September 15, 2003

By Michael Strickland

Decline and Fall

We are witnessing the decline and fall of the American "empire." Our country, once great, is rotting from within. Partisan politics have reached a rabid, feverish pitch in recent years, but now they have even infected the judiciary. With the thinnest of arguments, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (the makers of the summer blockbuster "One Nation, Under God") ruled that California's recall election must be postponed to prevent a large bloc of voters from being disenfranchised. What other result would one expect from a triumvirate comprised of a Carter appointee and two Clinton appointees? We've reached the point where political judges will twist the law to their own ends, instead of measuring all issues with the ramrod straight yardstick of law.

What makes me spitting-mad is that the Democrats have the unmitigated gall to call this recall election an attempt by Republicans to "steal" elections that they can't win fair and square. Yet Democrats have attempted to hinder, stall and oppose what is a thoroughly democratic process nearly a dozen times with lawsuit after lawsuit. Even assuming, for the sake of argument, that Republicans initiated the recall process, over a million Californians supported the idea enough to sign petitions. And when this election finally takes place, the people of this state will have their chance to say whether or not they want Gray Davis to stay in office. It's not about Republicans "stealing" elections. Whoever the people of California want in office will be the person who will become (or remain) governor, regardless of what the Republican Party thinks or wants. To whatever extent Republicans have been involved in the recall process, it has been to facilitate a democratic process. It's the Democrats who have tried to impede a process by and for the People.

If I were one of the "minority" whom the ACLU claims will be "disenfranchised" by the use of punch-card ballots, I'd be offended at the insinuation that I was too stupid to figure out how to punch a hole in a piece of cardstock. It's a totally racist argument. Some of the most populous counties in this state still use the punch-card ballots, yet the ACLU only claims that it's the minorities whose votes won't count. If you follow this argument through to its obvious conclusion, the ACLU is saying that white people are capable of using the ballot properly, while minorities are not. Ergo, minorities are more ignorant. How long until Californians (and Americans) wake up and see the racism inherent in such political correctness?

The U.S. Supreme Court will probably intervene and overrule the Ninth Circuit, which Tom McClintock called the "laughingstock" of the federal judiciary. The recall election will likely proceed as scheduled, with a probable close outcome. Then, Democrats will almost certainly cry havoc instead of going gently into the good night. So, whether they succeed in delaying this democratic election or fail, they will have achieved their goal of injecting a dose of chaos to prevent what would likely have been a smooth transition from a Davis administration to a Schwarzenegger administration. Shit-disturbers, that's what they are. Like the weasels clamoring to face President Bush in the next presidential election, they will distort reality and manipulate the law to do whatever they can to increase their influence (a charge they'd likely turn right around and lob at the Republicans, but those who can think for themselves know that facts speak louder than sound bites).

I'd love to read the comparisons Edward Gibbon would draw.


©2003 Michael Strickland ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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September Columns:

9/29: Open Season
9/28: Runaway Train
9/27: The Seven
9/25: Dreamscape
9/24: Survivor: Sacramento
9/23: What Am I Doing at Work?
9/21: San Diego Chokers
9/20: Farewell, Galileo
9/17: Anything Can Happen
9/16: Midnight Writing
9/15: Decline and Fall
9/14: Loyalty By Default
9/13: Debt Snowball
9/12: My Cup Runneth Over
9/11: Unforgettable Day
9/10: Fall Approaches
9/9: Total Recall
9/8: Legal Illegals
9/7: 116 More Days
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