We often take our right to vote for granted, but in reality it's as fragile as a flower, as vulnerable as an autumn leaf. A stiff wind can blow it away. A heel can grind it into the dust. A heavy rain can flush it down the drain. Thanks to the so-called anti-fraud measures in the Help America Vote Act of 2002, the votes of all too many poor people, minorities and older voters are being suppressed:
It's happening again. For six years, the Democratic Party has been snoozing through a quiet, brilliantly executed Republican operation to block, stop and purge voters by the millions. As New Mexico voting rights attorney John Boyd put it, "I don't think the Democrats get it. All these new rules and games are turning voting into an obstacle course that could flip the vote to the GOP in half a dozen states."That's why it's so important to vote today if you haven't already. When enough people turn out, their votes can't all be suppressed. Vote as if your life depends on it. It does.
Karl Rove once said, "We have elections like those run in countries where the guys in charge are, you know, colonels in mirrored glasses." He wasn't complaining; he was boasting. -- Greg Palast, Truthout.com