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ELECTION 2012: a Japanese Point of View

Ron Paul's 82% landslide at the Iowa Straw Poll on October 29 was really an encouraging news. One of the few American friends of mine thinks still we can't be so optimistic because vote-rigging is commonplace in the U.S. Maybe he is right. But even so, the direction of the wind cannot be rigged, either, at the National Convention to be held in early September in Florida. If I understand it correctly, votes are also counted manually, or semi-manually there.

Once Ron Paul gets nominated as the Republican candidate, I think low-tech things should apply to the rest of the process toward change. If there are signs that the tally and tabulation were manipulated, electronically or not, these street protesters should storm the ballot-counting station, or wherever it is. Or better yet, they should demand, in advance, thorough transparency from every Board of Elections. Only then can they specifically identify the real target of their protests for the first time.

A guy named Doyle McManus wrote: "A successful revolution continues to be low-tech and still requires people to go into the streets and risk their lives." I don't know if the Los Angeles Times writer knew what he was talking about, but it's too soon to give it all up before you shed a single drop of blood, or sweat a lot.

I still don't believe the American voters are stupid enough to pick one of these apes, let alone reelect the incumbent liar, as their next leader. Or, am I wrong?

As I wrote in my Oct. 20 post, it's the last chance for the American people. Now is the time to drop the mask of cheap cynicism they have been wearing for many years to justify their inaction. ·

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ELECTION 2012: a Japanese Point of View
Authored by: Diogenes on Tuesday, November 01 2011 @ 08:19 AM JST
If modern American election history is any barometer, the candidate that will lose will be the one that has been chosen to loose. McCain/Palin were put together with the help of Carl Rove. That was no accident. Palin was a lunatic that torpedoed McCain's chances and assured a victory for Mr. Change. Nothing is set in cement. If Ron Paul gets the nomination, he will clearly beat Obama in any debate. The question is: Will he get the nomination?

Stay tuned.
ELECTION 2012: a Japanese Point of View
Authored by: samwidge on Wednesday, November 02 2011 @ 02:01 PM JST

Your comment, "Now is the time to drop your cheap cynicism... " is a good one but I doubt that our public will take the time to sort these issues out. We vote in the same way we do our grocery shopping; our people expect to rush in and make quick decisions based on the appearance of each neat package. Nobody wants to saw food apart to see what is inside it and choose which parts to eat. We even subscribe to magazines to have others tell us what to eat and how to eat it. Our people just don't care about complex issues enough to take them apart and make responsible decisions.

We are simplistic people. Understanding Ron Paul would just require too much learning. The criticisms you so frequently make of the Japanese are just as valid here. As a small-time journalist I felt that I had far too little information but, in the end, I was forced to tell people how to vote. Right or wrong, voters did as I told them. The elections always came out the way my news stories directed. It was a horrid realization. We are the blind leading the blind.

Your hope that we will work harder to make our decisions is a good one but, that is all it is -- hope.

I sometimes think that we are being manipulated by people who are smart enough to see some long view that I could not discover. I am reminded of the Sarah Palin campaigns. Certainly a lovely lady and an excellent speaker, she advocates for the wrong things but she moves us to think about concerns outside the norm. I doubt that any serious thinker would contribute to any Palin candidacy, expecting her to win. It seems to me that anyone smart enough to get that much money together must want something else. I doubt that Mrs. Palin herself seriously believes that she could win a big election. There must be more to it.

I sense that she is aware that the presidency requires connections and experience that she lacks. It is too late in her life to get those connections and experiences. The regions she has traveled are too far from the places where money and decisions are made. She probably does not know the people that she would need to know.

I believe that much of politics is like that.

I think that the most powerful journalists are busy manipulating or being manipulated by the manipulators. None of the big journalists care about individual voters. They know that what is said is not what is meant.

When it comes to manipulating the manipulators, I think that a good book could be written on the subject. Obviously, many books claim to be that but those writers, like your friend Mr. Fulford, are mostly chasing vast, imaginary conspiracies. A solid tome would acknowledge that the voting system is a mechanism and that people who really care must do far more than merely wear campaign buttons and nag neighbors. They must manipulate the manipulators.

Cynicism is justified, especially if it is practical cynicism

ELECTION 2012: a Japanese Point of View
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Wednesday, November 02 2011 @ 08:37 PM JST


Just a couple of small things from my side:

I thought Sarah Palin officially announced that she had withdrawn from the race a couple of months ago.

As to writing a book about "manipulating the manipulators," all I can say is that it's not the right time to write any book. I do know there are tens of thousands of professional liars in the U.S. who are writing fraudulent books at this moment. It can't be helped because the survival of the chattering classes is always at stake in making their monkey business a going concern.

Yu Yamamoto