Wednesday, September 27, 2006

This little reminder...

Lost in all the sturm and angst about which administration (Clinton or Bush) did less to kill or capture Osama is the fact that the Supreme Court of the United States, not the people, installed the Bush administration in the White House in 2001.

Everything that has happened since – including the government's response to 9/11 – is rooted in that decision.

We cannot say whether a Gore administration would have uncovered or foiled the 9/11 plot. We should not waste time worrying about it. But we can say with a high degree of certainty that we would not be mired in Iraq and making more terrorists every day if a complete Florida recount had made Gore president.

Had the Supreme Court not stepped in, had a compete recount put Gore in the White House, we would not have GITMO, military commissions, extreme rendition, or the surreal national debate on what constitutes torture that’s going on right now. We would not have incurred the $100 billion cost of the war in Iraq.

We would be five years down the road on stem cell research. We’d be partners in the Kyoto Agreeement. Tax cuts, if any, would have been more moderate.

The budget might or might not be running at a deficit. The government would probably be seen as more fiscally responsible than it is presently perceived to be.

Everything about where we are now as a nation we owe to the five justices who were the majority in Bush v. Gore – a decision so fundamentally flawed that those justices proscribed using it as case law in any future decisions.

They installed George W. Bush in the White House where, together with the complicity of a corrupt Republican congress, he veered the country sharply to the right and drove us into the ditch.


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