Sunday, July 11, 2004

scared yet?

So the Bush camp is still talking about ways to delay or even cancel the next presidential elections in the event of a terrorist attack. They're so excited about this possibility that they've basically given any potential terrorists a calendar to follow: the August surprise, or Sept 11, or the week before the elections. I've never seen this administration more happy than when they talk about possible future terrorist attacks.

Speaking of schedules, they've even told Pakistan that it would be just peachy if they could deliver up top al-Queda people during the first three days of the Democratic National Convention, to steal the thunder from Kerry's bid. Isn't freedom and democracy *fun*?

Other relevant election bits: once Florida was forced to make public the voter expulsion list that was used to fuck up the last elections, it was discovered that the list was so error-filled that they just threw the whole thing out. Turns out (mere coincidence, I'm sure) that the list of 47000 people largely consisted of people who were black, likely to vote democrat, erroneously labeled as felons, or all of the above, while another known list of thousands of hispanic (who tend to vote republican in Florida) felons was somehow 'accidently' left out. Jeb Bush is being praised for repairing this glaring problem in the voting apparatus by a press that has somehow managed to forget that he's the one who fucked it up in the first place.

And, to no thinking person's surprise (and therefore to the disbelief of much of the US), the Senate's report on the 'intelligence failures' (which inexplicably fails to mention the most important intelligence failure, the president himself) shows that there was no, as in zero, legitimate information that justified the war in Iraq. This was even pointed out at the time by White House analysts, who were told by senior CIA officials that the administration didn't really care if the information was true or not, the war was going to happen either way.

Anyone surprised?

1 Comments:

Blogger krishna said...

"The list of 47000 people largely consisted of people who were black, likely to vote democrat, erroneously labeled as felons, or all of the above, while another known list of thousands of Hispanic (who tend to vote republican in Florida) felons was somehow 'accidently' left out."

Sometimes, democracy is such a sham that I am inclined to side with Pope and say," "For Forms of Government let fools contest; whatever is best administered is best."
Are we talking about Bihar, here? Bihar is a state in India where booth capturing( The supporters of a candidate enter a polling booth forcibly and cast the votes while the intimidated voters look askance) and doctoring of electoral rolls to favour a particular party, are rampant. Not that these malpractices do not take place elsewhere but in Bihar, they are more a rule than an exception. Our Election commission has devised elaborate procedures to ensure a free and fair poll and as a result, the cost of conducting an election runs into few hundred crores, an expenditure that a developing country can ill afford.
I am amazed that such an incident could occur in U.S where the literacy and awareness levels are high. Politicians can stoop to any level to gain power! Shaw was right!
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