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(S)ELECTION 2000:  THE SELF-DECLARED WINNER

We really can't call the 2000 presidential debacle an election because the outcome was decided by only five people in black robes of the Supreme Court so Gary refers to it as the "selection of 2000."  In early December 2000, a history professor from Uppsala Universitet in Sweden read an article in which a Zimbabwe politician said that children should study the 2000 U.S. presidential election closely for it shows that election fraud is not only a phenomenon of the developing world.  The article that quotes that politician follows.  Clarifications and additions by Gary Brand are in brackets.  Gary added to the article in July 2008 after he saw the movie "Recount" about the 2000 (s)election debacle.

"Imagine that we read of an election occurring anywhere in the third world in which the self-declared winner [George W. Bush] was the son of the former prime minister [president] and that former prime minister [George H. Bush] was himself the former head of that nation's secret police [the CIA].

Imagine that the self-declared winner lost the popular vote but won based on some old colonial holdover [the electoral college] from the nation's pre-democracy past [before U.S. citizens could vote for president].

Imagine that the self-declared winner's victory turned on disputed votes cast in a province [Florida] governed by his brother [Jeb Bush, who was governor at that time].

Imagine that the poorly drafted ballots of one district [Palm Beach County], a district heavily favoring the self-declared winner's opponent [Al Gore], led thousands of voters to vote for the wrong candidate [and that this candidate for whom they mistakenly voted acknowledged that this happened].

Imagine that the members of that nation's most despised caste [blacks], fearing for their lives/livelihoods, turned out in record numbers to vote in near-universal opposition to the self-declared winner's candidacy.  Imagine that hundreds of members of that most despised caste were intercepted on their way to the polls by state police operating under the authority of the self-declared winner's brother [Jeb Bush].

Imagine that six million people voted in the disputed province [Florida], that the self-declared winner's 'lead' was only 327 votes, fewer certainly, than the vote counting machines' margin of error, and that the person responsible for ensuring the integrity of the vote [Catherine Harris, Florida's Secretary of State at that time] was a member of the self-declared winner's inner circle [she was co-chair of the election campaign for George W. Bush in Florida].

Imagine that the self-declared winner and his political party [Republicans] opposed a more careful by-hand inspection and re-counting of the ballots in the disputed province [Florida] or in its most hotly disputed district [Palm Beach County].

[Imagine that those who worked for the self-declared winner (James Baker) and his political party (Republicans) used intimidating "protestors" (bullies) to interrupt and cause the suspension of by-hand re-counting of the ballots in districts (Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties) that voted heavily in favor of the self-declared winner's opponent (Al Gore).]

Imagine that the self-declared winner, himself a governor of a major province [Texas], had the worst human rights record of any province [state] in his nation and [that Texas] actually led the nation in executions [while he was governor].

Imagine that a major campaign promise of the self-declared winner was to appoint like-minded human rights violators to lifetime positions on the high court of that nation [the U.S. Supreme Court].

[Imagine that two of the members of the nation's highest court (the Supreme Court) were appointed by the self-declared winner's father (George H. Bush) and that, instead of recusing themselves because of bias, they voted with a slim 5 to 4 majority to block a continuation of the by-hand recount of ballots ordered by the highest court in the disputed province (the Florida Supreme Court)].

None of us would deem such an election to be representative of anything other than the self-declared winner's will-to-power.  All of us, I imagine, would wearily turn the page thinking that it was another sad tale of pitiful pre- or anti-democracy peoples in some strange elsewhere."