Friday, August 19, 2005

The biggest news story you'll never hear

Try to stay awake, people. This is important.

The Krugster:

In his recent book "Steal This Vote" - a very judicious work, despite its title
- Andrew Gumbel, a U.S. correspondent for the British newspaper The Independent, provides the best overview I've seen of the 2000 Florida vote. And he documents the simple truth: "Al Gore won the 2000 presidential election."

Two different news media consortiums reviewed Florida's ballots; both found that a full manual recount would have given the election to Mr. Gore. This was true despite a host of efforts by state and local officials to suppress likely Gore votes, most notably Ms. Harris's "felon purge," which disenfranchised large numbers of valid voters.

But few Americans have heard these facts. Perhaps journalists have felt that it would be divisive to cast doubt on the Bush administration's legitimacy. If so, their tender concern for the nation's feelings has gone for naught: Cindy Sheehan's supporters are camped in Crawford, and America is more bitterly divided than ever.

I know, I know. I am supposed to have "moved on" from this. Moved on from this heinous theft, and not think about how many Americans would be alive today if Gore had become president, and not fantasize about living in a country whose government the world respects and whose citizens they do not want to kill. See, that's just the selfish latte-swilling liberal in me, to dwell on that shit.

Imagine how the history books will write about us. What will future generations think, that we were distracted? Stupid? Lazy?

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