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On voting in Georgia

It would probably be useful to look back further in history. One of the main reasons the 2000 election was screwed up, in addition to the malfunctioning “machines” with the hanging chads, which stopped recording votes after the tray got clogged, was that the votes from American citizens serving in the armed forces had not arrived in the mail and were not counted before the election was decided by the court.
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Contemplating Josiah T. Walls, Republican of Florida

When I first read the speeches of Gongressman Josiah T. Walls, I was impressed by his elegant speech and paid less attention to the content. Also, while I knew him to be a Republican, that seemed to be sort of incidental to the historical reality that the Republican party had promoted emancipation. I had not realized how male-centered the agenda was. Now all the references to men and the supremacy of the Republic are rather upsetting. I have excerpted a few quotes that seem quite telling.
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Where are we at?

Desperation. The partisan political community is getting desperate. All the ploys relied on since the civil rights era to counter government by the people have failed to secure rule by an elite. Elites taking partisan turns to exercise autocracy failed to convince that the ad hoc divisions cobbled out of the detritus of various wars were legitimate. Ditto for the unitary executive. Now there is a last ditch effort to assert the supremacy of the presidency to defeat the popular vote.
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Dangerous electorate

The Founders warned against factions, probably because they were expected to waste energy in disputation, rather than getting the people’s business done. As it happened, partisans conspired to ignore the interests of the people entirely to promote their own hegemony. The parties, being extra-legal entities that have wrangled a position of importance for themselves without benefit for the polis are now fixated on perpetuating themselves. What is not enough discussed is that the percentage of unaffiliated voters is larger than of either Democrats or Republicans. From the perspective of party operatives, the electorate is the enemy. What was significant about the Georgia special Senate election was that therewere 21 candidates in the first round. Manipulation occurs at the candidate selection level.

Dissembling in Georgia

For quite a while, candidates for public office in Georgia were pressured to run under the Republican banner by the Republican establishment with the argument that Democrats could not get elected, despite the numerical plurality of voters identifying as Democrats. Though all newcomers were likely to be rejected in the primary anyway, the argument did serve to reveal basic Republican duplicity.
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