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by Stephen Lendman
When establishment candidate A defeats upstart candidate B by six coin toss wins, a 1.6% likelihood or virtual impossibility, red lights flash fraud.
A February 5 Des Moines Register editorial highlighted it, saying “the world is laughing at Iowa. Late-night comedians and social media mavens are having a field day with jokes about (Clinton’s) coin flips” victory.
What happened reeks of election-rigging. “(R)efusal to undergo scrutiny or allow for an appeal” provides disturbing evidence.
Democrats “must act quickly to assure the accuracy of the caucus results, beyond a shadow of a doubt” – or cast serious doubt about Clinton’s victory, making the caucuses look like a preordained anointment, blatant electoral fraud, winning an election by stealing it.
Razor-thin results demand a complete audit and release of raw vote totals. “Did we win the popular vote,” Sanders asked? He wants full disclosure, everything made public.
Last Monday’s results (a virtual dead heat) were the closest in Iowa Democrat caucus history. After initially congratulating Cruz on his victory, Trump lashed out at him, saying “Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa. He stole it.”
“That is why all of the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than anticipated. Bad!”
He put out a phony statement, saying Ben Carson was quitting the race. “Based on the fraud committed by…Cruz during the Iowa caucuses, either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified,” Trump insisted.
Polls show him way ahead in New Hampshire. Losing a second time or winning by a much narrower margin than anticipated would suggest something rotten.
Republicans and media scoundrels support any Republican but Trump. Clinton is the clear Democrat establishment  choice over Sanders.
Electoral fraud is traditional in America, easier than ever with corporate controlled sophisticated technology and electronic ease.
According to Des Moines Register editors, much larger electoral margins trigger automatic recounts in some states.
Disturbing questions were raised following Monday’s process, including “inconsistent counts, untrained and overwhelmed volunteers, confused voters, cramped precinct locations, a lack of voter registration forms and other problems,” they explained.
Register editorial board members observed disturbing “opportunities for error” firsthand. According to Sanders spokeswoman Rania Batrice, precinct-by-precinct campaign rechecking found numerous “inconsistencies.”
Procedures for Iowa caucuses show they’re prone to errors and outright fraud. According to Register editors, they’re “as antiquated and opaque as…smoke-filled rooms” – outcomes predetermined before voting begins.
America’s entire electoral process lacks legitimacy – money-controlled duopoly power, people having no say, dirty business as usual winning every time.
Democracy in America is pure fantasy, the best money can buy.
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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.