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Wednesday, July 14, 2004

The Future of Democracy in America

Just got this flash presentation again. It's really well put together and tells a scary and compelling story. How bad does it have to get before people snap out of their apathy and start paying attention?


  • Thanks for showing me this. A few hours later the problem hit me: while this is a great case for how manipulative the election was, it's unlikely to sway the decision of anyone who voted for Bush in '00. Trouble is that in their mind what happened in Florida was a good thing, and evidence that it might not have been fair probably won't make them change their mind that they're glad that the candidate they voted for won, even if they wouldn't vote for him again.

    That's the biggest hurdle the Democrats are facing: Defeating an incumbent means getting people to admit that they were wrong four years ago. Hard enough to get them to say it out loud, but I suspect it's even harder to get them to admit it to themselves in the soul-mirrored cocoon of the voting booth.

    By Blogger Kevin Fox, at 7:21 PM  

  • What a bunch of Hooey! What we have here is a simple case of government incompetence. Imagine, that the gov't might botch a task like this. Like errors like this don't happen all the time. You in California should know that the state government botches things all the time.

    Noticeably missing from this presentation is any allegation that the voters names that were removed were tilted toward either party.

    The reason Harris is now a Congresswoman is that she stood up to the national onslaught by liberals and the liberal media during the election and earned the respect of voters in her district for simply trying to follow the law as written.

    Since we are also dredging up the 2000 election again, please remember the following:

    1. The Democrats in charge approved the notorious butterfly ballots.
    2. The Democrats tried to exclude absentee ballots from overseas soldiers.
    3. Democrat counters went into a room by themselves with a bunch of ballots. No witnesses allowed. Were they trying to steal the election? Thankfully, we don't know because the Republican activists raised hell in the hallway. I loved them pounding on the door shouting "Let us in!"
    4. The Gore campaign tried to recount only districts they believed would be favorable, and kept asking for recounts as the votes did not go their way.
    5. The US Supreme Court had to spank the Florida Supreme Court twice to get them to follow the law as written by the Florida legislature, stop writing new law, and stop trying to manufacture votes for Gore.
    6. Gore had been declared the winner of Florida before the polls had closed in the panhandle. The voters in the panhandle tend to be more Republican than the rest of the state. How many votes did Bush lose because the media called this too early, and wrong?
    7. Lastly, a media consortium made up of NYT, CNN and many others, recounted all the ballots. After 6 months or so of counting all the ballots, and under every variation (hanging chads, dimpled, etc.), BUSH STILL WON!

    Bush won the election. Deal with it and Move On!

    By Blogger Kevin, at 3:21 PM  

  • A number of people who were on the list of felons (and therefore weren't allowed to vote) were not actually felons. There seems to be the same problems this year.

    By Blogger Chris S, at 8:43 PM  

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