Bush Assumes US Presidency; First Reactions
from Around the World
The Bush Coup
By Lionel Rolfe
19 December 2000
I guess Al Gore had no choice but to concede
the election to the man who stole it from him. But I wish
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 court".
don't know if Gore would have been a good president. He
does not have Clinton's charm or intelligence, but he was
not entirely lacking in these things --certainly not to
degree that Bush is. And, in fact, I think he is a pretty
smart fellow, and even a fairly decent one.
But damn it, civility
is a very unimportant virtue when someone has just stolen
the Democracy, and then wants you to be "civil" about
it. Bush 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 son's opponents.
After 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? Have 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 Bush 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
no hand recount.
Mind you, the makers and inventors of the
Votamatic, a vastly outmoded device created in the 1950s,
said that in close
elections the only way you can get a true count is by handcounting
the votes the machine rejected. You can rest assured, it
was not just by accident they sent the oldest Votamatics
--the ones that persistently undercount-- to the poor black
and Latino areas of Florida.
No, when Jeb told his brother
he'd get him the state, he wasn't just whistling Dixie.
Gore noted this when he first
conceded the state to Bush, based on television network projections,
and then learned
from the state's Attorney General, a Democrat, that it wasn't
I'm 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 Florida".
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
It's almost like the Big Fix was in from the start.
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 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.
It's an untold story --and some
buffoons still carry on about the liberal media --but the
truth is just the opposite.
relentless drum beat to coronet Bush has been coming from
the Republican-controlled media for at least the month
--and actually well before that.
One 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 pundit's nerves. How dare he?
If they were really doing their job, they'd 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
It was crooked and hypocritical from moment one. I mean,
the Guv apparently signed a voting bill in Texas that had
much laxer standards on recounts than Florida.
So which is it, George W?
To 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. What 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.
I think that all this will have a salutary effect, though,
on the old civil rights coalition of the 1960s. 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 been doing his best to break every
break blacks had won with affirmative action.
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 were. Or
if they did get to vote, they did so in urban precincts on
old Votamatic machines that produced pregnant and hanging
chads even if they were fully punched.
It 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.
If 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.
Of 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. To 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.
I'm surprised that
Scalia didn't 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.
Whoever 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.
Let me tell you, these are
diabolical motherfuckers. I don't know if they somehow
engineered those butterfly ballots --but
I can't help but suspect they did.
The old Kennedy assassin
buffs used to say Mr. Bush's grandfather was involved in
the assassination of John F. Kennedy. I don't
know if that is true, but I couldn't help wondering why
George W. Bush always looked so confident he would become
no matter what.
That's 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 connections.
They always accused Gore
of being willing to stop at nothing to win, but that was
projection. These are really people
who will stop at nothing. Guess what, folks, the fix was
in big time, that's why Bush looks like Alfred E. Newman,
the guy who says, "What, me worry?"
need to worry. He was going to become president no matter
who got the most votes.
And now we have to figure out how to protect ourselves from
these thugs the next few years.© The News Insider 2000Lionel
Rolfe is the author of the ebook, Death and Redemption in
London and L.A., available from http://www.deadendstreet.com/r6.html.
He is also the author of Fat Man on the Left: Four Decades
in the Underground and In Search of Literary L.A., both available
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