Re: Stolen Elections and What Iran Can Learn From South Florida
|Flickr User: nekkymomo|
[Spokesman Hassan] Qashqavi drew comparisons to American election results. "No one encouraged the American people to stage a riot" because they disagreed with the reelection of George W. Bush, he said.No, that 2004 election looked pretty legit. The real riot potential was in 2000, right here in South Florida.
|Flickr User: .faramarz|
No, the trick is to hope that you can make the election close enough to go into OT, like in 2000. Then it's out of the people's hands and into the dark realm of politicians and lawyers. In Jeb Bush's Florida: Advantage conservatives.
So as that election slipped away from Democrats, why didn't we riot -- especially in South Florida? Probably because the demonstrations here did not provoke police to violence. Probably too because that verdict didn't come suddenly like it did in Iran; rather, it came in such a slow way that outrage gave way to bitter acceptance. But mostly because in 2000, South Floridians probably didn't anticipate just how venal another President Bush could possibly be.