Lance Armstrong never existed.
Purged from humanity the way Lenin unfriended his Communist
cohorts Trotsky and Kamenev by having their images erased from all official
They were victims of Kremlin
politics. Armstrong was strong-armed out of the record books, still insisting
his seven Tour de France cycling wins were legit. But the evidence against him
was overwhelming - his victories were the result of performance-enhancing
He’s a cheat and America doesn’t
like that kind. We’re a fair folk and we prefer a level playing field. Or do
One such field is the baseball
diamond – the jewel of American sportsmanship but un-level thanks to drug use
by top-level players. “Our own” John Rocker of the Braves admits he was using
steroids and human growth hormone, adding: “Who wasn’t?”
And which student doesn’t employ
cheat sheets and “study drugs”, in particular the ubiquitous Adderall? What about the teachers? The GBI investigated principals and educators
in 44 Atlanta schools that obtained more than $500,000 in bonuses by falsifying
Adulterers were once pariahs, now
half of married men and one in three wives cheat. So do we disdain dishonesty?
Only sometimes. Therefore it’s hardly surprising that in this country’s most
important contest we find underhanded practice perfectly OK. It’s the American
Double Standard. We cheer the cheats if they’re on “our” side.
Yes, this is politics.
Are dead people voting for Obama?
Republicans claim in-person fraud is rampant. Governors of all 50 states listed
2,068 cases covering 12 years for a News21 investigative project.
Only ten proved to be genuine – less than one criminal per year.
Voter ID laws are really ways to
disenfranchise thousands of the least among us. They’re always disguised as
being for the general good. California’s Proposition 32 would prevent employers
and labor unions from deducting political contributions at source. Seems fair
until you realize workers never pay dues to employers, only unions.
The courts often kill
unconstitutional regulations that amount to voter suppression. Several states
must have new ID laws pre-approved by the Federal government.
So no widescale voter fraud but
there is serious election fraud by officials involving manipulation, bribes,
tampering with absentee ballots...
Other scuzzy poli-tricks include moving polling stations far from impoverished areas and
installing too few voting machines that create long lines inducing voters to
give up. Remember Diebold, the easily hacked machines whose company CEO was a
major Bush contributor? A similar situation today with machines made by Hart
InterCivic, a firm with Romney ties.
There are robocalls that
disseminate purposely deceptive election information, always targeted at
blacks, Latinos, the poor and the old.
Joe Arpaio, showboating sheriff
of Arizona’s Maricopa County, reaps applause for his bizarrely tough measures
against largely Hispanic wrongdoers. Coincidentally, Maricopa is the county
where officials twice issued election documents in Spanish that list voting day
as November 8 – two days too late. The English language equivalents give the
correct date. “A mistake”? You decide. And don’t count on the sheriff they call
Chicken Joe to investigate.
Miss Mabel, 89, is a World War
Two heroine. Does she deserve to vote? Now an invalid, she finally gets a ride
to the voting booth that isn’t where it’s listed and when she finds the right
place she discovers it closed the day before.
Hooray for the cheats. They muted
the voice of yet another American – one who served this country with honesty
and valor. Unlike these guys.
For 40 years, an outfit called
Acorn helped the infirm, the poor and the aged get to the polls. Then along
comes slimy little James O’Keefe, posing as a pimp, his girlfriend playing a
prostitute. His “sting” results in government and private funding being
withdrawn (oh how quick we are to judge). Several subsequent criminal investigations
show O’Keefe has doctored his video “evidence” to show the opposite of what
really happened. He’s on probation now, but Acorn is dead: another win for the
More new tricks from those old
dogs the Koch Brothers. These oligarchs just issued a veiled threat to their
47,000 Georgia-Pacific employees that voting Democratic could result in job
losses. Of course they, and other CEOs warning their workers similarly, take
pains to couch their coercion in verbiage barely inside the law. But it’s
filthy sophism all the same.
If you resort to lies and
flimflam then you’re sure that if you played it fair you’d lose. Majority rule
is no longer what it’s about. Dirty tricks abound and yet many of us cheer this
kind of thing. Meanwhile we hold ourselves up to the world as a shining example
of democracy. Pah!
None of the above will make any
difference in Walton County. Truth isn’t what folks want any more. We regard
the election as some kind of team game as in “Go Dawgs, hammer them ‘Jackets!”
There’s the ‘R’ on that ballot and that’s all we need to know. Just like the
I am incredibly fearful of a Mitt
Romney presidency. He and Paul Ryan have sidestepped all attempts to pin them
down on what exactly they’d do if elected.
That’s the biggest trick of all
and judging by the polls they’ve pulled it off.