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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The Leader of the Free World - the USA Algeria!

Yesterday I performed what has become a rather routine activity. I went to my bank, put my paycheck in an envelope, and stuck it in the ATM deposit slot. Man, technology is incredible! I remember as a child sitting in an incredibly long line at the drive-in bank while the adults in my life waited for upwards of an hour to deposit their paycheck. Now that I think about it, they would praise the technology that allowed them to do this from their car rather than having to stand in a line around the block.

When ATM's first debuted, banks had to challenge people to use them. "Tillie, the Teller" in Lubbock promised to give someone twice the difference if she made a mistake in counting out their money. I don't know how you'd prove how much money you got back, but they definitely gave you a receipt so you could prove how much your account was charged.

So, if it's so important to check and double-check your money; then why is it that the counting of your vote is just taken for granted?

Well, you don't have to go to Ohio or Florida to find problems with voting - just head over to Hudson County's Clerk Office.

Fortunately, someone is actually trying to do something about the problem. Unfortunately, the bill is being held by - who else? - a Republican from Ohio. You've heard of the Ohio Republican Party - they have been found caught up in corruption scandal after corruption scandal after corruption scandal. So much so that they are now discussing a possible change in the motto of Ohio to "Thank God for Kentucky!".

There is simply no point in holding elections unless you are going to count the votes. There is no way to consider your country a democracy if it isn't going to make an honest attempt to do so. It should be a national shame that the country that considers itself to be the leader of democracy in the world actually needs international observers to make sure elections are being handled fairly.

If Algeria can get it right, why can't we?

A big part of the problem is a Republican from Ohio. A big part of the solution is a Democrat from New Jersey.

Go here and tell our government that this government is still supposed to be "by the people, of the people, and for the people".


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