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Gore Vidal et al to Obama: Do Not Concede!
An Open Letter to Senator Obama and the Democratic Leadership:
On Election Night, DO NOT CONCEDE!
“Eight years is too much” is how Barack Obama explained why we must win
the coming election and begin to restore America. But, even if we
receive the most votes, will we win the election?
DO NOT CONCEDE!
Both of the last two elections were conceded by the Democratic
presidential candidate. The 2004 election was handed to George Bush
while votes were still being counted in closely-fought Ohio. While the
2000 election was contested to the Supreme Court, it too
was ultimately conceded to Bush “for the good of the country.”
Numerous politicians, investigators and authors, including Robert
Kennedy, Jr., agree the 2004 election was stolen, not only in Ohio but
in several other battleground states. Tactics included purging of
legitimate voters and the use of nefarious voting software--but when
even these actions did not yield the required numbers, Republican
election officials simply changed the vote tallies in several states,
all without a peep from the Democratic Party.
DO NOT CONCEDE!
In the time since the last general election the public has learned much
about these scandals, which have led some states to reject electronic
touchscreen voting (and which caused the infamous Diebold voting
machines corporation to hide behind a new corporate
name,) yet the Democratic Party seems to have learned nothing.
THREE STRIKES AND WE'RE OUT!
If we cannot afford another Republican administration, we cannot afford
a third concession in the face of election fraud. Already there is
evidence of massive fraud such as voter purging and caging of Democratic
voters, and “flipping” of votes in early voting on electronic
touchscreen machines. It is reasonable to once again expect further
manipulation on election night by some Republican operatives and
election officials, as was seen in 2004; should we also expect our
Democratic Party leaders and candidates to repeat history, by once again
conceding in the face of such blatant fraud? Senator Obama, we need you,
our Party and all candidates to stand firm, come what may on election
night. You ask us to work for you, contribute to you--and to have your
back; we ask that you promise to have our back: We ask that you PLEDGE
TO STAND FIRM, AND NOT CONCEDE THE COMING ELECTION in the face of
election irregularities, no matter how long it takes to contest such
fraud, while there remains any doubt as to any part of the process. Be
assured, Democratic voters will be more--not less--energized if we see
you promise to stand firm.
Senator Obama, if there is any reason to contest the election,
DO NOT CONCEDE!
Signed: (Titles for identification purposes only)
Gore Vidal, Author
Bob Fitrakis, Professor of Political Science, Columbus State Community
College, Attorney; Editor of The Free Press (freepress.org)
Harvey Wasserman, Senior Editor, FreePress.org, Author of SOLARTOPIA!
Our Green-Powered Earth
Mark Crispin Miller, Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at
New York University, Author of Fooled Again, How the Right Stole the
Tim Carpenter, Director, Progressive Democrats of America
Mimi Kennedy, Chair, National Advisory Board, Progressive Democrats of
David Swanson, Co-Founder, After Downing Street
Eric Bauman, Chair, Los Angeles County Democratic Party
Garry S. Shay, Member, Democratic National Committee (CA)
Lead Chair, Rules Committee, California Democratic Party
Jo Olson, MD, Co-Chair, Progressive Caucus, California Democratic Party
Mal Burnstein, Co-Chair, Progressive Caucus, California Democratic Party
Marcy Winograd, Executive Board representative, California Democratic
Party, 41st AD, Former Chair, Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles
David Earnhardt, Filmmaker, “Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections”
Don Goldmacher, Chair, Election Integrity, Progressive Caucus,
California Democratic Party
Michael Jay, Progressive Democrats of America, Special Projects, Former
Delegate, California Democratic Party, 42nd AD
Sheri Myers, Director, “Wake Up and Save Your Country"
Robert A. Feuer, Former Chairman, Stockbridge, MA Town Democratic Committee
Thomas Patrick O'Shaughnessy, Region 3 Vice Chair, Los Angeles County
Democratic Party Chair, Irish American Caucus, California Democratic Party
Howard Jennings, PDA-Virginia, State Co-Coordinator
Sarah Stott, Chapter Chair, PDA-Virginia
Lisa Pease, Co-editor, “The Assassinations: Probe Magazine on JFK, MLK,
RFK and Malcolm X”
Cindy Asner, Former Delegate, California Democratic Party, Member,
National Advisory Board, Progressive Democrats of America
Julie Lopez Dad, President, Santa Monica Democratic Club, Chair, 41st AD
Committee, Los Angeles County Democratic Party
Dr. Bill Honigman, PDA California State Coordinator and Orange County
Chapter Leader, Delegate, California Democratic Party, 73rd AD
Linda Milazzo, Senior Editor, OpEdNews.com, Blogger, Huffington Post
Rady Ananda, Senior Editor, OpEdNews.com
Jan Baumgartner, Managing Editor, OpEdNews.com
Cheryl Biren-Wright, Managing Editor, OpEdNews.com
Sherry Healy, Co-Founder California Election Protection Network,
Coordinator, Election Defense Alliance
Laura Bonham, Summit County, UT Democratic Party Chairperson
Albert E. Fairchild, Retired Foreign Service Officer
Dorathea Peters, Precinct Captain, Alexandria, VA Democratic Committee