Re: The recent election (was Re: Heston's speech)

From: Neal Blaikie (
Date: Thu Feb 22 2001 - 13:42:09 MST

Brian D Williams wrote:

> From: Neal Blaikie <>
> >Not true. It simply indicates that I thought Bush was handed the
> >presidency unfairly. If Gore had won by the same or similar
> >tactics, I would have made the same comment. My problem is and
> >will continue to be the fact that we, the American people, have
> >been screwed, they did it blatantly, and very few people seem to
> >care about it. I am not a supporter of Gore or the Democratic
> >party, and thought he handled himself poorly. If you see this as
> >me being partisan, I guess there's nothing I can do about it. You
> >obviously have a different definition of the term.
> I'm curious as to what you saw that was unfair about the election.

I'm really rather tired of this subject, but will mention one thing of
which I have personal knowledge: my brother, who lives in Palm Beach
County and has been voting there for 20 years, noticed something wrong
with his ballot when he began to use it. He took it up to a poll worker
(probably a Democrat :-0) to point out the problem and was basically
told "too bad." This caused him to have to choose between either voting
for a candidate other than the one he had intended to vote for, or not
having his vote count at all. If this had been an isolated case, I could
understand it, but it's not. I have since spoken with a number of people
I know who live in the same county, and have been told similar stories.
Add this to the thousands of reported cases of this happening, of votes
being thrown out for various other reasons, of absentee ballots not
being counted or being counted twice, of black voters being turned away
at the polls due to rather suspicious technical snafus, and various
other problems, and to me we have a highly suspect election.

But this is all irrelevant to the response I made to your original
posting. The only reason I addressed it here is because you brought it
up. My statement about us not really having a president was just me
tossing off a personal opinion, and it was delivered as such. I had no
interest in convincing anyone of my point of view. Besides, there's not
a lot we can do about it now.

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