(also published on FireDogLake)
Dear Senator Kerry:
I am writing to ask that you speak a public truth: that the 2004 Presidential Election was stolen. I request, Senator, that you speak this truth out loud in public before the 2012 election. I’m inspired to write you this open letter after reading the words of David Swanson, who wrote on this subject recently:
“If anything disgusts me more than the false charade of democracy distracting most of my fellow citizens from the struggle to develop actual democracy, it is death bed confessions. I don’t want to ever hear one from John Kerry. I hope that he may live many more years. But when he dies, I don’t want to hear any Robert McNamara-like truth telling spilling out of his horse like face. I want to hear it now, this week, prior to the 2012 election. I want it out there preemptively. I want people prepared to look for election fraud. And I want candidates prepared to point to it if it appears, big as life, staring us all in the face as it did eight years ago.”
Why speak out about 2004 now? Because there is growing evidence that Mitt Romney is planning a Bush –Cheney like power grab by defrauding voters and stealing the election. As Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman report:
“Despite an almost total blackout from the corporate media, the Romney family has a personal ownership (through the investment firms Solamere and H.I.G. Capital) in Hart Intercivic, which owns, maintains, programs and will tabulate alleged votes on machines in the critical swing states of Ohio, Florida, Virginia and Colorado. Despite various official disclaimers, the election could be decided on Hart machines producing ‘vote counts’ with little connection to how 18 million people actually voted. It is inconceivable that the Romney chain of ownership in Hart Intercivic will not influence how that goes. … [T]here is no legally binding way by which a professionally rigged electronic vote count can be overturned or even definitively discovered except through the use of unabridged but legally inconsequential exit polling. Scytl, a Barcelona-based e-voting company, has been contracted to count votes in 26 states through the easily rigged Federal Overseas Voting Program. FVAP is ostensibly geared to let military and other overseas Americans vote absentee by electronic means. But Scytl is positioned to intercept and redistribute such overseas electronic votes as needed through its spyware sister company, CarrierIQ. In a close race, these ‘votes’ can be distributed at will to make the difference in critical swing states. Other key voting machine companies, such as ES&S, Dominion, Command Central and more, are controlled by major corporations, some of whose owners are outspoken in their support for the Republican Party. … Republicans hold the governorships in the nine critical swing states of Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, New Mexico and Arizona. They also hold the secretaries of state offices in all of those states but Wisconsin. Electronically flipping the vote count in any or all of them, with Hart Intercivic, Scytl, Dominion or other technologies, can be done quickly, simply and invisibly, with no public recourse.”
For most people the idea that elections could be stolen here in the United States, a place we like to think of as the beacon of freedom and democracy for the rest of the world is purely relegated to the world of koo-koo banana tin foil hat conspiracy theory territory. However, as you well know, in 2004 the votes of 300,000 Ohio residents were flipped in the dead of night. A 4% Kerry lead turned into a 2% Bush victory.
Senator Kerry, you should know that I did not vote for you when you ran for president in 2004, I voted for Ralph Nader.
Now don’t let that cloud your judgment. And don’t feed me that “Ralph Nader is the reason Bush –Cheney won in 2000 and the whole world went on the fast track to the end of times argument.” Ralph Nader did not take my vote- or anyone’s vote away from Al Gore, in 2000. Ralph Nader earned my vote. And Al Gore, as charming as his Saturday Night appearances were, never earned it. But that is beside the point, isn’t it?
Because the 2000 election was stolen. No one should know that better you Senator Kerry, because in 2004, the election was stolen from you. What is it, exactly, that is keeping you from telling the world what you told investigative journalist Marc Crispin Miller back in 2005, that you knew the 2004 election was stolen from you? Is your silence and acquiescence now part of what makes you a “good Democrat”?
As you well know, by 2000 the Democrats and the Republicans had already conspired to squelch debate and consolidate power. After the League of Women voters allowed Ross Perot on the debate stage (remember Ross Perot?) –the duopoly that you fully embrace and protect entered into a Faustian bargain with the Commission on Presidential Debates – and so now independent and third party candidates don’t get heard, real issues don’t get addressed, and the American Empire is now engaged in spending its final chapters upholding the façade of democracy, liberty and freedom.
Senator Kerry, you have had a long career. You lack not for material wealth. Do the right thing. Tell us your story – before the 2012 election- of how the 2004 election was stolen. You could choose silence on this matter and prove something far worse: that you are protecting a system that props up a United States that is as interested in preserving, advancing and championing democracy as Hitler was interested in preserving, advancing and championing Hanukkah.