Democracy in action?

Not a new story, but a great roundup in Rolling Stone magazine summarizing the election fraud in 2004.

...The issue of what happened in 2004 is not an academic one. Forthe second election in a row, the president of the United Stateswas selected not by the uncontested will of the people but under acloud of dirty tricks. Given the scope of the GOP machinations, wesimply cannot be certain that the right man now occupies the OvalOffice -- which means, in effect, that we have been deprived of ourfaith in democracy itself.

American history is littered with vote fraud -- but rather thanlearning from our shameful past and cleaning up the system, we haveallowed the problem to grow even worse. If the last two electionshave taught us anything, it is this: The single greatest threat toour democracy is the insecurity of our voting system. If peoplelose faith that their votes are accurately and faithfully recorded,they will abandon the ballot box. Nothing less is at stake herethan the entire idea of a government by the people.

Voting, as Thomas Paine said, ''is the right upon which allother rights depend.'' Unless we ensure that right, everything elsewe hold dear is in jeopardy.

If reports like this are running on America's entertainment media, like Rolling Stone magazine, the Comedy Channel or MTV, do I give applause for where the entertainment industry is headed to or worry deeper about the state of independant journalism?

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