Boxer Bout

boxer.jpgBarbara Boxer was just reelected to the Senate in California, and she's an extremely progessive member of what has become yet another embarrassing body of our federal government. Today, you need to ask her to do the right thing.

For those who saw Fahrenheit 9/11, I'm sure you recall with horror the scene where members of Congress -- predominantly from the Congressional Black Caucus -- contested the results of the 2000 election on the floor of the House. But as Michael Moore informed us, the Electoral Count Act of 1887 mandates that at least ONE senator join with one House Representative to contest an election prior to inauguration. Not a single senator, including John Kerry and John Edwards, stood up in 2001 to contest the results. And so Bush was "elected," and the government went on to do next to nothing to enact voter reform.

There is a recount now underway in Ohio, where allegations of vote tampering and voter suppression run rampant. Mainstream media is ignoring Ohio, ignoring an estimated hundreds of thousands of disenfranchised voters.

I don't expect people to start protesting in the streets. I don't expect the media to start investigating allegations. This is America, after all, not the Ukraine.

But one thing you can do is sign a petition urging Barbara Boxer to join with the 10 brave members of Congress who care about democracy, and who will be contesting the election results. You don't have to live in California to do this, either. Just go to this website: Contest the Vote,
and sign the on-line petition. Or if you want to go crazy, call her or write her directly. Her contact information is here.

Democracy=Everyone Gets To Vote, Every Vote Gets Counted. Not very fuzzy math.