Saturday, August 12, 2006
I actually wasn't thinking of Kos when I wrote about sneers. I was thinking about Jay Bookman of The Atlanta Journal Constitution. He's one of the smartest editorial writers in the nation (granted, that doesn't mean much) and yet he is willing to slam anyone who questions elections.
I have been systematically going through the specific allegations on the Mexican election. Precinct so-and-so: ballot packet opened, 100 votes for Lopez Obrador miscounted as for Calderon. Precinct so-and-so: received 200 ballots. Voted: 170. Surplus: 82. These challenges have been raised at great cost, both financial and in terms of personal effort. Do they amount to proof of a systematic electoral fraud? I don't know. That's what we (supposedly) have courts, congressional committees, and newspapers for.
I do know that it's wrong for people to be slapped down for daring to challenge these things. When a society becomes so corrupt that it doesn't care if votes are properly counted, it might as well be a dictatorship, because its people have put slave collars around their own necks.
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