimidation of voters to either encourage or discourage voting; erroneous

counting of ballots; exit polls which indicated a commanding lead for one

candidate only to have the results turn out to be the opposite, and so on.

Clearly, with thousands of such complaints, Ukraine's election results were

suspect and the people took to the streets demanding another opportunity to

render a decision at the ballot box that's as clean as possible.

So what should we make of the growing list of similar complaints about

alleged irregularities at the polls during the recent U.S. elections?

There, the complaints appear to include: Voter turnouts that exceeded the

number of registered voters; intimidation of some minority voters; erroneous

counting of ballots; exit polls in three key jurisdictions which indicated a

commanding lead for one candidate only to have the results turn out to be

the opposite -- a statistical anomaly against which some scholars reportedly

say the odds are 250 million to one.

It seems to me that the much bigger question for everyone in the U.S.,

Republicans and Democrats alike, should be how their country, which holds

itself up as the paragon of democratic virtue that the world so needs, can

conduct an election that winds up resembling in many respects precisely the

kind of goat show it rails against in Ukraine.

And the question is a fair one. The Americans themselves invite it. The

price of freedom is eternal vigilance, they tirelessly remind themselves and

the rest of us.

It follows that a genuine democracy deserves no less than continuous and

rigorous scrutiny -- and never so much as when those who wrap themselves in

democracy's mantle presume to lecture others about how to conduct political


Let's see, according to one report in the Boston Globe last week, a

non-partisan foundation dedicated to identifying procedural irregularities

has now tabulated 30,000 "election incidents" during the last U.S. vote.

Many of those cited in the Globe bear dismaying similarities to complaints

from Ukraine. And reports cited from other newspapers and now flying around

the blogosphere provide a host of other oddities.

In North Carolina, according to Brian C. Mooney's report in the Globe,

voting machines in one county simply didn't record 4,000 votes. In Ohio,

Nebraska and in Washington State -- where fewer than 50 votes separate the

two candidates for governor -- he reported thousands of ballots were counted

twice. And he reports that in one polling precinct in the key state of Ohio

voting machines registered 3,893 votes for one candidate when only 638

people cast ballots.

And that's just the start of the weirdness.

The Chicago Tribune reported last Saturday that the number of dead people

registered to vote in six key swing states totalled more than 181,000. The

paper's Geoff Dougherty said that in New Mexico, where the margin between

the two candidates was 6,000 votes, 5,000 dead folks were on the voters


This kind of nonsense is inexcusable for an advanced nation which

presumptuously assigns itself as the model to which developing countries

struggling to establish a democracy should aspire.

A country that can go to the moon should be competent to run a clean and

efficient election in which the outcomes are trusted and indisputable.

Better, perhaps, to heed the advice of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who wrote

last week in the Chicago Sun-Times that while his political leaders

pontificate about voting irregularities elsewhere, in the U.S. massive and

systemic irregularities go largely unremarked.

Democracy, Jackson said, should not be for export only.

"Everything faded into mist. The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth."

George Orwell - 1984

Report this post as:

Local News


lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

TheMilitary of Yemen IN In The 1990's A26 5:42PM

The Shortwave Report 04/27/18 Listen Globally! A26 4:03PM

Federal Bank Examiner FDIC recalls year long 1999 robbery in 2017 A26 3:24PM

Doxa du lobby A25 2:03AM

Tech workers organize A24 6:24PM

Architect Stephen Francis Jones A24 3:01PM

UN Forum Wrestles with Economic Policies 10 Years After Financial Crisis Islands Call for A24 12:34PM

Xyloglossie attitudinale A23 8:07AM

What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress?? A21 4:15PM

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy