The 2000 election was stolen, plain and simple. If this had happened in another country Americans would be up in arms crying fowl. I kept waiting for people to rise up and revolt but nothing happened. Instead everyone blamed Green candidate Ralph Nader, including myself at the time, believing he'd stolen votes from Gore and caused him to lose. This hypothesis has since been disproven.
George W. Bush's record
With George W. Bush in office the neocons take control of the White House and all hell breaks loose. September 11the marks a very dark day in our history. The Bush Administration starts two wars, Afghanistan and Iraq, by lying to the American people resulting in 4,000 U.S. troops dead and estimates of civilian deaths range from 88,000 to over half a million and then under the guise of protecting us from, "they hate us for our freedoms," terrorist, the Bush administration immediately gets to work dismantling our Constitution, promoting fear and stripping us of our rights by:
Passing the Patriot Act.
Opening Gitmo. (Guantanamo Bay detention camp)
Authorizing the wiretapping and reading of e-males of U.S. citizens.
Promoting the preemptive war, Bush Doctrine.
Torture becomes the new normal.
He also Signs tax cuts for the rich and large corporations.
While he FCC pushes for more media consolidation allowing one company to own newspapers, TV and radio stations in one city.
Bush ignores victims of Hurricane Katrina and hundreds perish.
2004. I knew Bush was a goner but alas he beats John Kerry by spreading lies about Kerry's war record. This from a guy who avoided the Vietnam War and an administration full of chicken hawks and also by stealing Ohio but once again there's little to no reaction from American voters.
By 2008 even avid Bush supporters can no longer support the lies and corruption from this administration and Barack Obama emerges victorious. A dark horse who's not been properly vetted but gave a rousing keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, wrote a compelling book, "Dreams From My Father" and is an eloquent speaker who promises us "change we can believe in." And after eight years of pure hell we're all so desperate to believe we fall for this rhetoric and his big open smile. He had us all fooled.
Barack Obama's record