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NOT THIS TIME!
By Jack Wheeler

11/13/2000

The front-page headline of The New York Post stated the issue clearly: "Stop, Thief!"  The story explained what is going on in Florida is nothing less than:  "The Democrats are trying to steal the election."

It is the obligation now of every Republican to take whatever action is necessary to get this message across to the American public and media:

THE DEMOCRATS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STEAL A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION - AGAIN.

It is the word AGAIN that must be endlessly repeated.  This must be the mantra:

THE DEMOCRATS STOLE THE PRESIDENCY IN 1960 IN CHICAGO AND TEXAS.  THE DEMOCRATS STOLE THE PRESIDENCY IN 1976 IN OHIO.  THE DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO STEAL THE PRESIDENCY NOW IN FLORIDA.   NOT THIS TIME!  THIS TIME THEY ARE NOT GOING TO GET AWAY WITH IT.

Much as been made about Richard Nixon's "honor" in not plunging the country into a crisis by publicizing Chicago's Mayor Daley vote fraud in Chicago and Lyndon Johnson's in Texas, and demanding a recount.  Just think of what Nixon's honor and turn-the-other-cheek decency cost America.

John Kennedy proved to be almost lethally incompetent as President.  Nixon in the White House in 1960 would have meant:

1.  No Bay of Pigs.  He would have provided air cover for the exile revolt, and Castro would have been overthrown. 

2.  No Cuban missile crisis.  Nikita Khruschev would never have challenged the old pro Nixon as he did the kid greenhorn Kennedy.  This challenge was the closest the Cold War ever came to nuclear war.  It would not have happened with a President Nixon.

3. No Vietnam War.  Nixon would have mined the port of Haiphong without delay, prevented the North Vietnamese from waging a war to conquer South Vietnam with Viet Cong as their mercenary proxies, and ended it well before there was any need to send 55,000 American soldiers to their death. 4. No Great Society explosion of federal power.  With Kennedy defeated in 1960, Lyndon Johnson would not have become president, and thus there never would have been the greatest expansion of government power since  FDR's New Deal.

In 1976, Gerald Ford made a Nixonian "honorable" decision not to challenge the vote count in Ohio, where ballot-stuffing was rampant in inner-city Cleveland, and one-half a vote per precinct made the difference to his winning or losing the presidency.  Just think of what Ford's "honor" cost the country.  Jimmy Carter proved to be almost as incompetent as Kennedy.

1. In the four years of the Carter presidency, Stansfield Turner (Carter's Director of Central Intelligence) destroyed the CIA.  By 1980, there were more KGB agents in New York City than there were CIA agents in the entire world.

2. By refusing to support the Shah of Iran, Carter enabled Khomeini to take over Iran.  If the Shah had stayed in power, the Soviets never would have invaded Afghanistan with two American allies on either side of the country (Iran and Pakistan).  The Tehran hostage crisis and the terrorism unleashed upon the world by the Khomeini regime would never have occurred.

3. The damage Carter did to the American economy was very deep:  inflation, unemployment, and interest rates all in double digits.  The damage he did to America's psyche was just as deep.  After the hostage crisis, the economic tailspin, the Soviets winning everywhere, Americans had lost their confidence and pride in being American.  Had Ronald Reagan not ridden to the rescue in the nick of time, there is no telling where the Carter downward spiral would have ended.

But all of this pales in comparison to what will happen if Al Gore steals the presidency.  I am only one of millions of Americans who will not recognize his legitimacy, the legitimacy of the federal government, the legitimacy of the rule of law in America because there will be no honest law in our country.  There will be a march on Washington to physically prevent Gore's inauguration on January 20th, with battalions of police and soldiers cordoning off the West Steps of the Capitol Building.  There will be outright rebellion throughout the country, not just with guns and violent protests, but computer sabotage to shut down government computers.  There will be a Second Civil War.

This must not happen.  I call upon every decent American to prevent this by demanding that every Republican leader in the country publicly accuse the Democratic Party of trying to steal the presidency AGAIN.  That they remind, over and over and over, Americans how the Democrats stole the presidency in 1960 and 1976, and that THIS MUST NOT HAPPEN AGAIN.

Specifically, I am asking you to demand that Florida Governor Jeb Bush stop shirking his responsibilities, take control of the situation, and publicly state that the Democratic Party is trying to steal the presidency in his state.  JEB BUSH MUST STOP RECUSING HIMSELF AND START BEING GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA ONCE MORE.  He is the one who must publicly accuse the Democrats of election theft and that it is his moral and legal duty as Governor to prevent it.  He must say:  NOT THIS TIME.  IT HAPPENED IN CHICAGO, IT HAPPENED IN OHIO, BUT IT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN IN FLORIDA.  NO MORE STOLEN PRESIDENCIES IN AMERICA.

We can prevent the theft of the American presidency - but only if we take action NOW.

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Jack Wheeler, 2000

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