Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Hung Out to Dry: "Democracy" in the U.S.A.

This is a "polling station" in Long Beach, California at Super Suds Laundromat.

Let's not quibble about AP "calling" the Democratic Party nomination the day before the primary voting or whether the broken machines and fouled-up voter registration rolls were a conspiracy to suppress votes.

Just look at the picture. This is a picture of official contempt for the voting process. The polling place is only in a laundromat because they couldn't fit all the paraphernalia into a portable outhouse. The U.S. Supreme Court has declared, in Citizens United, that only money counts as speech. The on-the-cheap dysfunctional voting system in the U.S.A. is more of that same speech.

It says: "your votes ain't worth shit."


ProGrowthLiberal said...

If there were long lines - at least one could do the laundry as you wait.

Sandwichman said...

Ha! All the more reason for the port-a-potty polling booth. Because when money counts as speech, ONLY money counts.

Peter T said...

Why is this so hard for the US? Here in Australia, schools are used, it's open 12 hours, the wait is never more than 10-15 minutes at most, and usually much less.

Sandwichman said...

Yes. In Canada we vote in school gyms, church basements and community centres. Places of public gathering. 5-10 minute wait. Turnout is MUCH higher than in the U.S.A. I can only speculate that the problems are not an accident. Not because of any conspiracy of voter suppression but because these are demonstration elections and the voting part just doesn't matter. Americans don't seem to catch on that it's a Potemkin village. Go ahead, vote for whoever you like -- or whoever's name you recognize. The powers that be will tell them what to do.

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