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A McCain "Win" Will Be Theft, Resistance Is Planned

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By David Swanson

If your television declares John McCain the president elect on the evening of November 4th, your television will be lying. You should immediately pick up your pre-packed bags and head straight to the White House in Washington, D.C., which we will surround and shut down until this attempt at a third illegitimate presidency is reversed.

A McCain "win" will not be illegitimate because I disagree with his policies, but because he himself has rendered it illegitimate. He and his campaign and allied supporters have sought to illegally remove hundreds of thousands of voters from the rolls, fraudulently registered people as Republicans without their knowledge and against their will, obstructed voter registration drives, falsely warned students against voting where they attend school, falsely accused community groups of voter registration fraud, falsely alleged the widespread existence of voter fraud, and encouraged supporters to falsely believe McCain's opponent is a foreign terrorist through speeches, recorded phone messages, and flyers. Already in early voting in a number of states there have been cases of votes on electronic machines visibly flipping to McCain or McKinney when intended for Obama. We will see McCain supporters on November 4th challenging people's right to vote, seeking to force people to vote on provisional ballots, and seeking to have provisional ballots discarded. And we will see electronic vote counts wildly out of step with the most recent polls, although not with exit polls -- which we will be denied any access to unless they have been "adjusted" to match the official counts.

Inciting your supporters to violence with racist and religious lies about your opponent, effectively alleging treason on absolutely no basis, should be enough, alone, to disqualify a campaign for the presidency of the United States. Working to block voters from registering should be enough on its own. Any of the dozens of creative forms of vote suppression currently being used by the Republicans should be enough. And allowing votes to be counted on completely unverifiable machines owned and controlled by corporations allied with your party should make the results illegitimate even if plausible. If McCain is declared the "winner," it will not be plausible, but at this point he has so disgraced himself and our electoral system that he is no longer a legitimate candidate for president regardless of what the polls (themselves fallible, but all we've got) say just before election day. Too many people have already been denied the opportunity to even push the buttons and have their votes miscounted. Too much incendiary slander has been let loose. Too much visible vote flipping has already been documented.

If Obama officially wins, McCain is likely to challenge it, charging the Obama campaign with some of the very crimes engaged in by McCain himself. Our reaction should be exactly the same in the event of a McCain challenge as in the event of a McCain "victory." We should not sit back for even a split second and wonder how it will work out. We should not try to organize a plan on the spur of the moment to travel to key battleground states. We should be prepared already to immediately travel to Washington, D.C., head straight for the White House, occupy Lafayette Square Park, the Ellipse, and surrounding streets, block entrances, and shut the place down until Obama is recognized as the president elect or we are guaranteed a credible election with universal registration and hand-counted paper ballots.

We may be there for days or weeks or months. But we must be there. We must be there by the millions. We must show each other, and the nation, and the world that we have had enough, that we will not stand for one more stolen election, that we will not give in to fear, lies, theft, and intimidation. If they choose to attack our nonviolent gathering of citizens, let them do it right in front of George W. Bush's White House with the world's media watching. We will not back down.

I'm not hoping it comes to this, of course. If it doesn't because the official election results are credible and just, we should celebrate and prepare to lobby our government for real change. But if resistance does not develop because people are too scared and obedient to act, then you'll still be glad you packed ahead of time, and you might want to look into tickets to Canada.






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The fix is in because our elections are fraudulent. Obama and McCain are on the same team. We need to stop being played like fools we know individuals are pulling the strings we need to hold them to account. Obama has complied with the same crimes as Bush and McCain. Fuck them both,chris dorsey

except as significantly less horrible than McCain

we can focus our energies on forcing him to be better on November 5th but if you want to keep working on it in the meantime as well, more power to ya

reynaldo i trevino :Chris i don't care about you nut wanted to defend Obama.just go out and vote!What i fucking care for is that we the poeple need to stay togeter.I,we,me,you,us clean house that what we need to togeter 8 long fucking years man can you sea what the bush crime family have done.Wake up man you are nut alone we are all togeter fuck them all do the right thing for you !!.If nut,you and we will be fuck all along the watchtower.Carry that Weight and in the end............bob/beatles love you man.

Yeah, Bush has already prepared for this, he has NORCOM ready to deploy for "civil disobedience" so, we need to pack more than our clothes. Believe me it is coming down one way or another!


OHHHHHHH Yeah!!! Well said!!!!! Chris Dorsey.....

Pity the pharisee author, leading the braindead readers, who believe the peddling anti-obama, anti-mccain (all of which only FEEDS INTO THE OBAMA AND MCCAIN FOOD TROUGH) aint GOT IT!

By the time he gets a little bit of backbone to say 2 + 2 = 4.....

I'm outraged that when voting machines have been observed flipping votes, NO INVESTIGATION WAS LAUNCHED!

This is even more chilling than Republican-owned voting machines stealing the election, if that's possible.

It means we have institutionalized corruption. The corruption isn't even treated as a crime anymore. Welcome to the Soviet States of America.

When multiple cases of rigged machines were reported, the FBI should have immediately confiscated them, and had computer scientists analyze their programming. That's what happens in a democracy when there's a crime.

A crucial fact that most liberals seem blind to is that the Democrats let it all happen! Despite their public statements, they agree with all this!

When you vote for that other corporate party, you are part of the problem.

I'm voting for Ralph Nader.

Zinn and Chomsky for Nader:

Dig this:

To hell with the lesser of two evils!

Al K.

Do you think a miracle would happen and the machines would all vote for Cynthia McKinney for us. Can you imagine the consternation of Karl Rove at that one?

4Peace, Did you see the brief post by producer of "Uncounted" up above. Believe your wish is coming true, in part, but then McKinney or Nader will fall short and McCain wins and the "spoiler" label takes on a whole more convoluted meaning. (Not that I believe in the term.) If you didn't read, his wife recounts how she kept on trying to vote for Obama and McKinney pops up. Thinks she might have gotten it right, in the end, but isn't sure. Will post node once I find.


Click on this VIDEO link to see BUSH Dancing the day he knew McCain was the Republican Nominee early in march:

George W. Bush dancing on the North Portico of the White House as he awaits the arrival of Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain.




obama also said that impeachment/prosecution of the bush administration is off the table.

once he gets into office he can change his mind about a few things.

you can ask for a paper ballot. Bush won the 00/04 elections by vote stealing e-machines. Princeton University just posted a video on youtube explaining exactly how this is done. The scariest thing is it only takes a minute to infect one machine with the malicious software and it can then spread to other machines and once the stealing is done the virus deletes itself leaving no trace of tampering.

We have a right to ask for a paper ballot due to disability. It's none of their business what your disability is. I refuse to use the touchscreen and find it incredulous that we have allowed this to go over into this election.

As for the march on Washington, I am a mom of 3 little ones and cannot, though I wish, take part. However, I have already warned my husband that if this election goes for McNasty, I will protest until I am blue in the face.

BTW I live in San Diego, so that is where I will start.


None of the above. We need new blood and new faces, not the crap people the main parties have been giving us for years.

Push your state to take their rights back from the fed. Push your states to enact laws that limit the feds power.

People of America give the President more power than the office really has and we must stop this.

"None of the above" would be a wasted vote.

A vote for Ralph Nader would both show the REASON you're rejecting the corporate candidates, and would show support for a candidate that represents citizens' interests.

Plus if Nader gets 5% of the vote, he'll receive Federal funding, and will be harder to exclude from debates.

Took twenty or so minutes to get on to digg this article (redo everything because they don't know who I am...) and when I did it had "A McCain" as title, not A McCain "Win" Will Be Theft, Resistance Planned" Was previously submitted by so I dugg there. This has come up before with more progressive posts. Should I bother?

You people would do humanity a big favor if you would just take losses like men. My party didn't win in '06, but I'm not wasting my life throwing a temper tantrum about it and making wild accusations. Your cries of "Stolen election" just make it easier to see who is more immature and intolerant...and go ahead and prove me right by throwing out a bunch of insults.

goddamned republican scummy bastards, all of you!

Does McCain not deserve the same privilege of being considered innocent until proven guilty as any of us would? By what right and what evidence do you automatically declare a victory in his favor theft (You can't point at a person going to the bank and say "If you come out with money, you stole it")? If you guys care so much about the truth, surely the Bill of Rights still matters as well.


go back to Starbucks and take your macbook out of your trendy hipbag to do something productive with your life instead of blogging about things you don't have a clue about

let me guess, Bush did 9/11 too right?


.... the truth is, that there is no possible way that mcCain could win this upcoming election. No way. So, if they announce his name, something must be done.

No, Obama is not any different than McCain, but that is not why we would have to FINALLY take action; it would because we have no voice in running this "democracy" anymore, and if we want it back we will have to take it back.

It will be nice to hear people seriously talking about these same actions a couple of months into an Obama presidency, after he pardons Bush for his crimes and gives some bullshit excuse as to why.

That day WILL come if they let the voters decide on Nov. 4th and the free-trader Obama is elected. Obama WILL pardon Bush, Cheney, Rice and others.

Now, the day that happens I would LOVE to see this site and many others saying the exact same thing they are saying now.

But either way, I agree with David; Pack your bags people. It's going to be an interesting month.

I already have abag packed for Washington, however I received my sample ballot yesterday and I'm not sure what to do.

I want to vote out everyone who has been in the House and Senate and vote the new people in. But the Incumbents in my District are Democrats and their challengers are Repubs. I don't want to vote for the Repubs. but I wanted to get these guys that don't listen to us out. ARRRGH!

I had written to Alcee Hasting (one of my reps) about the bail-out and I got a letter back saying thanks for letting him know about my concerns ABOUT THE PRICE OF ENERGY!!

I'm just not sure what to do, again I will have to figure out the lesser of the two evils.

evil is evil
less is more
the government represents you

if people PROMISE to actually STAY THERE, NOT LEAVE to go back there JOBS, not leave to sleep in a comfy HOTEL ROOM, not leave to meet the grandkids at little league or to catch the daily news or go back to school ...

To really honestly not leave until justice is survived...

PROMISE to piss and shit in the Bushes until someone brings in some porta johns.
PROMISE to defend their right to be there and not allow them to simply remove people.
PROMISE to take care of each other as we would all be highly vulnerable.
PROMISE to show up 10,000 or more strong AND GROW.

THEN I'll promise to be there with my camera, my voice, my back, wallet, bus and freedom on the line. I'm through filming half assed bullshit and would prefer to save myself at this time.
I've sacrificed enough for those who do nothing, don't pay attention, disrepect me at every opportunity...I've done enough to wake up those who now deserve the flat out Fascism that we are about to experience. I can't wait to watch them CRY. .. from a distance.


David, you and this site have done a lot of great work and none of my venom is meant for those of us who have stepped up to the plate over and over again... I hope you understand.

...McCain/Palin outnumber Obama/Biden by about 10 to 1 up around where I live (NW Iowa).

I had a guy I work with sit down beside me last night while we were waiting on the press to roll. He's a new guy on the job (big turnover there), and I guess he just wanted to talk. He's a "minister in his church", a young father of three, and says he needs the extra income he gets from that job to help make ends meet. He works for the school system full-time.

Anyway, the talk drifted to politics, and he said he was voting for McCain (mostly because of Palin), that he wasn't a racist or anything, but that he just didn't trust Obama.

He looked absolutely shocked when I told him I was voting 3rd party, already had, in fact--3rd party from the top to the bottom of the ballot, because I didn't trust either, or any, of them.

I don't know about the rest of the country, but this guy is a prime example of the way most of the people feel, and vote, up around here. McCain wouldn't have to steal his vote. He's going to give it to him, and proudly.

R Ap

bunch of pig farmers up there, with their heads up their asses. amazing what methane gas does when you inhale huge amounts of it, certainly must inhibit higher brain functions, impair judgement, etc..

I'm surprised that they haven't, in fact, awakened from their stupidity yet, although not supporting O'Bombya isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's being forced down our collective throats as if in a political 'mexican standoff' where if you flinch, you die, as does the other jerk.

Nobody seems to be seeing the fact that the GOP desperately wants us to be preoccupied with this McCorncob/O'Bombya fixation, until they do their Martial Law declaration, and then everyone will be conveniently 'divided' and 'conquered' (according to their plan, btw!)

...both major parties are in on it right up to their lying lips.

That guy looked at me like I was an alien or something when I told him that I'd voted 3rd party. I don't mind being looked at like that, though, because that's how I feel--like an alien.

So it goes.
R Ap

Mass civil disobdience if McCain steals the election? LOL. Here in Chicago, where Barack is expected to wait the outcome of election night, the Chicago police have already announced that the department's gang and tactical teams, the "Targeted Response Unit" and the new "Mobile Strike Force"- read robocops - will be deployed in full force to prevent potential riots. And for good measure, they intend to be on the streets to prevent 'excessive' celebration if Obama wins. The last time Chicago deployed cops like this - on the advent of the war on Iraq - over 800 people were arrested, and dozens injured by police violence.

Expect the same kind of militarized presence from the Metro police in DC. But most importantly, it is a sure bet that Obam will actually urge his supporters to stay home and let Democratic leadership 'exhaust' all legal means to challenge the outcome.

exactly wrong message

of course the cops will do that

of course Obama will do that

THAT is why we are preparing, so that we are ready to act in organized nonviolent defiance

Any call to take to the streets and mount massive civil resistance to an election theft in favor of McCain will be actively opposed by the Obama campaign - who if necessary will use their extensive grassroots social networking and communications system to discourage this. Instead, voters will uged to maintain calm, patience, trust in the legal system, and cooperation with law enforcement.

And those outraged Obama supporters who respond to this call to defend their vote - despite the campaign's opposition, will be tossed under the bus by the candidate faster than Rev. Wright, as the illusion of hope and change is dispelled by CS gas, pepper spray and riot batons.

yeah, I'm grappling with the overwhelming sadness of defeat too.

David -

You have fallen off the left sided cliff. You are going to need a lot of climbing gear to get back on the mountain. Good luck finding your way back up to the summit brother...

The whole world again has seen the ugliness of the democratic process for the election of the highest office in the United States. We invaded Iraq and forced them into a democratic style of government, insisting that all Iraqi's have the right to vote, yet in our own country certain groups of people are disfranchised. It is the goal of the United States to cram "democracy" down the throats of all of the middle east countries, because that is what we feel is "best" for them, and that is what "they want". Well I've got news for those that really believe this...everyone in the world that watched our past two presidential elections stolen by the Republican party, doubt that democracy is all that it is built up to be. It is a sham, and the whole world is watching as our once great democracy crumbles before their eyes!

regardless of all you who want obama to win, remember that most in our country are still not ready for a liberal left leaning supreme court that would attempt to change and alter laws that have protected American citizens who still cherish our constitution. Do you all really believe this would be a better America with both the Senate and Congress totally controlled by the Democrats. There needs to be a balance of power to keep certain Senators and Congressmen who with more power would only do more to hurt this country.

If you want our rulers to heed your pleas, fall on your knees first and worship them like gods. Lick their boots, and grovel like a whipped cur. Never, never, never stoop to the level of violence. Don't throw tea into the harbor. Don't drive the money changers from the temple with a whip. And if a bunch of redcoats come to grab your guns, don't shoot back. Hand them over promptly, while singing "God Save the King" (or "My Country Tis of Thee" or "Heil Dir in Seigerkranz" or whatever they call it where you live).

If you don't know the lyrics, click here:


Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks,


I have been saying this since 2000. They stole it then.... again in 2004... and they will steal it now. The machine is in place. They just need to make it look close and let the machines do the rest. The evidence that the fix is in is clear. That is why McCain needed a woman V.P. -- They'll say that they got the Woman's vote! That is why the Right Wing Media focuses on the Bradley effect -- They'll say people aren't ready for a black president. That is why Palin was vetted by the CNP (Council for National Policy some of whom are owners of Diebold touch & steal machines). That is why the Bush military complex will try to keep us scared of war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Solviet, anywhere.... They'll say we wanted a strong military leader.

The Fix Is IN....This is why McCain continually says he will "come from behind" to win the election. They'll win and say negative campaigning works! They will say whatever they think the public will swallow. Problem is .. the media has started to dummy up and is not turning a blind eye like they have for the last 8 years. But the media will only go so far.... we must have a plan for a united outcry!!! Better be prepared and pack for Washington or take the first flight out of the US. -The Naked Civil Servant.

Will you please send me the Media Advisory pointing out why the voting systems don't work and asks media to please look into this matter with names and orgs associated? I can't find (y'all post too much. thank you:)
Would like sent to my email so I don't have to forward through ADS so I can access my address book.
Thanks in advance, Rain

Hi Rain, I'm sorry, I'm not clear on the specific article you're looking for. I have two suggestions that may help you along. One is to put "Media Advisory" in the Google search on the lower right side of ADS' home (front) page. Second is to skim through the articles in "Media" that you'll find in the upper right corner, in the masthead. Other than that, maybe David will know what you are asking for specifically.

And you've looked in the items on the left side, about the 2008 election, right?

Count me in.

Bob Nichols
San Francisco

Oct 28 -- Relax clown, it will not be that close. Dispite what all the unity loving people think racism is rampid in Rural America....on election day, what America will not, does not elect an AfricanAmerican president in our time......sorry for your luck.....

McCain will have 327+ Electoral College Votes.....and just to rub salt in it, Obama will will the popular vote.....roflmao

Merry Christmas Dummycrates......hohoho

This isn't a Third World country, gang. Do you really believe in this claptrap? Yes, got a job and a life.

All I know is this. In terms of intimidation, here in Northern VA, all I have heard about are McCain signs being swiped off of yards, spray painting 'Fuck McCain' on homes and businesses, etc. That is what I have experienced.

Vote and take it like a man....

I heard the same crap when McGovern was running for Prez. and we had REAL ACTIVISTS nationwide. In my younger years it was chic to be loyal to the McGoverns and Carters of the world. If McCain wins go for it...shut down DC as you state. Just like you closed down St. Paul, MN this summer(lol). Lets face it Obama will be a 1 term Prez. just like Jimmy Carter who got the youth of our nation excited and voting...he actually had cabinet members college aged. As a matter of fact one very young cabinet member, Tim Kraft, who is the son of one of my Dad's former business partners, was let go for smoking pot in a White House bathroom. You stated RACISM toward Obama, you idiot!!!??? In this age of Wannabes??? In the modern era where whites feel a false sense of guilt because of impoverished(oops), I mean black slavery that we were only 8 years old when it happened :-). The vast majority of Obama's base is lilly white. Whites will be the main force to elect Obama. Legally Obama does not qualify in the USA to be labeled a black minority, which requires 12.5% of the blood line. Obama registers in at 6.25% and has avoided that fact so as to pander for the black vote. Both Obama and McCain are "weak sisters" and liars...but we know McCain but we don't really know Obama. He has never made a stand on anything and is very, very vauge about himself, except for reading off scripts written by the best (because he broke his solemn and public promise on public campaign monies...get used to it folks). If America was dumb enough to elect GWB 2 times we are dumb enough to elect either of these 2 men. We should have resisted when the outcome for the Prez. ballot was so very weak. That is when we should have called in the real activists of the 60s and 70s to occupy DC. Hell maybe Bill Ayers could have thrown in some free fireworks. Why would a top notch person go thru Hell to get a $400K job with enough stress to age a person 2 fold, when they easily can make $400K + per month with a Golden Parachute in private industry. I heard Bill Clinton state today he is wealthy. He is a pauper compared to where he could have been financially by avoiding public service. After Obama has to break his promises because he can not use his taxation plan to meet his other promises (or visa versa), he may go thru a Bush Sr. game plan to not campaign much for a 2nd term so as to lose. Why not, his $400K yearly pension and benes. continue win or lose. Take over Washington, huh, Swanson if McCain wins??? Hell I dare you to even take over your home town. While you are at it, close down major interstates as we did back in the day with sit-ins. Oh I forgot, todays activists and youth are "Hot House Plants". You may get too hot or cold or dirty. Better yet, how about taking over your neighborhood...go for it!! However, you won't have to fail walking your talk. Weak Sister 2 (McCain) will lose to Weak Sister 1 (Obama)...if you think my reference to "Weak Sister" is sexist, you should have thought about that in our rejection of putting the Clintons back in at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in DC. Hillary would not have been a perfect Prez. but far better than the 2 jokes running for Prez. this time...McRage or Mc WAR PIG and Mr. Toastmasters International Barack who really would be a great Multi-level Marketing motivational speaker...or front for a cover for a 60s Soul Album. Soul has kept us going for years, but in reality souls end up going up or down. I sure hate seeing BHO winning the world only to lose his soul...of course Rev. Jeremiah Wright probably has him on course :-)
Terry Spratt

You're a fucking moron, and I can't wait for morons to try violence.

dude - you really need some professional help. i am sure you have this voice incide your head telling yourself you are perceiving reality and be some kind of wonderful paul revere. and that terrible things are heppening around you, and only you can save the day. i understand. but please consider that you are crazy. and please seek professional help. and if mccain wins, the real reason is that poepl like you scare the hell out of sane people, and dont want the likes of you and your minions running the country. ya know, we have kids. we have families. capice? please please please, get help. peace dude. seek it on nov 5 too. not violence. please.

Ask yourselves how all of this hatred and suspicion has been engendered by reflecting for a few moments as to how you've acquired the information upon which you base your anger and fear. By doing so, you must conclude that manipulation by the media: radio, tv, magazines, newspapers and blogs have been paramount and the results are an absurdity of rantings which are now, unfortunately, reality for you and countless others. Preformed opinions do not allow one to hear or even absorb, rational arguments with opposite viewpoints. As a result, your minds are pretty much dead and recovery appears to be hopeless.

McCain doesn't have to cheat to win. Just check the polls. They're 8-12 points over-weighted for Obama.

And with undecideds all breaking for McCain/Palin, looks like they'll win in a landslide.

America simply won't vote for a MARXIST.

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