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12/12/2000, a Dark Day for America and the World

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On December 12, 2000, after a protracted presidential electoral process corrupted by nepotism and rampant Republicanism--hanging chads and the Brooks brothers riot, the "Jews for Buchanan" fiasco and votes stolen from 54,000 Blacks falsely disenfranchised as felons [but never prosecuted]--Bush v. Gore was decided in favor of George W. Bush by SCOTUS. The candidate who lost by 500,000 popular votes was allowed to ascend.

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor had been overheard at a cocktail party asserting that she wouldn't retire if Bush lost and Scalia had claimed that the recount in process ordered by the Florida supreme court, which would have resulted in a victory for Gore, would do "irreparable harm" to Bush.

Irreparable harm was done to the world instead, as disasters proliferated under the Bush regime.

9/11 happened as if to "wag the dog" to distract from the administration's domestic ineptitude. One of its first actions was to lower taxes on the super-rich. Human life was devalued first at home and then internationally.

What if Gore had been elected fairly? Surely no utopia but far better hypothetically. The entire meme and language of stolen elections that resulted from the 12/12 decision, was eventually appropriated by Donald Trump with disastrous results, including the January 6, 2021 insurrection.

Today, googling election integrity brings up Republican distortions and the original opposition to election corruption has been obscured if not forgotten. But the activists persist, working with the "new generation" to cling to rational and ethical procedures where possible.

Corruption in government has always existed. But milestones of aggravation and destruction blemish history, so much of it ignored or suppressed.

Had the 12/12 decision been ethical, who knows where we'd be now?

What a way to bring in a new millennium.

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Marta Steele is an author/editor/blogger who has been writing for Opednews.com since 2006. She is also author of the 2012 book "Grassroots, Geeks, Pros, and Pols: The Election Integrity Movement's Nonstop Battle to Win Back the People's Vote, (more...)
 

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