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How Gore, Kerry and Clinton Put Trump in the White House

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Amidst the hellish chaos of the Donald Trump catastrophe, it’s more essential than ever to understand how he got into the White House and who put him there. Then we need to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

In her recent blame-everybody-else-while-doing-nothing screed, “What Happened,” Hillary Clinton fingers James Comey, the Russians and Bernie Sanders.

But, in fact, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore and John Kerry put this madman in office.

This trio of multi-millionaire corporate Democrats won the presidential races of 2000, 2004 and 2016. Then they lay down, said hardly a word and did even less as they let George W. Bush and Donald J. Trump rule the land.

All three presidencies were stolen by stripping large numbers of black, Hispanic, Asian-American and young citizens from the voter rolls, and then electronically flipping the vote count. In 2000 and 2016, the thefts were finalized by the Electoral College.

Along the way, the United States House, Senate and a thousand state, federal and local offices also have been flipped. The Supreme Court has come along for the ride.

The impacts — eight years of George W. Bush and an eternity of Donald Trump — have been somewhere between catastrophic and apocalyptic.

We will recover only if we do what the corporate Democrats have not: Face up to how our entire electoral system has been become a sham and then change it.

Let’s start with Al Gore and Florida 2000.

In 2000, Gore was duly elected president of the United States. He won the popular vote nationwide by more than 500,000 ballots. Later, independent assessments showed he rightfully won Florida, which would have given him a majority in the Electoral College.

Officially, Gore lost Florida by 537 votes. In its infamous 5-4 Bush v. Gore decision, the Supreme Court stopped the recount that might have given Gore the presidency. The deciding vote was cast by Clarence Thomas. Gore, as a U.S. senator, had voted to put him on the bench.

But then-Gov. Jeb Bush, George’s brother and son of the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency, actually prevented the legitimate citizen votes that would have won Gore the presidency. In shifting Florida from Gore to George W. Bush, Jeb Bush used a wide array of strategies perfected by their father at the CIA for overthrowing Third World regimes that American corporate interests deemed inconvenient. Florida 2000 was the logical follow-up.

As Greg Palast reported, Jeb used the ChoicePoint computer program to strip some 90,000 mostly black and Hispanic citizens from the voter rolls. As reported by activist Bev Harris, some 20,000 votes were electronically bounced around in Volusia County and elsewhere. At critical points on election night, they kept Bush2’s chances alive.

About 50,000 votes were tallied for the great consumer activist Ralph Nader in Florida 2000. Corporate Democrats still scream at him for daring to run at all. That pubic assault has shifted the focus away from how the election was actually stolen while undercutting America’s most effective corporate critic. In the perennial war waged by corporate Democrats against social democrats, this has been the new millennium’s centerpiece.

But had Nader not run, and had all who voted for him tried to vote for Gore, Bush still would have become president. With computerized stripping of the voter rolls, and electronic flipping of the vote count, Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris showed that a governor and secretary of state can take any reasonably close statewide vote and engineer whatever outcome they want.

Until very recently, Al Gore never publicly challenged the existence of the Electoral College, which was originally formed in part to empower slave owners. He was the fifth presidential candidate to rightfully win an election but lose the White House.

After 17 years, Gore still has not confronted publicly the issue of Jeb Bush’s stripping the voter registration rolls or flipping the electronic vote count. Gore has never used his considerable public persona or immense personal wealth to open a public dialog about that election’s corrupted outcome — or to work to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Indeed, while presiding over the U.S. Senate as vice president, Gore crushed a legitimate challenge to Florida’s stolen Electoral College delegation that put the GOP in the White House.

Gore has since got a Nobel Prize for his work on climate change. But his actions were the first inconvenient steps to a Trump administration now making climate chaos infinitely worse.

Four years later, John Kerry followed suit.

In Ohio 2004 — as in Florida 2000 — the voter rolls were stripped and the electronic vote count flipped. This time, the prime perpetrator was GOP Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, today a member of Trump’s “election integrity” commission.

Working with Bush2, Karl Rove and Dick Cheney, Ohio’s first African-American secretary of state unleashed a veritable barrage of dirty tricks to take the Buckeye State — and the presidency — away from John Kerry.

In Democratic urban strongholds and college towns, precincts were riddled with chaos that was distinctly lacking in rural Republican regions. Incorrect addresses were posted on the state’s official website, and polling stations were shorted on voting machines. While Blackwell spread confusion about the weight of the paper stock required for ballots, he refused to send usable ones to precincts short on voting machines. As a result, thousands of Ohioans — many students and people of color — simply could not vote.

Official letters were also sent to “ex-felons” threatening criminal prosecution if they dared to vote, even though ex-felons can legally vote in Ohio and many who were threatened weren’t ex-felons anyway. At least 300,000 citizens were stripped from the voter rolls, nearly all in heavily Democratic urban areas. Some absentee ballots in southern Ohio were sent out missing Kerry’s name.

In some Democratic strongholds, voters who pressed Kerry’s name on touchscreen machines saw Bush’s name light up. Some who chose Kerry saw that their choice had disappeared by the time they got to the end of the ballot.

There was much, much more, which Bob Fitrakis and I have documented in “How the GOP Stole America’s 2004 Election,” at freepress.org.

On Election Day, Bush and Rove made one trip out of Washington, D.C. — to check in with Blackwell. They made no public appearances and didn’t bother with Ohio’s GOP governor, Bob Taft.

At 12:20 on election night, despite mass chaos and huge lines (up to five hours long) in Democratic precincts, CNN showed John Kerry winning Ohio — and thus the presidency — by 4.2 percent of the vote. The projected margin was well over 200,000 ballots.

Somehow, a “glitch” stopped the tally. The “problem” was in a server in Chattanooga, Tenn., where the email accounts of Karl Rove and the national Republican Party also resided. They were all managed by Michael Connell, a Bush family high-tech consultant running Ohio’s vote count under a no-bid contract from Blackwell. [Editor’s note: Connell died in a small plane crash in Ohio in 2008, after recently being subpoenaed to testify in a lawsuit alleging vote rigging in the 2004 Ohio election.]

When the flow resumed at 2 a.m., all was flipped. Bush somehow won by 2.5 percent — a 6.7 percent shift. Scholars such as Ron Baiman deemed this change a “virtual statistical impossibility.” Bush’s Blackwell-approved Ohio margin was a beyond-improbable 118,000-plus votes, much of it from three southwestern counties riddled with chaos.

Kerry’s staff was thoroughly briefed on the likely fraud. At noon the next day, with 250,000 votes still uncounted, Kerry conceded. Then he went windsurfing.

Kerry has yet to say a public word about what happened in Ohio 2004, or in other states that year where election theft was blatantly obvious. The fraudulent tactics the GOP “test marketed” in 2004 have been used full force right through the “Trump triumph” of 2016, flipping an untold number of critical elections along the way.

Like Gore and Kerry in 2000 and 2004, Hillary Clinton was the designated winner in 2016. And like them both, she has said and done nothing about the third theft of the U.S. presidency in the first five presidential elections of the new millennium.

Clinton won the national popular vote by at least 2.9 million, despite a massive Jim Crow vote-stripping fraud perpetrated by GOP governors and secretaries of state in about 30 states. Parallel to ChoicePoint in Florida 2000, they used a program called Interstate Crosscheck, spread by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. As reported by Greg Palast, Crosscheck stripped voter rolls on the pretext that citizens were double-registered, even if their names did not match from one state to the other.

Palast estimates that at least 1 million voters were denied their ballots in this way, most of them likely Clinton voters who were black, Hispanic, Asian-American, Muslim and young. As featured in Palast’s book and movie “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy,” Kobach chairs the White House commission aimed at stripping registration rolls in upcoming elections. Clinton mentions Kobach briefly in “What Happened,” but offers no meaningful discussion of how his Jim Crow disenfranchisement campaign might have turned the 2016 outcome — or how to prevent it from happening again.

Clinton also briefly mentions the Electoral College that cost her the White House, but — like Gore and Kerry — gives no indication she plans to do anything significant about abolishing it.

She also fails to explore the fact that she won the exit polls in Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — more than enough to give her an Electoral College victory. In all those states, the official vote count was deeply tainted with massive registration stripping and widespread electronic flipping.

But she harshly assaults Green candidate Jill Stein, echoing Democrat party-line attacks on Nader.

Trump’s total alleged margin in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania was under 100,000. As in Florida 2000, Clinton counts Stein’s votes and complains that had they all gone to her, she could have won.

But she never mentions that she stiffed Stein’s attempts to investigate the obvious fraud in all three states. As Palast has reported, more than enough Wisconsin voters were stripped from the registration rolls using new photo ID requirements to flip that key state to Clinton. In lawsuits filed on behalf of the Stein campaign, Bob Fitrakis has established that Wisconsin also failed to provide transparent electronic voting machine source codes, as required by law.

In Michigan, where Clinton allegedly lost by about 10,000 votes, some 70,000 ballots were recorded without a presidential preference. In the face of obvious manipulation, Clinton has never questioned the absurd presumption that tens of thousands of Democratic voters in Detroit and Flint would slog through long lines and official abuse to cast ballots without marking a choice for chief executive.

In fact, Clinton killed Stein’s attempt to force a recount in Michigan. When a judge ruled Stein lacked standing, but that Clinton had it, Clinton’s lawyers refused to support the recount. They also stonewalled Stein’s investigations in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

None of this is mentioned in “What Happened” or in Clinton’s public appearances. The candidate who rightfully won the 2016 election never mentions the obvious stripping and flipping that defined her losses in the three states that put Trump in the White House. Like Gore and Kerry, she has never indicated anywhere that she intends to do anything to stop this from happening again.

Clinton does, however, famously attack former FBI Director James Comey and the Russians for allegedly derailing her campaign at crucial moments.

Comey’s announcement of an investigation of her emails did, in fact, put a crimp in Clinton’s campaign. She still won the popular vote and the exit polls in the five key states that could have won her the Electoral College.

The Russians may or may not have hacked our electronic voting machines. But it’s abundantly clear, 17 years after Florida 2000, that those machines can be hacked with ridiculous ease, and that the likeliest culprits will always be local officials whose access is universal, quick and predictable.

The Russians may or may not have also released emails showing that Clinton’s cronies on the Democratic National Committee wrongfully sabotaged the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Again and again, Clinton contemptuously assaults Sanders for his allegedly lukewarm support of her candidacy. But she completely ignores the massive grass-roots social democratic uprising that continues to make him America’s most popular politician.

Instead, she locked up her boring, uninspired candidacy behind the mighty fortress of corporate Democrats who seem to fear the social/green democrats to whom the party must ultimately belong if it’s ever again to take power. She let her personal hatred of Vladimir Putin convince even many of her followers that she might well spark a new Cold War with Russia.

Thus, she still misses and disses the activist nation that nominated Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, helped him survive the GOP’s strip-and-flip assaults, and thus escape the Electoral College death trap.

In 2016 the grass-roots “Hope and Change” tidal wave segued into the “Sandernista” uprising. It became the most powerful grass-roots movement for eco-social democracy in modern U.S. history. The latest incarnation is now in a desperate struggle to take the Democratic Party back from the “Clintonista” corporate elite that has gutted it. Its agenda is to turn the party into a force for peace, social justice and ecological sanity that can actually win elections.

Had Clinton lowered herself to embrace it, she might well have overcome a thoroughly corrupted electoral system and kept Trump out of the White House.

But as of now, there is no indication that either she, Al Gore or John Kerry are awake to the power of that movement, or to the need to confront an electoral system that strips millions of citizens from its registration rolls, flips electronic vote counts, and has used the Electoral College twice in this century to elect the likes of Bush and Trump as president.

With the corrupt remnants of the Clintons’ corporate-owned Democratic Leadership Council (which Hillary praises in “What Happened”) still in control of the party machinery, more than a thousand federal, state and local offices have slipped to the Republicans since 2000. Much of that clearly stems from grass-roots disgust with a party run by a dull, tone-deaf corporate cabal whose agenda on war, trade, welfare and more, is often indistinguishable from that of the GOP.

But much also has to do with the death grip Republican governors and secretaries of state have on the electoral apparatus. In 2016 and 2018, six U.S. Senate seats went to Republican candidates who lost in the exit polls, a virtual statistical impossibility. With those races went control of the upper House — and the Supreme Court.

Trump’s federal commission on “voter fraud,” headed by Kobach, with Blackwell by his side, is escalating the Jim Crow assault on our voter rolls. Easily hacked electronic voting machines guarantee flipped outcomes. The Electoral College still lets small red states deny the duly elected presidential candidates rightful access to the White House.

The reforms we need to our electoral apparatus include universal automatic voter registration, transparent poll books to guarantee duly registered citizens can actually vote, a four-day holiday for voting, easily accessible polling stations, and, above all, universal hand-counted paper ballots, to stay where they are cast in translucent containers with clear chain of custody until they can be tallied in full daylight, with open national oversight.

We also need an end to gerrymandering, the death of the Electoral College and an end to corporate money in campaigns.

All this seems beneath the corporate Democrats. But without such reforms, it’s a sad illusion that the Congress can be retaken in 2018, or that the GOP rampage through state and local legislatures can be reversed.

As for 2020, with the current electoral claptrap, a progressive presidency is almost certainly out of reach.

It will be up to the grass-roots sequel to the Sandernista movement to end this nightmare.

If “What Happened” and their timid inaction are any indicator, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Al Gore still don’t get it. That they opened the door for Donald Trump will be their most profound collective legacy.

“Truth!” shouts Jack Nicholson at the end of the legendary film “A Few Good Men.” “You can’t handle the truth!”

Until they can, these three biggest losers — and their moribund corporate Democrats — are destined for the scrapheap of history.

The sooner, the better.

 

Harvey Wasserman edits  www.nukefree.org . His SOLARTOPIA! OUR GREEN-POWERED EARTH is at  www.solartopia.org . The Solartopia Green Power & Wellness Show airs at  www.progressiveradionetwork.com .

HARVEY WASSERMAN’S HISTORY OF THE US is available at http://www.harveywasserman.com/, as is A GLIMPSE OF THE BIG LIGHT and clues to the whereabouts of the Holy Grail.

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An Election—and a Nation—Lost in Afghanistan & Vietnam The GOP/corporate coup d’etat is nearly complete. The Republicans now control the major media, the Supreme Court, the Congress and soon the presidency. Think Jeb Bush in 2016.Image created from image creditingTuesday, September 23, 2014 (11 comments)     

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Gorgeous global march shows how to win the climate fight The magic of today’s New York minute was its upbeat diversity, sheer brilliance and relentless charm.Ebola_virus_virion.jpg: Ebola virus virionThursday, September 18, 2014 (19 comments)     

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Corporate Personhood Is the Ebola Virus of Climate Chaos But nothing truly lasting will happen until we eradicate the virus that’s killing us all–the unrestrained corporate power over our lives and planet. The core engine of our economy must at last be made directly accountable to humankind and our Mother Earth.Image created from image creditingSaturday, September 13, 2014 (2 comments)     

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Let’s Bury King C.O.N.G. at People’s Climate March The corporate beast that’s killing us all draws its power from a lethal mutation with no basis in law or sanity. Without a free and open internet to bring it down, our struggle to survive is in serious jeopardy. We can win. But to do so we must preserve net neutrality, transform the corporation and bury King C.O.N.G. in the Solartopian compost heap.Image created from image creditingMonday, July 21, 2014 (4 comments)     

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Fukushima’s Children are Dying Some 39 months after the multiple explosions at Fukushima, thyroid cancer rates among nearby children have skyrocketed to more than forty times (40x) normal.NRC Team in Japan visits the Fukushima Daiichi 3Tuesday, June 3, 2014 (3 comments)     

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News Flash: Fukushima Is Still a Disaster The corporate media silence on Fukushima has been deafening even though the melted-down nuclear power plant’s seaborne radiation is now washing up on American beaches.Image created from image creditingWednesday, April 9, 2014     

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Fighting Our Fossil-Nuke Extinction Our choice is not between nuclear power and fossil fuels. Either is sufficient to kill us outright or strand us alone on a dead planet. We can no more survive on a planet burned and poisoned by fossil fuels than we can on one mutated and heated by atomic energy. Time is short and the two movements must make their peace. We have the means. Now we need the will.Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, where U.S. suffered its most serious nuclear accident in 1979, is seen across SusTuesday, April 1, 2014 (5 comments)     

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The Nuclear Omnicide Burning coal spews still more radiation into our air, along with mercury and other lethal pollutants. Fracking for gas draws toxins up from the earth’s crust. Industry apologists say reactors can moderate the climate chaos caused by burning those fossil fuels. But fighting global weirding with atomic power is like trying to cure a fever with a lethal dose of X-ray. The larger biospheric clock is ticking. We need to act.//www.flickr.com/photos/9968740@N07/10654218764/: USS Ronald ReaganThursday, March 6, 2014 (2 comments)     

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The USS Reagan Is Fukushima’s Unlucky Dragon Fifty-seven years before the USS Ronald Reagan was swept with radiation from the Fukushima meltdown, a similar, terrible fate befell the crew of a small Japanese fishing boat called the “Lucky Dragon.” – 2014/03/04//www.flickr.com/photos/30808846@N08/12278603383/: USS Ronald Reagan - Nimitz class nuclear carrierThursday, February 27, 2014 (5 comments)     

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Documents Say Navy Knew Fukushima Dangerously Contaminated the USS Reagan A stunning new report indicates the U.S. Navy knew that sailors from the nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan took major radiation hits from the Fukushima atomic power plant after its meltdowns and explosions nearly three years ago.Replace Insecure http://files.cdn.ecowatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/solarornukes.jpgThursday, February 20, 2014 (6 comments)     

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Obama’s Nuke-Powered Drone Strike on America’s Fiscal Sanity So the “all the above” energy strategy now deems we dump another $6.5 billion in bogus loan guarantees down the atomic drain. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced finalization of hotly contested taxpayer handouts for the two Vogtle reactors being built in Georgia. Another $1.8 billion waits to be pulled out of your pocket and poured down the radioactive sink hole. A nuke-powered drone strike on fiscal sanity.//www.flickr.com/photos/89251656@N00/6412885897/: Rest in RadioactivityMonday, February 3, 2014 (8 comments)     

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50 Reasons We Should Fear the Worst from Fukushima This “see no evil, pay no damages” mindset dates from the Bombing of Hiroshima to Fukushima to the disaster coming next … which could be happening as you read this. Here are 50 preliminary reasons why this radioactive legacy demands we prepare for the worst for our oceans, our planet, our economy … ourselves.Image created from image creditingSaturday, January 11, 2014 (20 comments)     

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Toll of U.S. Sailors Devastated by Fukushima Radiation Continues to Climb The roll call of U.S. sailors who say their health was devastated when they were irradiated while delivering humanitarian help near the stricken Fukushima nuke is continuing to soar. So many have come forward that the progress of their federal class action lawsuit has been delayed.//www.flickr.com/photos/69383258@N08/8269893050/: NRC Officials visit Fukushima Dai-ichi Complex, Dec. 13, 20Monday, November 4, 2013 (9 comments)     

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Pro-Nuke Scientists Should Go To Fukushima The four scientists who have advocated more nuclear power as a solution to global warming should go to Fukushima. Atomic energy is a failed technology & the radiation now constantly gushing from that stricken site is already harming us all. The Tokyo Electric Power Company is incapable of handling this worsening crisis. The Japanese government must turn the site over to a global task force of the world’s best scientistsMonday, October 28, 2013 (1 comments)     

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Robert Stone must film Fukushima now, before Japanese Censorship Kicks In We are in desperate need of documentary filmmakers at Fukushima. The Japanese government is about to pass a national censorship law clearly meant to make it impossible to know what’s going on there.Replace Insecure https://www.truthdig.com/images/eartothegrounduploads/shutterstock_92878072-shutdown-nukes-300.jpgFriday, October 18, 2013 (5 comments)     

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Thousands of Nuclear Regulators Sent Home During Shutdown All of this has hurt the nuclear industry. A long, drawn-out shutdown would have gone further, killing the re-licensing process and the endless flow of rubber-stamped regulatory exceptions on which the industry thrives. An unmanageable accident in the midst of this shorthanded mess would have been another chime in a chorus of death knells.Wednesday, October 2, 2013 (3 comments)     

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The demand for a global take-over at Fukushima has hit critical mass The petitions circulating through the Internet ask that the United Nations take over. They ask the world scientific and engineering communities to step in. The signatures are pouring in from all over the world. By November, they will be delivered to the United Nations. The corporate media has blacked out meaningful coverage of the most critical threat to global health and safety in decades. The Rootsaction petition also askSaturday, September 21, 2013 (17 comments)     

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Humankind’s Most Dangerous Moment: Fukushima Fuel Pool at Unit 4. “This is an Issue of Human Survival.”Overall, more than 11,000 fuel assemblies are scattered around the Fukushima site. According to long-time expert and former Department of Energy official Robert Alvarez, there is more than 85 times as much lethal cesium on site as was released at Chernobyl.Replace Insecure https://www.truthdig.com/images/eartothegrounduploads/Flag_of_Syria-nukes-300.jpgFriday, September 13, 2013 (4 comments)     

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Five Ways a Wider Syrian War Could Go Nuclear Should DU weaponry be used yet again, this time in Syria, the contamination would be widespread and irreversible. Many thousands of innocent people — including the countless unborn — would suffer greatly. As with all radioactive fallout, the lethal effects will stretch through the generations.Replace Insecure https://www.truthdig.com/images/eartothegrounduploads/5532513013_6378f195f8_z.jpgWednesday, August 28, 2013 (2 comments)     

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Dr. Hansen, We Need You at Fukushima and Diablo Canyon When you draw a line from Three Mile Island through Chernobyl and Fukushima, what comes next? At the very least — before anyone spends time and money on still more atomic pipe dreams — we need a unified global scientific community to put an end to the escalating radioactive horror that’s with us now.//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:San_Onofre_2001.jpgFriday, June 7, 2013 (3 comments)     

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Massive Grassroots Activism Victory: San Onofre Is Dead & So Is Nuclear Power From his California beach house at San Clemente, Richard Nixon once watched three reactors rise at nearby San Onofre. As of June 7, 2013 , all three are permanently shut.//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:San_Onofre_2001.jpg: San Onofre 2001Thursday, May 16, 2013 (2 comments)     

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Grassroots Activism Brings San Onofre to the No Nukes Brink In January, it seemed the restart of San Onofre Unit 2 would be a corporate cake walk. With its massive money & clout, Southern California Edison was ready to ram through a license exception for a reactor whose botched $770 million steam generator fix had kept it shut for a year. But a funny thing has happened: a No Nukes groundswell has turned this routine rubber stamping into an epic battle the grassroots might winMonday, April 29, 2013 (1 comments)     

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Los Angeles to San Onofre: ‘Not So Fast!’ There is a deep-rooted public opposition to resumed operations at reactors perched in a tsunami zone near earthquake faults that threaten all of southern California & much of the Southwest.//www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifT_bDokv_ESunday, March 10, 2013 (12 comments)     

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Fukushima is already harming our children Thyroid abnormalities have now been confirmed among tens of thousands of children downwind from Fukushima. They are the first clear sign of an unfolding radioactive tragedy that demands this industry be buried forever.Friday, February 15, 2013 (2 comments)     

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Our Atomic Dominoes Are Falling Every promise the nuclear energy industry has made—from “too cheap to meter” to “reactors don’t explode” to “radiation is good for you”—has turned toxic. Green technology can save us from all this.Monday, November 12, 2012 (1 comments)     

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An Election Protection Agenda for 2016 Winning all this will require the usual blood, sweat and tears of a long, hard national grassroots campaign. Since Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004, this movement has made great strides in exposing the corrupt nature of an all-too-vulnerable electoral system. But the hard work has just begun. If we are to live in a democracy, we have no choice but to win. So let’s do it!Friday, November 9, 2012 (1 comments)     

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Romney would have won if it had all come down to Ohio Had this election been closer,your media days would now be filled with breathless bloviators perched here in Columbus,searching for hanging electronic chads.We would be in the throes of yet another losing Constitutional crisis,courtesy of an Electoral College whose roots are in slavery,and electronic registration and voting systems that should have been abolished long ago.If any of that is still in place in 2016,shame on us.Saturday, November 3, 2012 (2 comments)     

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Will America’s 2012 Election Be Stolen? National Press Club, Monday, November 5 Press conference will focus on the ownership, programming, operation and management of America’s electronic vote count, an on-going threat to the verifiability of our national vote count. Lisagor Room, National Press Club, 12:00 PM on Monday, November 5, 2012. With Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein and authors of WILL THE GOP STEAL AMERICA’S 2012 ELECTION, Bob Fitrakis and Harvey WassermanThursday, November 1, 2012 (3 comments)     

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Why we fight to prevent stolen elections in 2012 and beyond Pay very close attention to what happens in this election, following with a powerful social movement that will deliver real democracy to this country.Which candidate gets your vote is not our concern here.As Americans,we agree on one thing: all citizens must have their right to a ballot and to have it counted.In the long run,our one best hope for a sustainable future is the power of a fully enfranchised people.Monday, September 24, 2012 (3 comments)     

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Will 9 GOP governors put Romney in the White House? Republican governors of the nine key swing states above have the power to flip the election without significant public recourse. Except for exit polls there is no established way to check how the official electronic vote count might square with the actual intent of the electorate. And there is no legal method by which an electronic vote count can be effectively challenged.Thursday, September 6, 2012 (5 comments)     

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Will the GOP steal America’s 2012 election? For those working on the 2012 election, and for democracy in general, it will take an extraordinary commitment to protecting the registered status of millions of Americans, getting them to the polls, guaranteeing their right to vote once there, and making sure there is an accurate vote count — electronic and otherwise — once those votes are cast.

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10/10(火) 変えよう選挙制度の会10月例会:ドイツの2017年総選挙結果と選挙制度について~揺らぐ小選挙区比例代表併用制~ by limitlesslife
September 24, 2017, 12:17 pm
Filed under: 選挙(制度、無効、票格差、・・・)

紅林進です。

市民の自由な選挙運動参加を妨げ、また民意を正しく反映できていない、現行の選挙制度や公職選挙法を、民意が正しく反映され、市民が自由に参加できる選挙制度に変えようと活動しています「変えよう選挙制度の会」では、10月例会を下記のテーマで、10月10日(火)に、東京・飯田橋の東京ボランティア・市民活動センターの会議室で開催します。なおいつもは水曜日に開催しておりますが、今回は火曜日ですのでお間違いないようによろしくお願いします。

ご関心のあります方はどなたでも参加できますので、「こくちーず」の下記サイトhttp://kokucheese.com/event/index/488397/
あるいは下記Eメールアドレス think.elesys@gmail.com までご連絡の上、ご参加ください。

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変えよう選挙制度の会 10月例会

テーマ:ドイツの2017年総選挙結果と選挙制度について
~揺らぐ小選挙区比例代表併用制~
田中久雄さん(変えよう選挙制度の会)の報告の後、
     参加者のみなさんと意見交換します。

日時:10月10日(火) 18:30~20:30

会場:東京ボランティア・市民活動センター 会議室B

       (飯田橋・セントラルプラザ(庁舎棟)10階)
アクセス・地図 http://www.tvac.or.jp/page/tvac_access
        JR田橋駅西口仮駅舎を出たら市ヶ谷方面に進み、交番を右折、牛込橋を渡り右側に見える茶色のビルがセントラルプラザです。
車イスなどをご利用の方は、エレベーターのある東口をご利用ください。
地下鉄 (有楽町線・東西線・南北線・大江戸線)飯田橋駅「B2b」出口よりセントラルプラザ1階に直結しています。

会費:500円

【お申し込み】は下記サイトからお願いします。
こくちーず http://kokucheese.com/event/index/488397/
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本日9/21の朝日新聞「天声人語」でも取り上げられた高額の選挙供託金【拡散希望】9/29日(金)「供託金違憲訴訟」第五回裁判(@東京地裁)、傍聴のお願い   by limitlesslife
September 21, 2017, 10:23 pm
Filed under: 選挙(制度、無効、票格差、・・・)
紅林進です。
本日9月21日(木)の『朝日新聞』朝刊の「天声人語」でも取り上げられていますが、日本の選挙に立候補するための「選挙供託金」は非常に高額です。
選挙に立候補するためには、町村議会議員を除き、供託金を選挙管理員会に供託する必要があると日本の現行の「公職選挙法」で規定されています。
しかもその供託金の額は、日本は各国と比べ、飛び抜けて高く、世界一の高額です。
衆議院、参議院の選挙区に立候補するためには一人300万円、比例区では、一人当たり600万円です。
しかも一定の得票率に達しないと、その供託金は没収されてしまいます。
これでは、格差が広がり、ワーキングプアの人々が増える中、収入や財産に余裕のない人は、立候補することができません。立候補する権利を実質的に制限するものです。
これは日本国憲法第44条「両議院の議員及びその選挙人の資格は、法律でこれを定める。但し、人種、信条、性別、社会的身分、門地、教育、財産又は収入によつて差別してはならない。」の但し書きの「財産又は収入によつて差別してはならない」に明らかに反するものです。 憲法第14条の「法の下の平等」にも反すると私は思います。
1925年(大正14年)に(男子)普通選挙が導入されるまで、選挙権(投票権)は、納税額によって制限されていましたが、被選挙権(立候補権)については、納税額が供託金に変わっただけで、実質的には収入・財差による制限選挙であり、その意味では、被選挙権については、現在も、平等な普通選挙は依然、実現していないと言わざるを得ません。
世界的には立候補するにあたって選挙供託金は全くないかあっても少額の国が多いです。お隣の韓国では、日本ほどではないですが、やはり高額な選挙供託金がありましたが、韓国の裁判所はそれに違憲判決を出しました。
衆議院議員選挙において、供託金が用意できずに立候補の権利が奪われた埼玉県の原告が2016年5月27日、供託金は憲法に違反すると東京地裁に提訴しました。 この「選挙供託金違憲訴訟」は、 宇都宮健児弁護団長と、7人の弁護団により裁判が続けられています。
その第5回裁判が9月29日(金)の午後2時から東京地裁の103号法廷で行われます。
裁判の開廷時間は午後2時ですが、今回は抽選なし、先着順ですので、傍聴を希望されます方は早めに103号法廷前にお並びください。
なお午後1時15分からは、東京地裁前でアピール行動をし、1時30分からは、入廷行動を行います。
裁判終了後は、午後3時頃から、東京地裁の隣にある弁護士会館にて報告会を行います。
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9月29日(金)14:00~ 東京地裁103号法廷 
 
いよいよ裁判官の踏み込んだ異例の発言を受けて、供託金が違憲であることの追加主張と、世界的にみても高額すぎる諸外国の事情を主張立証すべく、宇都宮健児弁護団長が法廷に立ちます。聞き応えのある第5回裁判です。歴史的な判決を後押しに、ぜひ傍聴にいらしてください。注目の高さで弁護団を応援ください。必ず傍聴席を満席にしたいと願っています。傍聴券は抽選ではありません。直接、東京地裁103号法廷前にお並びください(先着順)。
 
■入廷前アクションと報告会にもご参加下さい。
9月29日(金)
13:15~  【東京地裁前アピール】
13:30     【入廷行動】
14:00~  【開廷】東京地裁103号法廷  ※直接、東京地裁103号法廷前にお並びください(入廷は先着順となります)
15:00頃~【報告会】弁護士会館508号ABC会議室 ※弁護士会館は東京地裁の裏手になります。
 
東京地裁
東京都千代田区霞が関1-1-4
(地下鉄東京メトロ丸の内線・日比谷線・千代田線「霞ヶ関駅」A1出口徒歩1分、
地下鉄東京メトロ有楽町線「桜田門駅」5番出口徒歩約3分)
http://www.courts.go.jp/tokyo/about/syozai/tokyotisai/
【お問合せ】供託金違憲訴訟を支援する会
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選挙供託金違憲訴訟弁護団を、民意の高さで後押しください。インターネットから署名いただけるようになりました。
紙の署名にご協力いただいた方でも、ネット署名も可能です。
【ネット署名】https://goo.gl/P4iR6a


毎日放送ちちんぷいぷい&TBSデイ・キャッチ!(2017/9/19) 解散総選挙、三澤肇さんの報告、二木啓考さんの解説 by limitlesslife
September 20, 2017, 2:40 am
Filed under: アベノミス, 選挙(制度、無効、票格差、・・・)

 

永岡です、毎日放送のちちんぷいぷい、ヤマヒロ(山本浩之)さんの司会で、解散総選挙について報じられました。東京報道の三澤肇さんが国会前から報告されました。

大阪の街頭で市民のインタビューだとASS(abe Shinzo Shusho(c)想田和弘さん)の身勝手に批判的であり、トミーズ健さん、選挙にお金もかかり、チャンスだから選挙するのは膨大な税金を使って選挙するのはおかしいと指摘されて、玉木正之さんはこんなに早く解散と言われるのは珍しいと言われて、健さん、政権の問題、野党のスキャンダルのたびに選挙するのはおかしい、野党は憲法に基づいて臨時国会を要求しても、選挙を森友学園問題、加計学園隠しに使うのはおかしい、玉木さんも勝てるからやるのはおかしいと指摘されました。

三澤さん、二階氏が11時から会見、ASSから早期解散を支持されて、幹事長としてやるといい、記者から解散総選挙ありきの質問しか飛ばず、一部の記者からは勝敗ラインの質問が出るほど、解散風、野党から森友学園問題、加計学園問題隠しと問うと、二階氏は小さなことと言って後で消す始末、二階氏は余裕で、自民党は極秘に世論調査して、手ごたえのある数字が出て、3連休も調査してこれをASSに伝えて、数字の裏付けによる解散になる。

野党はどうか、三澤さん大阪で取材→東京に帰り、民進党の幹部を見つけて電車の中で話しすると怒り、仕事人内閣と言いつつ仕事せず、所信表明なし、森友学園、加計学園を追及できず、小選挙区289で民進党は210しか出来ておらず、共産党との選挙協力について、この幹部は共闘に前向きであり、新党は9/28までに立ち上げたく、若狭氏の政治塾があり、小池氏が講師であり、吹田の市議会議員の山口氏がこれに参加して、しかし解散などについて山口氏に指示なし、小池新党なら、小池氏の応援が必須であり、石田英司さん、小池新党は来週までに候補者をどうするのかと聞かれて、三澤さん、新党は体制が解散総選挙に間に合わず、塾生と民進党の離党組を入れるとしても、政党名も決まっておらず、何より選挙資金、政党助成金は新党に出ず、三澤さん、山口氏にいくら用意できるかと聞いたら1000万円であり、選挙には1000万でも事務所は借りられず、小池氏頼み、しかし、東京、首都圏と異なり地方には小池氏の風はなく、ただし比例区があり、そこで通るために小池氏の応援や、どれだけ候補者を立てられるか、風雲急を告げるものと三澤さん締めくくられました。

解散する理由がわかったと玉木さん指摘されて、森友学園、加計学園を追及されたくない、支持率回復、民進党の離党ドミノ、小池新党は準備できず、大義は消費税増税を子育て支援、社会保障にすると言うものの、石田さん、3党合意の時から消費税増税は借金返済のため、将来のためとしていたのに、プライマリーバランスの問題も残っているのです。

 

デイ・キャッチ!でジャーナリストの二木啓考さんが指摘されて、ASSのタイミングだとこれしかない「自分都合解散」、解散権は総理が持ち、自分都合でないのは追い込まれ解散、選挙のライバル、野党の弱い時に解散するもので、強啓さん唐突感、大義は何かといわれて、二木さん、有権者とASSの都合にずれ、これを埋めるのは大義、今自民党は大義を考えて、(1)景気回復のために自公でやる、野党でいいのか、(2)社会保障の問題、毎年1兆円積み上がり、ASSの言う全世代の社会保障充実、来年9月に消費税をあげて社会保障を充実、(3)3つめは憲法改悪、消費税増税でプライマリーバランスは置いて、2%上げた分は社会保障、物価も上がるものの、社会保障にするというものの、ちゃんと行くか?

加計学園、森友学園問題、国会を開くと野党は追及するもので、ASSは説明するとしていたが、解散総選挙だと臨時国会での追及を回避できるものであり、強啓さん、ASSの信頼度はどうなる?加計学園、森友学園問題は説明されていないと指摘されて、二木さん、国民にとってどうか、森友学園問題、加計学園で支持率が下がり、10/22の投票にASSを信頼できないものが残り、国民はモヤモヤして、これを自公は払拭できるか、自公には賭け、しかし野党がへなちょこで、野党より自公と選択してもらいたいものの、仕事人内閣ではなく仕事しない内閣、非正規労働者の問題も解決されず選挙戦に入り、内閣改造後、何もしておらず、これが投票にどう出るか?

野党はどうするか、民進党もゴタゴタ、解散総選挙だと離党ドミノは増えて、前原氏のような昔の名前で出ています、では勝てず、野党共闘について、前原氏は共産党が嫌い、共産党と組みたくない、共産党はてを組むとシロアリ呼ばわりして、個別の選挙区でどうするか、まとまっておらず、選択肢がなく、国会で競ったときではなく、与野党ともに大義の空中戦になり、ここまで何をやったか、国政選挙からASS政権を評価するかと締めくくられました。デイ・キャッチ!ではリスナーから批判の声もあり、説明も仕事もしていないという批判であり、レギュラーの小西克哉さんはスローガンなし、内閣改造後夏休みで、何も仕事しておらず、この国はソ連末期の社会主義国みたいであり、解散の大義に消費税増税の件を俄作り、しかし公約と解散の大義は一致しないものもあり、いきなり子育て支援とか、消費税増税を言うのは後付け、ASSは消費税増税を渋り、しかし今回入れたのは何か、増税は財政再建、借金返済ではなく、社会保障は民主党政権時から言われて、選挙管理内閣、休眠状態、総理が解散権を独占しているのは、政治家とメディアが作ってきた問題のあるもの、7条解散の拡大解釈、アメリカで銃の蔓延と同じ、こういうものこそ憲法を修正して総理に勝手な解散をさせないようにすべきで、7条解散をこんなアホなことをしているのは日本のみ、独裁国家になると、天皇の国事行為を拡大解釈である、野党は争点にすべきと批判されました。以上、ぷいぷいとデイ・キャッチ!の内容でした。

 

 

 

 



とりプロ選挙市民審議会ビデオのお知らせ:政党助成制度の改革 by limitlesslife
September 18, 2017, 10:35 pm
Filed under: 選挙(制度、無効、票格差、・・・)
皆さん

IWJにビデオをアップしていただきましたので、お知らせします。

公正・平等な選挙改革にとりくむプロジェクト主催「選挙市民審議会 第10回 第3部門審議会」――韓国の事例を参考に政党助成制度の改革について協議 | IWJ Independent Web Journal
http://iwj.co.jp/wj/open/archives/398343

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【拡散希望】【選挙供託金違憲訴訟】での違憲判決を求めるネット署名ご協力のお願い by limitlesslife
September 15, 2017, 12:31 am
Filed under: 選挙(制度、無効、票格差、・・・)

紅林進です。
先ほど9月29日(金)に行われる「供託金違憲訴訟」第五回裁判(@東京地裁)、傍聴のお願いのメールを差し上げましたが、
この「供託金違憲訴訟」に関しては、【選挙供託金違憲訴訟での違憲判決を求める署名】がこれまで紙媒体で行われてきましたが、
それに加えて、このたびネット署名も始まりました。まだ署名されていない方は、ぜひぜひご署名ください。
(以下、転送・転載・拡散大歓迎)
【選挙供託金違憲訴訟】での違憲判決を求めるネット署名ご協力のお願い
誰もが立候補できる選挙制度のために、【選挙供託金違憲訴訟】での違憲判決を求める署名に、ぜひご協力ください!!
日 本では、300万円から600万円ものお金を選管に預けなければ、国会議員に立候補できません。
政治はお金持ちに牛耳られ、私たち庶民からどんどん遠ざかっていきます。
こんな制度は、なくさなければいけません。
いま、宇都宮健児さんが弁護団長となり、裁判が行われています。
裁判長も役人の言い分を鵜呑みにせず、原告の意見に耳を傾ける姿勢を見せています。
このチャンスに、「世論も盛り上がっているぞ!!」と数で示して違憲判決を勝ち取りましょう。
ネット署名が以下のサイトで立ち上がりました。

https://goo.gl/P4iR6a

是非とも、ネット署名にご協力をお願い致します。



7/12(水)変えよう選挙制度の会・7月例会「都議会議員選挙結果と都道府県議会選挙について考えてみよう!」 by limitlesslife
June 27, 2017, 10:59 pm
Filed under: 選挙(制度、無効、票格差、・・・)

紅林進です。

市民の自由な選挙運動参加を妨げ、また民意を正しく反映できていない、現行
の選挙制度や公職選挙法を、民意が正しく反映され、市民が自由に参加できる
選挙制度に変えようと活動しています「変えよう選挙制度の会」では、7月例会を
下記のテーマで、明日7月12日(水)に、東京・飯田橋の東京ボランティア・市民

活動センターの会議室で開催します。
現在、7月2日(日)に投開票される東京都議会議員選挙のまさに選挙運動期
間中ですが、今回の7月例会では、その都議会議員選挙の結果と都道府県議
会議員選挙について考えます。
ご関心のあります方はどなたでも参加できますので、「こくちーず」の下記サイト
http://kokucheese.com/event/index/475895/  あるいは下記Eメールアドレス
think.elesys@gmail.com  までご連絡の上、ご参加ください。

(以下、転送・転載・拡散大歓迎)

変えよう選挙制度の会 7月例会
テーマ:都議会議員選挙結果と都道府県議会選挙について考えてみよう!

報告:田中久雄さん(変えよう選挙制度の会)と意見交換
田中さんお話の後に参加者のみなさんと意見交換します

日時:7月12日(水)18:30~20:30

会場:東京ボランティア・市民活動センター 会議室A

        (飯田橋・セントラルプラザ(庁舎棟)10階)
アクセス・地図 http://www.tvac.or.jp/page/tvac_access
JR田橋駅西口仮駅舎を出たら市ヶ谷方面に進み、交番を右折、牛込橋を

    渡り右側に見える茶色のビルがセントラルプラザです。
車イスなどをご利用の方は、エレベーターのある東口をご利用ください。
地下鉄 (有楽町線・東西線・南北線・大江戸線)飯田橋駅「B2b」出口より
    セントラルプラザ1階に直結しています。
会費:500円

【お申し込み】は、「こくちーず」の下記サイトから
http://kokucheese.com/event/index/475895/
あるいは下記Eメールアドレスまでご連絡ください。
Eメール: think.elesys@gmail.com

主催:変えよう選挙制度の会
URL: http://kaeyo-senkyo.tumblr.com/
フェイスブック: https://www.facebook.com/kaeruelesys
ツイッター:https://twitter.com/thinkelesys
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チラシ
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzIRaOLF7sGKdE5zZHpfYV82THM 

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