Ernest Partridge, Co-Editor
The Crisis Papers.
“To Bush & Co.... we the people owe no
more allegiance than a child owes to the criminal who stole
her from her home and now abuses her while posing as her
Mark Crispin Miller
Propaganda is a sprinter, but truth is a long-distance runner.
And at last, the truth may be overtaking the propaganda and the lies.
In the new edition of his riveting book, Fooled Again, Mark
Crispin Miller describes a public groundswell that should have Bush,
Cheney and the Busheviks very worried.
Truth, having been ground to earth, is rising again.
Despite compelling statistical, circumstantial, anecdotal and eyewitness
evidence that two presidential and numerous congressional elections have
been stolen, this evidence has been discounted, ignored and ridiculed by
the mainstream media and, amazingly, by the victimized Democratic Party
and its defeated candidates and even by some progressive publications.
Even so, a sizeable and growing portion of the American public isn’t
buying the official and bi-partisan assurances that the US elections
are, by and large, on the level, and that the Bush/Cheney regime is
therefore legitimate. For example, an August, 2006 Zogby poll reports
that only 45% of the population is “very confident” that Bush and Cheney
won re-election “fair and square” in 2004. About a third were “not at
In the “Afterword” to Fooled Again, comprising one hundred pages
of new material, Miller chronicles the determined and persistent
resistance of “official Democrats” to the very idea that they were the
victims of massive election fraud. Astonishingly, progressive
publications (yes, there are still a few), such as The Nation, Mother
Jones, and the liberal websites, TomPaine.com and Salon.com, have all published caustic
articles debunking thoroughly researched and scrupulously argued
accusations of election fraud. Familiar ad hominem rebuttals are
trotted out: “get over it,” “sore losers,” “conspiracy theorists.” Far
more often, the fraud issue is denied even the dignity of mention and
rebuttal. With the noteworthy exception of Catherine Crier and Lou
Dobbs, the issue is virtually ignored on cable “news,” and, on network
TV news, the embargo is total.
Meanwhile, the evidence of fraud remains on record and it accumulates.
Extreme exit poll anomalies, with final totals shifting to the GOP with
statistical improbabilities of millions to one. The widespread use of
unverifiable paperless “touchscreen” voting machines, secretly
programmed by GOP partisans. Unsecured access to these machines. Lost,
uncounted, and illegally destroyed ballots. Precinct returns in excess
of registrations. (For the specifics on all this and more, read Miller’s
book and visit the numerous websites devoted to election fraud. Among
uscountvotes.org. Caution: be sure to order the second edition of
Amazon and Barnes and Noble are listing the first edition).
Amazingly, despite the silence of the media and the Democratic Party
regulars, the message of the stolen elections is getting to the public,
thanks to the determined and independent efforts of numerous writers,
scholars, bloggers, and film makers, and their creative use of new and
evolving communications technologies such as the internet and the DVD.
Mark Crispin Miller thus describes this grassroots groundswell. (For
specific names and titles, see the book. pp. 355-8):
The evidence [of election fraud] was always more
convincing than the sophistries deployed against it... Throughout
the months preceding the 2006 election, many of us lectured
endlessly in schools and churches, rented halls and private homes,
spoke out on independent radio and posted pieces all over the
Offline, meanwhile, there were independent voices on the air, their
numbers growing as the story slowly spread throughout the nation...
And the movement also had strong champions in the world of print...
All such effort gradually conveyed the truth about America’s
election, and the crying need for genuine reform to an ever larger,
ever more receptive audience – which was, in fact, not just an
audience but increasingly a citizenry mobilized to salvage and
invigorate (or rather, realize) US democracy...
And so the people got it, recognizing instantly the likelihood that
(a) Bush & Co. stole its “mandate” in 2004, and (b) that the regime
was not above attempting it again.
Accordingly, ignored by the mainstream media and by the
immobilized Democratic Party, dismissed and even ridiculed by many
presumably “liberal” writers and publications, the issue of election
fraud has nonetheless survived and prevailed among the general public.
Consequently, the legitimacy of the Bush/Cheney regime is eroding.
Meanwhile, with the ongoing exposure of Bushevik lies (e.g., the alleged
Saddam-9/11 connection and other concocted justifications for the Iraq
War), the credibility of the regime is also disintegrating. Bush’s and
Cheney’s approval ratings are at an all-time low, and falling.
The once-formidable GOP/MSM propaganda machine is sputtering and running
out of fuel. “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me – you can’t get fooled
Truth, crushed to earth, is on the rise.
Will another national emergency, with Dubya and bullhorn on the rubble
pile, or in a flight suit on the carrier, once again mobilize support
for "the commander guy" and bail out this poor excuse of an
administration? Possibly, but don’t count on it. Re-runs fare
poorly in both show biz and politics.
In a January, 2006
Miller’s book, I wrote that “if we are to restore the ballot box to
the voters, we need a media, we need an opposition party, we need an
aroused public, and we need a miracle. But take heart: history tells us
that political crises have a way of producing miracles.” Since then,
we’ve made great strides. Two of those conditions are being met, as an
aroused and skeptical public is abandoning the mainstream media and is
turning toward a new dissenting media in the internet. However, the
Democratic Party remains dumb-frozen, even as millions of its
traditional supporters are deserting the Party in disgust.
In the United States today, there is among the public a huge, growing,
but still leaderless mass of discontented citizens. These are the
three-quarters of the population that tell the pollsters that “the
country is moving in the wrong direction.” These are the two-thirds that
reject Bush and Cheney and their Iraq War, and that disapprove of the
Democratic Congress in even greater numbers. These are the citizens who
are well aware that their Constitutional rights have been abolished,
their franchise nullified, their public treasury looted, their public
infrastructure trashed, their social services impoverished, and the
livelihood of millions of our workers "outsourced."
While the Democratic Party was elected to Congress to address these
crises, the party leaders act as if they are living in some other
country: “The Republic of Beltway.” If they persist in this delusion,
they may manage to lose the next “sure-thing” election, whether or not
the GOP engineers another “fix.”
If the Democratic Party is to take charge and lead us out of the current
swamp of corruption, exploitation and ignorance, it must take inventory
of the present political and economic dangers, secure fair and accurate
elections, change direction radically and immediately, and act
The impeachment of Dick Cheney, and then of George Bush, would be an
appropriate first step.
As an anonymous French politician once said, “the people are marching
and I must follow, for I am their leader.”
Copyright 2007 by Ernest Partridge