2000-12-23 / Letters

Decision Of Fairness

Dear Editor;

The expression, "truth is stranger than fiction" can be aptly applied to the 2000 presidential election. To be honest with you, when all has been said and all has been done, I’m still not quite sure as to who has legitimately won.

Checking the presidential roster, I saw that anyone could and did become president.

In the presidential election 2000, the questionable state of Florida, in its exit polls indicated that Vice-President Gore was the winner. This news release created havoc in the Bush family, which included Jeb Bush, governor of Florida. They exclaimed, "Impossible, it can’t be true."

In Florida, the Republican legislatures are the majority. Ballots were counted in specific areas benefiting Bush. The minority ethnic votes were ignored and thrown out. Thousands of uncounted ballots were rejected.

Between the two candidates the numbers were extremely close—neck- to-neck. Al Gore ran away with the popular vote. Into the act came the Florida Supreme Court, the majority Republicans. They refused to allow the uncounted votes to be counted. Al Gore hung in asking for nothing but a fair honest vote count and never got it. Vice President Al Gore was "Bushwhacked."

The case was brought before the United States Supreme Court. The final result was that Al Gore received a crushing blow by the highest court in the land. They rejected a recount of the ballots.

I had believed that the justices were independent of politics and above partisan favoritism. As far as I’m concerned the United States Supreme Court lost its sacredness and its trust.

As a reminder, the preamble to the Constitution, a great document says it all with justice and fairness stating that, "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our prosperity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

MILDRED SCHULMAN


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