Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Jimmy Carter pushes for election monitoring

Here's a laughable one by Jimmy Carter. Mr. Carter is calling for election monitoring for Florida after the situation that resulted in 2000. Only one problem with this (okay... several...).

1) A partial answer to the other question is that some basic international requirements for a fair election are missing in Florida.

So... Jimmy is lumping the United States in with dictatorships that hold sham elections, such as the amazing Iraq, where Saddam garnered a whopping 99.96% of the vote last time. Great to be respected by our own "leaders."

2) The top election official has also played a leading role in qualifying Ralph Nader as a candidate, knowing that two-thirds of his votes in the previous election came at the expense of Al Gore.

Indeed. How dare this official so shamefully allow people to vote for someone besides Al Gore? Many options couldn't possibly be good for democracy, could they? Sheesh...

3) It is especially objectionable among us Americans, who have prided ourselves on setting a global example for pure democracy.

I'm just amused that ex-president Carter doesn't know the difference between a government where everyone votes on everything (pure democracy) and the type government he ran for four years (representative democracy).

But of course these are small issues. The really big one is that Carter has absolutely no credibility when it comes to identifying voter fraud. He recently oversaw the Venezuelan recall elections. The polls the day before the election had the Anti-Chavez side with an 18% lead. The exit polls on election day confirmed this. Yet when the votes were tabulated, Chavez "won" by 18%. THERE WAS A 36% DISCREPANCY BETWEEN EXIT POLLS AND ELECTION RESULTS, AND THIS IS SOMEHOW A "FAIR" ELECTION?!?! There is no way this man should be in charge of any election oversight after that. Carter, you blew it, now shut up.

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