Since November of 2004, I have been investigating the irregularities and fraud that took place in the 2004 Presidential election. The first phase of my investigation culminated in the House Judiciary Committee Democratic Staff's January 2005 status report, Preserving Democracy: What Went Wrong in Ohio? (warning: big PDF file), and the first Congressional challenge to a state's entire slate of electors in over 100 years.
It is often the case that when you look at something so closely for any length of time, you often lose perspective on it. The debate between those of us who believe there were serious, substantial and outcome determinative irregularities in the election, and those who do not, often centers on the intricacies of central machine tabulators, provisional ballot rules, and the appropriate weight of registration forms.
On Huffington Post today, Jim Lampley brings the story back to its essential question: who are you going to believe -- what the mainstream media tells you or your lying eyes? During the challenge, filmmaker Linda Byrket released a short film about Ohio that I sent to every Member of the Senate as they were deciding whether to support the Ohio challenge (it is a large file that you can download here).
In much the same way Ms. Byrket made the facts of this injustice accessible through film, Mr. Lampley's post offers an accessible perspective I have never heard before. I highly recommend it and congratulate him for his courage. He is right -- it is the biggest story of our lives.