Saturday, March 15, 2008

The equation is really quite simple

Pot + Kettle = Black:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States, at loggerheads with Tehran over its nuclear program and Iraq, cast doubt on the fairness of Iran's parliamentary elections Friday and said any outcome of the poll would be "cooked."

"In essence the results are cooked. They are cooked in the sense that the Iranian people were not able to vote for a full range of people," said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack of the poll.

Iranians voted Friday in an election likely to keep parliament in the control of conservatives after unelected state bodies barred many reformist foes of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from the race.

"They are given the choice of choosing between one supporter of the regime or another supporter of the regime. They were not given the opportunity ... to vote for somebody who might have had different ideas," McCormack told reporters of the poll.
One could easily say quite similar things about US elections. Voters in the US also are barred from voting "for a full range of people" who "might have different ideas" - albeit a bit more subtly. A party and its candidates might not be outright banned, but - let's face it - unless a candidate is running as a Democrat or a Republican that candidate will be at an insurmountable disadvantage when it comes to campaign financing and media exposure. Those rare individuals who do manage to vocalize something different from the status quo within either the Dems or GOP usually find that their careers in Congress are short. There are always those primary challenges bankrolled by the usual corporate suspects to either silence or outright eliminate the likes of Cynthia McKinney or Dennis Kucinich. What we get left with is the same old crap election after election. I can empathize with any Iranian voter who feels a bit frustrated by his or her system - we're dealing with a similar problem here.

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