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All Bets Are Off – It's Time to Fight!

Wednesday, 22 November 2000 12:00 AM

The arrogant ruling of the Florida Supreme Court, anticipated here yesterday in

That the high court injected itself as a willing partner in the Gore effort, by unjustifiably changing Florida law in a clear attempt to shift the election’s result from Bush to Gore, is a travesty plain and simple

Where do we go from here?

Aside from taking to the streets – an option apparently favored by a growing segment of the public – bold action must be taken, and fast!

As outlined in the above-referenced column, there are still some powerful cards yet to be played:

• The secretary of state can still certify the results

• The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has invited further motions in the action previously brought by plaintiffs regarding the conduct of the Florida election. Given the court’s ruling, both equal protection and due process claims are now ripe for federal adjudication. A recent Alabama case is on point and is compelling precedent for such action.

• The Florida Legislature retains the constitutional prerogative to select its state’s presidential electors. It can still act to fulfill this responsibility, especially given the tainted process exhibited so dramatically by numerous instances of highly questionable practices.

Further, on a broader basis, it is imperative that this charade of a process be called precisely what it is: A FRAUD.

There is no pretty way to say it, because it is not a pretty sight.

Damn the talking heads and the Gore media apologists who attempt to condemn such truthful characterizations!

It is what it is.

This whole mess is an outrage.

It is a disgrace.

And it perverts our entire system of government by raising serious doubts about the very efficacy of the right of self-determination, as expressed by the simple, but fundamentally important, casting of votes.

When faith in the system is so gravely breached, chaos is sure to follow.

Questions abound.

People don’t know where to turn.

Given the palpable vacuum and the resultant uncertainty now felt by so many, this opportunity must be seized upon to show the way.

It is now time to gird for a fight, both legal

We need tough and bold leadership from Governor Bush. He must step up and call the shots and inspire people to follow his lead. Contact

The time for "allowing the process to play out" is long past.

If you can, go to Florida right now and join people there in standing up for what is right. Palm Beach or Broward are the targets now, as Miami-Dade today, in a stunning blow to the Gore campaign, responded to the people by suspending all hand counts.

At the very least, contact the Florida secretary of state, the Florida Legislature, and Governor Bush, on the links above, and express your support

The time for action is now.

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Dan Frisa represented New York in the United States Congress and served four terms in the New York State Assembly. E-mail Dan:

• Nov. 22, 10 p.m. – FOX NEWS CHANNEL, "The Edge" with Paula Zahn

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