Thursday, June 22, 2006

Is the United States turning into Mexico?

In other words, a nation where one party uses election fraud to stay in power for decades? That’s what I began to wonder after listening to Mark Crispin Miller talk about the Republicans’ blatant theft of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections on the Kathleen Dunn show on WPR this morning (audio to be posted later at this link).

After all, Mexico was governed by a single party, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), for more than 70 years.
After it was founded in 1929, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) monopolized all the political branches. The PRI did not lose a senate seat until 1988 or a gubernatorial race until 1989. It wasn't until July 2, 2000, that Vicente Fox of the opposition "Alliance for Change" coalition, headed by the National Action Party (PAN), was elected president. His victory ended the Institutional Revolutionary Party's 71-year hold on the presidency.
Miller, the author of “Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & Why They’ll Steal the Next One Too (Unless We Stop Them),”takes an even darker view of the 2004 election than Robert F. Kennedy Jr. did in his recent Rolling Stone cover story.

According to Miller, John Kerry actually won the election by 8 million or more votes. The exit polls were right. One way or another, some 20% of Democratic voters were kept from voting or their votes weren’t counted. And it could happen all over again this fall.

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