TOP 10 LIES OF ELECTION 2000
- The US Supreme Court manual recount ruling was a just decision by impartial judges.
Is it justice to say you can recount if you can complete the count in an hour and a half? Is it justice to cite “equal protection”
as the basis for stopping the recount, even though Florida already violated
that law by using balloting machines in some counties that produced a far greater error rate than in other counties?
What about states that violated the
law by using different machines and methods than other states? Can a
judge be impartial if his son stands to gain from his decision? Or is it a case
of Supreme Injustice?
Conspiracy in the recount rooms.
The claims included Bush chads being scotch-taped to keep them attached to the ballot, and chads being eaten as a cover up. THE HORROR! In actuality, an absentee/overseas ballot or two was mailed in with tape on it and dislodged chads on the floor could only come from a chad that had already been penetrated and should count as a vote anyway, so I say -- let the overworked canvassing board members “have their chad and eat it too”.
- Al Gore tried to disenfranchise military voters.
Democratic lawyers did initially ask that overseas ballots
adhere to law, but the Gore team later suggested that the ballots be
re-evaluated and they never challenged any subsequent additions even though, at the request of Bush lawyers,
selective counties recounted military ballots using different
standards (equal protection violation?)
Counting indented chads is “mind reading” and “manufacturing” votes. The lawful term is “ascertaining the will of the voter.” If a chad has an indentation from a stylus it can only come from a person who intended to vote for a candidate or was inclined to vote for a candidate but was indecisive. Isn’t it better to ere on the side of counting intended votes rather than rejecting them all because a small percentage of them weren’t committed? You know, like showing leniency with the overseas ballots of military
- Manual count procedure is too flawed, especially in selected counties. The Bush team was really saying – WE DO NOT WANT ANY ADDITIONAL COUNTING TO BE DONE UNDER ANY
CIRCUMSTANCES! Sure selective recounts under varying standards isn’t the best option, but it happens as part of law in elections all over the country and is a part of Florida law that Bush repeatedly waived access to for fear of a change in the results. Florida’s certification includes hundreds of votes for Bush acquired from manual counts in selective counties (equal protection violation?)
- Palm Beach’s “butterfly ballot” was legal. The butterfly ballot did not follow legal guidelines but was
deemed not illegal enough for a judge to have the courage to rightfully call for a Palm Beach revote. It is a shame when justice can’t be served because the remedy is just too damn much trouble!
- The tampering of Republican ballot applications in
Seminol and Martin county was not illegal. The underhanded activities
involved were not legal or moral, however, they were deemed not illegal enough for a judge to have the courage to rightfully
subtract Republican votes.
- Bush called the winner on election night. This lie was initiated by George W’s cousin who worked at Fox and the rest of the networks jumped in. The exit polls called Florida right the first time -- for Gore.
- Calling Florida for Gore an hour before polls closed disenfranchised Bush voters. The truth is that both Gore voters and Bush voters would be equally discouraged from wasting their time after the election is called.
Countless studies have shown that exit polling does not effect the outcome of an election.
- The media is predominantly liberal.
Under 36 days of bright lights, “in-decision 2000” reminded us all that mainstream media people work for huge corporations who call the shots regardless of what their personal opinion is.
- Top Hypocrisy.
Bush fighting the count of indented chads in Florida despite the fact that he
made the counting of indented chads the standard in Texas.
- Top Irony.
Bush was making preparations to fight the election results in anticipation
that he might win the popular vote and lose the electoral vote. "We'd have ads too,"
said a Bush aide. [NY Daily News]