much as I'm glad this election is over, I'm still astounded that in
the course of this post election debacle Al Gore managed to sully the
reputation of all three branches of government. That is no small feat.
Nixon and Clinton were able to discredit the executive branch. Eugene
McCarthy was able to cloud the reputation of Congress. The judicial
branch has discredited itself in small increments, but never on a
scale this large. Al Gore managed the trifecta, the political triple
play. You're all out.
So, Al, was it worth it? Thirty-six days have passed and the outcome
is the same. What has changed is that the people's trust in the
courts, the legislators and all politicians for that matter, have
diminished to a point that will be difficult to repair. The incoming
President will hold office with a haze over his legitimacy. Are you
The hype following the 5-4 Supreme Court reversal is a bit misleading.
The crux of the ruling is the 7-2 decision that the Constitution was
violated by Florida's top court. The difference was only the timing.
Five of the justices wanted an outright reversal, two believed that a
different remedy than a reversal could have been considered, they
still disagreed with the Florida Supreme Court's ruling and the other
two have this odd notion that state courts can legislate from the
bench. Regardless, we should call this a consensus.
What happens next leaves us with a lot of unanswered questions:
Will there be election reform? I think all sides agree that we
should reexamine our election practices. Whether it be updating the
technology or changing the counting techniques, something needs to be
done. Any remedy should include extreme measures to insure that voter
fraud is addressed. This should absolutely include a complete
cleansing of the voter rolls, possibly for every Presidential
With Congress being so close, can we expect gridlock? I hope
so. Gridlock means that nothing gets done. There is nothing worse to
witness than a political debate on how our lives should be run. Unless
they are working to relinquish their stranglehold on our lives, I'd
prefer they would do nothing.
Where is Alec Baldwin moving? Is it France? Please tell me it's
France, because I need more reasons to hate the French.
Will Al Gore win the nomination in 2004? Ummm, no.
Will America be able to heal its wounds? Only if we add
Ritalin to the water supply. What the hell type of question is that?
This is the type of crap we get from the media. We don't have any
wounds. We don't need any closure, or any other psychobabble nonsense.
Do we feel good about our government? No. Will we survive? Of course.
What we need more than anything is a President to be sworn in and be
done with it.
Will Al Gore remain active in politics? The $64,000 question.
Al Gore is a political animal. I fully expect both he and President
Clinton to spend large amounts of time criticizing President Bush. If
I were him, I'd walk out with grace and take my chances in 2004,
restraining from commenting on the President until campaign season
starts again. But I'm a man about theses types of things and Al Gore
is, well, Al Gore.
In fairness, I've been rough on Al Gore. The man just had this stink
about him. His post election antics further prove that he is unworthy
of the job. Would George W. do the same thing in his place? I'm not
sure. If he did, I would have held the same position I held throughout
this moronic ordeal. A concession should have come after the first
I'm not a big fan of George Bush (either of them). I basically voted
for W. because of one issue. He can expect for me to be holding his
feet to the fire quite a bit throughout his tenure. I hope he
impresses me. I hope he ends up being one of "the great
ones." I hope that the economy keeps growing and that our country
remains at peace. I hope the authority of the Federal Government gets
reduced to its intended level. Finally, I hope that he actually reads
the same e-mail that I send him every morning:
"Good Morning, Mr. President. Where is my Social Security
The Cynic, 2000
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