Letters to the Editor

Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2000

Supreme Court made mockery of American democracy

The decision rendered by this Supreme Court to stop the hand count of legitimately contested Florida votes will go down in history as an infamous act. The highest court aided and abetted in the constant roadblocks of the GOP to delay proceedings until unreasonable deadlines could not be met.

Consideration was given to every official, state and statute in their decision, even to their own personal welfare and reputations. Everyone except the citizens of our country who have the inalienable right to vote and to have their vote counted.

The disingenuous excuse for an opinion of the dissenters will be noted as partisan if not at least myopic.

It cast a doubt by all thinking people about the worthiness of holding anyone in such high esteem, even the assumed wisest jurists in the land.

The protectors of our constitution failed in their duties to protect and defend its mandates. Do we no longer have a government of the people, by the people and for the people? Or will it continue down the golden path of power to the wealthy and self interested?

The propaganda has already begun: soothe and mollify the restless masses. The media and politicians on both sides of the aisle are cooperating. Our courts have ruled; so now don't be upset.

They in all their glory know what is best for us. Let's all come together and learn to live with it.

Of course what has happened is not fair, or just and not the will of the people, on this we all can agree. Our rights as individual citizens have been stolen by the few who rule the special interest groups, whether it be a corporation, union, party, court or legislative body. The Florida Legislature, with the blessing of the U.S. Supreme Court, has selected the new president by "Legislative Review."

Welcome to our "brave new world."

Had the framers of our Constitution and the common people of that time yielded to what we are now asked to do, we would still be living under British rule.

A democracy, we are told, is not efficient, orderly and timely, but a raucously insistent citizenry demanding its rights under our beloved constitution. We will not be mollified and complacent, if it was expected that our demeanor be rowdy then no one should be disappointed, because it will be.

As one talking head has said, "Have no fear, in a month or so the people will forget and turn their attention to some other interest, say football or something."

I wouldn't bet on it.

Will Dubya find closure and bring our nation together? He has been awarded the presidency by default. He is the illegitimate offspring of malinterpretation. What is the planned destiny of the contested ballots? Will requests for disclosure under the "Freedom of Information Act" be thwarted? Will they be considered top security classified information and be ensconced in a time capsule at Fort Knox?

There will never be closure until every vote is counted and the will of the people be known.

This is a black day in our history, and I, for one, would recommend that Old Glory be flown upside down and at half mast atop the Supreme Court building until every last contested vote is hand counted.

Evan Cundiff


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