Truth in Media Activism: Letters to Editors

Nov. 20, 2000

To: The Wall Street Journal - Floridians vs. Floridiots...

The “Ugly American” Comes Home, Reincarnated as Florida Lawyer

Re. “The Will of the Lawyers” - a WSJ Editorial (Nov. 20, 2000)



November 20, 2000

Ned Crabb, Letters Editor


New York, NY


Subject: A letter to the editor re. “The Will of the Lawyers” - your Nov. 20, 2000 Review & Outlook

Dear Ned,

Your Nov. 20 editorial, the “The Will of the Lawyers” - Review & Outlook, hits the nail on the head.  Meaning, it slams the gavel of public opinion right where it belongs - on the politicized Florida (Democratic) Supreme Court judges’ heads.  “The seven Solomons issued their injunction (to prevent the Florida Secretary of State from declaring George W. Bush the winner) without even being asked; the Gore team hadn't filed its brief yet. This by itself is unheard of…,” you write.

True.  Except perhaps in banana republics into which the Democrats are turning our country.  That’s where anything goes in one’s quest for power.  In the Florida edition, top judges unilaterally impose a judicial dictatorships; monkeys pan for votes in the swaps; while alligators hide in orange trees from the Demo-donkeys. 

No wonder some disenchanted Floridians have written to the Truth in Media derisively referring to their fellow-residents - Democratic activists - as “Floridiots.”  For, you also point out, “all of this started, remember, not because of any fraud but because some voters in Palm Beach County believe they made mistakes on a (“butterfly”) ballot designed by a Democrat. From that blunder the Gore campaign has built what has become a classic railroad job.”

Converting butterflies into railroads?  Why not, if the Democrats’ “main man” has a tight Chinese connection.  Remember the alleged illegal Red Chinese “soft money” donations to the Democratic Party?  Remember how the Attorney General, Janet Gore… oops, Al Reno… oops, Janet Reno (another Florida lawyer!), refused to investigate the Vice President over such allegations?

But what do the butterflies and magic have to do with the Chinese?  “I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.” (Chuang Tzu, Chinese mystic and philosopher, c. 4th century BC).

Wonder if Chuang Tzu, the butterfly with green dollar signs on its wings, came to Al Gore as an election night dream?  Which is now turning into a public relations nightmare for the Democrats.  And for America.

Over 40 years ago, William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick exposed the boorish overseas behavior of some U.S. ex-pats in their book “Ugly American” (1958).  Our friends and enemies world over snickered and laughed at us.  Now, the Democrats’ post-election boorish behavior is driving another message home: The “Ugly American” has returned home and is reincarnated as a Florida lawyer.  Our friends and enemies world over are again snickering and laughing at us.

But this is no laughing matter.  The Democrats have turned our electoral system into a “Demo Farce.”  What’s to be done?  Maybe we should turn to ancient Greeks for advice. After all, they gave us the term “demos.”  In times of difficulties, classical man has often looked for divine intervention as a way out of a crisis.  In Greek dramas, Gods sometimes descended on the stage from above (lowered by a “machine,” thus the Latin term “deus ex machina” - a Latin translation from Greek “theos apo mekhanes”).  Greek dramaturge Euripides (480-406 BC) was particularly fond of it.

What we need in Florida is not more “Ugly Americans” reincarnated as lawyers, but a “theos apo mekhanes,” or “deus ex machina,” if you prefer.  Hopefully, He will be neither a Democrat nor a Republican. 

One good thing about mechanical Gods is that, as most things made by man, they can come crashing down on stage, too, thereby quickly ending the farce.  If the Florida “deus ex machina,” were to arrive in the form of a God of Public Opinion, and then crash like a gavel on the heads of its Supreme Court justices, natural justice would be served.  Americans would laugh, instead of being laughed at.  Ancient Greeks would applaud from the heavens.  And Euripides would wear a large smirk on his face.

Best regards,

Bob Djurdjevic, Founder, Truth in Media, Phoenix, Ariz.

P.S. Here’s the URL to the subject Nov. 20 editorial:

       THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, November 20, 2000

Review & Outlook: The Will of the Lawyers -, but you have to be a paid subscriber to read it.

Also check out... U.S. Election 2000 and Electoral College: A Law Professor Short on Law, Common Sense

...and the TiM letter published by the Wall Street Journal on Nov. 13: "A Coup de Gore."

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