Last post on the election...Alex, thanks for your indulgence...
"Ohio on November 2 was a high-tech lynching. On November 3, John Kerry certified it. .. In 1972 Richard Nixon swept 49 states amidst a ghastly war. But he had already poisoned himself with crimes of arrogance. He was driven from office by those who stood and fought. This election, like 2000, was a curse of its own. No matter how bleak things may seem now, the seeds of victory have been sown for those who will fight for true democracy."
Together, we moved three mountains
by Bob Fitrakis, Steve Rosenfeld and Harvey Wasserman
January 8, 2005
Together, grassroots/Internet activists have just moved three major American mountains.
On January 6, we forced an angry Republican-dominated Congress into an unprecedented confrontation with the Truth about Ohio's stolen election, about dubious vote counts nationwide, and ultimately about an electoral process worthy of zero public trust.
America's progressive grassroots further showed it could prompt the "democratic wing" of the Democratic Party to finally stand up for its constituents' right to vote, even in the face of the usual withering slander from Karl Rove's dirty tricksters.
And those of us who work the Internet showed we could spark a mass movement by exposing a national travesty despite relentless abuse from the mainstream media, which did absolutely nothing to uncover the systematic corruption of our electoral process.
On November 3, John Kerry fled the scene. After collecting millions of dollars with the solemn vow to protect and count every vote, Kerry abandoned ship and disappeared, just like Al Gore in 2000. Both left tens of thousands of fervent, idealistic campaigners in a sickening lurch.
Do the Democratic Party centrists and Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) corporate types think they can still hope to win an election?
Who will organize or turn out for a party that won't stand for the sacred voting rights of its core constituencies?
The abuses leveled at Ohio's Democratic core black, young and working-class constituencies have now been thoroughly documented. But the party's corporate elite still slavishly mimics the GOP attack on "conspiracy theorists" who dare explain what really happened here. Kerry's lead Ohio attorney, Dan Hoffheimer -- a high-roller in the Republican Taft, Stettinius & Hollister law firm -- dishes out Rovian contempt for those of us who expose this crime.
Ohio on November 2 was a high-tech lynching. On November 3, John Kerry certified it.
Prompted by web sites like truemajority.org, moveon.org and freepress.org, the grassroots have surged. Rallies have boomed in Cleveland, Columbus, San Francisco, Washington.
In 1972 Richard Nixon swept 49 states amidst a ghastly war. But he had already poisoned himself with crimes of arrogance. He was driven from office by those who stood and fought.
This election, like 2000, was a curse of its own. No matter how bleak things may seem now, the seeds of victory have been sown for those who will fight for true democracy.
Because we have once again proved that together, we can move mountains.
Bob Fitrakis, Steve Rosenfeld and Harvey Wasserman are co-authors of OHIO'S STOLEN ELECTION: VOICES OF THE DISENFRANCHISED, 2004, soon available through http://freepress.org. Contributions for this book/film project are welcome via http://freepress.org/store.php or by sending a check to the Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism, 1240 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43205.
Detroit, Michigan 48224
(586) 419-9230 (cell phone)
(313) 962-6540 (Guild/Sugar Law Center)
"There is no need for you to leave the house.
Stay at your table and listen, just wait. Don't
even wait, be completely quiet and alone.
The world will offer itself to you to be unmasked;
it can't do otherwise; in raptures it will writhe before you."
- Franz Kafka