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Immature Crybabies Pt. III: Here Come the Conspiracy Theories!
As if calling every person who voted for our President "dumb," "ignorant," "stupid" and other epithets were insufficient; as if actively advocating that the "blue states" leave the union rather than accept the will of the people; we are now hearing the conspiracy theories. ustogether.org, an elite left web site, has accused the GOP of fixing the vote in Florida counties, based solely on the "evidence" that Bush won a number of counties in Florida where registered Democrats outnumber registered GOP voters. Counterpunch accuses the Bush camp of fixing the Ohio vote. Evidence? None. Listeners of WAOK radio in Atlanta openly advocate the theory that hackers rigged the computerized voting machines of people across the country. Evidence? The exit polls said that Kerry won. Never mind that these exit polls were purposely mis-polled to give Kerry an unrealistically-high total for the purpose of supressing the Bush vote in the West.
"If there were any real chicanery on the part of Bush/Cheney 2004, donít these tinfoil-hat types think that the Kerry/Edwards legal team, numbering in the tens of thousands, would be out in force, packing the docket of every court in the country?"
The very idea that the exit polls are to be trusted more than the actual election is ridiculous. If there were any real chicanery on the part of Bush/Cheney 2004, donít these tinfoil-hat types think that the Kerry/Edwards legal team, numbering in the tens of thousands, would be out in force, packing the docket of every court in the country? Even The Nation, the left-of-left opinion rag, ran a piece by David Corn, its Washington editor, that gave no credence to the conspiracy theories, although it did advocate a paper trail for electronic votes. In this rare instance, I do agree with Mr. Corn -- there needs to be a paper trail.
In a short aside, I find the new mark-sense system in use in Will County, Illinois to be a dream. Itís easy to mark, with large ovals that seniors will find easy to color in. The voter personally puts his/her vote into the ballot box scanner. If the ballot is fouled, the computer coughs it up immediately and you are gleefully given another. This system is both automated, with the polling place able to transmit vote totals within seconds of polling place closure, and a complete paper trail that is unambiguous and complete. Mr. Corn would be thrilled.
Back to the central topic, the CEO of Diebold is a major supporter of our President, especially in Ohio. In a letter to raise funds, he stated that he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the President..." Diebold makes touch screen voting machines. So, of course, this connection, adds the non-existent clause "...by all means necessary, lawful or otherwise" to the end of the above sentence, in the minds of those who cannot countenance that George W. Bush won because the people actually voted for him! Diebold makes computerized voting machines used in Illinois and Michigan, including, if I am not mistaken, the mark-sense machine I praised above.
If Dieboldís CEO was in the tank for our President (letís make it clear -- this theory is insane), why stop at Ohio and Florida? Why not give him a stunning 49-state mandate and defeat every Democratic governor and senate candidate? Donít these people think that Alan Keyes as Illinoisí junior senator would be more favorable to the GOP than Barack Obama? Why not tip California to Bush? If one could give our President the edge in the Golden State, which could easily be done by padding GOP majorities in the non-urban counties that naturally go for the GOP, then he gets a whopping 55 electors. No need to engage in complex multi-state conspiracies.
"The elite left is still in denial. It comes down to the obvious blatant fact that the people have spoken, and the elite left thinks that they are stupid for not paying obeisance to their poorly-defined, anti-liberty dogma."
To give more time or words to these goofy scenarios is bizarre. The elite left is still in denial. It comes down to the obvious blatant fact that the people have spoken, and the elite left thinks that they are stupid for not paying obeisance to their poorly-defined, anti-liberty dogma. I reiterate that I am sad that the elite left is either unable or unwilling to define its position in actual terms. It appears that the elite left is unable or unwilling to argue its positionís merits. When leftists attempt to "define" their position, they instead set forth a "litany of complaints," to quote our beloved President.
"The conservatives do X, Y and Z wrong! I have a plan to do it right!" We ask, "What is the plan?" The response is "I have a plan and that is all I need to tell you!" or words to that effect. The people are neither ignorant nor stupid to see that sort of interchange, which populated all three 2004 presidential debates, as a dodge. They are neither "dumb" nor shallow to recognize this sort of dodge as fear to set forth oneís position. The people are neither "hicks" not "hayseeds" to conclude that the feat to set forth oneís position is based on the concept that the position, if set forth in detail, would drive away and not bolster support for the positionís advocate.
I mourn the rope-a-dope tactic employed by the elite left any time any conservative asks the person to set forth his or her position in detail. I mourn the immaturity that has resulted in the elite left deigning the people to be of subpar intelligence and/or wisdom. I mourn the disloyalty inherent in the elite leftists who advocate secession of Democrat-won states -- tearing the nation into pieces -- rather than accepting the will of the people. I mourn the elite leftís intrangisence in their belief in these far-fetched theories, which manifests their denial of the truth of their rejection by the people. These theories are not occasion for laughter or gleeful celebration at the train wreck we see. Vigorous and robust political debate on the merits is vanishing, and that is a cause for sadness.