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The Time of the Hanging Chads
It began on November 7th of 2000, when the doors were closed
and computers in the nation's polling places had begun to declare who had
won the many races, most importantly, who was going to be President: Al Gore
or George Bush?
Relying on exit polls, the television networks declared for
Gore. Democrat Party headquarters exploded with joy.
"Not so fast." protested Republican operatives in Florida.
"What about all these hanging chads?"
They were referring to tiny fragments of cardboard that were
tenaciously clinging to thousands of thin, cardboard ballots. It was soon
obvious that only a not
yet invented mind reading machine could determine the choices intended by
hordes of voters.
Both parties soon took their case to court, First Florida State
Courts, followed by Federal Courts, ending as Constitutionalists originally
intended: in the U.S. Supreme Court. It came down to the matter of a
recount. The justices ruled against it. George Bush "The Younger" was
This went to further add to the realization of the
importance of the Supreme Court in each of our lives.
The life of Justice Ginsburg shall forever be celebrated and
her loss forever lamented. She made a last request: That her seat not be
filled until after our forthcoming choice of president in November
will have been made.
I fear that this request will be ignored.
Phil Richardson, Storyteller and Observer of the Human Condition