Tuesday, November 07, 2006


This week former US President James Earl Carter has been in Nicaragua monitoring the elections that have returned Daniel Ortega to power in that country.

This morning, as I go to cast my ballot, I sincerely (almost desperately) wish we had someone with the ethics of Jimmy Carter monitoring our elections. There are already reports that Republican operatives in Virginia (henceforth known as the "macaca" race) are calling Democrat types with threats that they will be arrested if they attempt to vote, suggestions that they have registered incorrectly and cannot vote, and other improbable suggestions.

We can no longer say "It can't happen here." It does. It has. It is.

So, friends, whatever your political persuasion (gee, I wonder what mine might be? I've been so clever at concealing it thus far...), get out and vote, and fervently defend the right to vote of your fellow citizens. This isn't a democracy unless every vote is counted.

God help us.


steve westby said...


Actually, I recently heard an interview with Jimmy Carter, and he said that for various reasons (including a lack of uniformity of voting procedures and a lack of equal media access for all candidates) his group wouldn't even agree to monitor elections in this great country of ours.

Wow. That was pretty mind boggling for me.

Anyway, thanks for the excellent post and for your comment on my blog.

more cows than people said...

Are you serious, Mags? Threats to democrats in Virginia? Where are we living?????

Magdalene6127 said...

Evidently there have already been Justice Department lawyers brought in. It's scary.