Monday, November 06, 2006

Cheney, Scalia & Rove Terrified Of Democratic Victory

Washington, D.C. - Frantic calls and late night meetings between Vice President Dick Cheney, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and White House Political Strategist Karl Rove have been taking place in the last few days of the campaign as they desperately try to work out a plan for preventing a Democratic takeover of Congress. Sources at the Supreme Court and the White House have told Assimilated Press that these three men are concerned that the Democratic margin of victory may be too large for Deibold to "correct" so they have worked out two contingency plans to ensure that Republican majorities remain in both houses.

The first plan is to have President Bush issue an emergency executive order mandating that Democrats be required to sign a loyalty oath to the government of the United States before being allowed to vote. In the executive order it will specifically state that this will not be required of Republicans since it is automatically assumed that they are patriotic Americans who love their country unlike the Democrats and the Democratic Party. This plan for an executive order was suggested by Justice Antonin Scalia who assured both Cheney and Rove that he could get the five votes necessary to see that it passed constitutional muster.

The second plan is to simply invalidate the results of the elections for national security reasons. This would serve to keep the Republican majorities in place and no further explanation would be required from the President since everything pertaining to this decision would be classified as top secret.

Karl Rove has told friends that he is confident that the media would support any action they take to keep their Republican majorities in Congress.


Anonymous pinko said...

President Bush and this administration has trumpeted his personal faith and his faith-based initiatives.

I'm going to vote tomorrow, and I consider that a faith-based action.

I'm going to vote as an act of faith in the strength of our democratic system. It's an act of faith because I have no proof that voting is a valid action or that my vote, or anyone's vote, will matter tomorrow or ever matter again.

I'm basing my faith on several assumptions.

The first assumption is purely cynical; it's the assumption that this country is too complex to be rigged for every race in every county in every state. Since there are multiple elections going on it would seem to be a lot harder to rig all these elections simultaneously. In a Presidential election there are only two choices that matter; here there are many.

The second assumption is that this country still has enough people who care enough about democracy that they will refuse to let others be disenfranchised, even if those others do not vote the way they would prefer. This may be extremely naive on my part but it's a faith I'm clinging to right now.

The third assumption I have is that the vast majority of people in this country are feeling fed up; that no matter how many people are barred from the polls on whatever flimsy reasons, the people who actually do get to vote will so overwhelmingly make their displeasure known that a balance will be tipped. (And of course, if my first cynical assumption about fixing the vote is wrong, then this one won't count no matter how people feel.)

Another reason I'm voting is the old "third time's the charm" hope. 2000, then 2004 - maybe it will come out right in 2006, who knows?

The last reason I'm voting is the most faith-based of all: this is my country and I can't bring myself to simply shrug and give up. I know what America is supposed to stand for, I know what America has stood for in the past, I know what America is possible of being today and tomorrow and in the future beyond that - the America we all could recognize again.

I have always felt that America is not as much just a place so much as an idea: liberty and justice for all; government of the people, by the people, for the people; the pursuit of happiness.

America the idea is worth fighting for. America the idea is worth dying for.

America the idea is worth an act of faith this one more time, and tomorrow I will be in line to vote.

2:18 PM  
Blogger Virt said...

Well said, Pinko!

2:32 PM  
Anonymous enemy of the people said...

I too am voting tomorrow but for only one reason.

In 1968 I was a newly minted "eligible to vote" Marine serving in Viet Nam, Republic of, as a Radio Operator in the First Marine Division. At the behest of the Marine Corps those of us who would be eligible had registered to vote earlier in the year with our home districts by absentee ballot. Our ballots were sent to us in October and we gathered around where ever we happened to be and voted. I happened to be on an operation with 7th Marines in what we called the "Arizona Territory" southwest of Danang.

I have voted every election since and will be damned if I am going to pass this one up. Especially this one. There have been warnings about threats and intimidation and poll workers asking for ID and all other kinds of foolishness. I only have acouple of things to write about that: There is not an army big enough to stop me from voting this or any other time. No one at my polling place wants to even think about trying to stop me.

Because of the kind of ballots we use here where I live, I am reasonably sure my vote will count. Because I live in a heavily Republican area, it won't count for much.

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real reason the Bush administration is terrified of a Democratic victory is NOT because of "San Francisco values", but rather of Charles Rangel, John Conyers, Henry Waxman and John Dingell values. All veteran congress leaders with enough clout to actually investigate corruption. Once this door is open, America will have to start impeachment proceedings as our duty.

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Concerned Citizen said...

FYI to everyone, exerpt from today's Wall Street Journal, below. Note the contact info if you run into any voting problems and spread the word; if you have a video camera and the time, volunteer!:

"The Election Protection Coalition and Voter Action will staff call centers where they will field voter complaints to their 866-OUR-VOTE and 888-SAV-VOTE numbers and dispatch lawyers to any trouble spots. Video the Vote is enlisting "citizen journalists" to film polling-place problems.

Pollworkers for Democracy -- a joint project of VoteTrustUSA, and two groups who often support progressive causes, Mainstreet Moms and Working Assets -- is asking election workers to report voting problems to the group after finishing their precinct shifts to provide evidence for potential lawsuits and recounts. And dozens of small, grass-roots groups will be watching polling stations, elections offices and tabulation centers.

Election Protection's lawyers will ask state courts to keep polls open if there are glitches, for example -- and to document problems, alert the media and gather plaintiffs for possible recount demands and lawsuits."

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Shasta Blue said...

Great report, excellent comments. Yes, this time let's not let history repeat itself. Spread the word to report voter fraud to the organizations mentioned above by Concerned Citizens. And get out those video cameras!

9:17 PM  
Blogger Peter Gaffney said...

Regardless of the outcome of this election, Cheney, Rove et al still have their trump card to play: debushification. The tragic loss of a president has a way of instantly quelling dissent and silencing calls for pesky congressional investigations. Also, President Cheney would be compelled to renounce his dreams of quiet retirement and continue in office through 2016. (You didn't think they were actually planning to turn the reins over to somebody like John McCain, did you?)

10:10 AM  

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