|I think that Bush's first election was stolen, but that Bush had to steal the first election, and here's why:|
I believe that Bush and his people maybe knew that Islamic fundamentalism was gearing up for something worldwide and huge, even before the year 2000... and that they, not the liberals, had to be in office when it happened... somehow.
I also believe they knew that the liberals had little or no objectivity about this, or even the character-based integrity to truly battle this enemy and preserve America, had they been allowed to win through the normal electoral process... so they had to use litigation and judges, and even illegal butterfly ballots in the South Florida counties.
So during the heated legal contention phase immediately following the 2000 national elections, they went to court and successfully -- though falsely -- argued that the so-called "butterfly ballot" design that was used in Palm Beach County in the year 2000 presidential election was legal.
This, in spite of the fact that the 2000 Florida Statutes clearly states, in my own paraphrase, that, with regard to the design of the national elections:
the design of presidential election ballots will essentially consist of candidates' names down the left side of the ballot, and choice boxes down the right.
(If you wish to verify this, you could consist the website http://www.findlaw.com, and search the state of Florida 2000 statutes until you find the provisions for election ballot design.)
But, returning to the main issue, note the term "essentially". That turned out to be the pivotal word that the lawyers -- who are, remember, well-paid Sophists -- twisted in meaning.
Webster's defines the descriptor "essential" as meaning:
1 : of, relating to, or constituting essence : INHERENT In sum, "essential" means "indispensable". In other words, if you get rid of something that is "essential", then you no longer have the thing.
2 : of the utmost importance : BASIC, INDISPENSABLE, NECESSARY <essential foods> <an essential requirement for admission to college>
3 : IDIOPATHIC <essential disease> <essential hypertension>
- es·sen·tial·ly /-'sench-lE, -'sen-ch&-/ adverb
- es·sen·tial·ness /-'sen-ch&l-n&s/ noun
synonyms ESSENTIAL, FUNDAMENTAL, VITAL, CARDINAL mean so important as to be indispensable. ESSENTIAL implies belonging to the very nature of a thing and therefore being incapable of removal without destroying the thing itself or its character <conflict is essential in drama>. FUNDAMENTAL applies to something that is a foundation without which an entire system or complex whole would collapse <fundamental principles of algebra>. VITAL suggests something that is necessary to a thing's continued existence or operation <cut off from vital supplies>. CARDINAL suggests something on which an outcome turns or depends <a cardinal rule in buying a home>.
So clearly, if there's one thing that "essential" does not mean, it's "optional". Essential means you can't be without it, as your minimal base. "Optional" means you can be; it's not crucial.
However, that's precisely what Bush's lawyers said in court... that this descriptor in the ballot design law -- "essentially" -- means "optionally".
In other words, the Bush lawyers were able to "convince" the Florida high court justices to declare that the law now said that the ballot design didn't have to be done a certain way, and thus completely reversed the law... making the butterfly ballot now legal. Why would the justices go along with this?
However, they had to completely reverse the meaning of a certain type of descriptor word, and in so doing, completely undermine a main idea upon which the basic fundamentals of objectivity in communication and instruction rest in rational society. Was it worth it, in the end?
At any rate, this was a regrettable and ugly task, but in the interests of national security and a nation filled with far too many adolescent oppositionists and complacent sheep, I believe they weighed that, indeed, it did have to be done.
However, I only believe that Bush's initial appointment method was justified in the interests of national security... in other words, the War on Terrorism. And again, I certainly hope that this appointment method was more than mere coincidence, because then they cheated merely to occupy power. I do not believe that it was justified on any other grounds, such as his "pet projects" which include: abortion, gay marriage, and so on...
But then again, the anticipatory War on Terrorism grounds -- if indeed they even existed --seem to me to be more than reason enough.
(Edited by Orion Reasoner on 11/03, 11:03am)