July 4, 2003 – Los Angeles – A reliable source has informed The Moderate
Independent about the Republican strategy for the election 2004 - and the action
plan does not start 6 months or a year from now, but has begun already.
According to this source, the strategy is based around a basic assumption:
that President Bush cannot win re-election without winning California. A
group out of Orange County that has contributed over $65,000 to the recall has
expressed this repeatedly within their closed circles.
The California recall has nothing to do with Governor Davis or state deficits -
as we all know, the deficits created by President Bush are exponentially larger,
but the Republicans don't plan on impeaching him anytime soon.
The purpose of the California recall is expressly to obtain the state's
bully-pulpit, so it can be used - as Jeb's power was in Florida - to try to
squeeze a win out of a state that seems a tough win (and must win) for the
Publicly, the Bush administration is vaguely inferring it opposes the recall.
Privately, there the Republican activists are working to give them someone who
can hopefully "deliver" the state to them, to use the word Jeb Bush used
repeatedly during the last election.
Like it or not, Election 2004 has begun for the Republicans. They are
actively working to secure votes and offices already.
In addition to the recall movement, there are the redistrictings. Note
that this is plural.
Colorado - lesser talked about than the Texas redistricting - has already
passed, in a midnight session, a redistricting plan. This has not been
done before in the history of our country. Redistrictings occur once every
decade following tabulation of the census. Colorado's Republicans, abusing
their control of the Governorship and state houses, just passed this second
redistricting just two years after the census one, explicitly (they make no
secret of it) to ensure Republican seats in the U.S. Congress - 5 to be exact.
In Texas, the Democrats staved off the first attempt of redistricting by fleeing
the state. But, now the Republicans are trying again. The net would
be an 8 seat gain in Congress for the Republicans.
So, let's start doing the math. A year and a half before the 2004
election, and the Republicans have picked up 13 seats and are attempting to
accumulate votes in California.
Keep an extra piece of information in mind. In California, no I.D., social
security number, or anything else is required to register to vote. And, no
reason is needed to vote by absentee ballot. So, for example, if I feel
like registering to vote as John Johnson, all I need to do is fill out a form I
get at the post office, mail it, and I will receive a ballot in my mailbox
allowing me to vote by absentee as John Johnson.
The only thing that, possibly, could stop the abuse of such a ridiculous system
would be a governor that has the elections department crack down on the fraud.
On the other hand, a governor who did not want to stop such abuse might - well,
just think Kathryn Harris in Florida in 2000.
Republicans already have a severe advantage in absentee ballots in the state.
Nationwide, as a matter of fact.
Democrats have threatened to fight back with redistrictings of their own if the
Republicans go ahead with the second one in Texas. The have 5 states where
they control the governorship and state houses.
In addition, the Republicans are determined to have a "third-party" interfere
with the Democrats, as the Green Party did last time. Currently, with the
Green Party looking like it might sit out the next Presidential election,
supposed Linden LaRouche supporters (you remember him - used to run as a
Communist, did time for credit card fraud) are showing up to interfere with
rallies in support of Democratic Presidential hopefuls. Though they try to
give the appearance of being innocent, independent young activists, they are
clearly professionals, timing their appearances just perfectly to interfere at
the last minute, giving no opportunity for a counter-plan to be made. They
come complete with materials, megaphones, and strategies for demoralizing,
intimidating, and interfering with the people at the rallies. At a recent
rally at UCLA in support of Presidential hopeful John Kerry, the "LaRouche"
people actually got their materials directly into the hands of both Kerry and
his wife, Teresa Heinz-Kerry (John, adeptly, offered his signature and handed it
back - Teresa held onto hers.)
Which leaves us, the people of the nation - the moderate, independent people in
particular - where? 13 seats of Congress changing hands without our votes,
maybe more if the Democrats follow suit with redistrictings. Already the
census overcounted rural white people and undercounted urban people and
minorities by over 3,000,000 - one percent of the population, and one percent of
the seats in Congress - and despite this knowledge, it won't be fixed.
And, the most important battle of the next Presidential election is being taken
out of the voter's hands.
There is one thing in particular that this new breed of Bush/Limbaugh
Republicans are trying to achieve: a feeling of intimidation and
inevitability. Democrats, moderates independents, and good Republicans are
not so interested in politics most of the time. But this breed of hate and
lie spewing Republican live for it, and there is so much money behind the
Bush/Limbaugh Republicans - especially since the President's tax cuts have gone
into action - that they have virtually unlimited resources to manipulate
politics and the government as they see fit. In case you ever wondered why
a President might give huge tax cuts to the the rich, even at the expense of
sending the country into massive debts, now you know - the real reason behind
the tax cuts is to provide this new breed of Bush/Limbaugh Republican with extra
millions upon millions which, in return, they can use to ensure this
democracy-hating, deficit-creating party stays in power.
People are dying in Iraq right now to defend democracy and free elections, while
the biggest threat and assault seems to be here at home. What are you
doing about it? Simply, there are two things you can do.
First, get informed, pay attention, AND speak out. This new breed of
Republican expects you to let them do all the talking and talk over you if you
try to speak. You have to bully the bullies back.
Second, give some money to political causes and candidates that you believe in.
The papers report that President Bush may break all records this election by
raising $300 to $400 million. Last election, people couldn't believe when
he set a new record by raising over $100 million. Now it will be 3 or 4
hundred million. How could there be such an increase in just a couple of
years? Right, the tax cuts - the money that was supposed to go for suring
up Social Security or for college loan programs will be hard at work for the
But, guess what. If each person who voted for someone besides Bush last
election gave just $10 to that candidate, that candidate would have raised about
$500 million. You can make a difference. The installment of this
Bush/Limbaugh brand of Republicans as a permanent majority is not inevitable IF
you begin to do something about it. They have only, and only will,
continue to prosper as long as the good people of this country do nothing.