A failure of reason or how the Supreme Court sleeps at night
A Michael Romanello of the NGL wrote what I thought was one of the most dead on assessments of the Election and mirrors my feeling on the matter of Bush's legitimacy. He wrote:
"The important issue now is not whether George W. Bush or Al Gore, or a Republican or a Democrat, becomes our next president. For the first time in our nation's history that I am aware of, not only the outcome, the basic honesty of a presidential election is in question. This is the issue upon which our collective attention should be riveted. The important questions now are how will Americans deal with an individual whose right to assume the presidency is shadowed with even a hint of doubt, and what will we do to ensure that such a situation never happens again.
"State courts may rule on points of state law and the U.S. Supreme Court may hand down decisions on the constitutional validity of laws and court actions, but in the end it is the American people who will decide if George W. Bush is our president. As long as he isn't yours or mine, he will never be ours. And, if we are steadfast in our resolve to deny this pretender all but the outward trappings of the presidency, neither will anyone who in the future, through his or her actions or as a result of actions undertaken on his or her behalf, places the legitimacy of their election in doubt.
"Therefore, as far as I'm concerned, at noon on January 20, 2001 and until the lawful election of or the appointment of a constitutionally identified successor to William Jefferson Clinton, the office of President of the United States of America will for the first time in history become vacant."
Here's also a list of the Justices who sold out America:
CHIEF JUSTICE REHNQUIST, JUSTICE SCALIA and JUSTICE THOMAS the three stooges of law, they would be funny if their actions were not so tragic, and their power and appointments for life not a grave breach of the very spirit of democracy. How such men who need their own souls judged should be charged with judging a nation is mind-boggling and wholly frightening.
And under the headline; impartiality of the court, check out this little article from Rutgers:
Sunday December 17 2:13 PM ET
Justice O'Connor Upset When Seemed Gore Won -Report
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (news - web sites) was upset during an election-night party when she heard Florida was first called for Vice President Al Gore (news - web sites), exclaiming, ''this is terrible,'' according to a report in Newsweek magazine released on Sunday.
And from New York Times comes this article:
A Failure of Reason
By ANTHONY LEWIS
"How can I convince my students now that the integrity of legal reasoning matters?"
That was the despairing comment of one law professor after he read the per curium opinion that spoke for five members of the Supreme Court. His reaction, widely shared among law teachers, points to the real failure of the decision that gave the presidency to George W. Bush.
The problem is not so much that the court intervened in politics. It is that the majority's stated reasons for its decision were so unconvincing.
Courts have an obligation to persuade. Their power is legitimate only if they give reasoned arguments for what they do. By that standard, the decision in Bush v. Gore was a dismal failure.
I strongly urge you to read the entire article here, you will have to sign up to read it, but well worth your time. Also check out this article at the LA Times. In point of fact every honest, reasoning person knows that a miscarriage of justice, a crime was done. That this man Bush with the help of his friends on the Supreme Court STOLE THE ELECTION. I keep harping on this point, because it is so horrendous, and so monumental, and so completely devastating to our nation. It is a blatant coup in the middle of The United States of America. It is the kind of act that if not rectified will shatter the union. Is shattering the union. I keep repeating it because I keep getting angry, it is an outrage that will not lie down with me. Bush will never be President though he bribe a thousand justices to proclaim him as such, until those votes our counted, this crime undone, and the Supreme Court itself chastised, he will be to me, and in the minds of growing numbers like me nothing more than a misogynist, a racist, and a tyrant. And I will oppose him, I am an American, I know no other response to tyranny.
He will remain, until this is settled an Enemy of the State.
On the good news side private citizens and companies are going to do what the government has failed to, and continue the count in Florida. Click here for Details. The truth will rise, though all the earth o'whelm it to men's eyes. Like I said, in the absence of a true government, the only place America lives is in the hearts of the men and women willing to fight for it. The Miami Herald is beginning it's count this Monday and can use all the volunteers it can get. Please contact the paper for more details.
Another must read article:Latino Leaders See Need for Presidential ElectionReform
NAACP president Kweisi Mfume congratulates Bush on his appointment of Colin Powell as Secretary of State. I tell you, you toss these guys a bone and they just roll right over. I have great respect for Kweisi Mfume, less so for his organization, but Bush should not be congratulated for being a devious, conniving... I try to have respect, but Bush has proven his total lack of respect for the American people. His appointments are tokenism, nothing more. An attempt to save himself from the rage of the people. To lull us back to sleep. I've sent copies of this rant to Mr. Mfume, but he should be smart enough to know that Bush is a wolf, right now he's a scared wolf, trying to wear sheep's clothing, trying to survive, but trust me if we turn the heat off, if we fail to pull his teeth now, he will bite later. and he will bite hard.
"To Strive, to seek, to find, and not to Yield."
With the corruption and infiltration of all three branches of our government, the possibility of removing Bush and his Supreme Court Cronies through... democratic means becomes remote. But this is a wide world and wonderful, and there are other ways to bring the wrong to right. All of these... men, have blatant stock holdings and corporate ties. Since the vote has become useless, we hit these wolves of greed where they live, in the pocket. With the assistance of you brave readers and other concerned websites we're making a list of those companies. We're going to take back America, one dollar at a time, and one politician at a time. Your help and support is encouraged, we need information, need other eyes, other hands, other spirits. To assist, please contact; volunteers are strongly needed and encouraged.
And though I've taken great pains in naming those who have failed our democracy, I want to take equal joy in naming those who in our hour of need defended it. Fought the good fight against ignorance and hate, and the blatant culpability and bias of their peers. Remember these names because it's nice to know that there are still true people of conscience and courage among our leadership.
The Court, however, could have adopted a more lenient manual-recount schedule. As Justice Ginsburg noted in her dissent, the Electoral College vote is scheduled for December 18, and not until December 27 is Congress instructed to nag the Florida secretary of state if the state's tally hasn't yet been provided. Most of these deadlines were set in the days of the Pony Express, not Federal Express. In reality, there was plenty of slack in the schedule had the Supreme Court been interested in making the fair and full counting of all the votes its guiding principle. (Read the entire story here.)
I'm a big fan of Colin Powell, I think he's a soldier and a patriot, a man of integrity, I think he should have run for president in the last couple of elections. He I would have followed, over Bush, over Gore. Over everyone except Nader. Instead Powell has been trotted out by the party to represent an inclusiveness it lacks. And even Now his appointment as Secretary of State is nothing more than an attempt by Bush to assuage the public he has betrayed, and draw attention away from the rights he has usurped. I cannot think of anyone better for the position than Powell, but his acceptance of it gives his approval and legitimacy to the underhanded methods used by Bush to take the election.
I fear that Powell ultimately will have to choose, like the rest of us, will have to choose between blind loyalty or public liberty. Will have to decide what he is prepared to lose, and what he is prepared to save.