Or Else, llegitmate Child
by Wayne Lutz
becoming increasingly apparent that the liberal Democrats
are shocked beyond consolation that they have lost this presidential
election, a fact that will make for an interesting couple
of years for those of us who take pleasure in watching the
political left make fools of themselves.
Daschle and Gephardt are representative of the prevailing
mind-set among Democrats (and if they aren't, then who is)
then we have already seen the calls for cooperation and bipartisanship
exposed for the lies that they are.
a recent interview with Tim Russert on "Meet The Press",
the true nature of the intent of the Democrats was exposed.
"In what critics saw as an extraordinary display of partisan
rancor beyond anything in recent memory", according to
Times, both Daschle and the ever-colorful Jesse Jackson
jumped through hoops of fire to avoid assigning "legitimacy"
to a Bush presidency.
repeatedly by Russert if he accepted Bush as the "legitimate"
president of the United States, Daschle would only repeat
that Bush "is the president of the United States".
is a clear sign they are going to follow the scorched-earth
strategy of [former Senate Democratic Leader] George Mitchell,"
said Mark W. Davis. Mr. Davis was a speechwriter for the first
President Bush. "When the first President Bush extended
his hand for bipartisan cooperation, Mitchell bit it. He made
it clear that nothing was going to pass unless it was part
of the Democratic agenda."
that, of course, is the Democratic definition of "bipartisan
cooperation". In the minds of the Daschles and Gephardts
of America, the very concept of Republican control of the
White House and both houses of Congress is illegitimate by
definition, hence the definition of "cooperation"
as "abandon your principles".
Jackson is, of course, equally skeptical. When Russert asked
him if he would now "lock arms with these Democrats and
Republicans and accept the legitimacy of George W. Bush",
accept his legality, because the courts and Congress will
say he's legally the president," Mr. Jackson said. "But
in a democracy, your legitimacy comes from the consent of
the governed. He lost the popular vote of the governed.
I am relieved that Mr. Jackson accepts the legality of the
presidential election. I am less convinced of the legality
of Jackson's oft-cited popular vote victory for Algore, however.
even half of the allegations of widespread voter irregularities,
fraud, intimidation and vote buying in the 2000 election are
true then Mr. Jackson is negotiating the twisting moral high
road on a set of Wilderness ATs, as it were.
turnout in the major cities was unprecedented this year -
suspiciously so. Take the city of Philadelphia as a case in
point. The population of that city is less than 1.3 million,
yet there are 1 million registered voters, which means that
Philadelphia has almost no children, no non-us citizens, and
that every adult citizen is civically responsible. What's
more, an unheard of 70 percent of those one million registered
to vote actually turned out, with some precincts reporting
a 100 percent turnout with 99 percent of those votes going
for Gore. The city went for Gore by 300,000 votes, an obviously
bogus number without which Gore's wispy popular vote win would
have evaporated. And that's just one city.
of the reason for the high voter registration in urban centers
is the ease with which one can now register, a benefit that
made it possible for myriad illegal aliens to vote for Gore
there is Florida, dear Florida, where hundreds of convicted
felons cast their votes for Mr. Gore, and where the Haitian
population was assisted at the polls by campaign volunteers
who actually entered the precincts, telling voters what holes
to punch and forcing sheets of paper into their hands with
the numbers to punch listed on them, according to a Fox
news report. One Haitian man with a Bush sign was persuaded
by a bystander to see the error of his ways with a
baseball bat to the head.
Republicans won this election despite the fraud, despite the
demagoguery, despite the fear tactics, despite the smear campaigns,
and despite the unbelievable attempt by the losing candidate
to have the certified results of the election overturned by
an activist liberal court. If that ain't legitimacy, then
I don't know what is, and the Democrats in Congress who still
don't get it are setting themselves up for disappointment.
going to be an interesting couple of years.
2003 Tocqevillian Magazine