This is a very sad time and a time when our nation should be united. I believe that yet I can’t help but feel that for the second time I’m helping Bush get out of trouble. After 9/11 we had to accept him as a legitimate president.
Should we have? Here’s, Vincent Bugliosi, who was the lead prosecutor on the Charles Manson case, and not known for having "liberal" views. This was an article entitled None Dare Call it Treason, in The Nation,
In the December 12 ruling by the US Supreme Court handing the election to George Bush, the Court committed the unpardonable sin of being a knowing surrogate for the Republican Party instead of being an impartial arbiter of the law. If you doubt this, try to imagine Al Gore’s and George Bush’s roles being reversed and ask yourself if you can conceive of Justice Antonin Scalia and his four conservative brethren issuing an emergency order on December 9 stopping the counting of ballots (at a time when Gore’s lead had shrunk to 154 votes) on the grounds that if it continued, Gore could suffer "irreparable harm," and then subsequently, on December 12, bequeathing the election to Gore on equal protection grounds. If you can, then I suppose you can also imagine seeing a man jumping away from his own shadow, Frenchmen no longer drinking wine.
Bugliosi then wrote a book called "The Betrayal of America: How the Supreme Court Undermined the Constitution and Chose Our President." Bugliosi spoke on Court TV about the book (advertised above.)
Let me just say before starting out, that if the Supreme Court in its December 12th decision had done the same thing for Al Gore that they did for George Bush, I can give you a 100% guarantee that I would have written the same identical book, "The Betrayal of America."
I had followed his career during the years since Manson and had read Helter Skelter (his book about it.) Vincent Bugliosi is Mr. Law & Order, and has a great love and respect for the law.
If I have any credibility with the American people, and I hope I do, I want to tell America to wake up to the fact that on December the 12th, five members of the United States Supreme Court committed one of the biggest and most serious crimes in American history when they stopped the recount in Florida, took the election away from the American people, and handed it to George Bush. Unbelievably, five Supreme Court justices, not the American people, chose our president. And because of what they did, I am very serious when I say that in a just and fair world these five justices belong behind prison bars, as much as any American white-collar criminal who ever lived. I’m very confident that any fair-minded person who reads my book "The Betrayal of America," will not only agree with me but be absolutely outraged at what these justices did.
Read Bugliosi’s reasoning for believing that the five justices committed a serious crime.
How would event the best defense attorney in the country defend these five justices when they themselves, in so many words, confessed to their crime. How did they confess? They confessed by saying that their ruling that different standards to count votes violated the equal protection clause only applied to Bush v. Gore, not any other case. But if their ruling set forth a valid legal principle good enough for Bush v. Gore, why wouldn’t it be good enough for other cases? This is the first time in the 210 year history of the court that the court limited its ruling to the case before it. This fact alone, and all by itself, clearly and unequivocally shows that these five justices were up to no good, that they knew their ruling was bogus and fraudulent and only a means to hand the election to George Bush. Because if their ruling was based on the law, there’s no reason under the moon for them to have said that it only applies to Bush v. Gore. And in "The Betrayal of America," I point out that like typical criminals these five justices left their incriminating fingerprints everywhere. Speaking as a prosecutor, in my book, I believe I prove that beyond a reasonable doubt that these five justices deliberately set out to make sure that George Bush became president.
Almost five years has passed since the last election. 9/11 happened four years ago. We have had another disaster; this time a natural one.
There are so many things to hold Bush and co. accountable for. Are we going to let them get away with an unneeded war, Robert’s being confirmed, interest rates that were held artificially low so they could look good in a faltering economy? And so many other things. Most important to me:
Will an investigation into Karl Rove’s outing of Valerie Plame be postponed because we have to put all our resources into the hurricane?
Not while I’m around. We let him steal an election in the name of patriotism. In the name of patriotism, we will investigate Rove and Bush’s possible participation. We will not be fooled into complacency when it comes to Iraq or anything else.
We were innocent and naive before. We played into Bush’s hands. Never again.
Cross posted at Bring it On