Skip to comments.Okay, Now I'm Scared (2000 Election recount more of a threat to our Republic than terrorism)
Posted on 11/16/2001 1:22:47 PM PST by Mr. Mulliner
Okay, Now Im Scared
FrontPageMagazine.com | November 16, 2001
WHEN I HEARD THE NEWS, all I could think was, "Oh no, not again!"
No, Im not talking about the Airbus A-300 that crashed into my home borough of Queens Monday morning.
I refer to the more ominous events reported by cyber-journalist Matt Drudge the night before.
The headline read, "Big Media Florida Recount: Gore Topped Bush If All Under/Over Votes Counted."
The myth of the stolen election had returned.
Why do I call Drudges story "more ominous" than the plane crash? Let me explain.
The crash of American Airlines Flight 587 was jarring. Most New Yorkers assumed that the terrorists had struck again (and, frankly, most of us still do).
But what of it? A plane crash, when you get right down to it, is still just a plane crash. A thousand more like it could never shake the foundations of our Republic.
The terrorists may use airliners, anthrax or knapsack nukes, but in the end, the worst they can do is kill us. History teaches that nations can take a lot of killing, without giving in.
The Russians lost over 20 million souls in World War II. Americans cannot fathom such carnage in our darkest nightmares.
Yet many Russian oldtimers look back on what they call the Great Patriotic War with nostalgia.
In his 1976 book The Russians, New York Times correspondent Hedrick Smith recalls a Moscow dinner party at which he asked the guests to name the best period in Russian history.
Ben Levich a dissident scientist in his 60s responded, "The best time of our lives was the War."
"At that time we all felt closer to our government than at any other time in our lives. It was not their country then, but our country."
To illustrate, Levich told how the cheka or secret police had once come pounding on his door in the middle of the night in wartime Kazan.
"If some chekist had done that in the thirties, I would have been terrified," he said. "If it had happened after the war, just before Stalin died, it would have been just as frightening. If someone did that now, I would be very worried But then, during the war, I was absolutely unafraid. It was a unique time in our history."
In fact, the secret police had simply come to fetch Levich to a meeting. They feared that the Germans might be using chemical warfare. Levich was a chemist, so they wanted his opinion. That was all.
Smith reports that the other Russian dinner guests shared Levichs view. They too remembered the war for all its bloodshed as a rare and blessed moment in their lives, when they temporarily had more to fear from outsiders than they did from each other.
I thought of Levichs story on September 14, as I watched President Bush on television, speaking at the National Cathedral in Washington.
Bush said, "Today, we feel what Franklin Roosevelt called the warm courage of national unity."
He was right. September 11 for all its horrors had stoked a healing fire of national unity that had warmed us to our bones.
But when I logged onto the Drudge Report on Sunday night, November 11, I felt a blast of cold air instead. For the first time since the attacks, I was afraid.
"Not again," I thought. "Not again."
Do you remember, gentle reader, how it felt to fall asleep on Election Night 2000, warmed by the announcement of Bushs victory, only to rise the next morning to the astonishing news that Al Gore would not concede?
For the first time in our history, a ruling party had been voted out yet had refused to step down.
I remember the smiling, chatty newscasters pretending that nothing unusual was happening.
I remember Sean Wilentz a Princeton historian with close ties to the Clinton White House proposing that America hold an unconstitutional "run-off" election, supervised by the United Nations.
I remember 35 sleepless nights, haunted by the faces of Washington, Jefferson and Patrick Henry.
As schoolchildren, we were told how lucky we were to live in a country where no tanks rolled in the streets on election day.
Now I wonder if we can still make that boast.
I do not fear plane crashes, anthrax or knapsack nukes.
But I fear that Americans may never again hold a presidential election in peace.
For that, we can thank the Clinton-Gore team. Bin Laden, in his wildest fantasies, never struck a blow so hard and cruel.
Wanna know how to shut them up lickety split if they bring it up again? It's easy. Almost too easy. Definitely not sporting, heheheheheh -- just smile, and agree with them, and suggest that we hold the election again, right now, without butterflies or chads (to make sure we know "the intention of the voter"), and see who "the real winner" is.
I recall a similar response from survivors of the London Bombings of WWII. A book written on stress, about thirty years ago, said when asked to recall the best time of their lives, people in London responded the war years. However, because they felt closer to other people then, not just the government.
Absolutely terrifying... I remember having this same feeling. And I also remembering no one coming close to saying these words on TV. Even FOX let us down here. Gore attempted a coup, plain and simple.
Of course not. And nor did they allow for the several million criminal-alien and every other kind of fraudulent "votes" they cast for themselves -- nor yet for the more than ten thousand Bush voters they criminally turned away from West Florida polling places by wilfully manipulating the anouncement that Mr Bush was "defeated" in the State of Florida.
Algor no more "won" the popular vote, even, let alone the election -- than did the criminal bastard who squatted the president's quarters for the previous eight years.
But remember what gore said the next day "I don't care what the count is, I won the election and I'm going to sue and keep suing until I win"
Those words(or similar ones) were never heard after American election.
"Thanks for voting for the Democtratic candidate in the last election cycle."
"What? What do you mean "I voted Democrat"? I never registered to vote!"