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The Gadfly Paper

by Clyde Lewis

The United States is 3,717,810 square miles of myth surrounded by reality.

I was recently sent e–mail from someone who was of the opinion that I was deeply devastated by the events of the election. The title of the e–mail was "L is for Loser." As I read it, I interpreted it as telling me that I needed to buck up because my candidate lost, and that my liberal views have become annoying. I was told that I needed to start telling the truth instead of hiding behind the liberal agenda.

I was flummoxed by the letter.

When I get letters like these I have to stop and ponder what they mean and whether or not my message is being clouded by the black and white thinking of a vast majority of people who listen. The rules of engagement on a talk show have changed and now it is a matter of taking a side in order to get a "cult" following who will defend you because you stand with them.

When I was first introduced to talk radio, I thought that the talk radio genre was actually a place where frustrated journalists got tired of having to rip and read, and decided to go on the air to report a story and then editorialize it for the sake of debate.

It was in the debate that the person could learn about the issues and begin to understand that there is a common ground.

The idea is that you were always up against something, that something needed to be exposed in order to change the system, to enlighten a group of people that didn’t have time to seek out answers for themselves. The idea of a talk radio program was to open the minds of the people no matter how uncomfortable the information.

Talk radio was the sticky paper that would often attract "gadflies", and these often–annoying people would use the show as a forum for their super intelligence or super ignorance.

Now I am at a point in my career when I face the struggle of often having to be beaten ferociously by political partisans who are not going to let up until I see the world their way.

If you decide to be objective and entertain that both sides are in need of restraint, you face making more enemies than you do supporters. We have adopted a polarization with edges that are razor sharp. So sharp, in fact that, if any criticism is given, you face the inevitable lashing by either side. You receive no support, and you wind up poor and without a friend to keep you up when the persecution has been levied at a fever pitch.

The consensus is that if you attack the policies of the Bush administration, then you must be a bleeding heart liberal, and immediately a judgement will fall upon you by neo–con bigots who don’t realize how prejudiced and intolerant they sound.

Just replace the word liberal with the word "colored" or the word "nigger" and you get the gist of my meaning.

Equally if you point out the flaws of logic in the liberal camp you are equally ostracized and not invited to many parties. The frightening thing about exposing flaws in the left wing is that those who have "left" views not only beat you up verbally but they later abandon you and furthermore ignore you.

Take for example the new movie "Team America: World Police", produced by South Park geniuses Trey Parker and Matt Stone. I met Trey and Matt back when they were virtual nobodies and their film "Orgasmo" was just getting off the ground. I was introduced to them by Lloyd Kaufman from Troma Studios. Trey was excited to show the "South Park Christmas" video to small audiences in a small hotel in Park City, Utah.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone have brought to Hollywood a biting satire that has been groundbreaking in a country whose chief flaw at the moment is lightening up.

Being members of the so–called "Hollywood Community", it has been a foregone conclusion that both Trey and Matt are die hard liberals because of the subject matter that they tackle on the animated TV show South Park.

Now the tide has turned with their new offering "Team America." While the idea of the film is to demonstrate how absurd the new American "might makes right" attitude is, it also exposes how we are being told to be proud of what we are doing while we are feeling guilty all at the same time.

The whole idea is brilliance and yet it set off a humorless letter sent by actor Sean Penn.

To Trey Parker and Matt Stone,

I remember a cordial hello when you guys were beginning to be famous guys around Hollywood at some party. I remember several times getting a few giggles out of your humor. I remember not being bothered as you traded on my name among others to appear witty, above it all, and likeable to your crowd. I never mind being of service, in satire and silliness.

I do mind when anybody who doesn't have a child, doesn't have a child at war, or isn't or won't be in harm's way themselves, is encouraging that there's "no shame in not voting" "if you don't know what you're talking about" (Mr. Stone) without mentioning the shame of not knowing what your talking about, and encouraging people to know. You guys are talented young guys but alas, primarily young guys. It's all well to joke about me or whomever you choose. Not so well, to encourage irresponsibility that will ultimately lead to the disembowelment, mutilation, exploitation, and death of innocent people throughout the world. The vote matters to them. No one's ignorance, including a couple of hip cross–dressers, is an excuse.

All best, and a sincere fuck you,

Sean Penn

P.S. Take this as a personal invitation from me to you (you can ask Dennis Miller along for the ride as well) to escort you on a trip, which I took last Christmas. We'll fly to Amman, Jordan and I'll ride with you in a (?) 12 hours through the Sunni Triangle into Fallujah and Baghdad and I'll show you around. When we return, make all the fun you want.

Both Trey Parker and Matt Stone do have strong political ideas but I believe the same way that they do, that there is no clear–cut answer to all of our problems.

That is why there has to be a constant fountain of ideas being discussed openly with people who are not so caught up in their political views that they are not able to listen and act upon what they feel are important issues.

There are issues that are more immediate and need to be resolved.

Sometimes it is okay to laugh at ourselves in order to stave off the plague of cynicism and the notion that there is no hope to correct that which has been made erroneous.

However, we are now at a time where corporate advertising firms are being hired to play on your deepest emotions and make threadbare your biggest fears.

Our battles and ideological horn–locking can all be attributed to authors and bloggers, filmmakers, television confrontationalists, and radio pundits who have now tinkered with information in order to fill a political niche.

All things are political these days. It is time to stop and breathe a bit, and then get on with the process of continuing to expose the criminal activities that are going on in government and attempting to curb the propensity for becoming a partisan whiner and political bigot.

Does the bickering ever get old? Does it become a cliché or a stereotype? Yes. Especially when both sides have to end up serving the master and basically following the fascist philosophy that seems to be the default attitude of any leader, be it Republican or Democrat.

That is why I believe there needs to be a way to equal the playing field. The word needs to go out about how we as a people are in denial about the elite power in the United States.

I want to illustrate how the elite power operated in the election and how there was evidence of voter fraud and yet Kerry and the Democrats conceded the election without challenging the outcome.

First of all the election seemed to come and go and the win went to the incumbent as I had predicted.

There have been many people who have said to me that there were differences between Kerry and Bush. But while it appears that there are some differences, you need to see beyond the hat trick of the elite. If there are so many differences, then why is it that in his concession speech Kerry did not criticize the policies of Bush? He had plenty of opportunities to get the last word in but decided not to.

Now you may argue that Kerry was being a very gracious loser; however, it must be noted that there were already contingency plans in place to investigate properly the outcome of Florida and Ohio. This is why John Edwards was barking that every vote would be counted and credited.

When John Kerry made his concession speech, he didn’t even mildly criticize President Bush and his polices. Nor did he claim that he would continue the fight because of discrepancies in the voter count in Ohio.

It was as if he rolled over and played dead.

It is funny that in the 2000 election the one that was voted most likely to be weak and ineffective challenged the counts of the vote, while Kerry, a man that has been said to be far stronger than Gore, ran away and conceded quickly.

I was asked many times by people if I had considered the possibility of voter fraud, and I had said, sure; long before the election had even begun I knew that there was going to be a guaranteed win in Ohio. I also knew that the Diebold , Sequoia and ES&S machines were not dependable. I also asked blunt questions to the Oregon’s Secretary of State, Bill Bradbury on the matter because I knew deep down that Bush would win and that eventually there would be a revolt after it was discovered that the election was fraudulent.

The problem with trying to ask for an audit or some sort of accountability for the election is that you can be accused of not approving of the outcome, and so you sound like a sore loser and that you really want Kerry for president.

Well I most certainly do not. I just want the voting process to be looked into and there needs to be accountability for the vote. There is no such accountability, and the candidates do not care either way in which it goes. I know it is hard to believe this but keep in mind the following:

Both Bush and Kerry are millionaires.

This is something that has to be a requirement to be President in this country. Yet there are those dreamers who believe that anyone can be president.

Both Bush and Kerry are pro–war. Bush, of course, wants the crusades to continue, and Kerry, while appearing to be anti–war, continues the pitch for "hunting down and killing the terrorists."

I felt that this was a betrayal. After all, it could have been said that terrorism is a problem in the world and that there will be a vigilant effort to combat it, but Kerry did not do so. He continued to speak as if a war would continue with him at the helm.

Both have the same views about imperialism. Both are looking to expand the United States into places that may not accept the western lifestyle willingly.

Both believe in creating the leviathan government and keeping active the idea that we as a people need a "patriot act."

Both men are members of Skull and Bones, a death–cult fraternity that is operated by secret groups amongst the power elite.

Kerry showed the American people his allegiance to the power elite by allowing the myth of the "system" to continue. Once again he has shown that as a leader he is ineffectual. He has shown the millions of disenfranchised voters of this country that their vote means nothing.

Anyone who wants an audit of the votes for the sole purpose of hoping for a Kerry win are shooting themselves in the foot. The partisan blinders have created such a schism that even trying to expose the fraud for the sake of fraud will be a difficult task.

It should be done for non–partisan reasons, but hurt feelings, anger, and ulterior motives on the left are the reasons why most voters are crying foul.

I have a message to those in the left wing that think that your candidate wanted to be president.

He really didn’t. He was there merely as an illusion. Why would Kerry challenge a system that has kept him in wealth for years? Why would he want to destroy the prospects of neo–liberal imperialism, pro–war policy, and neo–Nazi socialism?

Were you naive enough to think that he was really there to challenge anyone?

Did he really have any substance to his campaign, or were the left wing merely lulled into some sort of romantic love festival because of his credentials for "electability"?

Most of his supporters said that he was better than Bush because he was smarter and more articulate. Is this enough to get people to vote for him? If you fall under the irresponsible "anyone but Bush" group then I guess poise and charm win you over rather than policies and solutions.

It was hard to tell die–hard Democrats that their man was a "Skull and Bones" CIA stooge put into position to haphazardly support the Bush administration’s continued police state agendas, that civil rights were to be eroded away not only because of the Patriot Act, but with Homeland Security, and the Project for the New American century.

Do we forget the "free speech" zones that were created whenever Kerry passed through town? Can we forget that any anti–war signage was forbidden in Boston when Kerry arrived?

How could it be that a presidential candidate that was the opposite of Bush mimicked the militarism and fascist attitude of the current administration?

It is a sad election when there is voter fraud and when the star player of the team decides to throw the game because he knows that he won’t lose a thing.

t is a sad America that proposes that one election could be a Deus Ex Machina to pull us out of all of the mess that both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush put us in.

It is a naive left that have egg on their face because they focused their support for some guy who is now laughing at all of them.

The truth hurts, but the truth is that John Kerry is no longer fighting for you. He has even made a liar out of his running mate.

He allegedly loaded his 10,000 lawyers ready to pounce if there was even a stink of election fraud.

Where are they?

John Edwards talked like a wrestler ready to take on anyone who wanted to throw them out of the ring.

Now it is empty rhetoric.

It merely continues to prove to the students of history and literature that the Orwellian nightmare is still having us toss and turn, and that in the upside down dystopia our so–called democracy has become retarded in such a way that the will of the majority becomes suppressed.

The actions to give accountability to an election are mired in partisan ad hominem.

The dialogue that expresses a desire for peace becomes ridiculed by the rich power elite that embraces the war party.

The rich are well aware that the war benefits them because it devours the poor as fuel, moving like a forest fire from country to country leaving behind broken lives and broken bones in its wake.

The weapons and ideologies of war are created and never go away. They will always remain and since weapons can never be consumed they have to be used in order to keep the world on the teetering brink of collapse.

It is the policy of these death mongers and elitist millionaires to create a problem in order to create weapons or goods that will be used in order to eradicate the created crisis.

"The essential act of war is destruction, not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor. War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.

Even when weapons of war are not actually destroyed, their manufacture is still a convenient way of expending labor power without producing anything that can be consumed.

A Floating Fortress, for example, has locked up in it the labor that would build several hundred cargo–ships. Ultimately it is scrapped as obsolete, never having brought any material benefit to anybody, and with further enormous labors another Floating Fortress is built.

In principle the war effort is always so planned as to eat up any surplus that might exist after meeting the bare needs of the population. In practice the needs of the population are always underestimated, with the result that there is a chronic shortage of half the necessities of life; but this is looked on as an advantage. It is deliberate policy to keep even the favored groups somewhere near the brink of hardship, because a general state of scarcity increases the importance of small privileges and thus magnifies the distinction between one group and another." –The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism; 1984 Emmanuel Goldstein

As our elections fail us here in America, we need to see that the monster that we have allowed to grow is consuming more and more people, and the philosophy and mandate of destroying something in order to save it has become national policy.

The reason we are avoiding action is because we have been programmed into thinking that we deserve this type of treatment, so it seems that there is vengeance, hatred, and guilt moving about the body politic.

Americans have abandoned their morality and their values out of fear that someone might find them soft and weak. They have been hit so many times and lied to so many times that they have become blind to the abusive parent that our government has become and maintain the idea that they are not being abused.

The programming, or culture molding, that we are succumbing to is reminiscent of another form of culture molding or social engineering that took place which plunged the nations of the earth into a world war.

Historical records show us that most of the Nazi war criminals had brutal and abusive upbringings that required absolute obedience where the parent had expressed total contempt for them.

Each child that eventually became a Nazi monster was psychologically murdered long before they put on the uniform and obeyed the tenets and bloody covenants of the Third Reich.

After their beatings and brutal upbringings, the children became men who brought with them a collective blindness towards human suffering.

Hitler had claimed that during one of his regular beatings by his father he eventually stopped crying, and became numb to the pain that was inflicted upon him. He learned that all he had to do was count each blow and deny the pain. He would count up to 32 the number of blows he would receive realizing that all he had to do was deny the truth in order to get through each painful blow.

As a people we have had to endure many painful blows. The ultimate was the September 11th, 2001 disaster. Now it seems that the feeling of powerlessness and despair has reared its head again in this election.

There are so many reports of fraud now being revealed after George W. Bush’s victory.

Was it a surprise to anyone that Ohio would be a such a hotbed of suspicion when earlier this year Walden O'Dell, the chairman of the board and chief executive of Diebold and a vocal supporter of Bush, guaranteed a victory to the president in Ohio?

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported a very peculiar story about the election that needs to be looked at and not forgotten. It seems that the vote counting venue in Warren County Ohio was in "lockdown" because of an alleged terrorist threat on election night. This was not reported on any of the networks as election coverage went well into the night.

Also MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann in his Countdown show reported the following:

"County Emergency Services Director Frank Young said last week that in a face–to–face meeting with an FBI agent, he was warned that Warren County, outside Cincinnati, faced a "terrorist threat." County Commissioners President Pat South amplified, insisting to us at Countdown that her jurisdiction had received a series of memos from Homeland Security about the threat. "These memos were sent out statewide, not just to Warren County, and they included a lot of planning tools and resources to use for election day security.

"In a face to face meeting between the FBI and our director of Emergency Services," Ms. South continued, "we were informed that on a scale from 1 to 10, the tri–state area of Southwest Ohio was ranked at a high 8 to a low 9 in terms of security risk. Warren County in particular, was rated at 10."—MSNBC Keith Olbermann

Now a twist to the story, the FBI did not issue any warning about a terrorist threat.

"The FBI did not notify anyone in Warren County of any specific terrorist threat to Warren County before Election Day" ––FBI spokesman Michael Brooks speaking to Cincinnati Enquirer reporters Erica Solvig and Dan Horn.

Then the story was changed to say that the terrorist threat was not international but domestic.

The media was unable to even go near the voter counting areas in Ohio because of a terrorist threat that, on a scale of one to ten of likelihood of occurrence, was a ten that was never issued by the FBI.

However, there really is no reason to investigate, is there? Mr. Kerry stood up and conceded. It was as if he said "Let us all go home now, the show is over."

How could he have just shut everything down when it was said that in parts of Florida, where there are 88 percent registered Democrats and, 8 percent registered Republicans, the majority voted for Bush?

Wouldn’t that raise your eyebrow just a bit?

What about the major mix–ups in Ohio where the electronic machines cast more votes for Bush than there are voters?

For example the joke "Vote Early, Vote Often" is an understatement when you consider that in 29 precincts reporting out of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, there were apparently 93,000 more votes than voters. I recall that this little glitch got a small write–up in my morning paper.

This is a huge story and yet it has been reduced to just a small quip on the third page.

Moreover in Fairview Park, Ohio, there were only 13,342 registered voters yet there were 18,472 votes cast there.

Now, if you are one of the many people out there who feels that this tampering should be reason to demand that Kerry be president, then I suppose you appreciate being kicked in the face by a man who ran away from an obviously rigged election.

Kerry has shown his cowardice. His abandonment shows that he really wasn’t serious at all about winning the election. So if you are requesting an audit you should do so thinking that it is important for the security of American elections.

You need to demand an audit not because you are a John Kerry supporter, but because this election was just one of the many psychological blows that are being leveled to the American people to get them to break.

These blows will continue, and more and more people will find that in order to cope, they will just have to give up and give into fascism.

You see, Stalin or Mussolini or even Hitler didn’t invent fascism. It appears that those who feel right at home with it manage to find it and share it with everyone they come in contact with.

They wind up in denial and begin to get irritated by the very thought that the man they have chosen got into his position once again through a glitch in the system.

You will see the name calling and blame being thrown by both sides until a civil crisis erupts, guaranteeing the use of a "policing" of the people in order to gain control of an out–of–control populace.

I have heard the phrase "sore loser" being thrown around by those who think that an audit is not needed even though there is more and more evidence that shows it should be done by a nonpartisan entity.

If anyone calls you a sore loser or a liberal because of your interest in an audit of the election, tell them that you don’t want to be a sore loser, you want to be an honest one.

Because, in all honesty, if it is found that there was obvious tampering with the ballots, the losers will be evident.

The losers will be the American people.