"A lot of Europeans wonder: Why are Americans so crazy, they keep reelecting this guy?" Well the answer is, we don't! They keep stealing these elections! And they stole it in 2000, they stole it in 2004,and they’re all set up to steal it again!" - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on BBC Television Newsnight.
Jumping Jack Kerr-rist! The Republicans are at it again. Greg Palast, who uncovered the first electoral theft of the White House in Florida, 2000, applies his forensic journo skills to the tactics being used this time around in the 2008 election.
The poorest are again being purged from the voter rolls with those under threat of foreclosure missing off the lists. Entire swathes of America devastated and turned into what look like battle-zones with one in five denied a vote. Who's doing the purging? Mortgage companies supporting McCain and the Republicans, that's who.
So the Bush government wrecks your life and then makes sure you have no say at the ballot. Neat, huh?
And guess what? The black electorate is being hit hardest — 100,000 black voters eliminated in the swing state of Indiana alone. C'mon Obama, up for the challenge?
As Palast concludes, "The next man in [the White House] won't be chosen by counting the votes, but by blocking the voters."
And don't think the Democrats have entirely clean hands, either.
Greg Palast's Newsnight report (in two parts):
Greg Palast on the 2008 theft, Part 1
Greg Palast on the 2008 theft, Part 2