Will Bush Cancel the 2008 Election? by Harvey Wasserman & Bob Fitrakis

Dandelion Salad

by Harvey Wasserman & Bob Fitrakis

Tuesday, 31 July 2007
Speaking Truth to Power
Reprinted from Commondreams.org

The authors of this article blatantly use the “D” word–dictatorship.

It is time to think about the “unthinkable.”

The Bush Administration has both the inclination and the power to cancel the 2008 election.

The GOP strategy for another electoral theft in 2008 has taken clear shape, though we must assume there is much more we don’t know.

But we must also assume that if it appears to Team Bush/Cheney/Rove that the GOP will lose the 2008 election anyway (as it lost in Ohio 2006) we cannot ignore the possibility that they would simply cancel the election. Those who think this crew will quietly walk away from power are simply not paying attention.

The real question is not how or when they might do it. It’s how, realistically, we can stop them.

In Florida 2000, Team Bush had a game plan involving a handful of tactics. With Jeb Bush in the governor’s mansion, the GOP used a combination of disenfranchisement, intimidation, faulty ballots, electronic voting fraud, a rigged vote count and an aborted recount, courtesy of the US Supreme Court.

A compliant Democrat (Al Gore) allowed the coup to be completed.

In Ohio 2004, the arsenal of dirty tricks exploded. Based in Columbus, we have documented more than a hundred different tactics used to steal the 20 electoral votes that gave Bush a second term. More are still surfacing. As a result of the King-Lincoln-Bronzeville federal lawsuit (in which we are plaintiff and attorney) we have now been informed that 56 of the 88 counties in Ohio violated federal law by destroying election records, thus preventing a definitive historical recount.

As in 2000, a compliant Democrat (John Kerry) allowed the coup to proceed.

For 2008 we expect the list of vote theft maneuvers to escalate yet again. We are already witnessing a coordinated nationwide drive to destroy voter registration organizations and to disenfranchise millions of minority, poor and young voters.

This carefully choreographed campaign is complemented by the widespread use of electronic voting machines. As reported by the Government Accountability Office, Princeton University, the Brennan Center, the Carter-Baker Commission, US Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and others, these machines can be easily used to flip an election. They were integral to stealing both the 2000 and 2004 elections. Efforts to make their source codes transparent, or to require a usable paper trail on a federal level, have thus far failed. A discriminatory Voter ID requirement may also serve as the gateway to a national identification card.

Overall, the GOP will have at its command even more weapons of election theft in 2008 than it did in Ohio 2004, which jumped exponentially from Florida 2000. The Rovian GOP is nothing if not tightly organized to do this with ruthless efficiency. Expect everything that was used these past two presidential elections to surface again in 2008 in far more states, with far more efficiency, and many new dirty tricks added in.

But in Ohio 2006, the GOP learned a hard lesson. Its candidate for governor was J. Kenneth Blackwell. The Secretary of State was the essential on-the-ground operative in the theft of Ohio 2004.

When he announced for governor, many Ohioans joked that “Ken Blackwell will never lose an election where he counts the votes.”

But lose he did….along with the GOP candidates for Secretary of State, Attorney-General and US Senate.

By our calculations, despite massive grassroots scrutiny, the Republicans stole in excess of 6% of the Ohio vote in 2006. But they still lost.

Why? Because they were so massively unpopular that even a 6% bump couldn’t save them. Outgoing Governor Bob Taft, who pled guilty to four misdemeanors while in office, left town with a 7% approval rating (that’s not a typo). Blackwell entered the last week of the campaign down 30% in some polls.

So while the GOP still had control of the electoral machinery here in 2006, the public tide against them was simply too great to hold back, even through the advanced art and science of modern Rovian election theft.

In traditional electoral terms, that may also be the case in 2008. Should things proceed as they are now, it’s hard to imagine any Republican candidate going into the election within striking distance. The potential variations are many, but the graffiti on the wall is clear.

What’s also clear is that this administration has a deep, profound and uncompromised contempt for democracy, for the rule of law, and for the US Constitution. When George W. Bush went on the record (twice) as saying he has nothing against dictatorship, as long as he can be dictator, it was a clear and present policy statement.

Who really believes this crew will walk quietly away from power? They have the motivation, the money and the method for doing away with the electoral process altogether. So why wouldn’t they?

The groundwork for dismissal of both the legislative and judicial branch has been carefully laid. The litany is well-known, but worth a very partial listing:

The continuation of the drug war, and the Patriot Act, Homeland Security Act and other dictatorial laws prompted by the 9/11/2001 terror attacks, have decimated the Bill of Rights, and shredded the traditional American right to due process of law, freedom from official surveillance, arbitrary violence, and far more.

The current Attorney-General, Alberto Gonzales, has not backed away from his announcement to Congress that the Constitution does not guarantee habeas corpus. The administration continues to act on the assumption that it can arrest anyone at any time and hold them without notification or trial for as long as it wants.

The establishment of the Homeland Security Agency has given it additional hardware to decimate the basic human rights of our citizenry. Under the guise of dealing with the “immigration problem,” large concentration camps are under construction around the US.

The administration has endorsed and is exercising its “right” to employ torture, contrary to the Eighth Amendment and to a wide range of international treaties, which Gonzales has labeled “quaint.”

With more than 200 “signing statements” the administration acts on its belief that the “unitary executive” trumps the power of the legislative branch in any instance it chooses. This belief has been further enforced with the administration’s use of a wide range of precedent-setting arguments to keep its functionaries from testifying before Congress.

There is much more. In all instances, the 109th Congress—and the public—have rolled over without significant resistance.

Most crucial now are Presidential Directive #51, Executive Orders #13303, #13315, #13350, #13364, #13422, #13438, and more, by which Bush has granted himself an immense arsenal of powers for which the term “dictatorial” is a modest understatement.

The Founders established our government with checks and balances. But executive orders have accumulated important precedent. The Emancipation Proclamation by which Lincoln declared an end to slavery in the South, was issued under the “military necessity” of adding blacks to the Union Army, a step without which the North might not have won the Civil War. Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order #8802 established the Fair Employment Practices Commission. Harry Truman’s Executive Order #9981 desegregated the military.

Most to the point, FDR’s Executive Order #9066 ordered the forcible internment of 100,000 people of Japanese descent into the now infamous concentration camps of World War II.

There is also precedent for a president overriding the Supreme Court. In the 1830s Chief Justice John Marshall enshrined the right of the Cherokee Nation to sovereignty over its ancestral land in the Appalachian Mountains. But President Andrew Jackson scorned the decision. Some 14,000 native Americans were moved at gunpoint to Oklahoma. More than 3,000 died along the way.

All this will be relevant should Team Bush envision a defeat in the 2008 election and decide to call it off. It’s well established that Richard Nixon—mentor to Karl Rove and Dick Cheney—commissioned the Huston Plan, which detailed how to cancel the 1972 election.

Today we must ask: who would stop this administration from taking dictatorial power in the instance of a “national emergency” such as a terror attack at a nuclear power plant or something similar?

Nothing in the behavior of this Congress indicates that it is capable of significant resistance. Impeachment seems beyond it. Nor does it seem Congress would actually remove Bush if it did put him on trial.

Short of that, Bush clearly does not view anything Congress might do as a meaningful impediment. After all, how many divisions does the Congress command?

The Supreme Court, as currently constituted, would almost certainly rubber stamp a Bush coup. If not, like Jackson, he could ignore it as easily as he would ignore Congress.

What does that leave? There is much idle speculation now about what the armed forces would do. We also hear loose talk about “90 million gun owners.”

From the public side, the only conceivable counter-force might be a national strike or an effective long-term campaign of general non-cooperation.

But we can certainly assume the mainstream media will give lock-step support to whatever the regime says and does. It’s also a given that those likely to lead the resistance will immediately land in those new prisons being built by Halliburton et. al.

So how do we cope with the harsh realities of such a Bush/Cheney/Rove dictatorial coup?

We may have about a year to prepare. Every possible scenario needs to be discussed in excruciating detail.

For only one thing is certain: denial will do nothing.

HARVEY WASSERMAN’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES is at www.solartopia.org, along with SOLARTOPIA! OUR GREEN-POWERED EARTH, A.D. 2030. The FITRAKIS FILES are at www.freepress.org (where this article was originally published), along with HOW THE GOP STOLE AMERICA’S 2004 ELECTION & IS RIGGING 2008, which Bob and Harvey co-wrote.


National Security & Homeland Security Presidential Directive 51 (2007)

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5 thoughts on “Will Bush Cancel the 2008 Election? by Harvey Wasserman & Bob Fitrakis

  1. well, as for me and my people in the ron paul/truth/freedom movement (the “radical right” as it has been called), we will have no reservations about using our second-amendment rights to defend ourselves against such a scenario…but remember, the cartel that is running the military-industrial complex has been working on undermining our constitution and our economy/monetary system since the days of woodrow wilson (federal reserve, income tax) and FDR (new deal, war powers act). to think that this started with the neoconservatives is simply naive.

    if we want to stop this from happening again, we need to cut to the core of this cartel (the federal reserve, the CFR, etc.) and not fall for the lie that we will somehow be saved once “democrats” and/or “progressives” are elected into office. in fact, as i have said, democrats and “progressives” are the ones who are largely responsible for replacing our constitution with nearly all the planks of the communist manifesto since 1913.

    i am willing to bet that they will wait until hillary gets into office to implement the final stages of the bush-clinton dynastic takeover. now that the ideas of free-market, free-trade, limited government conservativism have been thoroughly burned out of the minds of most americans by the left-wing orwelian double-speak of the mainstream media (you know, the “free market” = corporatism, “free trade” = NAFTA & the WTO, conservativism = religious fanatics, etc.) the next stage is to move in to all-out socialism and nationalize all of our resources (next stop: health care!) so the cartel can get its tendrils into every facet of our daily lives. this is how they got their state monopoly capitalism in soviet russia. it’s always with the same collectivist slogans, “give up your property for the common good–which quickly becomes–give up your rights for the common good!”

    i just hope by then all the “progressives” who wanted to give all our guns to the state won’t just sit by with their peace vigils and hope that the perpetrators will realize the error of their ways and play nice–i hope they will be marching with us up to washington in droves and put their bodies on the line to defend our country–all of us united in the common cause of liberty!

    i think there is already the climate of “live free or die” in the radical right, the tax honesty movement, the patriot and secessionist movement, the constitutionalists, the militias, the survivalists, etc. just take the example of ed and elaine brown. i hope to see more of this courage/foresight from the radical left as well.

    remember all those anti-government “conspiracy nuts” that were warning you about the coming police state when clinton was in office? well, turns out they were right. take heed and buckle down.


  2. Namiste,

    Simply how sad it is that the powers hat be which are on the left and have progressive thinking aren’t doing anything and they can see this train coming, but do nothing to get the country out of the war.

    Yes it is one of my greatest fears that this once great nation will be taken over as the election was stolen from al Gore and then By Kerry. It seems no one wants to believe that they have done all of these things or that they could possibly be planning on going forth and doing this. I am sure we would all be considered as extremists in that we think of the possibility being quite plausible and even possible or likely to take place.

    I hope some one in the Legislature or the congress finds the right set of self inner fortitude to come up with the right questions and seek the right answers and to do something.

    Namiste my friends,


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  3. Another possibility to consider is the Hillary Clinton, or the very possible Hillary-Obama ticket. If perhaps something goes wrong with a coup, or it seems the people would actually react for once, then it may be Hillary in the white house with Obama. This will be basically the same thing. The administration that has been pulling the strings since it’s reintroduction in the Gerald Ford administration will continue doing business as usual and fucking over everyone else.

    However, it seems as though either one of these people could implement the North American Union.

    Christ. I’m moving to fucking Costa Rica. Perhaps by the time I’m just about dead, the darkenss and Big Fear will have only just began reaching my peaceful blue beaches of sound tranquility. Just don’t touch my Rum Cannonball, or pull the umbrella out of my Mohito.


  4. Watched it Cheney interview on L. King, a man who avoids eye contact is devious. Claims won’t seek Office, perhaps he knows he won’t have to.
    Vote by Absentee Ballot, No-morph, No-caging.

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