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A grab for power

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Posted: Sunday, November 26, 2000

Recent editorials and news stories in the Empire have reported on the election in Florida. From these stories we learn that some 19,000 ballots were tossed due to problems. The Jesse Jackson hucksters charge that the ballots were designed to confuse voters. Pat Buchanan also received 3,000 votes in a country with a large African-American population.

I would like to point out that in 1996 with a much smaller voter turnout, over 15,000 ballots were rejected for the same reason. Also in the same county, Pat Buchanan received 8,000 votes in the 1996 primary. Bill Daley, Al Gore's campaign czar and son of noted ballots-stuffer Richard Daley, charges that the ballot was illegal. But the same ballot is used in Illinois, and voters there had no trouble electing Albert Gore.

Much is written about the "rule of law." What we are watching is a mad-cap grab for power. Truth is defined as what you get someone to believe, if it fits your design. Law is a meaningless notion at the moment. Lawlessness rules. The quest and control of power is all important. Relativism dictates that both sides would be doing the same. Unfortunately for the Democrats, they were the first. Weirdness prevails. No national election will ever be the same again.

Al Gore lost big in his home state. What do they know that the rest of us don't?

Robert Schenker

Juneau



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