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Palast writes: "There's been so much complete nonsense since I first broke the news that the Green Party would file for a recount of the presidential vote, I am compelled to write a short guide to flush out the BS and get to just the facts, ma'am."

Line to cast a ballot in Wisconsin. (photo: Reuters)
Line to cast a ballot in Wisconsin. (photo: Reuters)

The No-BS Inside Guide to the Presidential Recount

By Greg Palast, Reader Supported News

01 December 16


here's been so much complete nonsense since I first broke the news that the Green Party would file for a recount of the presidential vote, I am compelled to write a short guide to flush out the BS and get to just the facts, ma'am.

Clip from "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy," by Greg Palast

Nope, they're not hunting for Russian hackers

To begin with, the main work of the recount hasn't a damn thing to do with finding out if the software programs for the voting machines have been hacked, whether by Putin's agents or some guy in a cave flipping your vote from Hillary to The Donald.

The Green team does not yet even have the right to get into the codes. But that's just not the core of the work

The ballots in the electoral "dumpster"

The nasty little secret of US elections, is that we don't count all the votes.

In Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania—and all over America—there were a massive number of votes that were simply rejected, invalidated, and spoiled. They were simply, not counted. Officially, in a typical presidential election, at least three million votes end up rejected, often for picayune, absurd reasons.

The rejects fall into three big categories: provisional ballots rejected, absentee and mail-in ballots invalidated and in-precinct votes "spoiled," spit out by a machine or thrown out by a human reader as unreadable or mis-marked.

So, as Robert Fitrakis, lead lawyer for the recount tells me, their first job is to pull the votes out of the electoral dumpster—and, one by one, make the case for counting a rejected provisional, absentee or "spoiled" ballot.

Spoiled: over-votes and under-votes

How does a vote spoil? Most fall in the categories of "over-votes" and "under-votes."

In Michigan, the Green team has found a whole lot of people who voted for TWO candidates for President. These are the "over-vote"—votes that will count for neither candidate.

How odd. While the schools in Detroit are not stellar, its graduates do know that they can only have one president.

Then, some folks didn't vote at all. They are the "under-voter."

But, Fitrakis and team suspect, many of these under- and over-voters meant to vote for a candidate but the robot reader couldn't understand their choice.

Here's how it happens. Voters in Michigan and Wisconsin fill in bubbles next to their choice. The cards, filled up with darkened bubbles for each race, are gathered and fed through an "optical scanner." These robotic eyeballs mess up all the time.

This is what Fitrakis, an old hand at vote-machine failures (both deliberate and benign), calls "the calibration problem."

Are machines calibrated with a Republican or Democratic bias? No, that's not how it works. But just as poor areas get the worst schools and hospitals, they also get the worst voting machines.

The key is an ugly statistic not taught in third grade civics class: According to the US Civil Rights Commission, the chance your vote will be disqualified as "spoiled" is 900% more likely if you're Black than if you're white.

So the Green Party intends to review every single one of the six million bubble-filled cards. They'll use the one instrument that can easily tell one bubble from two, or one bubble from none: the human eye.

As you can imagine, This will require several thousand eyes. The good news is, Fitrakis reports, that well over a thousand volunteers have already signed up. Training by Skype begins Tuesday morning.

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Provisional or "placebo" ballots

According to the US Elections Assistance Commission (EAC), Americans cast 2.7 million provisional ballots in the last presidential election. About a million were simply discarded. What?!

Yes. Discarded, not counted. You show up at your normal polling station and they can't find your name, or they don't like your ID, or you're supposed to vote in another precinct. Instead of letting you vote on a regular ballot, you fill out a "provisional" ballot and place it in an envelope, sign your name, and under penalty of jail time for lying, affirm you're a properly registered voter.

The polls close—then the magic begins. It's up to highly partisan election officials to decide if your vote counts. Hillary Clinton only won one swing state, Virginia, notably, the only one where the vote count was controlled by Democrats. She lost all swing states—Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Arizona, North Carolina and Florida—where the GOP set the rules for counting these ballots and their hacks acted as the judge and jury on whether a ballot should be counted.

Wisconsin generally rejects votes cast in the wrong precinct, even if they're legal voters—and, says Fitrakis, "even if their official precinct was just another table in the same high school gym—and they were mis-directed by poll workers."

(That's why I sometimes call "provisional" ballots "placebo" ballots. They let you feel you've voted, even if you haven't.)

In Wisconsin, provisional ballots were handed to voters—mostly, it appears, students—who didn't have the form of ID required under new Wisconsin law. These ballots were disqualified despite zero evidence even one voter was an identity thief.

Fitrakis says the Stein campaign will fight for each of these provisional votes where this is clearly no evidence the vote is fraudulent.

Mail-in, Early and Absentee Ballots go Absent

If you've gone postal in this election, good luck!

According to EAC data, at least half a million absentee ballots go absent, that is, just don't get counted. The cause: everything from postage due to "suspect signature." Fitrakis told me that in his home state of Ohio, you need to put your driver's license number on the envelope, "and if you don't have a driver's license and leave the line blank—instead of writing 'no driver's license'—they toss your ballot.

From Palast's book The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits by Ted Rall

It's a "gotcha!" system meant to knock out the ballots the officials don't want to count. (Remember, your mail-in ballot is anything but secret.) Team Green will try to fight for each absentee ballot rejected for cockamamie reasons.

If the recount doesn't change the outcome, can we feel assured the election was honest?

Sadly, no. As Fitrakis says, "If a student is given a provisional ballot because they didn't have the right ID, or the state simply lost their registration, we can fight for the ballot to be counted. But most students who voted off campus didn't know their right to get a provisional ballot and most probably didn't get offered one.

Students and others were discouraged from voting because they lacked the proper ID (300,000 by the estimate of the experts with the ACLU—that's thirty times Trump's plurality). But if you didn't cast any ballot, provisional or otherwise, no one can fight for it.

And final decisions may come down to the vote of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, God forbid. As Norman Stockwell, the editor of Madison-based The Progressive explained to me, formerly, elections law adjudications were made by a panel of non-partisan judges. These were replaced by this new commission of partisan shills appointed by GOP Governor Scott Walker.

Trump says millions voted illegally. Is he crazy?

Crazy like a fox. There's a method in his madness that affects the recount.

While the media dismisses Trump's claim that there are "millions of people that voted illegally," they have not paid attention to the details of his claim. Trump explains that millions of people are "voting many, many times," that is, voting in two states in the same election.

Trump's claim is based on a list of "potential duplicate voters" created by his operative, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Kobach (a top dog in Trump's transition team) directs a program for hunting down fraudulent voters using a computer system called, "Crosscheck."

It's quite a computer: Crosscheck identified a breathtaking 449,922 Michiganders who are suspected of voting or registering in a second state, a felony crime, as are 371,923 in Pennsylvania.

I spent two years investigating the Trump/Kobach claim for Rolling Stone. We obtained the "confidential" suspect list of several million citizens accused of voting twice. In fact, it was no more than a list of common names—Maria Hernandez, James Brown, David Lee—that is, common to voters of color. Read: Democrats. A true and typical example: Michael James Brown of Michigan is supposed to be the same voter as Michael Kendrick Brown of Georgia.

Page from The Best Democracy Money Can Buy (FREE) Comic book penned by Keith Tucker

About 54,000 voters in Michigan, five times Trump's plurality, lost their right to vote based on this nutty double-voter accusation. In Pennsylvania, about 45,000 were purged.

The problem for Fitrakis: While he eventually plans to file suit against Crosscheck purges, in the meantime, it's not clear he can challenge someone whose lost their vote because of a false accusation of double voting. And those who found their names missing and didn't demand a provisional ballot—there's no hope at all of recovering their vote.

Is Jill Stein going to get rich?

Fitrakis laughs at this one. "The FEC [Federal Elections Commission] has very strict rules on recounts. The donations for the recount are sequestered in a specially designated account and all spending is restricted to the recount."

The big problem is that the cost is somewhat out of Stein's control. Each state will bill the campaign for the "pro-rated salaries and benefits" of its county and state officials working on the recount.

To add to the cost and just plain drive the Green team crazy, the Wisconsin Election Board announced on Monday that each separate county elections clerk will decide if they'll even let the Green volunteers directly view the ballots. Fitrakis and partners will have to get a court order to get into each county. How does one recount ballots without seeing them? (Hmm, is the Wisconsin board, stooges appointed by the GOP Governor, fearful that the viewing the ballots will expose the game?)

Hillary joins the fray

What will the Clinton camp add to the recount? "Lawyers," said Fitrakis, though he's yet to see them. The Clinton campaign is apparently helping find one voter in each Pennsylvania county, as one is required in each jurisdiction to file for a recount of that state.

And what about that hack job?

While Fitrakis is not looking for Russkies in the computer code, he says, "We're more concerned with the private companies that control the keys to the kingdom—to match what's on paper to the official count." The "keys" are the little machines, memory cards and other electronic gewgaws that are used to suck the data from the voting machine—which are carried off to another state for tabulation by a private contractor. Will these tabulations at each step match what the volunteers find in the on-the-ground recount?

One problem is that the tabulation software is "proprietary." A private company owns the code to the count—and the privateers will fight fiercely, with GOP help, to keep the ballot counting code their commercial secret.

Push and Pray Pennsylvania

In the end, the single biggest impediment to a full and fair recount is that 70 percent of Pennsylvania voters used what are called, "Push and Pray" voting machines—Direct Recording Electronic touch-screens. Push the screen next to your choice and pray it gets recorded. Pennsylvania is one of the only states that has yet to require some form of VVPAT ("vee-pat") or voter-verified paper audit trail that creates an ATM-style receipt.

Therefore, the Keystone State recount will have to rely on hopes of access to the code, statistical comparisons to counties that used paper ballots—and prayer.

Maybe it IS the Russians

The possibility that a Putin pal hacked the machines was championed by University of Michigan computer sciences professor J. Alex Halderman who proposed, "The attackers would probe election offices well in advance in order to find ways to break into their computers…and spread malware into voting machines."

I imagine some squat, middle-pay-scale civil servant in chinos and a pocket protector who works in the Michigan Secretary of State's office approached, one late overtime night, by some FSB agent in high heels and a slinky dress split halfway up her thigh. The svelte spy would lean against the bureaucrat provocatively and whisper, "My handsome dahling, would you mind sticking this little thumb drive into that big old computer of yours?"

Professor Halderman, if you want to help the recount, put down the James Bond novels and pick up some Opti-Scan ballots. We've got a lot of bubbles to read. End

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Greg Palast (Rolling Stone, Guardian, BBC) is the author of The New York Times bestsellers, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, now out as major motion non-fiction movie.

Greg Palast has been called the ìmost important investigative reporter of our time ñ up there with Woodward and Bernsteinî (The Guardian). Palast has broken front-page stories for BBC Television Newsnight, The Guardian, The Nation Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Harper's Magazine. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, Armed Madhouse, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, and the highly acclaimed Vulturesí Picnic, named Book of the Year 2012 on BBC Newsnight Review. His books have been translated into two dozen languages. His brand new film of his documentary reports for BBC Newsnight and Democracy Now! is called Vultures and Vote Rustlers.

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+66 # thekidde 2016-12-01 11:02
As usual, Palast brings a modicum of reality and sanity to a crazy system in what is supposed to be the shining light of democracy. HAH! We're with you Greg, but watch your back - Trump is insane.
+56 # lorenbliss 2016-12-01 11:24
Unfortunately, Trump is NOT insane. Like his mentor Adolf Hitler, he read the real Machiavelli -- "The Prince" -- while most of the rest of us read only the Classic Comics version.

Meanwhile many many many thanks to Mr. Palast for the above report, and thanks also to RSN for publishing it.
+5 # Kootenay Coyote 2016-12-01 13:20
Sorry, Classics Comics never did Machiavelli; it's political analysis, not fiction, you know.
0 # lorenbliss 2016-12-01 13:53
@KC: Being facetious, albeit with a telling metaphor. Thought it would be obvious -- not an excuse for some Hillaryite to try to damn me as an ignoramus.
+1 # dbrize 2016-12-03 17:02
Quoting lorenbliss:
@KC: Being facetious, albeit with a telling metaphor. Thought it would be obvious -- not an excuse for some Hillaryite to try to damn me as an ignoramus.

KC does drive by fluff. Metaphors just get in the way. :)
+66 # grandlakeguy 2016-12-01 11:24
Keep up the great work Greg!
Every American needs to know that our elections are a meaningless charade.

The Board of Elections refusal to allow a paper recount in Wisconsin is nothing less than...

They well know that a paper recount will reveal a different result than the electronic count!
+6 # Radscal 2016-12-01 19:22
Yep. But Greg seems to still have not watched the Veritas videos. I've never seen him - or anyone - describe how the HRC SuperPac officials in those videos were fooled into seeming to explain how they engage in industrial-leve l voter fraud. Nor have I seen anyone refute the examples of people tossing out voter registration forms for people who said they didn't plan to vote for HRC.

After watching the shenanigans of the DNC rigging the primary, you and I both wrote that it looked like the general election would be determined according to which party flavor was more effective at election fraud.

Palast has been exposing mostly the methods employed by Republicans, though he tried to tell us the DNC was using some of those same tactics. But it troubles me that Democrats, or at least Sanders supporters aren't watching the Veritas videos and screaming to the mountain top.
+1 # Jim at Dr.Democracy on Facebook 2016-12-04 01:20
Veritas? Seriously? Trusting anything from Veritas, with their history of deliberate distortion and only deliberate distortion, is akin to believing Trump or Clinton...or calling a Devil an Angel to stick closer to terms Veritas might employ.
+1 # Radscal 2016-12-04 16:30
Watch the videos and get back to me. As I've written, I am yet to read an explanation for how they could be the same sort of manipulated, cleverly edited BS O' Keefe has done before.

And then explain why the 2 leaders of the SuperPacs exposed in those films were fired after the videos were released.
+22 # grandlakeguy 2016-12-01 11:26
Please watch Greg Palast's new film:
-4 # Skyelav 2016-12-01 11:53
Quoting thekidde:
As usual, but watch your back - Trump is insane.

Not to mention the Clintonistas
+30 # Tigre1 2016-12-01 11:27
Thank the God that IS that we dumdums down here have Great People Like Palast doing this work.

Political history didn't end nor stop happening just because Machivelli stopped writing...altho ugh even our pundits(!?) seem to believe and act'as if'.

Technology continues to gift folks with a massive array of tools and weapons to wield brutal influence. How come nobody but Palast and damn few others in the burgeoning ranks of 'the media' have attended to this story?
+29 # tedrey 2016-12-01 12:25
Well, the fact that neither the NYT nor the WaPo ever print anything by Greg Palast doesn't help. (Source, self: Evidence obtained from 15 minutes Googling NYT, Washington Post, and Greg Palast.)
+4 # Radscal 2016-12-01 19:25
Basically, Palast is only covered by those "Fake News" "Russian Propaganda" or "Useful Idiot" alternative news sources.
+2 # jimbo 2016-12-01 18:19
thank god? gods were another way we got screwed, notice all the jesus freaks that voted for trump. Simple reason, they were instructed from the pulpit to do so, many of them don't have the brains to think for themselves, and of course they were stuffed with the lies and hatred of fux and Limbaugh and all the other liars and haters. gods were just another way to steal our nation, the freaks in charge now will destroy separation of church and state, and then we'll become just another Iranian state. Screw gods, they are non-existent supernatural beings those seeking power use to control the stupid.
+19 # Kootenay Coyote 2016-12-01 13:22
A hideous voting system obviously designed for hidden corruption.
+25 # DongiC 2016-12-01 13:39
And we call ourselves a democracy? Greg Palast makes it eminently clear that our electoral system is a farce. Who benefits from this electoral abomination? Why it usually is the GOP and, of course, the wealthy class. So long term reforrm depends on getting the mess over voting cleaned up and if the politicians don't support substantial changes in how we select our leaders, consider them compromised and vote them out. Else, we will never make progress in the Progressive cause.
+4 # Capn Canard 2016-12-02 08:55
yes. I would add that the GOP isn't to be feared as much as the wealthy who also control those elite Dems in control.

Money and wealth is the carcinogen and we now have this stage 4 terminal cancer, the broken elections of 2000, 2004, 2016 and very possibly 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014.

Our Dem or Repub choice is the choice of a firing squad, or the choice of swinging from the gallows.
+3 # janie1893 2016-12-01 16:03
is there a psychiatric term for politically insane?
+6 # Radscal 2016-12-01 19:26
+6 # chemtex2611 2016-12-01 16:57
Why does the public not take voting seriously? 20% or more do not even register to vote. Folks do not bother to update their voter registration when they move.

Do not trust your State DMV to change your voter registration. Texas DMV is notorious for poor compliance on voter registration and address change on voter registration. Heck, the codes on the back of 50% of drivers' licenses are not readable. One month before any election, call or otherwise verify with your county that your voter registration is current. Correct or verify it ASAP.

Then 15 to 50% of the registered voters do not show up to vote? Voters do not pay attention to correct voting instructions -- they leave without hitting the enter button, leaving their ballot open for the next voter to change or void. Voters do not study the field before they come to the polls. They do not read the League of Women Voters' flyer or other material to make up their mind before they come to the polls. They don't take the time to make a paper list of their voting preference -- no cell phones are allowed within 100 feet of Texas polling places.
+4 # chemtex2611 2016-12-01 16:58
Palast makes some valid points about provisional votes and mail in ballots, but there would be fewer provisional voters if voters made sure they were registered to vote and brought proper ID to the polls with them.

Mail in ballots are often cast by the elderly. Many are taking meds that make their signatures change with time of day -- think Parkinsons' here. Even tho' the signatures were slightly different, I didn't have any trouble getting the Rep. working with me to agree that they were the same. None of the humans have any control over folks marking their ballot incorrectly, making it unreadable by the scanner.
Voters are the ones who have the most control over these issues. They could minimize them by taking care before they arrive and while they are casting their votes.

In Austin Texas the voting machines are NOT connected to any internet cable or link that could be hacked. Only the laptop with the voter list is potentially hackable. As a backup, I have a printed list of voter names AND I can call the elections office for validation of voter eligibility.The important thing is for ALL voters to register and vote and then validate their registration and come to the polling place. The giant fear of hacking is a GOP-generated myth. The truth is that each voter needs to educate them self, register to voter, validate their registration and VOTE.
+15 # Radscal 2016-12-01 19:32
Go watch the 2004 documentary, "Hacking Democracy" to see the methods of hacking available then.

Individual machines can be hacked in person, but that'd be a huge undertaking. It's much more effective to hack a state computer system that's tabulating the votes from all the precincts.

You might remember the bizarre Fox News coverage of the 2012 election where Karl Rove refused to accept their conclusion that Obama had won in Ohio.

Well, both the collective, Anonymous and independent election monitors found that Rove had arranged a hack of the state's central computer system, but Anonymous had blocked him.
+3 # Capn Canard 2016-12-02 08:43
The thing that should be noted is that the actual paper ballot needs to be read by a human vote counter instead of the optical scanner with a flash drives that could be usurped/accesse d by some political operative with nefarious intentions.

IMO, the paper ballot should be the receipt of the voter never to be tossed in the garbage for several election cycles so as to either confirm or deny any challenge to election outcomes. However the elephant in the room is the wealthy interests who clearly believe that their wealth allows them more votes more than your Joe Average. Please note that some of these wealthy thieves have floated the idea of eliminating the old fashioned, 'one man one vote'.

This is the same old battle between the wealthy and the huddled masses of poor, us, the wage slaves yearning to be free.

+3 # librarian1984 2016-12-04 01:20
We can't delay preparing for 2018. We need to increase Democrat turnout, which is typically low at midterm elections; this is often an advantage for the GOP. We need to think of ways to make it fun, exciting, important for Dems to vote next time. Increased political engagement engendered by the populist movements of Sanders and Trump gives us a chance -- and many are newly registered.

We need to do so not only to improve our ability to stop SCOTUS nominations, but to gain ground at the state level, where redistricting will take place after the 2020 census, and to effect election reform asap.

I can imagine a Sanders administration (and Our Revolution) would help states accomplish an improved turnout. Sanders would be talking about it, encouraging people not just to vote but to run as well. He may do so anyway using his Outreach role.

I know people have spoken of a lack of success running progressives at the local and state levels before, but this might be a good time to try again if anyone is tempted. Bernie has enthused many and there might be more people, more interest, greater receptiveness by the party?

Even if the establishment is reluctant, if enough people show up to party meetings, DP or Green (or ??) determined to effect change, perhaps we can crack their stranglehold on the process. We have got to flush the neoliberals from the leadership positions. Let's get this revolution started.
+2 # JJS 2016-12-04 17:58
I would add to your excellent suggestions to consider that if you are in a closed primary state you will not be able vote in the primary elections for any party except for the party you are registered. If you are an Independent in a closed primary state you will not be able to vote in the Green, Dem or Rep primaries.
In other words, if there is a progressive Democrat challenger running in the primary against a DINO or do nothing Democrat incumbent, you need to be a registered Democrat to vote in the primary for that progressive Dem to be nominated to represent the Dem party in the general election.
Same for a Green party primary in a closed primary state. If there are challengers in the primary for the Green candidate you'll have to be registered as a Green to vote for one of the Green candidates.
Check your state and register accordingly
+1 # virtualaudio 2016-12-04 14:02
Please watch the new documentary 'Zero Day' (HBO or Showtime) about the Stuxnet worm; particularly the assertions by NSA & other people that infecting a system not directly connected to the Internet is easy to do.
The voter integrity issue, like other complex & controversial issues, seems a Rorshack test: people see what they want to see. The truth is much more layered. There is no single person or element one can point to and say 'There is the conspiracy'.. Gerrymandering, voting machines, tabulators, crosscheck purging, invalidated mail in ballots & other systemic vulnerabilities , along with 'fake news', years of 'messaging' by 'think tanks' to manipulate opinion, self interest of the major media, disinterest of the average voter, etc.. etc.. ALL add up to a compromised non-representat ive system depriving citizens of honest participation in the political life of the country.
Truly bizarre to watch the media war over election integrity, with no one asking the right questions, even from Stein; they are covering a story they don't really want to understand or report on.
From 'Hacking Democracy' in 2004, to the work of Palast, Fritakis, Charnin and others, it should be apparent to anyone with a critical mind that the whole system needs to be reformed and, like prisons, taken out of the hands of profiteers.
Meanwhile, let us hope the recount produces results that become the impetus for real reform.
+11 # JCM 2016-12-01 17:58
Thank you Greg and Jill, you can make a difference with this stolen election. Be Very Angry.
+8 # Radscal 2016-12-01 19:40
Yes. If enough of us finally acknowledge that our entire election system is rife with easily rigged methods, we could rise up and demand election integrity.

There are so many other things that need to be corrected, but without valid voting, we have no electoral influence to even begin to address those other issues.

I have to note that it's been fascinating to see HRC supporters and the corporate media spend a year denying that election theft could possibly occur.

Then, they began floating the idea that the Russians were going to hack our elections, and even introduced a bill in Congress to turn our elections over the the DHS to prevent that.

Then, they ridiculed Trump for not saying he would just automatically accept whatever election results were first reported. More than ridiculed, they actually stated that to question election results was dangerously un-American.

Now, they're all onboard with the long-hated Dr. Stein to uncover the election fraud.

If I was an HRC supporter, I'd have whiplash.
-1 # ericlipps 2016-12-02 06:02
The "long-hated" Dr. Stein?

Try "long barely noticed."
+2 # chemtex2611 2016-12-02 01:44
There were 100,000,000 voters who either did not register to vote or did not come to the polls and cast a voter. The 100,000 provisional or voided votes are a drop in the bucket compared to the voters who did not care enough to vote.
0 # Capn Canard 2016-12-02 08:27
Palast has done stellar work on stolen elections since the 2000 Bush/Gore fiasco. In the last three elections I've waited for results and it has only gotten worse. The 2008 election of Obama briefly held promise until he abandoned the "Hope and Change" and immediately replaced it with "abandon all HOPE, ye who enter the voting booth" and then 15 trillion dollars later the Banksters had their puppet in the oval office.

The American Empire is finished.

Game. Set. Match.

+4 # Moxa 2016-12-02 12:13
It is clear to me, as it should be to all, that the ruling class in this country not only doesn't care about the will of the people, they have contempt for it and they are afraid of it. Imagine subverting an election recount! What possible reason could one have for this except the necessity to cover up a fraudulent vote count? The recount--were it done with all possible honesty, openness and safety measures--would be painstakingly MORE accurate than the original one. There is nothing to fear--except the truth--and that IS what they fear. It is getting to the point where there is nowhere to turn to for justice. The system DOESN'T work because most of the avenues of recourse are themselves corrupt. Even in the unlikely scenario that we determine for certain that the election was fraudulent, we'll still just be stuck with Hillary, whose nomination was fraudulent in its own right.

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