Friday, July 02, 2004

Help prevent the repeat of "the nightmare of 2000" 

A fantastic idea whose time will hopefully never come:

"Several members of the House of Representatives have requested the United Nations to send observers to monitor the November 2 US presidential election to avoid a contentious vote like in 2000, when the outcome was decided by Florida.

"Recalling the long, drawn out process in the southern state, nine lawmakers, including four blacks and one Hispanic, sent a letter Thursday to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan asking that the international body 'ensure free and fair elections in America,' according to a statement issued by Florida representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, who spearheaded the effort.

" 'As lawmakers, we must assure the people of America that our nation will not experience the nightmare of the 2000 presidential election,' she said in the letter.

" 'This is the first step in making sure that history does not repeat itself,' she added after requesting that the UN 'deploy election observers across the United States' to monitor the November, 2004 election."
Mind boggles. Dear America, that's what Representative Johnson and her ilk think of you: a corrupt banana republic where elections are stolen by an evil junta. Call in the United Nations - forget Darfur or Iraq - I'm sure that the "world community" would be much more interested in preventing "the nightmare of the 2000 presidential election" from repeating itself. After all, it's easier than trying to solve some real problems like genocide, tyranny or WMD proliferation, and as an added bonus it would also solve the Bush problem - no Bush, no problem - and the UN can return to the business as usual.

Eagerly anticipating Mr Annan's response. In the meantime you can also contact Representative Johnson and tell her what you think of the whole idea. "Regrettably, [she's] only able to respond to emails from my constituents within the 30th District of Texas," so you might want to give her a call instead.


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