on! Nothing to See Here...
by Paul Winkelmann
The Florida ballot count is in and, just as was the case
a year ago, Gore won.
But Bush's surrogate liar, Ari Fleisher, insists that everybody
has gotten over the election (if five Supreme Court Justices
count as an election) fiasco that occurred barely a year ago.
Like a broken record, he repeats over and over again that
"America has moved on." Is Ari that out of touch? Has
he been hiding in the same cave as Osama bin Laden?
It's almost as if he's acting out that scene from Naked Gun.
You remember the one where Det. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielson)
is trying to convince a group of fascinated bystanders to
disperse. That a tank driving through a fireworks factory,
setting off a series of spectacular explosions, is a common
everyday occurrence. He tries to shoo them off by telling
them "there's nothing to see here." Like the bystanders
in the movie, we see the conflagration Ari. We noticed the
criminal damage your boss committed and we can't, won't, and
shouldn't move on just because you say "there's nothing to
It was only a year ago when our already disgraceful election
system was further perverted by Bush, his brother Jeb, Katherine
Harris, local Republican election officials, James Baker,
and the Supreme Court. All of who conspired to ensure that
King George II would be given his father's legacy, his destiny,
his inheritance, and his birthright, all on his customary
and overly used silver platter.
So much for all that self-righteous talk about bringing honor
and respect back to the White House. From day one, the intentions
of the voters were crystal clear. Fancy lawyers, political
appointees, and nepotistic charity bypassed the will of the
nation. Honor and respect went out the window when the heir
apparent chose to accept his unearned crown, against the wishes
of the populace. Sonny boy finally got revenge for daddy's
failure to beat Clinton, and no morals or integrity are gonna
get in the way of that.
And after all the shenanigans that were pulled in Florida,
we are all supposed come down with self-inflicted amnesia,
forget that our government was hijacked by a cabal of Bush's
inner circle, and reward the pResident with our full support.
Sorry, but I save my support for ELECTED leaders, not those
illegally imposed on me. I've never endorsed dictatorships
in any other country and I'll be damned if I'm going to start
with my own.
You've got to hand it to Ari though. If nothing else, he's
very persistent. He never stops trying to fool us into believing
that our feelings of betrayal aren't real. He'd like us to
think that our gnawing inner ache is nothing more than those
"phantom pains" that amputees' get from non-existent limbs.
There is no scientific explanation for your pain. Your limbs
are long gone. The election is over, a winner was appointed,
you will be content.
But it's no "phantom pain" we are feeling. Our legs were
unceremoniously cut out from underneath us by black robed
disciples, paying back George I and Ronnie Reagan for their
prestigious appointments. Time does help heal the severed
raw nerves and the acute suffering may evolve into a dull
throbbing pain, but it's no phantom. It's a fact.
And on occasions such as this, when we are reminded of the
Non-election, the scab is torn open, the wound is exposed
and a gangrenous stench surrounds us. We get to relive the
experience of hacksaw on thighbone. Intense pain is the only
respite from our "phantom pain."
So I am not going to accept my anguish being misdiagnosed
by the professional mouthpiece of a professional con-artist.
I am not going to be hurriedly ushered past the scene of
the crime by a presidential spokesmodel (even as the conservative
forensic team continues it's non-stop and destructive dissection
of the previous administration).
No amount of trickery, spinning, smoke and mirrors, or propaganda
is going to erase my vivid memory of the dubious events that
transpired during Selection 2000.
I will not be led to the slaughter like so many docile sheep.
Ari, the deed is done. Our pain is real. It's not going away.
You and your boss are just going to have to get used it. I