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2016 Postmortem

In reply to the discussion: WHO Is To Blame? [View all]


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10. when they come for your vote..
Sun Apr 24, 2016, 12:32 PM
Apr 2016

By Hank Edson

People supporting Hillary Clinton often compare the “Bernie or Bust” movement to Ralph Nader’s third party campaign in the 2000 election, angrily accusing Sanders supporters in advance of handing the election to the Republican Party’s worst candidate ever. But a progressive challenge to the Democratic Party’s weak nominee is not the aspect of the 2000 election that ought to be remembered in 2016.

What should be remembered is the failure of Al Gore to fight against the political corruption in Florida, the GOP, and the Supreme Court. Florida, the GOP, and the Supreme Court stole the presidency from Al Gore and he never should have conceded the election, not even when two corrupt Supreme Court justices, Scalia and Thomas, failed to properly recuse themselves from participating in the hearing of Bush v. Gore, and the Supreme Court mangled the law in order to put their political preference in the White House, the integrity of our democracy be damned.

Gore's decision to give up did not turn out to be, as he hoped, for the good of the country. We paid dearly for our failure and for Gore’s failure to keep fighting. We should have been out in the streets. We should have surrounded the Supreme Court with tens of thousands of protesters. We should have demanded impeachment hearings for Scalia and Thomas. We should have demanded executive branch action from Bill Clinton. Had we stopped what we were doing, filled the streets of our nation and refused to go about business as normal, more than a million people would not have been killed in the Iraq War. Just think of that. It sounds extreme, but where is the line when theft of the people's government requires the citizenry to stand together to stop it? What consequences must we face before we demand unambiguous integrity in our political process?

Instead, of taking a stand in 2000, we allowed a coup d’état, a forced takeover of the people’s democracy. We sat by and watched. And we know what ensued: Manufactured evidence to drive our nation into am imperialistic war of aggression littered with every kind of war crime, more than a million dead, and the funneling of trillions of dollars of our tax payers' wealth into the industrial-arms complex. We had a right to stop society still in its tracks for as long as it took for justice to prevail and our vote to be restored. We, and Gore, preferred not to fight and this is the mistake we must learn from.

WHO Is To Blame? [View all] Segami Apr 2016 OP
Bill Clinton. Segami Apr 2016 #1
Nader/Sarandon with Scalia a close second. (eom) oasis Apr 2016 #2
Name a stirring message the Gore campaign presented... brooklynite Apr 2016 #3
I really do put a lot of blame on those who couldn't see a difference between Bush and Gore. Zynx Apr 2016 #4
SCOTUS of course JaneyVee Apr 2016 #5
it was stolen. reddread Apr 2016 #6
Chad was hanging around as I recall. Blame Chad !! Hiraeth Apr 2016 #7
There is more than one culprit - Bush, SCOTUS, Nader, Katherine Harris, Brooks Brothers riot by Agnosticsherbet Apr 2016 #8
Right on farleftlib Apr 2016 #18
Joe Lieberman laying down for Cheney in the vp debate! MattP Apr 2016 #9
when they come for your vote.. G_j Apr 2016 #10
This is the fact of the matter in a nutshell. Aerows Apr 2016 #41
If Gore had chosen Bob Graham for VP instead of the Schmuck, cureautismnow Apr 2016 #11
Combination of 2,3 and 4. hobbit709 Apr 2016 #12
Gore. He failed to attract enough voters to secure the election. Tierra_y_Libertad Apr 2016 #13
Moxie and Spunk. TheCowsCameHome Apr 2016 #14
Gore was a bad campaigner firebrand80 Apr 2016 #15
SCOTUS rock Apr 2016 #16
Supreme Court Trenzalore Apr 2016 #17
The electorate. Donald Ian Rankin Apr 2016 #19
Al Gore won the popular vote so, the voters clearly did not want a republican president. nt Henhouse Apr 2016 #21
Agree. peace13 Apr 2016 #28
You need to add "Hanging Chad" and Pat Buchanon...nt Henhouse Apr 2016 #20
The Constitution delegates the right to run Presidential elections to the states Samantha Apr 2016 #22
We should not forget the Florida voter purge and Kathleen Harris. senz Apr 2016 #23
Realistically a mixture of all. hrmjustin Apr 2016 #24
SCOTUS behaved abominably but Gore would still have lost if the recount he wanted had been allowed Nye Bevan Apr 2016 #25
I believe Gore won when all was said and done. peace13 Apr 2016 #29
can we add the lovely ballot designer woman in FLorida? Fresh_Start Apr 2016 #26
There was more than one questionable move. NCTraveler Apr 2016 #27
The corporate media conglomerates. Uncle Joe Apr 2016 #30
Clinton tularetom Apr 2016 #31
No one is to blame Algernon Moncrieff Apr 2016 #32
Nader voters in FL. "Not a dimes worth of difference"? redstateblues Apr 2016 #33
I'm surprised nobody on DU has blamed Obama yet redstateblues Apr 2016 #34
I guess we don't have tea party republicans here Fresh_Start Apr 2016 #35
Anyone who blames Nader for Gore's loss is hopelessly ignorant of politics.[n/t] Maedhros Apr 2016 #36
I think Jeb played a part in it too. Ain't Karma cool? nt Live and Learn Apr 2016 #37
Nader is a myth by members of the Democratic Party neo-liberal establishment PufPuf23 Apr 2016 #38
In order: SCOTUS, Bush, Nader. baldguy Apr 2016 #39
Wrong Question. He Didn't Lose. pat_k Apr 2016 #40
Nader! He took votes out of Gore's pot that would have made the difference in 2 states. Either one Persondem Apr 2016 #42
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