South American Dictatorship?
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 self-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 self-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 any province in his
nation and actually led the nation in executions.
10. Imagine that a major campaign promise of the self-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
To sign-off this list, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the
message text UNSUBSCRIBE HOSTA-OPEN