[extropy-chat] Politics: US talks of suspending elections
samantha at objectent.com
Sat Jul 17 18:56:12 UTC 2004
On Jul 13, 2004, at 11:26 AM, J. Andrew Rogers wrote:
> Amara Graps wrote:
>> This particular news was on the Italian radio this morning. The
>> reaction from my immediate environment is that of sadness, words of
>> 'looks like a dictatorship' and so on. The people around me also asked
>> questions about what is the true lifetime of a democracy, because it
>> looks like an incredibly fragile thing now, with the US has having had
>> demonstrated the longest democratic life.
> Its not that bad, and people are over-reacting. The entire range of
> contingencies is being investigated -- a legitimate exercise for the
> government -- and the media is using it whip up some FUD.
After the events of the last election and watching the current
administration for the last four years, I very much wish I could
believe that there is nothing to worry about. But I cannot. I believe
that this administration is quite capable of stealing an election and
if it looks like they cannot do so or win legitimately, postponing an
election. I would love to believe that there is no basis for such
worry. But I do not believe it. I recommend watching very
carefully and certainly NOT giving the government the benefit of doubt.
They have shown repeatedly that they do not deserve it.
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