Monday, June 12, 2006

American Democracy: A Laugh Riot

Now even the New York Times has printed on its pages that the 2004 election certainly would have gone to Kerry had all the votes been counted and all the people who intended to vote, been allowed the “privilege”.  In other words, the will of the people was thwarted in 2000 and 2004 and Bush never should have been President, let alone for as long as he has been.  I find it shocking that this fact is not more shocking to the citizens of this country.  Of course it was just in the opinion section and not the conclusion of a rigorous investigative reporting piece, but at least it’s something, even a year and a half after the fact.

We should be questioning the validity of a Congress that can impeach a popular democratically elected President for lying about a sexual indiscretion, yet refuse to impeach an unpopular President that didn’t get enough votes to be elected, for lying the country into a war.  Where is the representation of the people?  I certainly don’t see it.


Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

I share your outrage and disgust, in spades.

The problem is that our system makes no accommodation for going back and making an incomplete, doubtful or outright skewed election right. It's a fair accompli.

What the public needs to do now is put some industrial-strength pressure on state governments to get rid of e-voting systems, to develop the ability to certify voters quickly and accurately, and to establish polling-place safeguards more elaborate and bullet proof than anything we've ever had before.

If we get to the point where most Americans really believe the electoral system can't be trusted (not just the usual skepticism and scoffing), we're likely to go through some kind of crisis or backlash unlike anything seen previously.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Devil's Advocate said...

One minor point to make here...

Where is the original New York Times article? The post you've cited doesn't link to the article itself, nor could I quickly find a citation. This is suspicous.

4:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What good are outrage and disgust. So far, they haven't done liberals any good at all. And we've put up with it for two elections.

When do we really get mad and march? When does the democratic party get mad and march, sit on the steps of the capitol, refuse to show . . .

If the party doesn't care, what's the point?

BTW, the candidate of about half the country won in both elections. I said "about" and so that half is perfectly content. Do you think they care how they won? Isn't it obvious?

2:33 AM  

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