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Back to the 9th District in '04: Democracy As An Afterthought

Sure enough, with alledged pro-democracy political commentators on mainstream TV (and PBS is definitely mainstream these days), if uncontroversial vote counts don't go the way they would have liked, what is tantamount to overturning those elections is just "democracy being messy."  They would likely apply that term to stolen elections in the U.S., too, if they had to, but they don't have to, because elections are usually stolen so cleanly and "magically" in America that nobody except the thieves -- and perhaps the victims -- even know about it, and therefore really uncontroversial.  The Republican Congressional Primary of 2004 in the 9th District of Washington state is a case in point.  This election was stolen from Mark Greene without so much as a single mainstream press news article or TV report mentioning it, but we're not forgetting it, here, on Commoner, and the closer we get to Mark's official re-entry into 9th District Congressional politics…

Uncle Sam Shouldn't Validate Overthrows of Elected Governments

We're no friends of the Obama govt. (as our regular readers know well), but remember the fascist talk going on last year when certain powerful elements said that Obama had better win both the popular and electoral vote, but just winning by the bare Constitutional Electoral College wouldn't be good enough.  If Obama had won his second term by just the electoral vote, would these elements have staged a military coup similar to the one going on in Cairo right now?  If yes, almost everybody who really believes in the rule of law would have said that a coup had been staged and that fascists have taken over the reins of government, but if something like that happens in another country, many excuse it away as democracy being messy or something, which is disingenuous, to put it nicely.  Unfortunately, a lot of democratically elected governments around the world have been overthrown in the last half-century or so, with U.S. governments validating some of these coups with a "tut-t…

Pretty Much Rogue

Well, it took a while for German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, to get upset with Uncle Sam.  After all, it wasn't all that long ago when Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton, in their respective roles as Secretary of State, were trying to steal the credit cards and DNA of at least one U.N. Secretary General (Clinton trying to steal stuff from Ban-ki Moon) and other hapless lesser diplomats and officials from all over the world. We don't know if any of them were under Merkel, but you shouldn't have to be the victim yourself before you take umbrage over the rogue actions of supposed allies.  However, American citizens themselves, by and large, gave Rice and Clinton a pass on their misdeeds at the time the news broke out.  It was like, "What's the big deal, it's just business as usual?"  Merkel said that America's spying on Germany was unacceptable, since allies should trust each other, and was said to be furious.

From protecting all sorts of criminals and…