I used to think our votes were our voice. That our votes really matter. After this last Presidential election cycle, I don’t any more. Maybe at the county level, but not above there. In my own State of California, we had Proposition 37 to label GMOs. Officially, it failed.
If a company was secretly substituting your food for a laboratory-created, food-like substance, would you want to know before you bought and ate it? Of course you would. Polls routinely show that 90 percent of all Americans support genetically modified food labeling. So how is it that California’s Proposition 37, which would require GMO food labeling, was defeated so soundly yesterday?
The answer is a last-minute $45-$48 million advertising campaign by multi-national food corporations asking the state’s voters to vote ‘No’ on Prop 37. With 90% voter support and no legitimate reason to vote against the ballot initiative, it would seem that pure, old-fashioned, repetitive advertising carried the day.
As of Wednesday morning, 94.8% of California’s Election Day votes have been counted. Here’s where Prop 37 vote totals stand (from the California Secretary of State):
- Yes (support GMO labeling) – 4,194793 (47%)
- No (oppose GMO labeling) – 4,723,681 (53%)
With roughly 450,000 votes still outstanding, the margin is simply too large for any last-second turn-around for those who support the initiative. Now, the only question California media outlets are asking is, ‘how did it lose?’.
Proposition 37’s reversal of fortune
Past surveys and polls of American consumers clearly show that as many as 90% support the labeling of genetically modified food. As detailed by the local Santa Cruz Sentinel, Prop 37 was leading in the polls with 67% support as recently as 9 days before the election. But by last Friday, 4 days before the election, support for Prop 37 had drastically dropped to just 42%. What Earth-shaking revelation was discovered that reversed surveys by 25% in just 5 days? Nothing.
But is that what really happened? Not hardly.
Right now the votes for Prop 37 to label genetically engineered foods are still being counted. On Tuesday morning, Dec 4th, Prop 37 hit 6,004,628 votes on the California Secretary of State’s website, but this tally was quickly reversed within an hour of being publicized by Food Democracy Now!
Since November 6th, the vote count in California has been updated daily until December 4th, when the vote count hit 6 million for the first time. When contacted, the Secretary of State’s office stated there would be no further updates to the vote totals until Dec 14th when state law requires the election results to be certified. County elected officials only have until COB Dec 7th to submit final results so we need your help now!
At the same time, Food Democracy Now! has learned that a team of independent statisticians have detected “statistical anomalies” in the largest precincts of 9 counties, including Orange, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Alameda and San Diego counties.
We find this news troubling and think it’s important that the Secretary of State’s office know that we are watching these developments closely and expect honest and fair election results.
Uh huh. The State certified the fraud. To Monsanto’s delight. California had another couple of initiatives to raise taxes, in order to cover the costs of Jerry Brown’s pet high speed rail project. Working class people can’t fathom how they passed either when we have the highest unemployment we have seen in decades.
And then there was the Presidential election itself. For those of us who followed the Republican year-long campaign spectacle, it was clear from the outset that the projected winner would be Mr. Obama. It was also clear that Mr. Romney was the favorite of the Council on Foreign Relations crowd. And then there was a true American grassroots Patriot who scared the bejeesus out of the CFR/ Bilderbergers. Dr. Ron Paul.
So what did Dr. Ron Paul say that was so dangerous?
- Return the federal government to it’s Constitutional limits.
- End our 100 year contract with the Federal Reserve.
- Stop going to war without a Declaration of War from Congress.
- End the corporation known as THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and return us to the Republic.
- Revoke the Income tax.
- End the War on Drugs.
- Stop worrying about your neighbor’s sexuality.
- Let the States individually handle their own problems. The only federal intervention would be if Civil Rights were being denied.
And what happened? The media ignored him and when forced to acknowledge him dumped ridicule on him. The Republican Party machinery committed voting fraud in every State that had either a Caucus or a Primary.
And I know on a more personal level this is true. Three of my colleagues were delegates to their Caucuses, in Maine, Texas and Washington State. They all testify of the fraud in voting and counting. And the physical violence from the machine when Ron Paul supporters demanded transparency and fairness. The one from Texas was a delegate for the National convention and resigned. All have left the Republican Party.
After seeing this, it is going to take a lot to get me to vote again.