Supreme Court Justice Stevens is quoted in this morning's Appeal to the effect: "We may never know who won the presidential election of 2000, but we do know the loser...and that is the United States Supreme Court."
The Supreme Court has lost its judicial (impartial) stance and is revealed as political in nature. I guess we always knew that. It is one of the perks of the presidency to be able to nominate justices when openings occur on the court. As more and more congressmen leave office, many of them decry the politicalization of the Congress. I believe they mean partisanship ... us against them. And it is difficult to forget that old Pogo comic strip in which Pogo, wide-eyed and awe struck, says: "I have met the enemy and they is us!"
There is a middle school somewhere in California that has the answer. They held elections for an eighth grade president and a seventh grade vice-president. There was a tie in both elections. They reran the election for the president ... and had another exact tie. They decreed both runners as co-presidents. Then they reran the election for vice president and had another exact tie ...and decreed both as co-vice-presidents.
Wouldn't it be a wonderful solution if Mr. Bush and Mr. Gore could be declared co-presidents? Every law, every proclamation, every treaty could require two signatures. This would require cooperation.
Jean Houston, Ph.D., in an article of the "Science of Mind Magazine" for January 2001, writes: "We are living in a world of radical change. We are moving from tribal and national societies into a global culture where our first allegiance is to Planet Earth."
I believe politics is the art of compromise; people coming together to settle differences and divide the possible. This is what leadership is all about! Let us end the hatred, division, fraud, divisiveness ... and move to a new cultural position of cooperation and civility ... in the interest of ourselves, the children and Mother Earth.
MELISSA M. DYER-COBB