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burythehatchet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-04 08:41 AM
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No US presidential election has ever been postponed.
Abraham Lincoln was urged by some aides to suspend the election of 1864 - during the US Civil War - but despite the expectation that he would lose, he refused.

"The election is a necessity," Lincoln said. "We cannot have a free government without elections; and if the rebellion could force us to forgo, or postpone, a national election, it might fairly claim to have already conquered us."

This snip is from a BBC article. It is quite remarkable how the ruling junta has already got us talking about this possibility like it should even be considered.

Remarkable.



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Bluzmann57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-04 08:48 AM
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1. Since the repukes claim to be the "Party of Abe Lincoln"
Maybe they should do what he did. Then they could have more of a claim to the Lincoln legacy than they do now. Not much, but a little.
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amber dog democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-04 08:57 AM
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2. Why bother with the formality of elections anymore?
If God speaks to the Emporer, who are we to question supporting God's chosen?
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-04 09:00 AM
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3. Yep, we live in interesting times
note the reference to a Chinese curse, though.
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burythehatchet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-04 09:44 AM
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4. I'll tell ya Walt, I no longer feel like its enough to be a "participant"
in this system. Its time to re-build the damn thing. In order for there to be re-birth, there must be death.
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flobee1kenobi Donating Member (302 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-04 09:53 AM
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5. If Asscroft is sucessful
Edited on Mon Jul-12-04 09:54 AM by flobee1kenobi
In the words of Col. Jessup "All you managed to do today is weaken a country"
He has now given terrorists a reason, and a damn good one at that!
If elections are canceled, terrorists have taken away the ONE thing that sets America apart from everybody else- the peoples right to choose their own leader.
And this asshole has made it possible!
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burythehatchet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-12-04 10:49 AM
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6. Welcome to DU
your point is well taken.
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