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November 3, 2008

If They Steal the Election this Time…

Filed under: HI Politics — Bart @ 12:56 pm

“Don’t mourn! Organize!”

If they steal the election this time, we cannot become depressed, we must become resolute.

The polls are showing Obama with a good lead in both the nationwide polls and in the state-by-state analysis which focuses on electoral votes.

What is not yet known will be how successful the Republican voter suppression tactics will be this year. In its simplest terms, if Obama is ahead 5% in the polls, will the Republicans be able to suppress over 5% of the vote and steal the election (again)?

I am sometimes skeptical of Greg Palast’s writings, but he makes a strong and convincing case that the Republicans may have ALREADY stolen this election through targeted purges of likely Democratic voters. (See his article here.) I would add to that the tactic of consciously creating long lines in polling places serving Democratic constituencies: black and Latino communities, low-income and working class neighborhoods, college towns.

During early voting, some Florida voters waited 8 to 10 hours to be able to vote! How many had to walk away from the line in order to get to work or take care of family obligations? On election day, we will see long, long lines of voters trying to vote, particularly in Democratic communities and particularly in the “battleground states” of Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado and New Mexico.

If on Tuesday night it begins to smell like the election results are suspect, voters across the state and across the country need to come together to demand every vote be counted, each irregularity investigated. Obama is less likely to concede than the previous candidates, but Kerry had pledged to not concede either. We must strengthen the resolve of Obama’s people. If the election is stolen, it will not be stolen from him, it will be stolen from US!

If the election is stolen on Tuesday, we should be in the streets on Wednesday. If the election results are “in doubt,” we should leave no doubt that WE WILL NOT ACCEPT IT LAYING DOWN! (Nor will we be willing to stagger around sleepwalking, depressed and disoriented. The best response to individual depression will be collective action, collective empowerment. Democracy is too valuable to be given up without a struggle. This is a historic moment: “which side are you on?” Democracy or fascism?

I have read careless remarks online about the need “to riot” if they elections are stolen. While I appreciate the emotions behind such a statement, I strongly suggest demonstrations of support for our democratic rights, opposition to the theft of our rights, leading, if necessary, to mass civil disobedience and non-cooperation.

If the election is stolen, MANY people will be angry and be looking for a response. Let’s anticipate this and put out the call on each island. Each island should decide in advance where is the best place to demonstrate our refusal to accept such a theft. On Oahu, I would suggest people head down to the sidewalk at the Federal Building along Ala Moana Blvd. Bring signs, comfort each other. Embolden each other. Plan our collective response. “Mill around,” talking. We can become a focus of resistance.

Come together. Resist. Defend Democracy. Do not allow the bastards to steal yet another election. For ourselves and for the people of the world who want this American nightmare to end.

Maui people, please respond by suggesting a gathering place on your island. Big Island, East side, do you have a place in Hilo where you generally gather to demonstrate? Let us know! Kona Side? Kauai? Please respond!

Hopefully, Obama’s margin of victory will be enough to overcome the “margin of error” in the polls as well as the “margin of voter suppression” by the Republicans. But let us prepare for the worse while hoping for the best.

I can be reached via email at bedame at hawaii.rr.com

Bart Dame

2 Comments »

  1. I say call a general strike. Everybody just stay home. Demonstrations just makes it easier for them to round you up & take you away.

    Comment by Regina — November 3, 2008 @ 10:36 pm

  2. BIG ISLAND– HILO AREA

    **IN THE EVENT OF MAJOR CURVE BALLS IN THE COMING DAYS (I.E. SUSPENDED/POSTPONED ELECTIONS, OBVIOUS ELECTION TAMPERING, WAR WITH IRAN, ETC. PLEASE PASS THE WORD TO MEET 12 NOON ON THE DAY OF THE CURVE BALL EVENT, (OR THE DAY AFTER IF THE EVENT OCCURS IN THE PM) AT THE HILO BAYFRONT INTERSECTION OF PAUAHI STREET AND KAMEHAMEHA AVE. * IN SUCH AN EVENT PEOPLE EVERYWHERE ARE ENCOURAGED TO ORGANIZE MARCHES AND PROTESTS *

    *1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination: anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, etc. *
    *5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.*
    *Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Ola`a (Kurtistown), *
    *Hawai`i 96760. Phone (808) 966-7622 Email ja@interpac.net http://www.malu-aina.org *
    *Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (October 31, 2008 – 372nd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office *

    Comment by Jim A. — November 4, 2008 @ 1:51 am

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