COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN
That's a pretty shallow approach to a very serious subject, but then, in most things, apart from all his killing in the Middle East, Obama is shallow.
Election fraud has been a reality in America all of my lifetime.
And I'm sorry to say, but Democrats have featured large in it.
Lyndon Johnson's first congressional election in Texas is documented by eminent biographer, Robert Caro, as fraudulent.
John Kennedy only was elected by Mayor Daley's 'boys" in Chicago working into the wee hours to see how the returns came in from Republican downstate Illinois so they could know how many Chicago votes they needed to generate to offset them.
I lived in Chicago then, and the fraud was painfully obvious. And, yes, there were names registered as voters from cemeteries, just as Trump speaks of.
Lyndon Johnson, lifetime crooked politician, also gave them Texas, which was the job expected of him as VP candidate.
As recently as 2000, we had large-scale fraud in Florida under Jeb Bush and in a couple of other states. Even with the fraud, George Bush was elected with far fewer total votes than Gore, owing to the peculiar and deliberately anti-democratic Electoral College set up by those non-believers in democracy, The Founding Fathers.
There are many, many such stories.
But I have to say, in my adult lifetime, I've not seen such blatant ballot fraud and voter suppression as happened in Hillary's campaign. Voter suppression – sending people to the wrong place or other fraternity-boy dirty tricks – seems to be growing in popularity.
Her record against Bernie in the primaries represents the most corrupt effort ever, and I'm not even thinking of the Wasserman interference at the DNC which only added to the whole thing.
At least a million ballots were destroyed in California and went uncounted.
Hundreds of thousands of likely Bernie supporters were removed from the registration rolls and unable to vote in New York when they showed up.
Voters in Arizona were sent to the wrong place and at some polling stations there were no ballots for people waiting to vote.
The early Caucus in Iowa, desperately needed by Hillary with her defeat in New Hampshire's primary, was highly irregular according to many witnesses.
In the Nevada caucus, fist fights almost broke out over the irregularities.
There are no formal remedies for most of these abuses in the United States, except of course for law suits which take a long time. Nevertheless, lawsuits have been started over Hillary’s “victory,” but it's not possible to "unelect" someone sitting in high office, so the remedies available to those bringing suits are doubtful.
An academic's statistical study of the 2016 primaries recently concluded that it was most likely Bernie actually won the vote, but we all see the results. Cheating works in America, and, judging by 2016, it is prospering.
Many outside the United States do not realize that voting procedures and rules and scrutiny for even national candidates are the responsibility of the individual states. So you have fifty sets of rules and at least fifty ways rules can be bent by local interests.
Also there are fifty sets of rules for even getting a name on the ballots for a national election, and these usually reflect much long-time local crafty party trickery and manipulation.
Another thing many outside America do not appreciate is that there is absolutely no federal agency in America to oversee elections or to insure fairness and uniformity in local voting. And that applies to the actual elections. As far as the primaries go, the things which can determine who will run in the actual election, they are understood as internal matters of a political party.
It is all a chaotic situation and easy to take advantage of, as Hillary’s people very much have done.
The whole thing is rather a joke, but those who’ve seriously studied American history know that country is only nominally democratic, even without the vote fraud.
By the way, vote fraud is likely easier now than ever with the advent of computerized voting. The machines widely used have been shown to be not very secure, and we've all seen what hackers can do today.
In addition, billionaire George Soros - one of Hillary's biggest contributors and someone we know from WikiLeaks material has intimate access even when she was Secretary of State and further the funder of such phony NGOs as MoveOn and White Helmets - is said to have serious board connections to the firm supplying voting machines in 16 states.