“We deal in illusions, man. None of it is true. But you people sit there day after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds. We’re all you know. You’re beginning to believe the illusions we’re spinning here. You’re beginning to think that the tube is reality and that your own lives are unreal. You do whatever the tube tells you. You dress like the tube. You eat like the tube. You raise your children like the tube. You even think like the tube. This is mass madness — you maniacs! In God’s name you people are the real thing, WE are the illusion.

“So turn off your television sets. Turn them off now. Turn them off right now. Turn them off and leave them off. Turn them off right in the middle of the sentence I am speaking to you now. Turn them off!!”

Howard Beale, as played by Peter Finch, during his live studio broadcast of the Network News Hour

Requiem For America

Which died–at least in the form originally espoused by it’s creators wherein people were allowed to vote–in 2000. Our new targets if we ever hope to fight the current American dictatorship–and let’s not mince words, for a one-party government with no effective elections is just that: a dictatorship–are these:

1). the electronic voting machines and the GOP-run companies which run them.

2). the corporate media, as complicit as ever in the voter fraud and theft of the election of 2004.

There are many falling for the horseshit that Rove is pushing: fundamentalists came out in bigger numbers and the election was won on “moral values.” They are suckers; let’s hope they get educated soon. They are not worth more severe criticism as they have probably spent too much time in front of a TV and their circuits are jammed.

It is your job to spread the word: each of you has an inside line on one or more of the fifty million plus Kerry voters out there who are now depressed–it is your job to turn that depression into vote-theft elucidation and subsequent anger. Nay, fury.

As Randi Rhodes points out: elections are the one day where even the smallest, poorest person in America has as much say as the richest and most powerful–and those motherfuckers took that day away. Are you going to stand for that, America? Are you going to lie down for 4 more years like a dog? Are you going to let that smirky, lying, vote-stealing motherfucker strut around like Il Duce in this country?

Well, are you?

See also: Evidence Mounts That The Vote May Have Been Hacked, The Ultimate Felony Against Democracy, Electronic Voting: The Stolen Election of 2004, Massive Voter Suppression and Corruption in Ohio, Democratic Underground and Too many voting ’irregularities’ to be coincidence, which is the original article–unbeknownst to me at the time, which provided the previous graphs.