October 27, 2004

As In 2000 ...

The first party to appeal to the courts are the Democrats:

Democrats in Florida already are pursuing nine election-related lawsuits, accusing state election officials of conspiring to disenfranchise minority voters.

Led by the Florida Democratic Party, the People for the American Way, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the AFL-CIO, the lawsuits target, among others, Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood, who was appointed by Republican Gov. Jeb Bush, President Bush's brother.

The suits say Republican officials refused to count provisional ballots, improperly disqualified incomplete voter registrations, established overly restrictive rules to disproportionately hurt minority voters and actively sought to disenfranchise blacks.

This is just the beginning. I've read in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Representative Lacy Clay is preparing to get his last minute suits filed to keep the polls open late in St. Louis again this year. It sure does seem as though the Democratic Party has decided to dispense with this troublesome democracy thing if they can't win. My God, I can only hope that the Democrats go down to such a cruching defeat on Tuesday that the adults in their party will clean house and present a viable alternative once again.

It now seems as though there are no rules when it comes to elections. No rules. Nothing, except a postmodern will to power where truth and justice will be whatever the strongest, cleverest, and those least constrained by ethics or morality decide. Gee, where have I heard that before.

DOWNDATE: I remain convinced that all of this is nothing but a ploy to prepare the country for a refusal to accept the results when they lose. Is the end nigh?

At the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 18, 1787, a Mrs. Powel anxiously awaited the results, and as Benjamin Franklin emerged from the long task now finished, asked him directly: "Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" "A republic if you can keep it" responded Franklin.

Posted by Charles Austin at October 27, 2004 11:16 AM

"There is no good and evil. There is only power and those too weak to seek it."
-- Voldemort

Posted by: Jon at 05:37 PM

last minute suits filed to keep the polls open late in St. Louis again this year

That's insane. They open at six freakin' am. If you can't make time to vote within a thirteen hour window, you need to rethink your priorities.

Posted by: Tanya at 11:39 AM