aaronius 
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Re: “Don't Move On, Start Over

It is amazing to me the continuous lack of political knowledge that is exhibited by Mr. Rall. After reading many of his articles and finding several fallacies, I feel that it is time to step up and say something. The entire basis of this piece is that the Supreme Court overstepped its bounds by hearing the Bush v. Gore case in 2000. He says that the evidence lies in Article II of the Constitution which says that the states have the jurisdiction. However, that is absolutely incorrect, and therefore his argument collapses because the foundation is not true. Article II is about the Executive, and lays out the powers of the President. Nowhere in Article II is there anything about contested elections or anything of that matter. The only thing close to that is the following line from Article II Section 1: The Congress may determine the Time of chusing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States. That lays out the basis for the electoral college, but doesn't say anything about contested elections. However, in Section III, which is the basis for the Judicial powers, we find more interesting material. From Article III Section 2: In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make. As anyone can see, any case involving States and/or elected officials has original jurisdiction at the level of the United States Supreme Court. Meaning the Supreme Court was completely justified and within its bounds to hear the Bush v. Gore case. Like it or not, Bush is the legitimate President. Personally, I wish that the opposite ruling would have happened, but that's the way it happened. There is no need crying about 8 years of his power, legitimate or not, because the fact is, it happened and there is nothing we can do to change history. Move on, start over, whatever. It's all the same at this point. We have regressed a long way, and need to change this course.

Posted by Aaron on 04/12/2008 at 1:53 AM

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