Wrote this early 2001, posted it at Bart Cop.
I think, upon reading it now, that the article shows I felt a foreboding of evil.
Democracy Murdered, Film at ...?
Why does the whole rest of the world
know that Bush stole the election,
but the Americans get to be kept in
the dark about it?
I wonder why investors are pulling money
out of the US?
As well as talking down the economy into a sell off.
The man's Residency is cursed, no doubt about it.
I don't care *how* lucky he is supposed to be.
There should be a "Gate" Topic devoted
to Voter Scam Gate. Cheat Gate.
Whatever it is people want to call it.
Interfering with an election by a government
official is a crime punishable by a $10,000 fine or
one year in jail. There are many that should be prosecuted.
Why isn't Katherine Harris being fined for
hiring a private consulting firm for $4 million oftaxpayersdollars (as reported by the BBC and all over Europe)in order that 60,000 voters should be taken off the voter roles for being identified as felons. The error ratewas 95%?
The people so disenfranchised Democrats and Blacks.
Why isn't John Sweeney of NY being prosecuted for
shouting, "shut it down" and intimidating the people
counting the votes in Dade county?
Why are the men and women who were aides to
Tom DeLay, who were flown to FL on a paid vacation
to pose as grass roots citizens and behave a thugs
not being prosecuted?
The SCOTUS and the Republicans overthrew our
Democracy and to get it back they must be impeached:
This must not be covered up. Nor can it be
in the long run. Bush must be thrown out of office.
And this is a major argument for that end.
The corruption of the electoral process;
his indifference to it and his shamelessly benefiting
from it. And allowing his friends to benefit from it.
I believe the Justices of the SC were acting
cynically and consciously to do whatever it took
to ensure Bush's election. To imagine anything
else stretches my credulity. Scalia was "unconsciously"
making sure he's to become Chief Justice? That's funny.
He based his career on "State's rights"
and "Judicial restraint" What a joke!
What fools people are now to take them seriously.
I believe that the Press is intimidated
by the Far Right Repubs who jump up and down
and scream "Law" and meanwhile subvert it.
Where does the Law reside? Not in the pronouncements of a corrupt judiciary.
Not in the actions of pompous Justices who
impose their own will by technical and arbitrary rules.
Justice Scalia argued that the court
was acting to protect the legitimacy
of a Bush victory. But the Court's
decision damaged Bush's legitimacy
(not to mention to its own) much more than
anything else they could possibly have done.
It's obvious that the action of Scalia
was to make sure Bush had a Presidency.
He mentioned "legitimacy of his election,"
- - as if such an election existed,
which it did not under FL law at that time.
By backing up Bush's claim: that Bush
had been "elected," he repeated a lie.
He gave substance to a lie. He just
made up Law. The "legitimacy" smokescreen
was just a "claim." Scalia knew damn well
there would never be any "legitimacy" to
what Scalia did except as he writes the
Law and therefore Bush's claim is bona
fide if Scalia pronounces it so, by definition.
He didn't care. He's taken his gloves off.
That's why people are rightly frightened.
Supposedly Chief Justice Rehnquist and
his colleagues had hoped that history
would remember them well. They would have liked that.
But not as much as they liked to make
sure Bush got into power. Power is more important.
That's the name of the game.
If they honestly cared more about how
they'd be remembered, they wouldn't have
done this. Ruling the country is a more
important to them than what anyone thinks.
The SCOTUS deliberately setup a no win
situation for Gore. And they naturally
tried in the hearing of the oral arguments
to pretend to be fair. And they had the boldness
to have demanded of Boies that he tell them
what is a fair standard for the re-count.
But neither he, nor us, nor they, could go back in time.
And they knew that. And they had the boldness
to claim it was an issue of "equal protection."
Straight out of the book _Animal Farm_ it is:
"Your vote is not being thrown out like
those of other unfortunates; We must remedy that.
We are not protecting you adequately.
We must throw out your vote so all can be
It's not "equal protection" but "pretend
protection and equally arbitrary disenfranchisement."
They can't give you your vote back because
that is not fair to the people who's vote
were suppressed or who's votes got lost?
But they are naming it "Protection?"
Who exactly are they protecting? Only Bush was named.
How can anyone believe their goodwill after
what they did? The 5 "SCOTUS" had the brazenness to
demand Boies tell them how to repair it? After
it was a fait accompli!
They would've liked to have gotten themselves
off the hook. But after all, it was too late for that.
That's why Scalia was all smiles.
Our institutions are the sum of the people who
inhabit them. If the standard goes down, I see now,
the body politic gets weak. The weakness doesn't
erupt into sickness necessarily right away.
But December 12th we crossed that line into sickness.
If the sanctity of the governmental Institutionsare not upheld - - And I don't mean because of something
as minor as a blowjob; If the Institutions are notprotected, the country is prone then to increasing violations.
Then the ultimate value of those Institutions
will become zero or less.
An article on the Supremes I read recently
detailed that it was the respect of the Supreme Court
Institution and the delicacy with which that
respect was held that kept the two swing Justices
from overturning Roe vs. Wade. Maybe that is part of
Scalia's motive in destroying the reputation
of the court at home and in the rest of the world.
He is a Roman Catholic and his loyalties are
obviously with overturning Roe v. Wade for
his G-d and for his Church.
He is an operative for the Republican
Religious Right, not a jurist. He has proved that.
The Court is sullied now, so there is no
reason for anyone to uphold its reputation anymore.
The masks are off. The green curtain is pulled
back from the racist wizard from AZ
and pulled back from the smug and faux fancy cohorts
who voted with him. And now Scalia can get his way.
No one will persuade O 'Connor and Kennedy to
hold back from the decision of Roe vs. Wade
because of fear to harm the Institution of the court.
There is no more reputation.
The Supreme Court respectability is now a pretentious
charade. Every one of Nino Scalia's opinions
is now rendered questionable. His judgment is
proven by this to be worse than poor. It's proven
to be completely arbitrary. In fact, the ruling
is probably illegal because Thomas didn't recuse
himself (it broke the law that his wife will
benefit from the decision because of her job
"headhunting" for the Enterprise Institute.
Rehnquist's involvement was illegal because two
of his sons work for a law firm that work for Bush.
And Scalia broke the Law because his son works for Ted "Theodore" Olson)
(Ted Olsen, argued Bush vs. Gore for the Bush cabal
and so mourned his wife Barbara, who disappeared, by Ted's own contradictory word, on Ted's birthday Sept. 11th..that he remarried in 6 months.)
Why are no investigations being done of this fraud?
These three broke an actual law. It's not some
trumped up insinuation.
They do not care about the law.
They are seriously dangerous.
They only care about power.
What the Supreme Court have done is worse than the simple breaking of
some rule in a bid for a Faustian freedom,
since Faust, at least, made a barter,
since in the bargain we all were betrayed.
They threw away our Democracy so they could,
in what they pretend to be their superior
wisdom, but is in fact their job as operatives
for the Radical Republican Party, to decide on
what would be our government. The "Supreme Court 5"betrayed those values upon which our Country was founded.
Our tradition here was that of the Enlightenment.
The Tradition is that the settlers came here
to escape and avoid the arbitrary rule of those
in power. Our Government was constructed in particular to avoid the arbitrary rule of power.
The remedy in order for us to return to
our original form of government, determined
by the rules of that form of government,
is to Impeach and remove Rehnquist, Scalia and Thomas.
I call for this here and now.
If this is not done our Democracy is in peril.
The betrayal of the American people
and the American tradition by this Supreme Court
and by the ultra-right factions of the
Republican party, I am afraid can never
breed happiness nor anything good. It is based
upon hubris. George Bush's highhanded
actions and disregard for the people
of this Country is based upon the disenfranchisement
of elderly Jews and Blacks and millions who
voted for the better, the more qualified, and the
smarter man. No good can ever come from that.
I shiver for our beautiful Lady Democracy;
224 years old. But way too young anyhow to
She is supposed to be immortal.
In our lifetimes, we will never know her immortality
for she died for us December 12th. I never knew how muchI truly and keenly loved her. In case you didn't guess I curse "Nino" Scalia.
And will do so each day of my life.