This came to me on another list, I am not sure about it s actual origins, but the political anthropology point is well made! AP Subject: Different PerspectiveMessage 1 of 1 , Dec 4 11:48 AMView Source
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This came to me on another list, I am not sure about it's actual origins,
but the political anthropology point is well made!
Subject: Different Perspective
A Zimbabwe politician was quoted as saying that children should study the
election event closely because it shows that election fraud is not only a
third world phenomena. To illustrate the point, he made the following
"Imagine that we read of an election occurring anywhere in the third
in which the self-declared winner was the son of the former prime
and that former prime minister was himself the former head of that
secret police (the CIA). Imagine that the self-declared winner lost the
popular vote but won based on some old colonial holdover from the
pre-democracy past (the electoral college). Imagine that the
winner's 'victory' turned on disputed votes cast in a province governed
Imagine that the poorly drafted ballots of one district, a district
favoring the self-declared winner's opponent, led thousands of voters to
vote for the wrong candidate. Imagine that members of that nation's most
despised caste, fearing for their lives/livelihoods, turned out in record
numbers to vote in near-universal opposition to the self-declared
candidacy. Imagine that hundreds of members of that most despised caste
intercepted on their way to the polls by
state police operating under the authority of the self-declared winner's
Imagine that six million people voted in the disputed province and that
self-declared winner's 'lead' was only 327 votes. Fewer, certainly, than
vote counting machines' margin of error. Imagine that the self-declared
winner and his political party opposed a more careful by hand inspection
re-counting of the ballots in the disputed province or in its most hotly
Imagine that the self-declared winner, himself a governor of a major
province, had the worst human rights record of any province in his nation
and actually led the nation in executions. Imagine that a major campaign
promise of the self-declared winner was to appoint like-minded human
violators to lifetime positions on the high court of that nation.
None of us would deem such an election to be representative of anything
other than the self-declared winner's will-to-power. All of us, I
would wearily turn the page thinking that it was another sad tale of
pre- or anti-democracy peoples in some strange, faraway elsewhere."
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