By Alan Caruba
Al Gore has confirmed what those of us who have come to loath the Clinton-Gore administration have known for too long now. It's not about what is best for the nation, it is about holding onto the power entrusted to them at any cost. This is why Gore and the Democratic Party will put us all through hell when he knows and we know he has lost.
It doesn't matter whether he losses by one vote. He's lost. Reversing that decision made by one half of the one half of eligible voters who even bothered to show up at the polls is the goal of Gore and the Democratic Party. The people and the electoral process be damned.
Even Nixon had the good grace to concede to John F. Kennedy, knowing that the votes out of Chicago and Illinois represented a lot of dead people. Gore has managed to make this disgraced former president look like a statesman. Nixon knew it would be bad for the country to be put through the wringer Gore and his toadies now demand.
Now we are told that if not the dead, at least the brain-dead in Palm Beach County need a chance to vote again. At last count, 422,650 people in that county voted. All but eight-tenths-of-one-percent voted for somebody other than Pat Buchanan. This means that most of those voters understood the ballot and cast their vote for the candidate of their choice. The retards that say they did not understand should be put on a boat and shipped to Cuba where they will not be required to ever vote again so long as Castro lives.
Here are the bookends of the Clinton-Gore administration. It began when they allowed tanks to incinerate some ninety men, women and children living in a religious compound in Waco. As far as I can tell, they were never found guilty of anything than a unique interpretation of the Book of Revelations. It ends with a Vice President who turned around halfway down the road to conceding and now threatens to put the entire election into the courts or possibly even Congress.
Al Gore doesn't care about the electoral process unless it means he gets elected. He doesn't care about the American people unless they do what he says and, according to his book, he is prepared to "use every policy and program, every law and institution, every treaty and alliance, every tactic and strategy, every plan and course of action" to get his way.
Gore was referring to what he believes the destruction of the environment, but the description of his intended method of "saving" it is also a description of what he would inflict on us using the power of the U.S. government to tax and coerce his view of how we should conduct ourselves. This is the same kind of thinking that has the federal government determining just how much water we can use to flush our toilets!
The Founding Fathers, in setting up the Constitution, wanted to insure that most Americans would have very little contact with the federal government. They envisioned most of the power residing in the States where power would more accurately reflect the views of citizens. They went so far as to spell this out in the Tenth Amendment which says, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
Enough of the people voted to rid themselves of the Clinton-Gore "legacy", but Al Gore, Clinton's "next best thing" to himself, will not leave. It's not about what the people want. It's about what Al Gore wants and Al Gore has spent most of his adult life wanting to be president. Even the people of his home State of Tennessee didn't want that to happen.
So, just as Bill Clinton lied to everyone in 1998 and put us all through hell before he had to spend four minutes confessing his boldfaced deception, Al Gore now proposes to put us through yet another session in hell, waiting for him to concede. He doesn't care. Clinton didn't care then and doesn't care now. This isn't about the democratic process or the future of the United States; this is about Al Gore's future.
If that means turning this nation into just another Banana Republic, they don't care. What stands out in all this is the patience of ordinary Americans to allow the process to play itself out according to the law. It is the law, beginning with the Constitution that protects us all against this kind of despotism. It is those like Jesse Jackson who are currently trying to undue the republic by taking to the streets, rabble-rousing and playing the race card, that would take us down the road to the kind of anarchy.
That's the Clinton-Gore legacy. A total indifference to the law. It began in Waco, Texas. It ends in Palm Beach County, Florida.
Alan Caruba writes "Warning Signs", a weekly cyber-column posted on the Internet site of The National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about scare campaigns intended to influence public opinion and policy.
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