Preserving Democracy

Written by Marty on January 9th, 2005

   One of the values that we Americans hold in the highest regard is the right of the people to choose their leaders. With the discarding of registrations of Democratic voters, the illegal removal from the voting roles and possible tampering with the voting machines this election will forever be in question for many Americans.    

   Contrary to the Republicans allegations the challenge to the certification was not about over turning the election. It was about securing the rights of voters in the future. Some said that this was not the time or place, but if not now when? If the Democratic Party had not brought this to the forefront it most likely would have been swept under the rug!    

  The reasons for the challenge was there were massive and unprecedented voter irregularities and anomalies that Congress needs to enact election reform to restore the people’s trust in our democracy. As described in the House Judiciary Committee report “Preserving Democracy: what went wrong in Ohio” that;

The misallocation of voting machines led to unprecedented long lines that disenfranchised scores, if not hundreds of thousands, of predominantly minority and Democratic voters. . . Mr. Blackwell’s decision to restrict provisional ballots . . . his decision to reject voter registration applications based on paper weight . . . Ohio Republican Party’s decision to engage in preelection “caging” tactics, selectively targeting 35,000 predominantly minority voters for intimidation . . . (See the link for more)

   This should not be a Democratic or Republican issue, for the right to determine our destiny is an inherently American virtue, not confined to any political party. The fact that one party would try to paint it as an attempt to undermine the presidency of Mr. Bush shows that lack of commitment to democracy! It is my hope that the forcing of the issue to the forefront will bring all Americans on board. Let us pray that the commitment to democracy will be restored to America. As a result of the challenge we hopefully will see legislation and even a Constitutional Amendment to guarantee that the right to vote and have that vote counted. The polls were made at different times and have been running for a while; this is why some have larger numbers of votes.



   Below are the links to all the audio recordings of each speaker. They are listed in the order that they spoke starting with the House and then the Senate. The speaker of the House, Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) , Deborah Pryce (R Oh) , John Conyers (D-Michigan) / Bernie Sanders (D, Roy Blunt (R-Missouri), Mel Watt (D-North Carolina) / Grace Napolitan, Bob Ney (R- Ohio), Nancy Pelosi (D- California), Tom Reynolds (R- New York) / Ralph Regula (R-), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) / Marcy Kaptur (D- Ohi, J.D. Hayworth (R-Arizona) , Dennis Kucinich (D- Ohio) / Barbara Lee (D- , Candice Miller (R- Michigan) / Mike Turner (R , Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) / Cynthia McKinn , David Dreier (R- California) / Thelma Drake , Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Illinois) / John Lewis , Bobby Jindal (R- Louisiana) / Patrick Tiberi , Lynn Woolsey (D-California) / Major Owens , Jack Kingston (R- Georgia) / Ric Keller , Maxine Waters (D- California), John Boehner (R- Ohio) / Michael Oxley , Carolyn Kilpatrick (D- Michigan) / Jan Schako , Rob Portman (R- Ohio) / Steve Chabot, Danny Davis (D- Illinois) / Del. Eleanor Holm , Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D- Ohio) / John Conyer , Tom DeLay (R- Texas) , U.S. Senate on Objection to Ohio Electoral Vote, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California), Mike DeWine (R- Ohio) , Mark Dayton (D- Minnesota), Dick Durbin (D- Illinois) , Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) , Edward Kennedy (D- Massachusetts) , Ron Wyden (D- Oregon), Frank Lautenberg (D- New Jersey) , Hillary Rodham Clinton (D- New York), Harry Reid (D- Nevada) , Tom Harkin (D- Iowa) , Barack Obama (D- Illinois) , Christopher Dodd (D- Connecticut) , George Voinovich (R- Ohio) , Trent Lott (R-Mississippi) You can see all the proceedings at C-Span . Org


10 Comments so far ↓

  1. Anonymous says:

    What I didn

  2. Anonymous says:

    Rick and Marty,
    I can't tell you how angry those Republicans made me! Especially that little weasel Tom Delay, how can he act so innocent when he personally rigged the election in Texas? I'm having a hard thinking any thing good about the Republican Party.
    On the other hand, I'm very proud of the Democratic Party. They have always stood up for the little guy and fought for the working man.

  3. Anonymous says:


        The right have been spinning why there was a challenge to the election as if no one was disenfranchised! They missed the whole point that it was about American citizens losing their right to vote. One of the best things is that the Democratic Party is going to be pushing for a Constitution Amendment to guarantee that everyone can vote. What I find interesting is that the Republicans want a Constitutional Amendment to restrict the rights of citizens where the Democratic Party wants one to guard the rights of the citizens.  

  4. Anonymous says:

    If they didn't want to bring down President Bush why didn't they just do the investigations and report them in the congress? I think it was just a little show boating.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Carolyn dear, those who are making the decision about what can be heard on the floor of the Congress and what can be investigated are the same people who have been doing these illegal acts. If the Democratic Party had not done this, nothing would have happen! Thank God for those noble Democrats who took a stand, because of them there will be changes.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for doing all the work to all those speakes online. I'm going to enjoy them.
    Frankie B

  7. Anonymous says:

    Grandma Bee

        What so many are missing is that by challenging the certification the Democratic Party is putting the focus on voting reform. By doing this they put the liberal platform forward, which the Neo-Cons will not be able to stop. According to the poll most must think that we do need a Constitutional Amendment.

  8. Anonymous says:

    We need one bad, some how we have got to put an end to all the cheating! It really bothers me that those doing it claim so loudly their faith. I have always been of the opinion that faith without works is dead!

  9. Anonymous says:
    artIt is just wrong to think that anyone could stand in line for hours to vote and some jerk who hate democracy would throw out that vote just because he thinks it wasn't a vote for what he wanted! I just think that isn't very American!
  10. Anonymous says:

    Funny, but where is his waterlow?

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