Kerry shouldn’t have conceded, IMHO

UPDATE – I expressed this a little more eloquently in our school newspaper,but not much: Kerry ignored e-voting problems.

I wish that the mainstream Democrats took the e-voting problems seriously… why was Kucinich the only one to take up e-voting as an issue? I wish that the American media covered our e-voting problems better… I still can’t believe that I’ve been on German TV and Japanese TV to talk about the Diebold case, but not American TV! Why do the Germans and Japanese care more about our elections than we do? People in other countries are convinced that our elections are a farce, that we live in a banana republic, and I’m not sure that they’re wrong. Why did ABC call me, and then fail to call me back despite my repeated attempts to reach them before November 2nd? It’s kind of late now, but if the e-voting problems had received more attention before election night, maybe Kerry wouldn’t have conceded so quickly and easily.

Read this Daily KOS article: Which is more credible: exit polls or Diebold? I don’t really believe in a conspiracy theory, but what is disturbing about this situation with the electronic voting machines (with no paper trail) is that we’ll never know whether there was any hanky-panky in Florida and Ohio this year. Even if there is any evidence of election fraud to be found, only conspiracy theorists will be researching it now. If Kerry hadn’t conceded, you could have had serious organizations with serious funding doing serious research. But no mainstream organization is going to bother looking for evidence of fraud if it doesn’t matter because Kerry has already conceded.

I voted Libertarian, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t wish the Kerry Democrats were better at life.

2 thoughts on “Kerry shouldn’t have conceded, IMHO

  1. The media is afraid to report on anything that may affect the stability of a country. Telling voters that their votes may not have counted after all is not going to make people happy. And that’s what the media is for after all.

    • Your comment reminds me of a quote from Waking Life:

      We’re irresistibly drawn to that almost orgiastic state created out of death and destruction. It’s in all of us. We revel in it. Sure, the media tries to put a sad face on these things, painting them up as great human tragedies, but we all know the function of the media has never been to eliminate the evils of the world. No! Their job is to persuade us to accept those evils and get used to living with them. The powers that be want us to be passive observers… And they haven’t given us any other options outside the occasional purely symbolic participatory act of voting.

      As Evan Greer likes to say, “don’t just vote”! And don’t just watch TV. Lead by example.

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