How Bush Stole the 2000 Election
When something happened several generations ago, it's understandable that people may not know the details of that event. Unless they studied it in school, they may be totally unfamiliar with what really took place. However, when something big happens in one's own lifetime, in one's own country, and the events are broadcast in the newspapers daily for weeks and the television news media give it priority day after day, then it becomes inexcusable for that someone not to know what happened and misrepresent it to others. It's even more egregious that another person would actually listen to and believe such blather. Such is the situation when we hear so often that "Bush stole the 2000 election."
On the writing of this article, the 2000 election took place four years ago. Anybody who can talk about it intellgently was alive at the time and probably aware of everything that happened. Let's review what actually happened. This is only a review. You and I both lived through that event and so I'm not presenting anything new to you; I'm only reminding you of what you yourself already know.
When George W. Bush and Al Gore were waiting election results in November of 2000, the last state to finish counting its ballots was Florida. Near the end of the count the news media reported, "Gore Won!" Bush said, "The counting is not yet finished, let's wait and see."
When the Florida counting was finished, Bush had won that count by just over 500 votes. Gore's people demanded a recount. Indeed, state law demanded a recount. Anybody involved should have demanded a recount. So the ballots were recounted. Bush won again.
Gore's people said, "That's not fair! Gore's supposed to win! We want a recount again, only this time we want to count the 'hanging chads.'" Now that was illegal, because the state law said hanging chads may not be counted. Nevertheless, Bush was magnanimus and allowed them to recount again, this time including the hanging chads. Bush won again.
Gore's people said, "That's not fair! Gore's supposed to win! We want a recount again, only this time we want to count the 'dimpled chads.'" Now that was illegal, because the state law said dimpled chads may not be counted. Nevertheless, Bush was magnanimus and allowed them to recount again, this time including the dimpled chads. Bush won again.
Gore's people said, "That's not fair! Gore's supposed to win! We want a recount again, only this time we want to read the minds of the voters. If somebody otherwise voted all Democrat but voted for Bush as president, that vote should count for Gore. If somebody voted for both Bush and Gore, that could count for Gore." This time Bush was not magnanimus and said No. The Florida votes had been counted four times already, two of them illegal, and Bush won every time.
Gore's people said, "We'll take it to the Florida Supreme Court!" and they did. The court ruled in Gore's favor. The Bush people said, "Four counts is enough and we're not going to read people minds. We'll take it to the United States Supreme Court," and they did. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Bush's favor. The ballot counts were therefore duly recorded and presented to the United States House of Representatives, which declared George W. Bush to be President elect.
And that is the story of how "Bush stole the election." A simple retelling of this story that we all lived through puts everything in perspective. It is obvious - and we all should remember this - that it is Gore who tried to steal the election but failed.
I have a saying, "There are two kinds of liberals: those who are utterly deceived and those who do the deceiving." I wonder, though, about those who are willfully deceived. I have another saying,
There is no lie so blatant,
no argument so unreasoned,
no ignorance so inexcusable,
no depravity so vile,
that man will not embrace
if it keeps him from admitting
that he is wrong.
People who know the truth should never, never be intimidated by those who would lie, cheat and steal to get their way.