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Mike Hagens {Pacifica Network News} On:
December 14, 2000

Son Of "Thousand Points Of Light For Voluntarism"
 -A Few Other Points -

. . . Imagine an election in the 3rd world . . .

 1.  Where. . .  The self-declared winner was the son of a former president or prime minister,
      and the former president was himself the former head of the nation's secret police,
      such as the CIA.

 2.  Where. . .  The self-declared winner lost the popular vote,
      but won based on some old colonial hold-over, like the electoral college,
      from the nation's pre-democracy past.

 3.  Where. . .  The self-declared winner's victory turned on disputed ballots,
      cast in a state governed by his brother.

 4.  Where. . .  The poorly drafted ballots of one district,
      a district heavily favoring the self-declared winner's opponent,
      lead thousands of voters to vote for the wrong candidate.

 5.  Imagine. . .  The nation's most despised cast, feared for their livelihoods and their lives,
      turn out in record numbers to vote in near universal opposition
      to the self-declared winner's candidacy.

 6.  Imagine. . .  That hundreds of members of that most despised cast
      were intercepted on their way to the poles by the state police,
      operating under the authority of the self-declared winner's brother.

 7.  Imagine. . .  That six-million people voted in the disputed state and
      the self-declared winner's lead was only 327 votes,
      fewer certainly than the vote counting machines margin of error.

 8.  Imagine. . .  That the self-declared winner and his political party oppose
      a more careful by-hand inspection and recount of the ballots in the disputed state,
      or the most hotly disputed district.

 9.  Imagine. . .  That the self-declared winner - himself a governor of a major state,
      had the worst human rights record of any state in this nation,
      and actually lead the country in executions.

10.  Imagine. . .  That a major campaign promise of the self-declared winner
      was to appoint like-minded human rights violators,
      to life-time positions on the high-court of that nation.

Now, none of us would deem such an election to be representative of anything other
than self-declared winner's will-to-power, but I think all of us would wearily turn the
newspaper page thinking, that this was another sad tale of pitiful pre or anti-democracy
peoples in some strange country far off.  But it isn't.

Food for thought.  Mike Hagens - Pacifica Network News.



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