In an article taken from his book, ‘The Best Democracy Money can Buy‘, the investigative journalist, Greg Palast points out that in the 2000 presidential election there were 1.9 million votes cast that nobody counted and that over half of these votes were cast by African Americans despite the fact that they only constitute some 12% of the electorate. A detailed account of how exactly this was done was provided ten years after the event by Patrick Martin on the ‘World Socialist Website’. Of course, by 2010 there was a broad consensus that agreed with both Palast and Martin and it is with a fair degree of certainty that we can now say, “George W. Bush stole the 2000 election.”
Nevertheless, it is to Palast’s article, which was written about five months before the 2004 election, that I would like to return, because, after making the point outlined in the first sentence of this post, Palast went on to say, “this year it could get worse.” That, of course is a reference to the elections which were to take place in November 2004 and, with Republicans preventing more than “350,000 voters in Ohio” from casting their votes, which would have been enough to put Kerry in the White House, there is indeed evidence to suggest that the 2004 elections, like the 2000 elections, were stolen.
Anyway, the wheels are turning in “the best democracy money can buy” once again and we have just had the Iowa caucus where Donald Trump has, for the time being at least, suffered a setback. However, it is not to Trump that I want to look, but to the Democrats and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, which apparently was too close to call, but call it they did and, instead of blatantly manipulating the count, what did they do? Well, “a coin toss was used to decide whether Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders won at six precincts in the Iowa caucus” , ….. and, wait for it, Hillary won on all six occassions. One might wonder if we got to see both sides of the coin either before or after it was tossed. What a farce and you might think that where it was too close to call they would either have a proper recount or just give each of the candidates three precincts.