FIFTY-SEVEN, MARCH 1, 2001
(Copyright © 2001 Al Aronowitz)
THE BUSH COUP
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guess Al Gore had no choice but to concede the election to the man who stole it
from him. But I wish Gore really were the man he looks like, Clark Kent. I wish
for just a moment he had acted like a Superman and told the truth. He would have
had to tell us, “Look, Bush is legally the president. But he still stole the
election. He stole it with the help of his Republican friends on the high
don’t know if Gore would have been a good president. He does not have Clinton¹s
charm or intelligence, but he was not entirely lacking in these
things---certainly not to the degree that Bush is. And, in fact, I think he is a
pretty smart fellow, and even a fairly decent one.
damn it, civility is a very unimportant virtue when someone has just stolen the
Democracy, and then wants you to be “civil” about it.
is the president because of a coup, as surely as if his daddy had ordered some
old CIA operative friends to seize and kill all his son¹s opponents.
that Orwellian Supreme Court election in which the court substituted its own
vote for the vote of the people of Florida, who probably if the ballots were
ever fairly counted favored Gore by 20,000 or 30,000 votes, you just knew the
whole thing stank---it stinks worse than anything that’s been done in this
country since the Dred Scott Decision.
we going to need a Civil War before this is really worked out?
no doubt about it. This country has been taken over by a gang of thugs, with the
aid of a bunch of political hacks posing as Justices. They took over the
Presidency right before our very eyes.
The whole thing was ominous right from the beginning. First the chairman of the
Florida Secretary of State
is rumored to be
Jeb Bush's lover
campaign in Florida, who also happens to be the Secretary of State, and by rumor
a lover of Jeb Bush, ignores all protests and announces that there can be no
you, the makers and inventors of the Votamatic, a vastly outmoded device created
in the ‘50s, said that in close elections the only way you can get a true
count is by hand counting the votes the machine rejected.
can rest assured, it was not just by accident they send the oldest Votamatics---the
ones that persistently undercount---to the poor black and Latino areas of
when Jeb told his brother he’d get him the state, he wasn¹t just whistling
noted this when he first conceded the state to Bush, based on
sure Gore knows enough about politics to realize what the candidate’s brother
was up to. So he told Bush, who complained to him that Jeb told him he’d won
the state, something to the effect that “Jeb was not the only authority in
did Gore get that wrong. He didn’t know just how dirty these guys play. He
figured he had the votes. He never figured that these are people who will stop
at nothing to get elected and simply ignore the votes, especially because they
were cast by a bunch of blacks and Jews and poor Latinos, his political
almost like the Big Fix was in from the start.
It’s been coming for a while. Nobody has talked much about how the Media has moved to the political right, ever since it started becoming so increasingly
Buffoons keep insisting that the media is too liberal when the exact opposite is true
monopolized. It’s now gotten to the point it was in Franklin Delano
Roosevelt’s days,when everyone understood the press was mostly owned by
Republicans who hated him.
an untold story---and some buffoons still carry on about the liberal
media---but the truth is just the opposite.
relentless drum beat to coronate Bush has been coming from the
media for at least the month---and actually well before that.
of the television pundits warned Gore in the last moments even before the
Supreme Court ruling, that journalists were tired of him because he was making
them work too hard. He was getting on this pundit¹s nerves. How dare he?
hooh. If they were really doing their job, they¹d be screaming about the
hijacking of the presidency. Objectively that’s what’s going on. The Bush
team’s valiant effort not to count votes was obscene, and should not have
been permitted. It was crooked and hypocritical from moment one.
mean, the Guv apparently signed a voting bill in Texas that had much laxer
standards on recounts than Florida.
which is it, George W?
be sure, the Republicans stole the election by “legal” means. But the media
hardly mentions this. It goes on with how stubborn Gore was for refusing to
accede to the robbery. Well, the media had the story backwards.
is interesting will be the effect of the coup. Minorities, labor unions and
educators have to be the foot soldiers of the resistance because they will be
the targets of Bush’s presidency.
think that all this will have a salutary effect, though, on the old civil
rights coalition of the ‘60s. I think you will see them coming alive again.
Jeb Bush, brother of the presidential pretender, concentrated a lot of his shenanigans against black voters – there’s been a kind of blood feud going on between Jeb and black voters in Florida anyway because the babyfaced guv has
the baby-faced Guv's
harassed black voters
been doing his best to break everything blacks had won with affirmative action.
troopers who saw carloads of blacks on the way to the polling place pulled them
over and asked if they had “taxi” licenses. When they arrived at the
precincts, they were told they couldn’t vote because they had run out of
ballots. Or they were told they weren’t registered to vote, even though they
was bizarre, suddenly hearing Republicans turn into a new principle of law that
thou shalt never question the machine. It was eerie, and such utter crap.
the machines don’t count your vote, tough shit, they said. You’re probably
black or some other kind of undesirable anyway. They ridiculed the old folks who
misvoted for Buchanan. All hail to the machine. Machines are perfect.
course it wasn’t hard to figure out why they fought the recount so fiercely.
They did because they knew Gore had the votes and they didn’t.
me, one of the most amazing statements was by Justice Scalia, who ordered the
recount stopped because he said that had to be done in order to protect the
appearance that Bush won the election.
surprised that Scalia didn¹t order the ballots burned in the final order, so
that evidence of his perfidy was destroyed.
won’t even go into the question of all those old Holocaust victims who
inadvertently voted for Buchanan. One old woman who had survived Auschwitz
couldn’t sleep for days because she realized she had voted for the man who
made no bones about his love for Hitler.
dreamed that one up was really diabolical. Ha, ha, ha. We won’t count black
votes, and we’ll get the old Jews to vote for Buchanan. Ha, ha, ha.
me tell you, these are diabolical motherfuckers. I don¹t know if they somehow
engineered those highly illegal butterfly ballots---but I can¹t help but
suspect they did.
old Kennedy assassin buffs used to say Mr. Bush’s grandfather was involved in
the assassination of John F. Kennedy. I don¹t know if that is true, but I
couldn’t help wondering why George W. Bush always looked so confident he would
become president no matter what.
what I always hated about the Bushes. They are whining bullies who really will
stop at nothing to get what they want. They all are imperious assholes who
assume they should be on top. Yet none of them are impressive human beings. They
are not extraordinary. They have little to recommend them, except money and
always accused Gore of being willing to stop at nothing to win, but that was
projection. These are really the people who will stop at nothing.
what, folks, the fix was in big time, that¹s why Bush looks like Alfred E.
Newman, the guy who says, “What, me worry?”
didn’t need to worry. He was going to become president no matter who got the
now we have to figure out how to protect ourselves from these thugs the next few
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