Here's the new song (Nov. 14, 2004) about the vote counting in Florida and Ohio:
Listen: The Chessmaster Plays Ohio
or: (low bandwidth)
[There's a lot going on in the song, I highly recommend headphones for listening.)
Here's my song I wrote March 2, 2004, the night of the primaries in California, which expresses my
utter sense of loss when I first voted on a Diebold system:
Listen: Little Black Box
This one is on my latest CD: U.S. Provisional Authority
I've recorded a new song, "The Chessmaster Plays Ohio", one that I wrote when I sat in a Reno, Nevada hotel, Wednesday morning
after the election. I realized that there was the very real possibility that we had been had.
And no one was doing anything about it. Not John Kerry, not the Democratic Party, not the Republican
Party, not President Bush, not the Media. But exit polls are almost never wrong. They are based on
people who actually voted, not like other polls where they don't know who will vote or if they will vote.
Most other countries use exit polls to determine if the elections were clean. But here our Corporate Media
just goes along with our Corporate Candidates and says nothing. Clean elections should be a non-partisan
issue. But the Republicans don't want to squeak, because they won. And the Democrats don't want to squeak
because they don't want to look like conspiracy theorists. But we have possibly given up our Democracy
to accounting by machines made and deployed by a private, secretive, Republican company, Diebold (and a few others),
and those machines have behaved poorly. Preliminary evidence shows that there were significant
numbers of failures in the machines. And no one in power cares.
In the song, I declare that the American Democratic Experiment is over. Harsh words, and maybe unfounded.
But I write songs about how I feel, how I react. And this is how I feel. That even when there is question
about our most sacred right, voting, our leaders have failed, the Media has failed, and the people
are not up in arms. Something is very wrong.
Update: The little black boxes seem to have behaved as predicted!
It is now imperative that we have a full audit and manual recount. This is the government's duty
and they are shirking it. After that, it is the Democratic Party's duty, to spend the GELAC funds
on this. Amazingly, the party, bolstered by the corporate press, has abdicated.
So some people are using grassroots power to pay for this bare minimum oversight into clean elections
and open government. If you care about this country, PLEASE DONATE now to these organizations
Without whistle-clean elections, we won't know if we have a democracy. This is not conspiracy theory, this
is common sense.
The Ohio Greens are raising money for a recount (yes indeedy, the counties charge us for what is
really their responsibility) http://www.votecobb.org/
Bev Harris at http://www.blackboxvoting.org/ is filing
the largest Freedom Of Information Act request in history, to get at the voter poll station data. This
is very important. Please do what I did and give 'til it hurts.
There are more links at the bottom of this page so you can get involved.