As Jeb Bush prepares for his imminent presidential campaign, the American people must keep in mind just who this man is and the crimes he committed rigging the 2000 presidential election, which put his brother George W. in the Oval Office, set us on the road to the Iraq War, the Great Recession, destroyed America’s standing in the world, altered American history forever.
Jeb Bush just so happened to be the Governor of Florida during that election, and as you may recall, the Florida vote was so close that recounts were requested and eventually declared his brother the winner. Katherine Harris, Jeb’s secretary of state and the co-chair of the George W. campaign, organized the election system that somehow ended up losing or spoiling the ballots of hundreds of thousands of African-American voters, who just so coincidentally tend to vote Democratic. During the recount period, it is documented that the Governor’s office made 95 calls to the Bush campaign- calls which Jeb somehow “cannot remember” the reason for. That answer is unacceptable for allegations of such importance. Why can’t you remember, Jeb?
For once the whole story comes together, the evidence is hard to ignore. Vanity Fair reported that “Information came pouring in faster than anyone could digest it—about polling places that had been understaffed, about voters who had been sent on wild-goose chases to find their polling places, about blacks barred from voting, and about police roadblocks to keep people from the polls.” Commissioner Victoria Wilson of the US Commission on Civil Rights concluded that “There emerges a confluence of circumstances that indicates intimidation and harassment of the Florida voters, and that was set in motion long before the November election.”
State apparatus, officials, and employees were all mobilized in order to perpetrate this fraud, and there are only two conclusions– the first that Jeb Bush and the machinations of Karl Rove organized and perpetrated the most egregious voter fraud in American history, or that he was such an incompetent leader that he failed to notice what was happening right under his nose. Either way, it is criminal subversion of the democratic principles which we hold dear, and the fact that him and his whole team got away with it is appalling.
All this was fifteen years ago, and now Jeb is eyeing the throne for his own self. We should remember just what kind of a man he is, and what he is responsible for. The man who in 1994 openly admitted he would do “probably nothing” for the African-American community in Florida, and then systematically disenfranchised the voting rights of hundreds of thousands of his own constituents. The man who aided and abetted the biggest election steal in history, setting us up for a catastrophic invasion of Iraq and the groundwork for the Great Recession. During this election, the media should take him to task for just what those phone calls were about. “I don’t remember” just doesn’t cut it, and America deserves answers.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.