Is Americans Elect a rightist con?

From Nigel:

I believe Americans Elect to be an elaborate, Right-Wing Trojan Horse designed to bleed votes from Obama. I’m injecting this observation into the Internet’s bloodstream so that others may ponder and debate its validity or speciousness. Bring on your bouquets and brickbats.
Why would I think such a dumb thing? Thanks to Naomi Klein and others, we now see more clearly the many instances – some proven, some only surmised – of ‘crisis opportunism,’ aka ‘disaster Capitalism.’ The gradual run-up of partisan extremism, driven mostly by the Tea Party Right, has led to only an inappropriate type of ‘congress’ and almost manic gridlock on Capitol Hill. As this pathetic state-of-affairs can be laid at the door of the GOP – the party of NO (and they really need to update their 150-year old acronym – MAD or ZOO should do the trick), Ockham’s razor tells me that where there’s smoke, there may be a bloody raging bonfire. Consider how well Americans Elect fits in with these efforts:
  1. GOP obsession with a one-term Obama – exacts poetic revenge on Dems when Slick Willie Peroted Poppy Bush’s try #2;
  2. A well-documented, pandemic predeliction to steal elections – on steroids since 1998;
  3. Their tireless efforts to restrict the votes of black, browns, youth and anyone else with the temerity to vote for Democrats, mostly pushed through by state-elected Tea Party puppets, many of whose 2010 elections were, you know (see #2) – works out nicely, don’t you think? Estimates say this effort alone may cost the Oh-Man upwards of 5 million lost votes;
  4. Taking crash courses in CAD mapping in order to micro-manage the redistricting process house-by-house. The people of the Sunshine State – Florida – passed Amendments 5 &6, in 2010. These required the state lege to stop dicking around with the process and put together fair, contiguous and balanced districts. Guess what? They don’t wanna and they ended up going to court (spending taxpayer bux in the process), rather than obey the clear (63%) will of the people. Are these driven ideologues, or what? Stay tuned for a fait accompli, take-it-or-leave-it gambit early next June.
  5. Using dirty tricks to entrap and destroy the likes of ACORN and League of Women Voters, both of whose main mission is to enroll new voters. Apparently they don’t care that these organizations would enroll even Beelzebub, uh, Karl Rove himself (the only alleged human I would gladly disenfranchise), or any other Republican, for that matter;
  6. Finally, just look at the Herculean effort to bag Don Siegelman. If you’ll go to those lengths, AE is no big deal after that level of skullduggery.
The plain fact is, cheating & lying is the ONLY way these misanthropic bastards can get elected dogcatcher, once the home folks get a whiff of their real agenda, in most states. The Americans Elect thingie seems to be cut from the same cloth as the rest of the Tea Party GOP’s tapestry of turpitude.
That, or I could just be paranoid, eh?
The above may be sheer conjecture on my part, but it is based on my, not inconsiderable, knowledge of just how far these sociopaths appear willing to go to steal more, save the babies or whatever else they know is right for everyone else on the planet.
But, even if I’m in error as to this brainchild’s parentage, for the Dems, this would be the time for them to shout “Fire!” from every mountain and molehill.
Forget about the manifold issues of security (if you thought electronic voting was ‘leaky,’ the Pentagon‘s site will fairly ‘gush’ info if you know which line of code to corrupt; what toggle to flip, where a ‘backdoor’ is), reliability, privacy, accountability and others. What in the world will we do if the AE (American Enterprise Institute, hmm?) candidate takes the roses? If you loved the Bush/Gore spectacle, the shambles in which this would leave our (normally fractious and bumptious anyway) republic will be high-dramady to die for. It will also bring the nation’s worst character traits to the fore.
If any Progressive types are involved in this misguided venture, I would ask them to reconsider. This is the wrong approach, at the wrong time, in the wrong medium. It’s probably the wrong election as well, but that last will have to wait as I’m almost out of paper.
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2 thoughts on “Is Americans Elect a rightist con?”


    By Brad Friedman

    Recommended #OWS Demand:

    Let ALL Citizens 18 and Older Vote, On Paper Ballots, Count Them in Public

    I offer the following simple “demand” for consideration by OWS, as this one likely underscores almost every other. Or, at least, without it, all other demands may ultimately be rendered moot.

    Here it is. One demand that seems simple enough — and is as non-partisan as can — for your consideration:

    Every U.S. citizen 18 years of age or older who wishes to vote, gets to vote. Period. Those votes, on hand-marked paper ballots, will be counted publicly, by hand, on Election Night, at the precinct, in front of all observers and video cameras.

    Please help spread this to the Occupiers if you agree its important. For example, Tweet it (or a link to this article) like mad (with #ows in the text), and/or spread it via Facebook and/or print it out and take it to a General Assembly at an Occupation near you!





    There is a rather frightening trojan horse making its way into American elections, called, or as I think of it,, because they have positioned themselves to secretly choose presidential candidates for us. What is really insidious about this is that NO ONE is calling them on their unaccountable, undemocratic, unwatchable, and completely nonpublic and unauthenticatable methodology.

    Now, this may be mainly well-intentioned but naive folks trying to address a problem, but if this catches hold without critics, we’ll see it in more mainstream elections, and that will be the end for any semblance of a democratic system.

    Americans Elect is using Internet voting, controlled entirely by whatever insider runs the server, to do their thing. (Why don’t we stop throwing democracy in the toilet with pretend-democratic ideas that actually concentrate power and remove all ultimate control from the people?)

    The candidates selected by the public will only be reported if those with control of the server choose to let that be so, and that is a pseudo-democratic system, a magic show, a sham.

    When I reminded one of the listserves about this, I was asked, “then how do we make the system more accessible to minor parties without resources?” To that I wrote:

    You present a false framework, the implication being that the necessity of some system for parties without resources outweighs the right to self-government itself. The primary right is the public right to self-govern. It does take resources to mount what is essentially a national advertising campaign, or at least, very good planning and execution using alternatives like social media.

    But for elections to be democratic, the public must be able to retain control over the process. If any of the four essential parts of information are not something the public can see and authenticate, you’ve just thrown the whole form of government out the window.

    People need to see this more clearly. In the Soviet Union, they had elections, but the deal was that the government would tell you who won. Those were elections, but not PUBLIC elections. The defining term for what constitutes a democratic system is the word PUBLIC, not the word “election”. Any election which is constructed such that a government or other insider can just come out and tell us who won, without our being able to authenticate, is on its face undemocratic.

    No, a “receipt” does not suffice or do much of anything at all. Imagine that your accountant gives you a paper that states your profit and loss and what’s in the bank, but says you can only verify one receipt. The only valid authentication process must enable public authentication of the whole pool at once (rather than one at a time, which creates a moving target).

    The four things the public must be able to see and authenticate are:

    1) Who can vote (the voter list)– how the heck are they dealing with THIS at Americans Elect?
    2) Who did vote
    3) Chain of custody
    4) The count

    Internet voting, with or without “receipt”, makes ALL FOUR key areas impossible for the public to authenticate.

    The best way is still to vote privately in a public setting (polling place) and to count publicly before the votes are moved out of public view, with public posting of the list of who is eligible to vote before the election (the whole list, not a one-by-one look yourself up method), and a public posting of who did vote within 24 hours of poll closing, with a permanent, voter-verified record of the pollbook (ie, voter signature at polls, on paper not etch-a-sketch).

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