Jewish World Review Nov. 17, 2000 / 19 Mar-Cheshvan 5761
http://www.jewishworldreview.com -- AS I WRITE this column it is one week to the day since our national presidential election produced no clear winner. By the time you read this it is very likely that the President-elect will have been named, or will be soon. I have no idea which man will win the office, but I can tell you that the events of the past seven days has left me considerably more cynical towards the Democratic party and the majority of our media. I didnít think it would be possible to increase my cynicism for these two entities. Life is full of surprises.
It should be obvious to all by now that Vice President Gore and his backers will do anything it takes to gain control of the White House. Gore is desperate. Governor Bush has won the vote in Florida. He has won the recount. He has won the Florida state certification of the vote count, pending the tabulation of overseas ballots. Still the Gore gang will not acknowledge that Bush is the winner. While Goreís fifty-plus lawyers conspire their next legal maneuvering, Gore strategists continue the same "scorched earth" tactics that worked so well for President Clinton. They attempt to demonize all who oppose them, they demagogue, they delay, and they spin their slop.
The liberal mainstream media obediently serves up the poisoned Gore slop to the American public. Newspapers and television ignore the Bush certification in their persistence in referring to "the Florida deadlock." This is a lie. The deadlock is over and Bush won. Gore will undoubtedly challenge this in court after court, but the fact remains that the Florida Secretary of State has certified Mr. Bush the winner by 300 votes.
Itís interesting to note how the rhetoric has changed! Remember during the Clinton impeachment how the Democrats and their media echoes kept saying that the American people just want to "move on?" Now they tell us that Americans are not alarmed, not bothered by the delay in electing a new President. All of a sudden no one wants to "move on." I guess everybody is just fine with letting Gore continue to count ballots and dig deeper and deeper into Floridaís election process until they are able, by hook or by crook, to obtain the results they want. The deeper you dig, the more you find.
Goreís gang will continue with this until the Bush camp and the public at large are completely exhausted -- another Clinton tactic -- keep the thing going until the American people are so fed up with it that they are willing to accept any outcome to have it over and done with. And donít discount the possibility of Janet Renoís involvement if Gore decides to push the race issue into play.
I am deeply saddened by what I have seen on television, heard on radio and read in the papers and on the Internet. Where are the Democratic statesmen? I keep waiting for an honest Democrat to brake rank, step up and speak the truth. Are there no independent thinkers left in the Democratic party? No brave, honorable elder politicians who place veracity higher than politics? Has winning at any cost become a greater achievement then the good of the union? Has personal gain taken the place of national honor within the Democratic party? Yes, Iím afraid it has. It is a selfish party.
What once was the party of the idealistic has degenerated into the party of the nihilistic. What was once the party of the selfless has morphed into the party of the self-serving. Perhaps the fawning loyalty to Clinton during the impeachment should have taught me that the Democrats have become the party of a singular mindset, but a part of me wanted so very much not to believe it. I wanted to think that there actually might be Democrats with courage, integrity and virtue. Sure, thereís always been ambitious, ruthless people on both sides, but I wanted to believe that both sides also had honorable, fair patriots as well.
When Gore campaign spokesman, Bill Daily, claimed recently that, "This is not about
politics," he was right. For the Democrats it is about holding on to power and winning at any
cost. Gore is a desperate man and his party supports him in his desperation -- just as they
supported Clinton in his deceit and
JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. You may contact him by clicking here.
11/10/00: It Ain't Over