Even as Obama ridicules the notion that the system is rigged out of one side of his mouth, he claims out of the other that the Russians try and rig it.
A Harvard study , which in my opinion did not go far eneough in detailing the corruption in the US system , listed the US system as the one having the least integrity in what is deemed the developed Democracies in the world, somewhere around 50th place out of 180 countries measured. As usual the Nordic Countries were at the top.
It a lousy system and when that Countries Political leaders speak to the corruption of elections abroad they are merely projecting what they have at home as a means of deflection.. It another instance of Politics and maintaining power by the "yeah but it could be worse" meme.
Rather then striving to be the best it apparently good enough just not to be the worst. The mentality is very much like that Citizen who shops at Wal Mart using his Credit card while telling himself he a success because at least he not shopping at the dollar store using bottles turned in from the Dumpster.
The vocations of the authors of this great article are telling.
Mr.Wallis is the editor of Socialism and Democracy.
The dread Socialism our Government always told us to fear and abhor.
Mr. Manski is the Executive Director of an organization that, surreally, is trying to build a Democracy Movement for the US.
What's really crazy is that the US certainly does need help today, in being a Democracy.
Very good synthesis in this article of the structural constructs that produce "elections."
We who closely followed Sanders candidacy are familiar with the thousands thrown off the voter rolls in his hometown of Brooklyn NY. There was also the theft of Sanders' convention delegates by the Democratic party in Nevada. These are just the glaring examples, there are hundreds more.
So if the Democratic party would do that to one of their own candidates, why wouldn't they do it to a Republican?
That isn't to say the Republicans, masters of voter suppression in their own right, aren't doing the same thing. They've had years of experience at it, but somehow seemed unable to mobilize it against one of their own.
The media has been playing a favorite throughout: Clinton. They elevated her weakest Republican opponent and ignored, then mocked, her primary opponent.
Now they're working 24/7 to destroy Trump.
And part of that is mocking his assertion about fixed elections.
Of course, Trump, being Trump, didn't limit his criticism to the media. He didn't mention voter suppression, electronic voting machine manipulation or manipulation of the voter rolls. No, he had to raise the nonsense about people being illegally registered to vote - a dog whistle term for illegal aliens voting.
"TRUMP: If you look -- excuse me, Chris -- if you look at your voter rolls, you will see millions of people that are registered to vote -- millions, this isn't coming from me -- this is coming from Pew Report and other places -- millions of people that are registered to vote that shouldn't be registered to vote."
Unfortunately, the impact this will have is to blacken legitimate concerns about voting manipulation and fraud.
Which doesn't make the people involved in it unhappy at all.
Of course, on the other side the ex-Goldwater Girl, assisted by Obama, is going back to her roots and blaming Russia every time there's a Wikileaks dump showing her actual positions. The one just before the Democratic Convention exposed the DNC's attitude and actions against Sanders and recent ones have shown how she really feels about trade deals, environmentalists and fracking.
Goldwater in '64: "The Republican cause demands that we brand communism as a principal disturber of peace in the world today. Indeed, we should brand it as the only significant disturber of the peace, and we must make clear that until its goals of conquest are absolutely renounced and its rejections with all nations tempered, communism and the governments it now controls are enemies of every man on earth who is or wants to be free."
From the last debate:
"CLINTON: It's pretty clear you won't admit...
TRUMP: No, you're the puppet.
CLINTON: ... that the Russians have engaged in cyberattacks against the United States of America, that you encouraged espionage against our people, that you are willing to spout the Putin line, sign up for his wish list, break up NATO, do whatever he wants to do, and that you continue to get help from him, because he has a very clear favorite in this race.
So I think that this is such an unprecedented situation. We've never had a foreign government trying to interfere in our election. We have 17 -- 17 intelligence agencies, civilian and military, who have all concluded that these espionage attacks, these cyberattacks, come from the highest levels of the Kremlin and they are designed to influence our election. I find that deeply disturbing.
WALLACE: Secretary Clinton...
CLINTON: And I think it's time you take a stand...
TRUMP: She has no idea whether it's Russia, China, or anybody else."
Who made the announcement about Russian spying?
"In a statement from the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., and the Department of Homeland Security, the government said the leaked emails that have appeared on a variety of websites “are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process.”
The emails were posted on the well-known WikiLeaks site and two newer sites, DCLeaks.com and Guccifer 2.0, identified as being associated with Russian intelligence.
“We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities,” the statement said."
Anyone remember when Clapper lied to congress about NSA surveillance of U.S. citizens?
Anyone remember how the spy chief's lie got exposed?
"Clapper said he misspoke in the Senate hearing last year when he said the U.S. was not collecting Americans' data. But documents leaked by Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), later showed that the agency had been gathering and storing phone records for years."
So Snowden exposed Clapper's lie.
Snowden who was trapped in Russia when the U.S. revoked his passport.
And now the same intelligence head who was shown to have lied during sworn testimony to Congress is saying the country harboring Snowden is hacking in the U.S. to influence U.S. elections.
But our press doesn't connect the dots. Doesn't mention Clapper already has a reputation for lying and reason to hate Snowden and the country that took him in.
No, they just blithely repeat what he says - backed by Obama.
So we hear the press screaming about Trump's talk about rigged elections.
But when Clinton talks about Russia trying to rig our election?
They happily repeat it.
Nothing at all odd about a candidate trying to jump start the cold war.
Nothing odd at all.
Thanks for all that great documentation!
By the time Obama moved in to the White House on January 20, 2009 his list of appointees confirmed that the widely publicized "credibility gap wide enough to fly a B-52 through" during the Viet Nam era would soon be wide enough to fly the whole B-52 fleet through in V formation.
The past seven plus years have proven that in addition to being the least transparent administration in history, Obama's appointees are some of the least credible, and these (along with Saint Ronny) are the authorities Clinton has serially referenced and quoted during her entire campaign.
Like the national parks, the airways, meaning the spectrum of broadcast frequencies, are part of the commons. The notion of the commons is hated by the free market capitalist idiots, yet it endures. The cost of elections is what it is because the commons has been privatized and a few wealthy elite are able to steal available bandwidth and sell it back to the public. The least the Congress can do is require all users of the public airways to alot PRIME time for political purposes. The stranglehold on the media by the elite must be eliminated.
Do this and there's the political revolution Bernie Sanders was talking about.
At the very least Obama and Clinton will restart the cold war with Russia to restore one of their military industrial media infotainment complex's (MIMIC) most lucrative profit centers, thereby increasing MIMIC's bribes to the Party.
One Great comment there Z.....