Wednesday, November 03, 2004


US Election 2004 - A Shark's Tale of possibly Fishy Results

BUSH is a jerk. I sincerely hope he has NOT won this time around. If he does, it will be FISHY! See below. It still looks really close; and this time they have promised (ha) that "all votes will be counted" and this means that the election will hang on the balance of "provisional votes" which I have heard will not even be counted for another ten days.... Somehow it reminded me of a Third World election.

I find it really suspicious that the Republicans should have won Florida, and for it not to be declared as "too close to count" once more... As Ohio has been. Didn't people SEE all those thousands and thousands of voters queuing... Most of them looked black or Hispanic to me!! But then, in some counties, the've replaced the broken-down old punchcard machines with electronic voting terminals, which don't seem to me like much of an improvement; in fact, they're worse - because unlike the "hanging chads" - how can they even be checked afterwards in cases of controversy?

America has a really primitive and chaotic voting system, I should say: and ought to change to the far more civilized British system, where at least we have enough polling stations, people aren't constantly being "challenged" when they want to appear on the electoral roll - or the candidate's roster for that matter - and we have a simple paper balloting system where so far as I can see every vote really does count.

I am also rather suspicious of the "Sky polls" on who should win the US election - both from the predictive standpoint and the point of view of who would be best for Britain! I can HARDLY think that the answer to the latter would be Bush! I wonder just who is voting on these on-line polls; a lot of Republican Americans, by the looks of it...

Depressingly, there was and is nothing particularly great about Kerry. He's not going to end the war in Iraq; or be able to bring it to a smooth conclusion. He doesn't represent the working class (ie the majority) of America. But it would be good were he still to get in; if only because it would deliver Dubya the kick in the balls he so richly deserves, for being such a neocon jerk in the first place, and for stealing the 2000 election.

Having seen TV footage of such a huge turnout, I would still be very suspicious of a Bush win... I would think that again, the election had been rigged, by means of miscounting or "losing" ballot boxes or something similar. I think the black vote turned out at the last minute and has still to be counted. I hope that all the votes WILL be counted... Maybe the authorities will try to throw out the ones that were placed after the polling stations officially closed; though they were still allowed to vote - probably to avoid riots!! Very South American in flavour, is the whole debacle...

The countries of the world all need leaders who will represent the struggling working majority against the bloated multinationals. In America, neither Bush, Kerry nor Nader meet that need. Sadly.

As for conservatives, US and otherwise, who think that Bush will be good for fighting terrorism - I ASK you! How stupid ARE you people?? Wasn't Bush in power during 9/11? Hadn't his administration been disregarding the warnings for months?

To use one of those "Downhome" metaphors that these country and western-style US politicians seem so fond of employing - would you put your faith in a guard dog who was sleeping when the henhouse was raided?? Some guard dog, eh? More like a careless shark in this fishy tale.

Liz Kaspar, Cornwall. UK. (10.45 AM GMT)

PS. I think those provisional votes are gonna count this time and might change the whole story! With a little bit of luck! Well - all those youngsters and minority voters DESERVE some reward for their effort - even if only a symbolic one - which is what a Kerry victory would be.

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