Abstinence: Vote Not To Vote In 2008

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By Axis Editorial Board
axisoflogic.com
Jul 12, 2008

Editorial Comment: That a private corporation is given control and responsibility of the US elections is absurd. The 20 facts reported below are only one of the reasons why U.S. citizens should abstain from voting in the 2008 elections for president and the other national elections.

The second reason to vote not to vote is the fact that the people are offered up choices selected by the corporations meaning that the voter really has no honest choice in the elections. Candidates who truly oppose the system entrenched in Washington have no realistic possibility of winning an election.

The third reason to vote not to vote is the fact that there are no essential differences among the viable candidates running for office. Relative to the presidential elections, all one has to do for confirmation of this fact is to look at the voting records and speeches of John McCain and Barack Obama and his running mate, Hillary Clinton. McCain is spawned by the same warmongering psychopathology that bred George W. Bush. Barack Obama is an African-American face on the white power structure, making him arguably more dangerous than McCain. Why has his campaign been labeled with the theme of “change”? Does the reader seriously think that Barack Obama represents real change in the political and economic structure in Washington? Does the reader seriously believe that he would be permitted to be the Democratic candidate for president were he to go against the system that got him where he is today? With rare, exceptions (mostly face-saving), the presidential, senatorial and house candidates have all consistently voted to fund the Bush policies and the war on Iraq.

Abstinence is the most powerful vote one can make against the fraudulent electoral system in the U.S. Abstinence is the only tool, the most effective weapon against the established politicians who have risen to the level of viable candidacy. The greatest electoral fear Washington has is abstinence. The government uses the vote to justify its legitimacy. Without it, the US government can make no legitimate claim that it is a democracy – which it is not.

Vote not to vote in 2008.

– Axis Editorial Board


Did you know….

1. 80% of all votes in America are counted by only two companies: Diebold and ES&S.
http://www.onlinejournal.com/evoting/
042804Landes/042804landes.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diebold

2. There is no federal agency with regulatory authority or oversight of the U.S. voting machine industry.
http://www.commondreams.org/
views02/0916-04.htm

http://www.onlinejournal.com/evoting/
042804Landes/042804landes.html

3. The vice-president of Diebold and the president of ES&S are brothers.
http://www.americanfreepress.net/

html/private_company.html

http://www.onlinejournal.com/evoting/
042804Landes/042804landes.html

4. The chairman and CEO of Diebold is a major Bush campaign organizer and donor who wrote in 2003 that he was “committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year.”
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/
2004/07/28/sunday/main632436.shtml

http://www.wishtv.com/Global/
story.asp?S=1647886

5. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel used to be chairman of ES&S. He became Senator based on votes counted by ES&S machines.
http://www.motherjones.com/
commentary/columns/2004/03/03_200.html

http://www.onlinejournal.com/
evoting/031004Fitrakis/031004fitrakis.html

6. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, long-connected with the Bush family, was recently caught lying about his ownership of ES&S by the Senate Ethics Committee.
http://www.blackboxvoting.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=26

http://www.hillnews.com/news/
012903/hagel.aspx

http://www.onlisareinsradar.com/
archives/000896.php

7. Senator Chuck Hagel was on a short list of George W. Bush’s vice-presidential candidates.
http://www.businessweek.com/
2000/00_28/b3689130.htm

http://theindependent.com/stories/
052700/new_hagel27.html

8. ES&S is the largest voting machine manufacturer in the U.S. and counts almost 60% of all U.S. votes.
http://www.essvote.com/HTML/
about/about.html

http://www.onlinejournal.com/
evoting/042804Landes/042804landes.html

9. Diebold’s new touch screen voting machines have no paper trail of any votes. In other words, there is no way to verify that the data coming out of the machine is the same as what was legitimately put in by voters.
http://www.commondreams.org/
views04/0225-05.htm

http://www.itworld.com/Tech/
2987/041020evotestates/pfindex.html

10. Diebold also makes ATMs, checkout scanners, and ticket machines, all of which log each transaction and can generate a paper trail.
http://www.commondreams.org/
views04/0225-05.htm

http://www.diebold.com/solutions/
default.htm

11. Diebold is based in Ohio.
http://www.diebold.com/aboutus/
ataglance/default.htm

12. Diebold employed 5 convicted felons as consultants and developers to help write the central compiler computer code that counted 50% of the votes in 30 states.
http://www.wired.com/news/
evote/0,2645,61640,00.html

http://portland.indymedia.org/
en/2004/10/301469.shtml

13. Jeff Dean was Senior Vice-President of Global Election Systems when it was bought by Diebold. Even though he had been convicted of 23 counts of felony theft in the first degree, Jeff Dean was retained as a consultant by Diebold and was largely responsible for programming the optical scanning software now used in most of the United States.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/
stories/HL0312/S00191.htm

http://www.chuckherrin.com/
HackthevoteFAQ.htm#how

http://www.blackboxvoting.org/
bbv_chapter-8.pdf

14. Diebold consultant Jeff Dean was convicted of planting back doors in his software and using a “high degree of sophistication” to evade detection over a period of 2 years.
http://www.chuckherrin.com/
HackthevoteFAQ.htm#how

http://www.blackboxvoting.org/
bbv_chapter-8.pdf

15. None of the international election observers were allowed in the polls in Ohio.
http://www.globalexchange.org/
update/press/2638.html

http://www.enquirer.com/editions/
2004/10/26/loc_elexoh.html

16. California banned the use of Diebold machines because the security was so bad. Despite Diebold’s claims that the audit logs could not be hacked, a chimpanzee was able to do it! (See the movie here: http://www.bbvdocs.org/videos/baxterVPR.mov.)

http://wired.com/news/evote/0,2645,63298,00.html

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4874190

17. 30% of all U.S. votes are carried out on unverifiable touch screen voting machines with no paper trail.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/
2004/07/28/sunday/main632436.shtml

18. All — not some — but all the voting machine errors detected and reported in Florida went in favor of Bush or Republican candidates.
http://www.wired.com/news/
evote/0,2645,65757,00.html

http://www.yuricareport.com/
ElectionAftermath04/ThreeResearch
StudiesBushIsOut.htm

http://www.rise4news.net/extravotes.html

http://www.ilcaonline.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=950

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/
stories/HL0411/S00227.htm

19. The governor of the state of Florida, Jeb Bush, is the President’s brother.
http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/
tallahassee/news/local/7628725.htm

http://www.washingtonpost.com/
wp-dyn/articles/A10544-2004Oct29.html

20. Serious voting anomalies in Florida — again always favoring Bush — have been mathematically demonstrated and experts are recommending further investigation.
http://www.yuricareport.com/
ElectionAftermath04/
ThreeResearchStudiesBushIsOut.htm

http://www.computerworld.com/g
overnmenttopics/government/policy/
story/0,10801,97614,00.html

http://www.americanfreepress.net/
html/tens_of_thousands.html

http://www.commondreams.org/
headlines04/1106-30.htm

http://www.consortiumnews.com/
2004/110904.html

http://uscountvotes.org/

http://nightweed.com/printableusavotefacts.html

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see

American Blackout (2006) + Cynthia McKinney at Media Summer

Vote Theft For Idiots by Greg Palast + Free For All (trailer)

Orwell Rolls In His Grave (must-see video; 2003)

Robert Kennedy, Greg Palast: The Final Investigation?

The 2008 Election Will Be Stolen By David Swanson

David Iglesias Interview by Greg Palast (video)

Ohio’s voting machines are now an official crime scene

Hacking Democracy (must see videos; 2006)

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