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View Diary: Proper Framing of the Voting Fraud Issue (130 comments)

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  •  I'm recommending. This (none)
    is important info.  We need to get Hagel in the hot seat.  We need support the Bev Harris effort.  There's another recommended diary on Florida's that's off the mark.  
    This one is on point and the rational, reasonable way to go.
    •  Thank you... (4.00)
      and all the others who recommended this diary. I do believe Thomas Paine hit the nail exactly on the head with his observation that "To take away [the right to vote] is to reduce a man to slavery."

      If the Republican Party possesses the ability to manipulate and control the outcome of elections without fear of discovery or censure, experience and common sense tells us they will most certainly use it.  If the integrity of the process has indeed been subverted - and the evidence to support that contention now seems overwhelming - than true democracy no longer exists in America, and the whole voting process is reduced to an empty and meaningless charade.

      I think everyone needs to ask themselves: What would I do if the current regime reinstituted actual slavery, and human beings were once again being bought and sold in the public marketplace? What would be the intensity of my opposition? How far would I be willing to go in terms of active resistance and civil disobedience?

      I really believe that the real issue here is that the Republicans' stealth campaign to strip the citizenry of its right to exercise control over the government is in many ways the imposition of a sophisticated, 21st Century form of slavery, and that people like Thomm Hartmann, Greg Palast and Bev Harris represent the new generation of abolishionists. And that all of us who support their cause are going to need to summon up the same level of dedication and intensity of commitment of the original Abolitionists if we're to have any serious hope of prevailing in our struggle.

      I think the essential difference between a democratic and a despotic government can be summed up as follows: In the former case, those in power are servants of the people; in the latter, the people are servants of those in power.

      Can there be any real doubt in anyone's mind which of those two options best describes the current reality in America?  For the sake of our children, future generations, and our fellow inhabitants of this earth, we desperately need to join this battle, and to win it.

      •  That quote is worthy of Paine (none)
        I think the essential difference between a democratic and a despotic government can be summed up as follows: In the former case, those in power are servants of the people; in the latter, the people are servants of those in power.

        Damn. If you wrote that, it is worthy of Paine or Jefferson or Frankin or the Federalist papers. If you pulled it from one of the above, let us know the citation. If you wrote it, YOU NEED TO RUN FOR OFFICE.

        •  Thanks (none)
          That quote is original with me, as far as I know. Sorry to say I possess neither the temperment nor the resume to run for elective office, but I do appreciate the suggestion.

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