an apology to the world for the re-election of George W. Bush
Every day that George W. Bush has awoken in our White House has been an affront to electoral democracy—because the United States Supreme Court, a federal body, didn’t have jurisdiction to hear Bush v. Gore, a state election dispute; because Bush declared himself the winner weeks before the Supremes appointed him, while the recount was still going on; because the Bush campaign hired goons to beat and threaten election officials; because he put James Baker III on television to imply the threat of a coup unless his man got the big job. Had Bush’s interregnum been characterized by peace and prosperity, patriotic Americans would have still had a duty to reject him in 2004, if only to defend the principle that the candidate with the most votes takes office in a democracy. Bush’s “reelection” tacitly endorsed an incumbency he didn’t earn in the first place. How can the United States claim to promote democracy abroad when most of its own people vote for an imposter?
So writes James Zetlen, neuroscience student at University of Southern California and the mastermind behind sorryeverybody.com, the Web site that became the water cooler around which people gathered to share their collective grief about the results of the 2004 Presidential election.
“I started this Web site because I wanted to apologize for not doing enough for the election and asked people to share their thoughts along with mine,” says Zetlen. “It was a way for Americans to release their frustration and to tell the world how truly sorry they were for the outcome of the election. The world needs to understand that there are people in America who don’t like what our government is doing. And from the mail we’re receiving, there are people in the international community who appreciate this,” says Zetlen. Now readers will be able to flip through the pages of sorry everybody and read some ofAmerica’s reaction to what will likely go down in history as a landmark election.
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