The Big Lie ™ -- a propaganda reference to the indisputable reality of massive, regularly occurring, urban Demonrat, political machine, ballot box stuffing -- wasn't always regarded as such a "baseless conspiracy theory" ™ by the "paper of record." Whilst sniffing through the 120-year digital archives of the Slimes -- a service paid for by the generous donations of the readership (hint-hint) -- St. Sugar the Crazed Conspiracy Cat dug up a real doozy of an article (and cartoons) from September 27, 1964 which read as if it was written by Trump's spokespeople!
We'll step out of the way now and let some excerpts from the actual piece titled, "Fraud! Fraud!"
speak for themselves (original article linked at the end).
cartoonSeptember 27, 1964
In the days of the city boss, from the Civil War to well into the 20th century,
elections were riotous affairs in which brawls, bribery and intimidation of voters were common practices throughout the country, but especially in the big cities.
In times of crises, when an election promised to be close, or the city machine was challenged, political bosses of both parties acted accordingly. From South of the Slot in San Francisco to the Strip in Pittsburgh, from the North Side in Kansas City to the South Side in Chicago, they mustered an army from the saloons, flophouses and gambling dens and sent them to the polls to vote early and often, stuff ballot boxes, destroy rival voting booths
—and each other.
No better example of fabled American ingenuity can be found than the techniques used in cheating at the polls. The first trick in any wholesale election fraud was for corrupt election officials to pad the registration lists with phony names and addresses. They did so with an imagination that was breath‐taking. Names of persons in jail, in the hospitals, in the cemeteries or simply nonexistent were added with cavalier abandon.
An angry Philadelphia newspaper once printed the pictures of a dog and a 4‐year‐old boy listed on the registry. Lincoln Steffens recalled a campaigning Philadelphia politician who, after reminding his audience that Independence Hall was in his ward, went on to name the signers of the Declaration of Independence. “These men,” he said, “the fathers of American liberty, voted down here once. And,” he added with a sly grin, “they vote here yet.”The next step in rigging elections was to recruit men, known as “repeaters,” to vote the fraudulent names.
Particularly resourceful were the tiny, flinty‐eyed saloon-keeper, Hinky Dink Kenna, and Bathhouse John Coughlin, lords of Chicago's wicked First Ward, the best of all possible wards—for vice and corruption. They brought in voters from the Hospital for the Insane at Dunning.
Immigrants proved ready recruits for the bosses' election armies, because the bosses played like virtuosos on their ignorance of political issues
and on their old world prejudices.
BIG Tim Sullivan, a tough Tammany Hall buff alias Dry Dollar Sullivan (he was once found drying off a revenue stamp from a brewery keg under the impression it was a dollar), argued that repeaters had to have whiskers:
“When you've voted ’em with their whiskers on, you take ’em to a barber and scrape off the chin fringe Then you vote ’em again with the side lilacs and a mustache. Then to a barber again, off comes the sides and you vote 'em a third time with the mustache. If that ain't enough and the box can stand a few more ballots, clean off the mustache and vote ’em plain face. That makes every one of em good for four votes.”
Often repeaters voted under bona fide names and legitimate voters arrived at the polls to be greeted with “Mr. —you've already voted.”
Another weapon in the bosses' arsenal of fraud was the gangs of barroom gladiators hired to intimidate and terrorize the legitimate voter. Thus a respectable citizen who seemed likely to vote the “wrong” ticket might find himself slugged and thrown into the street.
FRAUD during election hours was one thing, but it did not end with the closing of the polls. When election officials counted the votes, the laws of mathematics were subject to political necessity.
The bosses nominated election officials more for their party loyalty than for their devotion to civic duty, like the Philadelphia official who returned 252 votes from a precinct which had only 100 registered voters.
Election officials had an imaginative repertory of tricks. Ballots were switched. In one New York election, an official simply dropped ballots on the floor, substituting for them a pile of previously marked tickets he had beside him. Ballot boxes in New York were often stuffed with additional ballots.
Ballots were also invalidated. In Chicago, deft fellows known as “short‐pencil men” palmed pencil stubs in their hands. As they counted the votes, they added a cross mark to each opposition ballot; such ballots, with both candidates marked, were thus invalid.Fraud still plays a part in the American way of voting. In recent years, “irregularities” at the polls were reported in Chicago, New York and Philadelphia. Indeed, it is not unlikely that some may occur in the coming Presidential election.
Nevertheless, the days of the massive, wholesale election fraud are gone forever. The secret ballot, the voting machine and permanent registration have not eliminated fraud
, but they have tamed the wild and sly ways of the old‐fashioned city boss.
(original article /pdf)
No, "the days of the massive, wholesale election fraud" were NOT and are NOT "gone forever." In election 2020, the big city Demonrat machines of Atlanta, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Detroit & Milwaukee faked and destroyed enough ballots to swing the states which gave "Biden" the election. Let the Fake News scream "Big Lie" all they want. They are sealing their own doom in advance of the day when Fraud 2020 is -- as planned all along -- exposed.In the meanwhile, share this old Slimes article with any libtards or normies in your circle who still believe such things "can't happen in America."