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Grand Theft Iowa

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

According to a pre-Iowa caucus NYT/Sienna College poll, “Sanders appear(ed) to be peaking” at the right time.

Poll results showed him with 25% support, Buttigieg with 18%, Biden 17%, and Warren 15%.

With triumph for Sanders looking certain, boosting his chance to win the New Hampshire primary next week, reporting Iowa results was delayed.

Was it for technical reasons as claimed or something more diabolical? 

Did undemocratic Dem power brokers snatch defeat for Sanders from the jaws of victory?

Election fraud in the US is longstanding — at the federal, state and local levels.

Democracy in America is for the privileged few alone. Money-controlled elections and back room deals assure it.

If elections in the US were able to achieve equity and justice for all, they’d be banned.

From inception, the US has been more hypocrisy, plutocracy, and autocracy than democracy.

At 3.14 AM Wednesday, with 71% of Iowa precincts reporting, Buttigieg leads Sanders by a 26.8% – 25.2% margin, Warren at 18.4%, and Biden at 15.4%.

How was it possible for Buttigieg to erase a 7-point deficit in days to lead the caucus tally with most votes counted?

It’s reminiscent of Lyndon Johnson’s 1948 Dem Senate campaign triumph, overcoming a 20,000 vote deficit to gain an 87-vote victory. 

According to historian Robert Caro, it wasn’t “the only (US) election…ever stolen, but there was never such brazen thievery” to that time.

Welcome to Iowa in 2016 and this week. Digital age technology and backroom manipulation make anything possible, election fraud today easier than ever.

Were enough Iowa votes switched in 2016 for Hillary to triumph over Sanders — defeating him by a 49.8% to 49.6 margin?

At least 4 January 2016 pre-caucus polls showed him favored to win, including the reliable Quinnipiac one, showing him favored by a 49% – 45% margin.

Yet Dem tallies showed she won. He lost, things decided by rigged coin flips. Are things repeating in 2020 the same way?

Will final tallies show Sanders again was deprived of a caucuses triumph in the state?

Roll Call said Buttigieg won regardless of the final delegate count and popular vote, adding:

A year ago, he “he was a mere asterisk in the (Dem) contest,” the South Bend, IN mayor little known outside his home area.

With early Dem favorite Biden fading, is right-wing establishment figure Buttigieg the choice for party standard bearer in November?

Are things being rigged against Sanders — again? In 2016, he never had a chance against Hillary, the Dems’ choice.

Dirty tricks assured it. Are they in play to assure he’s again prevented from heading the party’s ticket in November — despite polls showing he’s perhaps favored.

According to Real Clear Politics (RCP), he’s second (at 23.7%) to Biden’s 27% — based on an average of over a dozen nationwide polls conducted from January 21 – February 2.

If final Iowa tallies show Biden scoring poorly, followed by poor similar results in New Hampshire next week, Sanders would become the Dem presidential frontrunner — according to poll results.

Based on what happened in 2016, snatching victories from him in enough primaries for Hillary to triumph, is what went around then coming around again this year.

In 2016, Hillary was handed Iowa by rigged coin-flips, Massachusetts, Nevada and Arizona by old-fashioned fraud, likely triumphing in New York the same way.

Over 125,000 registered voters were purged from NYC rolls, illegally disenfranchised.

Many others had their party affiliation changed without their knowledge or consent. 

New York primaries are closed. Only registered members of a political party can vote. They can’t switch affiliations on election day.

Over three million registered NY independents were disenfranchised. Could they have swung the election for Sanders if allowed to vote?

Voting rights organization Election Justice USA filed an emergency lawsuit in NY federal district court a day before the key 2016 New York primary, its spokeswoman Shyla Nelson saying at the time:

“Voters are frustrated, angry, and feel helpless. We have heard hundreds of stories, with desperate pleas for help.”

“For these voters to be systematically and erroneously removed from the rolls or prevented from voting in their party of choice is devastating to them personally and has sent a wave of doubt and worry through the voting public.”

Other dirty tricks occurred in the state, including polling stations opening late, broken voting machines, missing ballots, faulty ballot scanners, disproportionately allocating more delegates to Hillary than Sanders in at least one state congressional district (the 12th), and other irregularities.

Similar ones occurred in other primaries.

Former acting DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile accused her of a conducting a hugely unethical power play to usurp control of the Dem party during the primary season – to assure her selection as presidential nominee, rigging things against Sanders.

DNC fund-raising was a “money laundering” scheme, Brazile revealed, an insider well aware of shenanigans. 

The race for Dem nominee was decided before primaries began. Is a repeat of the same underway this year?

Has the Dem party nominee already been chosen, primary season little more than subterfuge, party bosses, not voters, deciding things?

As the saying goes, if it walks, talks, and quacks like a duck…

If the aroma of fraud permeates the Iowa caucuses, it’s because longstanding electoral fraud has been part of the US political landscape since early in he 19th century — today possible through electronic ease.

Long ago in Chicago, alderman Paddy Bowler said the city “ain’t ready for reform.”

What’s true for the Windy City (referring to political, not atmospheric wind) applies nationwide.

Americans get the best democracy money can buy — the real thing nonexistent from inception.

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My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”

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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.