Open Letter to Obama: Do Not Concede [in the Face of Fraud]! Gore Vidal, et al
An open letter to Barack Obama, signed by Gore Vidal, Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman, Mark Crispin Miller, David Swanson and many other activists, calls on Obama to not concede the election in the face of election irregularities, and to make sure that this election reflects the will of the People. Already GOP purging and caging tactics have been documented, and reports about vote-flipping on electronic voting machines continue to pour in from different counties and states.
If we cannot afford another Republican administration, we cannot afford a third concession in the face of election fraud. Already there is evidence of massive fraud such as voter purging and caging of Democratic voters, and “flipping” of votes in early voting on electronic touchscreen machines. It is reasonable to once again expect further manipulation on election night by some Republican operatives and election officials, as was seen in 2004; should we also expect our Democratic Party leaders and candidates to repeat history, by once again conceding in the face of such blatant fraud? Senator Obama, we need you, our Party and all candidates to stand firm, come what may on election night. You ask us to work for you, contribute to you--and to have your back; we ask that you promise to have our back: We ask that you PLEDGE TO STAND FIRM, AND NOT CONCEDE THE COMING ELECTION in the face of election irregularities, no matter how long it takes to contest such fraud, while there remains any doubt as to any part of the process. Be assured, Democratic voters will be more--not less--energized if we see you promise to stand firm.