Apparently you haven't read our website,
but merely reacted to the titles and other slogans. This is kind of
reading practice is symptomatic of the rightwing type of 'literacy'
and is apparently the source of much of the confusion regarding the
Florida s-election. Having read only a few misleading headlines and
not the entire stories and the facts buried within, and having not even
approached a thorough research program, the rightwing supposedly believes
the spoon-fed pabulum engendered by the mainstream media and supposes
with them that the system is fine, that no breach in principles occurred
in the 2000 s-election and that all is well in America. However, nothing
could be further from the truth. I urge you to read thoroughly and consider
what we have to say. Rather than reacting based on a few ideas you have
picked up vis a vis mainstream corporate mediation, I suggest you consider
a complete research program. Allow me to introduce you to a vast discourse
that apparently has eluded your attention to date.
First of all, all of the recounts actually
vindicate our view entirely. Here's what Tom Fiedler of the Miami Herald
acknowledged and quoted as the fundamental fact in the Herald's reporting
of the recount: "[I]f the recount had been started from scratch
in each of Florida's 67 counties, The Herald concluded, 'Gore would
be in the White House today.'" This was published in the Miami
Herald, Sunday, April 8, 2001. Click here
to read the whole article, entitled, " Votes aren't sacred,"
by Tom Fiedler. Fiedler is quoting from the Miami Herald's own story,
the story which was buried under the misleading headline that said Bush
won the recount by media consortium.
Furthermore, the fact of the matter is
that Florida LAW calls for the INTENTION of the voters as a criterion
for a vote, and that this intention is to be discerned by vote counters.
Hand counting is legally mandated for cases of such close elections
in Florida (and most everywhere) and has been used by Republicans when
they saw fit (and during the same election, the exact opposite arguments
were being used by another Republican in a different state). The propaganda
machine set in motion by Republicans that made discerning the intent
of the voter into Carnac the magician routine, and hand-counting as
some alien enterprise suggested by Satan himself, foisted a series of
outright LIES and dastardly innuendoes before the public on a continual
basis. Those unable to withstand the assault of the corporate media
in order to read and investigate the matter for themselves, found themselves
"content" to acquiesce to this view promulgated by corporate
mediation. The fact is that the intent of the voters is the STANDARD
in Florida law, and hand-counting is not only allowed, but is LEGALLY
MANDATED in such close races.
Meanwhile, while Republicans were saying
that discerning the "intent of the voters" was a Carnac the
magician routine, vote-counters
in G.O.P. counties not only discerned the intents of the voters, they
RECREATED ABSENTEE BALLOTS based on their discernment of that intent.
(Ten thousand ballots were RECREATED this way. Absentee votes went
to Bush by a ratio of 2:1. That's a net of 3,300 votes for Bush! How
do you spell hypocrisy??? Answer: G. O. P.)
Furthermore, the fact is that not only
did not all of the 67 counties perform the required hand-recounting
of the ballots; contrary to the Republican propaganda machine, only
18 did the LEGALLY MANDATED recounting of the ballots. The others merely
re-reported their original counts. This and other atrocities were cited
in a rarely cited article that appeared in the Washington Post, only
a "mere" seven months after the "election," (http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A3698-2001May31¬Found=true).
This article reveals a completely different picture than the pretty
one painted for you by the majority of the corporate media outlets in
their snippets designed to quell the doubts of the people that the president
was "legitimate." As an amalgam of other stories we've read,
this article shows that hundreds of ILLEGAL Bush votes were INCLUDED
in the count while thousand of LEGAL Gore votes were not included in
This is to say nothing of the many hundreds
of thousands of "over-votes"--in which voters legally wrote
in and also punched out the name of their candidates. In such cases,
the votes are NOT invalid as suggested by Republicans, but actually
legal, and require the inspection of counters to verify their legality.
This is to say nothing, again, of the fact that in wealthier, mostly
white and Republican counties, vote counting machines spit back "over-votes"
and allowed voters to correct them, whereas in poorer, mostly Black
and Hispanic counties, no such advantage existed. These factors caused
Black votes to be spoiled at a rate of 6 times that of non-Black voters.
Given the millions of Black voters and their overwhelming 9-1 choice
of Gore over Bush, we lost hundreds of thousands of votes this way.
This is to say nothing of the illegal
camping-out inside of elections headquarters by Republican missionaries
and their illegal tampering with thousands of absentee ballot applications
whose ballots should thereby have been invalidated. A Democratic judge
was intimidated by the rightwing rhetoric and violence, and ruled incorrectly.
All of this is to say nothing, again,
of the voters who were illegally purged from the voting rolls even in
advance of the election. According the Civil Rights Commission, tens
of thousands of legal voters lost their right to vote in a purge of
voters known to be over-reaching by the company that performed it, and
who also informed the State of Florida (Katherine Harris and Jeb Bush)
that the over-reaching would wrongly disqualify thousands of legal voters.
This is perhaps the most nefarious and sinister aspect of the vote scandal
in Florida, and has been reported by so many mainstream media that it
is amazing that Republicans have managed to (willfully) avoid the facts
concerning it. The coverage is on our "Yes,
Gore Did Win" page, but I'll provide a few links here.
The story was covered by the Washington Post, the LA Times, CNN, amongst
<--the original reporter who revealed the purge to the mainstream
<--reprint of exact story in Palm Beach Post
Before the FL Supreme Court decided on
the case, N. Sanders Sauls, the district judge of Leon County Circuit
Court known for his rightwing propensities although a "Democrat,"
decided on the merits of the case of the ballots without having looked
at a single one. He had all the ballots in question shipped to his offices
or thereabouts, but never examined a single one before making a ruling
on the evidence. Like N. Sanders Sauls, Republicans have made an a
priori decision, having refused to look at the evidence. Like Sauls,
they decided on the facts before looking at them.
As for the Supreme Court decision, so
much has been written
that adding to the litany of criticism should be unnecessary. However,
we see that this is not the case. Despite the fact that over 700
legal and Constitutional scholars called the decision egregiously
lacking in legal basis and abysmally in departure from Constitutional
and legal interpretive practices, running
ads in the NYTimes to say so; despite numerous other legal and Constitutional
scholars decrying the decision as the most blatantly biased and legally
reprehensible decision ever made by a US Supreme Court; despite the
fact that some, such as former prosecutor Vincent
Bugliosi have called the decision not only the worst in history but
also "criminal;" despite the fact that the decision to
even hear the case departed radically from the same court's 'state's
rights' position--to make the decision blatantly anomalous and thus
extremely suspect; despite the fact that at least two of the judges
had conflicts of interests the likes of which would have caused traffic
court judges to recuse themselves; despite all of this, the rightwing
still believes in the goodness and purity of this decision. Such a belief
can only be the result of such an abiding bias as to make any and all
objective reasoning impossible. Yes, even several Conservative legal
scholars can and have gotten beyond their biases to denounce the decision,
but the rightwing in general apparently cannot.
Finally, the cumulative evidence of an
orchestrated, coordinated and all-out seizure of the presidency at all
costs, including millions of dollars donated by Republican-supporting
companies later to be humiliated for their scandals (Enron and Halliburton
paid for the "recount" Bush attorneys; Database technologies
is a huge Republican-supported corporation and received the four million
dollar contract to purge legal voters from the voting rolls), including
the orchestrated sending of paid rightwing mobs to disrupt the vote
counting, including numerous fascist-leaning intimidation techniques,
leads us to see the results of the 2000 "election" as nothing
short of a coup d'etat--a strike and takeover of the state by one faction
from within --which does not necessarily include physical violence,
but which in this case actually did.
So, rather than calling for our education
on the matter, let me suggest to you that you read even a tenth of the
material that we have accumulated and which I myself have read on this
election. Thousands of hours of reading, research and thought have gone
into our declarations. Let's see you really overthrow them! As you wriote
on your website: "WARNING! Don't
start a debate you can't finish!"
Founder and Chair
Citizens for Legitimate Government
December 2, 2002