from Major Tom's dKos diary about why we should be screaming about voter
... I fully agree with Tocque DeVille that the media as well as the blog masters have been so deafeningly silent when they should be our rally leaders.
Frankly, I don't understand the silence; but it is there. And I don't really know the exact reasons why. However, I do know that if we do not make this cause the most preeminent issue of the day right now, then we are going to have the same situation repeat itself in 2006 and 2008, and God only knows how long after that. Yep, it'll be that Deja Vu Stuff All Over Again.
You know, because seemingly passive Democrats and the National Media did NOT scream to high heavens about the Florida election irregularities right up until the time of the passage of "The Help America Vote Act" (HAVA), what we actually got was something even worse than what we already had.
He's right - why are so many of the prominent voices in Blogistan, of all places, so quiet? Please read the rest of this post. The twenty examples of actionable fraud alone are worth the click. But read it mostly because Tom hits on the salient point of the entire debate:
How is Res Ipsa Loquitor applicable here? Well, in theory, when something goes awry concerning an object or instrumentality which is in the exclusive control of a person or persons, be it equipment or the like, and that failure does not normally occur without fault or without negligence, then the burden to prove that the object or the machine did not malfunction in a certain way then legally shifts to the owner or exclusive possessor of that very object or machine.
Respectfully, under the principles of this specific, time-tested legal doctrine, I would contend that Diebold, et al., should be required to prove how any of its vote machines malfunctioned in any given instance, or put another way, they should have the burden of proof to demonstrate that all of its machines functioned properly, just as they were intended to function. You know, when you really think about the fact that our democracy itself happens to be at stake, that isn't asking a whole lot.
Over the weekend, I heard Barack Obama interviewed on the Rhandi Rhodes show. He wanted to talk about points of commonality he could find with the GOP. She wanted to talk about counting all the votes in Ohio. She wanted to talk about
voter election fraud. He said to her, "Oh, you're going to keep gnawing that bone." Gnawing that bone? That's our leadership. And maybe the new senator has to play nice. What's our excuse?