Copyright © 2000 J. Neil Schulman
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November 21, 2000
Unless you're a party-line Democrat constitutionally incapable of
self-honesty, decency, or honor, it's now obvious that there is no depth to
which the political operatives of the Democratic Party will not go in order to
win the 2000 presidential election. This should be of concern even to supporters
of Ralph Nader, Pat Buchanan, or Harry Browne. It should be of concern even to
those who long ago completely lost faith in elections to produce a just outcome
and who are non-voters on principle.
On election night, Democratic partisans working for Voter News Service, in a
"vast left-wing conspiracy" with Democratic partisans working for the
news divisions of the major TV news networks, used distorted exit polls, early
calls for Gore state victories and delayed calls for Bush state victories to
inform Republicans in five out of six time zones that George W. Bush had already
lost the electoral votes necessary for victory, inhibiting Republican voters
intending to vote from casting their ballots. The proof of this is that almost
all final pre-election polls in California showed the race for president a dead
heat within the margin of error; the actual balloting will give the California
electoral votes to Al Gore by a margin of 12 percent.
Within seconds before Gore was publicly to concede Florida's electoral votes
to Bush, based on Bush being about 5,000 votes ahead, suddenly and mysteriously
votes for Gore appeared out of nowhere to reduce Bush's margin of victory to
fewer than 200 votes, though Bush's tally rose again to about an 1,800 vote
margin later that night … after Gore's campaign declared the race was not
over. Then a machine recount mysteriously managed to reduce the Bush margin of
victory to about 300 votes -- which is statistically outside the parameters of
an honest machine recount.
Democrats later started manual "recounts" in heavily Democratic
counties, evading Florida deadlines for election certification by a slew of law
suits, managed by the Democratic Party's primary client, the trial lawyers.
These recounts have relied on tried-and-true election-stealing techniques,
ranging from moving ballots to their favored candidates stack, marking ballots,
manipulating ballots, altering ballots, defacing ballots, hiding ballots, and
even eating the chads that represent the evidence of their cheating. In
Miami-Dade County, the Democratic Party officials running this election fraud
even banned the news media's cameras, to make sure their crimes were not
photographed. In the middle of vote counting they have repeatedly changed the
definition of a vote -- hanging chad, dimpled chad, pregnant chad-- to whatever
will give them the margin of victory.
Democratic operatives repeatedly use as their justification for these actions
that it is important that every vote for Al Gore be counted, if it can swing the
election. But then they have the sheer effrontery, without even an actual legal
justification, to discard almost all military absentee ballots which are likely
to increase the Bush vote margin.
Finally, the Florida Supreme Court, comprised of Democratic appointees,
ignored the ruling of a lower court (with a Democratic judge, no less!) and
violated separation of powers by enjoining the Secretary of State, the statutory
official empowered by the Florida legislature to certify the election results,
from exercising her statutory authority to do so. At a televised hearing it was
made clear there exists no statutory authority which allows this
Democratic-Party-appointed court to have done so, or to waive a deadline set for
certification of the election results set by Florida election law. So they
simply delay certification by delaying their own ruling, while other Democratic
Party appointees come up with the requisite numbers for their candidate to win.
Or, alternatively, the Democratic operatives can tie up Florida's 25
electoral votes beyond the federal statutory deadline for the reporting of
electoral votes, which would prevent Florida from appointing electors at all.
This lowers the plurality of electoral votes needed for victory and ensures the
margin of victory for Al Gore.
All the while this is going on, the functionaries of the Democratic Party
engage in the most blatant demagoguery, demonstrating, spinning, rationalizing,
that it is the Republicans who are trying to steal the election by their demands
that Florida election law be enforced as written. The Democrats act not as
adults but as children throwing a tantrum. They act like the campus radicals
they used to be. They act like union goons. They act like gangsters. They act
like the political machine in Mr. Smith Goes To Washington.
The Democratic Party is going to claim that they rightfully won this election
no matter who takes the oath of office for president of the United States at
noon on January 20, 2001. They are going to claim they were cheated if their
machinations ultimately fail and Al Gore is not sworn in as the 43rd president.
This is no longer a question of anything other than which party has the
greater power. The Democratic Party is using its power bases in the canvassing
boards of several Florida counties to change vote results. It is using its power
base on the Florida Supreme Court to prevent certification of the election
despite constitutional and statutory requirements which would give the victory
to George W. Bush.
I think the Democrats are counting on the Republicans' sense of honor to save
the country from an all-out political brawl by conceding. I think the Democrats
are, in effect, saying to the Republicans, "You don't have the stones to
Well, the Republicans have the power to end this election right now, without
a brawl, without dragging this out one more minute, and the only thing which is
holding them back is fear of the Democratic propaganda machine.
The Republican Party has the plurality of votes needed within the Florida
state legislature to comply with federal and state constitutional requirements
and to directly appoint a Republican slate of electors pledged to George W.
Bush. The Florida legislature does not have to wait for a ruling of the Florida
Supreme Court to do so; they can do this today.
Their justification for doing so is simple: they would be enforcing Florida
law, under which George W. Bush was, after two statutory counts within the
statutory deadline, the victor of Florida's 25 electoral votes, and consequently
the president-elect of the United States.
I urge the Florida legislature to do this without delay, before Democrats
create further discord.
The worst the Democrat spinmeisters can do is foam at the mouth, which they
will do no matter what. If the Democratic Party's lawyers manage to tie up
Florida's electors in court after that, there will be a sound basis for the
Republicans who control a majority of state delegations in the U.S. House of
Representatives to overrule a Democratic-Party stacked electoral college vote
and intervene to elect George W. Bush president.
The Democrats will call this stealing the election. So what? That is what in
reality they have been doing. They have made it clear that they cheat, that they
have no respect for the rule of law, that they are willing to change the rules
in the middle of the game if it looks like the rules are standing in the way of
their victory. They will even cheat the military out of their votes.
It's time for the Republican Party to prove that they have the will to
govern, by telling the Democratic Party and its operatives that they are no
longer children or campus revolutionaries and their tantrums will no longer hold
the United States hostage.
J. Neil Schulman is an award-winning author, a screenwriter, and a pundit
ascending to guru.