ELECTION 2000: BACK TO HAUNT US?
From Occupy Democrats
July 28, 2015
Everyone knows how, on that awful night in Florida in November, 2000, some very questionable activities took place- voter registries purged, people denied votes by being labeled incorrectly as felons, some ballots disappearing all together, and a relentless right-wing legal assault all combined to make George W. Bush the President of the United States and change our future forever.
Jeb Bush’s role in the criminal misuse of the governor’s powers is well known by this point. What is less known is the role of another 2016 GOP candidate. The legal team whose machinations put George W. in the White House was put together by none other then Ted Cruz.
Cruz had formerly clerked for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, and one of his first calls was to John Roberts, the man who is now in his tenth year as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Cruz told the New York Times that “We started to assemble a team of the best lawyers and in particular the best Supreme Court lawyers in the country, and John’s name naturally came near the top of the list.” Roberts had also previously clerked for Rehnquist and was known to be a voracious opponent of voter’s rights.
“Roberts edited legal briefs, including the Bush campaign’s 50-page submission to the Supreme Court, and prepared Theodore Olson, a former assistant attorney general under Reagan, for oral arguments. He also advised Florida’s governor, Jeb Bush, on how the state legislature could assign its presidential electors to George W. Bush before the recount was finished. ‘I really appreciate your input on my role in this unique and historic situation,’ Bush wrote to Roberts.”
It’s very interesting to see how those networks of influence have all come together and elevated the men involved to high positions of importance. It is also very disturbing to know that not only one but two of the current crop of presidential candidates were involved in the biggest case of election fraud our nation has ever seen- one that began a presidency that would shatter our nation’s economy, get us intractably mired in two foreign wars, and send our national debt through the roof. We owe it to ourselves as a nation to not let it happen again. If they’ve done it once, they will certainly do it again- the stakes are much higher now, and with the Koch Brothers prepared to drop $900 million into this next election cycle, so are the rewards.
|Republicans Demonstrate in Miami-Dade Elections Office|
But the intercession of the Supreme Court into the counting of the ballots in Florida (the ostensible reason for the lawsuit) shocked me. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why Floridians couldn’t be left alone to count the votes. After all, they'd been doing this since Florida became a state in 1845 and it wasn’t as if there was some imminent danger since whatever the outcome there were months before the inauguration the following January 2001. Call me naive, I guess. It was then that I realized that the whole conservative personal responsibility, individual initiative, states rights and leave it to the local governments to decide was just so much bullshit. Propaganda, if you will. Sure, conservative leave it to the people and the states to decide except when the people and the states don’t toe the conservative line.
It’s futile to imagine what might have been had George W. Bush not been awarded the Florida election by the Supreme Court. One thing though, it’s highly unlikely that the U.S. would have invaded Iraq. Maybe Sadaam Hussein would still be dictatorially ruling Iraq in his iron-fisted, chemical weapons style but then for the continuing horror that might have been for the Iraqi people, maybe the Middle East wouldn’t be in such disarray as it is today as a result. Maybe, even, there would be no ISIS.
Ted Cruz, Presidential Candidate and current Senator from Florida, is all for “nuking” the Iran deal. Cruz has consistently called the deal a catastrophe of appeasement, guaranteed to let Iran develop nuclear weapons and funnel millions of dollars in economic sanctions relief to terror groups. His accusation that the Obama Administration would become the leading “financier of radical Islamic terrorism” drew a shot from the president, who said Monday Cruz’s rhetoric would be “ridiculous if it weren’t so sad.”
So Ted, I guess, is perfectly willing to go to war with Iran since, from my point of view, this is the only alternative to the Iran deal. Another war. Another disaster. Yup! Just what we need, Ted. Thank you very much for all your help both in 2000 and now to make sure that the country is dragged into another winless conflict where more American lives will be lost.