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- Publisher: Bitingduck Press (September 30, 2012)
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Democracy Undone Kindle Edition
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What makes Democracy Undone stand head and shoulders above others in its genre is its thoroughness, attention to detail and a kind of steadfastness. Far from being a chicken-little doomsday book it makes a case for corruption in high places that has yet to be investigated, let alone punished. Indeed recent US history shows us a pattern of corruption rewarded, with many of the same shady actors doing the same things they did before, only now with the increased deftness that comes with past success. Dr. Tavris offers suggestions for what we can to stem the tide. Democracy is after all, us, so it is up to us to recover what we have already lost. We can start by reading his book and joining him in the good fight. He isn't giving up, and neither should we.
Here are the topics covered in this well-written, comprehensive book:
Chapter 1 - Consequences of a Failing Democracy
Chapter 2 - How the 2000 Presidential Election was Stolen
Chapter 3 - Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen too?
Chapter 4 - Can You Trust the Corporations that Make the Computers that Count Your Votes?
Chapter 5 - Fixing Elections by Making 2 + 2 = 3
Chapter 6 - Illegal Purging of Legitimate Voters
Chapter 7 - More Dirty Tricks - Voter Suppression and Intimidation
Chapter 8 - The "Voter Fraud" Myth and the Barrage ofNew Restrictive Voting Laws
Chapter 8 - Debunks the "Voter Fraud" Myth
Chapter 9 - Shocking testimony on vote switching in the 2004 presidential election
Chapter 10 - Legalized bribery of government officials
Chapter 11 - Corporate Control of Communications Media
Chapter 12 - Some actions we can take now
Every American should read this book.
After reading this book, I am ashamed that I have taken the voter i.d. laws so lightly. I now see them as another brick in a very large wall of electoral outrages. Dale Tavris, a well-published medical researcher who has worked for the Election Defense Alliance to analyze data, has convinced me not only that both the 2000 and 2004 elections were stolen, but that investigations into vivid fraud involving the 2004 Presidential election led to the murders of an investigator who had discovered a smoking gun, and a high-level IT consultant about to testify about it.
Before we get to the murders, Tavris clearly lays out all the ways our votes are compromised by officials who take Stalin's dictum to heart: "It's not important who votes. What's important is who counts the votes." The most indefensible voting outrage is the use of purely electronic voting. Voters have demanded that they be given a paper recording of their vote, that they could put in a ballot box in case of a need for a recount; voters have demanded to judge the security and accuracy of the programs used to tabulate the votes; and the companies who make the machines and write the programs have simply refused to comply.
We all know about Florida's famous hanging chads, but Tavris adds details I hadn't known. Voters on Palm Beach's infamous "butterfly ballot" who knew they had been fooled into voting for Pat Buchanan instead of Gore, and who tried to rectify their mistake by writing in "Al Gore" at the bottom, had their votes discarded in clear violation of the dictum to judge "voter intent" in a recount. I did not know that the odd reasoning the Supreme Court used to stop the recount, they themselves said could not be used in any other election, because under that reasoning, EVERY election in America would be invalid.
I also did not realize our country's strange coverup of the huge discrepancy between exit polls and actual voting. In Ohio, there was a five-point difference between how people said they voted and what the vote counters said were the results. In other countries, international monitors have used these discrepancies to invalidate elections. But in our country, what the news broadcasters who pay for the polling have done is change their exit polls after the fact to conform to the "official" vote, and then refuse to release the full data to investigators.
Sadly, we kindly Americans so want to believe in the honesty of our democracy that we cut short recounts and mutually conspire to coverup our doubts. Tavris also discusses all of the ways that money has corrupted the process. But he, and the publisher who have rushed this book out before the election, offer some hope and clear-cut advice as to what to do to help: ban electronic voting; work at the polls yourselves; and, most importantly, get outraged the next time a recount is cut short, or you can in some other way see the process being subverted. We can stand up to the machine, and we must.