[sixties-l] The election-from a Sixties perspective

From: jo grant (jgrant@bookzen.com)
Date: 11/18/00

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    One of the successes from the Vietnam Era, in Madison, was WORT-FM Radio.
    Along with Ken Homer, I'm one of the on-the-air volunteer workers at 
    WORT-FM, the community supported radio station in Madison, WI. The 
    station has no ties to NPR and it celebrating it 25th anniversary 
    this year. For a station with only five paid employees and volunteers 
    that number in the 100s, it consistently tops the commercial stations 
    in news coverage and special programming. News-wise, no station in 
    the state comes close. For example, during the war in Kosovo it was 
    Normal Operating Procedure for two-a-day live broadcasts from 
    Belgrade and scenes of the fighting that could be heard in the 
    Yesterday, during the noontime block of news and talk shows volunteer 
    Ken Homer offered the following, which I hope people will share with 
    friends around the country.
    This, is what many people around the world probably are thinking as 
    our most recent presidential election plays itself out to a 
    conclusion. Please pass it on.
    IMAGINE THAT . . . . by Ken Homer
      1. Imagine that we read of an election occurring anywhere in the 
    third world in which the self-declared winner was the son of the 
    former prime minister and that former prime minister was himself the 
    former head of that nation's secret police (CIA).
      2. Imagine that the self-declared winner lost the popular vote but 
    won based on some old colonial holdover (electoral college) from the 
    nation's pre-democracy past.
      3. Imagine that the self-declared winner's 'victory' turned on 
    disputed votes cast in a province governed by his brother!
      4. Imagine that the poorly drafted ballots of one district, a 
    district heavily favoring the self-declared winner's opponent, led 
    thousands of voters to vote for the wrong candidate.
      5. Imagine that that members of that nation's most despised caste, 
    fearing for their lives/livelihoods, turned out in record numbers to 
    vote in near-universal opposition to the self-declared winner's 
      6. Imagine that hundreds of members of that most-despised caste were 
    intercepted on their way to the polls by state police operating under 
    the authority of the self-declared winner's brother.
      7. Imagine that six million people voted in the disputed province 
    and that the self-declared winner's 'lead' was only 327 votes. Fewer, 
    certainly, than the vote counting machines' margin of error.
      8. Imagine that the self-declared winner and his political party 
    opposed a more careful by-hand inspection and re-counting of the 
    ballots in the disputed province or in its most hotly disputed 
      9. Imagine that the self-declared winner, himself a governor of a 
    major province, had the worst human rights record of any province in 
    his nation and actually led the nation in executions.
      10. Imagine that a major campaign promise of the self-declared 
    winner was to appoint like-minded human rights violators to lifetime 
    positions on the high court of that nation.
      None of us would deem such an election to be representative of 
    anything other than the self-declared winner's will-to-power. All of 
    us, I imagine, would wearily turn the page thinking that it was 
    another sad tale of pitiful pre- or anti-democracy peoples in some 
    strange elsewhere.
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