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We Will Not Get Over It: Restoring a Legitimate White House by Jackson K. Thoreau and Sharon M. Thoreau

We Will Not Get Over It: Restoring a Legitimate White House

by Jackson K. Thoreau and Sharon M. Thoreau

195 pages
Covers 2000 presidential election aftermath, including people working on reforms.

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About the Book
When the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the legal counting of votes for U.S. president in December 2000 and effectively handed Republican George W. Bush the White House, it eroded people's confidence in judges, the White House, and elections. The court's action made these institutions more illegitimate in the eyes of millions of people like college professor Michael Rectenwald. Millions of supporters of Democrat Al Gore, who attracted more than 539,000 more overall votes than Bush, took action. They wrote letters, organized rallies and marches, signed petitions, formed Internet sites and groups, and did whatever else they could to register their disapproval of what the court did, to work for needed electoral reforms so that all Americans' votes are counted in future elections.

This book covers their story, which has not been told in full detail by the mainstream media and other sources. Backed up with hundreds of footnotes and sources, We Will Not Get Over It also examines how the Republicans employed questionable actions to win the election in Florida, including purging legal voters from the rolls, doctoring absentee ballots, using state offices for political purposes, giving voters misleading instructions, approving confusing ballots, and blaming Democrats for delays when Republicans filed the lawsuits blocking and delaying the legal vote-counting process.

In addition, the book details what organizations like Democrats and Citizens for Legitimate Government, panels like the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, politicians like U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and others are doing to restore confidence in the White House and U.S. electoral system. It shows how many in the media ignored and belittled such actions and embraced a president who has little business being in the White House. The book also covers how people and organizations around the world are reacting to the controversy.

Finally, the book includes recommendations from people like Rev. Jesse Jackson, Barbra Streisand, and U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., and organizations like the ACLU, NAACP, Democrats, and the National Commission on Federal Election Reform, led by former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, on what needs to be done to restore legitimacy to the White House and our election system. There is a long directory of such organizations and individuals - with addresses, email, Internet sites, and other information - to enable you to learn more and get involved with this important cause.

The terrible events of Sept. 11, 2001, make it more important than ever to campaign for a legitimate White House and improve our political institutions. What better way to honor the victims than to improve the American system that they worked for and lived under, while at the same time uniting with our fellow countrymen and countrywomen to bring the perpetrators of that horrid action to justice? We can and must work on both campaigns. Some proceeds of this book are being donated to relief efforts for the victims of the terrorist attacks, as well as to efforts to improve our electoral system.

 

 

About the Author
Jackson Thoreau, 42, is a journalist, photographer, author, environmentalist, and political and social activist. He marched more than 5,000 miles across the U.S. and Europe in 1984-85 on a project to reduce Cold War tensions.

Sharon Thoreau, 35, is a social worker and college professor. She has investigated child abuse, counseled seniors and mentally ill clients, volunteered on Democratic Party campaigns, and been a union leader.

 

 

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