It shouldn't be any surprise, but the presidential election is shaping up as a case study in how to manipulate the democratic process.
The media have played a huge roll, of course, by manipulating Obama's poll numbers, which seem to stay high despite numerous reports of his losing ground among various constituent groups.
Careful selection of the stories to downplay or ignore is also important. The Fast and Furious scandal, the presidential leak scandal, the almost complete ignoring of the Catholic Church's battle with the administration, the proof that President Obama was a dues-paying member of the socialist New Party, the ongoing coverup of Obama's past -- the list is long and getting longer every day.
But there are deeper manipulations going on.
Back in April, Donald Trump posted a video in which he said he believes Obama has struck a secret deal with the Saudis to flood the market with oil and drastically lower the price of gasoline before November to help him win re-election. Just this week, a report showed falling energy prices pulling down retail sales figures.
The smart money says Trump is right on. Back when Obama ran against McCain, we saw the same pattern of gasoline rising to outrageous levels, which was blamed on Republicans, then it plunged right before the election, once Obama's economic stimulus plans became the talk of the media. At the time, the high prices were blamed on Saudi manipulation.
Obama has a long-standing connection to the Saudi royal family that goes back at least to his college days when Saudi family fixer Khalid al-Mansour was soliciting letters of recommendation to help get Obama into Harvard.
Trump warns that if Obama is re-elected, we can expect oil prices rising beyond any level ever seen as payback for the Saudis' favor.
There also suggestions that the Democrats are setting up a Bush-Gore-style recount showdown on election night.
ABC News has already run a story speculating that such a face-off could happen again, based on those manipulated poll numbers.
There is a widespread Internet rumor that a Spanish company called Scytl bought a company, SOE, that will be counting the presidential votes in Florida, and that Scytl is owned by billionaire puppet master George Soros. Liberal talking box Media Matters -- which itself has been funded by Soros -- and other propaganda outlets have been doing backflips to deny that Soros owns Scytl.
Still, the rumors persist, and you have to wonder why the media would be speculating about another recount months before we even get to the election. Just wishful thinking?
On Tuesday, the Department of Justice sued the state of Florida to prevent it from purging ineligible voters from its rolls.
Can we connect the dots yet?
[From the editor: If it's not close they can't cheat!]