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political perspective

 A delightfully different perspective!

 A view from the developing world:

 The following is from an article in which a Zimbabwe politician was
 quoted as saying that children should study this event closely for it
 shows that election fraud is not only a so-called "Third World"

 1. Imagine that we read of an election occurring anywhere in the Third
 World in which the self-declared winner was the son of the former
 prime minister and the former prime minister was himself the former
 head of that nation's secret police (CIA).

 2. Imagine that the self-declared winner lost the popular vote but won
 based on some old colonial holdover (electoral college) from the
 nation's pre-democracy past.

 3. Imagine that the self-declared winner's "victory" turned on
 disputed votes cast in a province governed by his brother!

 4. Imagine that the poorly drafted ballots of one district, a district
 heavily favoring the self-declared winner's opponent, led thousands of
 voters to vote for the wrong candidate,

 5. Imagine that members of that nation's most despised caste, fearing
 for their lives/livelihoods, turned out in record numbers to vote in
 near-universal opposition to the sel-declared winner's candidacy.

 6. Imagine that hundreds of members of that most despised caste were
 intercepted on their way to the polls by state police operating under
 the authority of the self-declared winner's brother.

 7. Imagine that six million people voted in the disputed province and
 that the self-declared winner's "lead" was only 327 votes.  Fewer
 certainly, than the vote counting machines' margin of error.

 8. Imagine that the sel-declared winner and his political party
 opposed a more careful by-hand inspection and re-counting of the
 ballots in the disputed province or in its most hotly disputed

 9.Imagine that the self-declared winner, himself a governor of a major
 province, had the worst human rights record of ant province in his
 nation and actually led the nation in executions.

 10. Imagine that a major campaign promise of the sel-declared winner
 was to appoint like-minded human rights violators to lifetime
 positions on the high court of that nation.

 None of us would deem such an election to be representative of
 anything other than the self-declared winner's will-to-power.  All of
 us, I imagine would wearily turn the page thinking it was another sad
 tale of pitiful pre- or anti-democracy peoples in some far, strange

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