Thursday, September 06, 2007

The wheels of justice grind ever so slowly

Seven years into the most disastrous Presidency in American history, the federal judiciary has finally determined that vote-trading is acceptable.

[Before the 2000 election] two sites were created, and, which urged people to swap their votes and provided e-mail means for accomplishing this objective....

The true point of the swaps, when agreed to by Gore and Nader supporters, was to improve Gore's chances of winning the Democratic-pledged electors in the swing states without diminishing Nader's percent of the national popular vote (which had to exceed 5 percent to qualify Nader's party for federal funding in future elections).

Just four days after the vote-swapping sites were launched, the then California secretary of state threatened criminal prosecution, alleging a variety of state election and penal code violations. Immediately thereafter, the sites were disabled. The people behind the sites filed a federal lawsuit, asserting, in addition to other arguments, that the threatened criminal prosecution violated the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Not a testament to the speed of the legal system, it took until August of this year--2007, many years after 2000--for the case to progress to the point of the decision by the federal appellate court. But at least for the vote-swapping advocates, the result was worth the wait. |Perspective: A judicial blessing for vote-swapping sites - c|net| (emphasis added)
Worth the wait?


Who cares if vote trading is legal now?

What's matters to me is that in an historic election, one attorney general managed to destroy both Nader and Gore's chances of succeeding in the election, thereby dooming this country (and the rest of the world) to suffer incalculable damage at the hands of our traitor-in-chief and setting back the cause of third parties.

Talk about too little, too late.

Now I don't know who to be more pissed at: Ralph Nader for staying in the 2000 race, Gore for being more wooden than Pinocchio, the federal judiciary for being slower than molasses, or George Bush for being pure fucking evil.

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