- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 28, 2000

Al Gore has written his legacy as the poorest sport and sorest loser in American history. President-elect George W. Bush won the Florida vote on election day. He won a mandatory recount of the same vote. He won again after absentee votes were added. And he won a fourth time following a series of manual recounts in heavily Democrat counties ordered by the Florida Supreme Court. Still, Al Gore will not concede. He persists with efforts to undermine and overturn these election results using an army of lawyers to redefine what the meaning of a “vote” is.

Before sharing my opinions of the current political imbroglio and the legal circus it has become, it is only fair to acknowledge right upfront that I do not have a reverential view of the legal profession as a whole. From my jaundiced perspective, the majority of lawyers plying their trade, at almost any moment in time, are engaged either in the circumvention of the law, the exoneration of criminals, the deconstruction of the letter and the spirit of the Constitution, the distortion of objective reality, legal blackmail, the overthrow of discernible truth, the manipulation of the ignorant masses, and the defeat of justice.

It is important to distinguish between lawyers and liberal politicians. Lawyers are perfectly willing to sell themselves to either side in a dispute. They are not lying for principle; they are lying for money. On the other hand, liberal politicians may be thought of as “principled” liars, in that they lie nobly to advance priceless, ideological causes.

Bear with me while I draw an ominous parallel. Communism has a pragmatic moral standard. It defines as moral any act that advances the cause of communism, including but not limited to lying, slander, character assassination, blackmail, espionage and defending a corrupt leader. By the same standard, telling the truth and exposing corrupt leaders are considered immoral acts if they disadvantage communist causes.

However, for purposes of this discussion, we will stick to simple lying and deception as liberal virtues when they are means for achieving liberal ends — such as making sure the right people win an election.

This brings us to the high sounding rhetoric of Algore and Lieberman. Given the context, it is stunning to hear their pious and saccharine proclamations that “every vote must count,” “all we want is a full, fair and accurate count,” and that it is important to carry out the “will of all the people.”

The context is this: the recounts which the Democrats requested were in four select counties, where most voters are Democrats, the voting apparatus is run by Democrat politicians, most elected officials are Democrats and most judges are Democrats.

The cherry-picking of these particular counties, to the exclusion of 63 others, hardly reflects a desire to carry out the “will of all the people.” It is more accurate to say that this is a strategy calculated to carry out the will of Democrats and ensure that every Democrat vote must count.

The point is made that Republicans had their chance to call for recounts. That is true, and maybe they would have done just that, if they had known the seven Florida Supreme Court judges, all Democrats, would void Florida election statutes, take charge of the election process, change the rules for counting votes after the election was over, and extend the time for submitting them. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the authority of the Florida Supreme Court to do these things.

The Democrat Party sent out a five-page memo to Democrat lawyers stationed all over Florida to advise them how to invalidate military votes from overseas with legalisms and technicalities. The strategy of thwarting the will of likely Bush voters worked. Canvassing boards in all counties rejected 1,527 military ballots while approving 2,199.

In heavily Democratic Broward County, the Democrat canvassing board revealed its “principled” evenhandedness by counting 92 military ballots and throwing out a whopping 304 of them. This is the county where hundreds of new votes were manufactured for Gore based on dimple divinations, defined as uneducated guesses about what the voter might have been trying to do.

Even as Gore and Lieberman were making public statements supporting the inclusion of military ballots, their teams of lawyers were in the field fighting to keep it from happening. Obviously the idea that “every vote should count” does not apply to votes by the men and women in the military.

Every dirty and dishonorable thing that has been going on in Florida since the Bush-Cheney team won the presidential election is a preview of the “principled” ugliness a Gore-Lieberman administration would have brought to America.

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