(By American Zen
's Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari Goldstein.)
You only have a realistic hope of ending poverty if you can somehow curb the destruction and waste and the devastation of war.
- The late Sen. George McGovern (1922-2012)
is often the case in the Protean, Broomhilda landscape of politics,
ironic timing follows much of what transpires. The death of Senator
George McGovern, the Democratic nominee for President in 1972, neatly
dovetails into the revelation partly broken by Brad Friedman that Tagg
Romney and company, through Bain Capital, has bought voting machines
in at least five, perhaps six states, starting with the swing state of Ohio.
Attorney General Eric Holder has called for an investigation
into this latest bid on the American electoral process that opened up with the Citizen's United
decision. Yet, considering the Obama Justice Department's laughable
record of investigations it's launched only to drop like radioactive dog
turds, this doesn't give the liberal heart much hope. Plus, one can
already hear Karl Rove's fax machine creaking and grinding like a $20
hooker on rent day fanning out talking points to the right wing press
such as, "Comrade Obama is engaging in partisan politics," and "Comrade
Obama is persecuting poor Tagg Romney and the Free Market system yet
And, just to play Devil's Advocate, how would
it look if the President's own Attorney General called for an
investigation into the oldest son of the Republican presidential nominee
essentially buying up thousands of voting machines in Ohio, Texas,
Oklahoma, Washington, Colorado and, according to David Pakman
, also the president's home state of Hawaii?
issue, obviously, wouldn't be in partisan politics on the part of the
president, who can hardly order his Attorney General and Justice
Department to look into this amazingly brazen attempt to buy Romney into
the Oval Office but in the incestuous relationship between a major
presidential candidate, his family, his "former" company and the very
electoral process in the last two weeks of the election.
Here are the abstracts, according to those who'd originally broken this story. Let's start with election watchdog Brad Friedman
last month, Gerry Bello and Bob Fitrakis at FreePress.org broke the
story of the Mitt Romney/Bain Capital investment team involved in
H.I.G. Capital which, in July of 2011, completed a "strategic investment" to take over a fair share of the Austin-based e-voting machine company Hart Intercivic.
gets even better (or worse, depending on your political stripe).
Apparently, this sleazy move also includes one of Mitt's brothers and
even Queen Ann Romney. From Truthout
Through a closely held equity fund called
Solamere, Mitt Romney and his wife, son and brother are major investors
in an investment firm called H.I.G. Capital. H.I.G. in turn holds a
majority share and three out of five board members in Hart Intercivic, a
company that owns the notoriously faulty electronic voting machines
that will count the ballots in swing state Ohio November 7. Hart
machines will also be used elsewhere in the United States.
other words, a candidate for the presidency of the United States, and
his brother, wife and son, have a straight-line financial interest in
the voting machines that could decide this fall's election. These
machines cannot be monitored by the public. But they will help decide
who "owns" the White House."
So if you're
wondering why Rove, the Romneys and other assorted right wing nut cases
seem oleaginously optimistic regarding Willard's chances of sliding into
the Oval Office, there's your starting point.
I Love (Kevin) Bacon!
On the face of it, it seems absurd that a businessman savvy enough to take center stage in an $8.5 billion Ponzi scheme
without even being investigated let alone charged let alone jailed for
his involvement wouldn't be stupid enough to buy infamously unreliable
voting machines in the final weeks of his father's run for the
presidency. But, obviously, that was the point all along.
how can this possibly be legal? Well, there's what I call the Kevin
Bacon factor. Insert enough degrees of separation between the perp and
the people actually carrying out the fraud and that provides coddled,
well-connected, lawyered-up right wing operatives like Tagg Romney with
enough plausible deniability of any subversive and illegal motive. And
this "strategic investment" is enough to dizzy all but the hardiest
souls with its labyrinth of corporate entities in the financial and
business sectors. So far, we've heard the names Hart Intercivic, Bain
Capital, H.I.G. Capital and Solamere. As Allvoices.com sums it up
Both The Nation and New York Times
confirm the connection between the Romney family, Solamere and the Bain
Capital investment in the voting machine company, Hart Intercivic,
whose board of directors serve H.I.G. Capital.
Romney, his wife Ann Romney, and their son Tagg Romney are also
invested in H.I.G. Capital, as is Mitt's brother G. Scott Romney.
The investment comes in part through the privately held family equity firm
called Solamere, which bears the name of the posh Utah ski community
where the Romney family retreats to slide down the slopes." Truthout added.
are also political connections between Solamere and the Romneys. "Matt
Blunt, the former Missouri governor who backed Mr. Romney in 2008, is a
senior adviser to Solamere, as is Mitt Romney’s brother, Scott, a
lawyer," according to the New York Times.
ascribing all these connections and collusions between right wing
operatives and corporations that include Romney's own Bain Capital to
sheer coincidence ought to come with a mandatory revocation of your
membership card to the intellectually dominant life form on earth.
Whether or not this is being orchestrated from behind the scenes by Karl
Rove or any one person, this largely unreported scandal is merely of a
piece that threatens to bring back the tainted elections of 2000 and
2004, which also devolved on Ohio thanks largely to a conflict of
interest in the form of the Secretary of State, J. Kenneth Blackwell,
also serving as George W. Bush's campaign co-chair.
can plainly see a massive, nationwide concerted effort to steal votes
from the president in a multitude of ways. Tagg Romney and family buying
up dysfunctional, easily-hacked voting machines in five, perhaps six
states. At least 25 racist and restrictive Voter ID laws being enacted in 19 states
. SAC and the electoral fraud scandal in Florida, which led to the "firing
of SAC's Nathan Sproul, another infamous right wing operative tied to
yet unprosecuted over electoral fraud. An operative in Virginia, one
hired by Sproul, who was recently arrested for throwing in a
Dumpster Democratic registration forms. Purge lists ordered by Florida
Governor Rick Scott targeting minorities
. Republican operatives training challengers
to intimidate minority voters and to spread disinformation. The list
stretches longer than the rap sheet that most Republicans ought to have
on public record.
Considering tomorrow's third and
final presidential debate will be exclusively about foreign policy,
don't look for the President or the moderator to mention this slimy
gambit on the part of the Romneys to buy or steal this election. Yet, with the exception of the New York Times
one major news source has been linked to in this article because they're
simply not touching it. The supine MSM, true to form, is avoiding this
and busying themselves with busy work like pedestrians avoiding the
aftermath of a mob hit.
The crowning irony in all this
is that a couple of years ago, President Obama could've scuttled his own
re-election chances by signing on to the right wing hysteria over
"voter fraud" and James O'Keefe's heavily-edited, misleading video that
got ACORN and its GOTV efforts defunded by Congress.
that brings us back to George McGovern, an honorable, decent and honest
man who seriously underestimated the power of the stupidity of people in
large numbers and the Southern Strategy. McGovern sincerely wanted to
end a war in Vietnam from which Mitt Romney furiously avoided involvement
while lobbying for it. McGovern's tragically misguided faith in the
American public's common sense is eerily reminiscent of that of our
African American President, who seems to think he'll handily win in 16
days because everyone who wants to vote for him will simply be allowed
to with no obstacles, blithely ignorant of the Republican Party's thus
far successful attempts to buy, steal, cheat, intimidate and otherwise
do everything in their considerable power to not so much install Mitt
Romney but merely to unseat him.