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The Betrayal of America: How the Supreme Court Undermined the Constitution and Chose Our President (Nation Books) Paperback – May 4, 2001
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Realizing that, if the candidates had been reversed, the opinion would not have been the same, I attributed the contrived arguments to the ravages of unconscious bias. Unwittingly, I had assumed without evidence that, as justices of the Supreme Court, the Five would not abuse their positions knowingly to appoint a U.S. prime executive.
Then "The Nation" published Bugliosi's "None Dare Call It Treason" and distributed it over the Internet. I read this essay on-line and realized my error. Throwing off my unwarranted assumption that the bias had to have been unconscious, and retaining what else I already knew from my studies, I came to the same conclusion as Bugliosi: that the Five had committed a deliberate act of perfidy.
"None Dare Call It Treason" has been spreading among Americans for but a short while. Now in book form, as "The Betrayal of America", the essay's distribution will increase many times over, and perhaps many other readers will be able to cast aside the one assumption that blocks their most rational conclusion. This document will outlast the terms of the Five and become historic as one of the most useful things said publicly, at the time, about the Five's unfathomable imposition. This essay will not go away.
But he is one of the few Republicans in the nation with the guts to say, out loud, what we all know: The GOP, with the help of the GOP members of the Supreme Court, STOLE THE 2000 ELECTION.
In proof after proof after proof, Bugliosi takes a sledgehammer to the SCOTUS' ruling in Bush v. Gore, and also to the myth of the "unbiased, apolitical" Supreme Court. (In one of the book's more chilling passages, Bugliosi demonstrates beyond any reasonable doubt that William Rehnquist, out of sheer naked partisanship, committed perjury in order to get onto the SC, and again in order to become Chief "Justice". As Bugliosi says, Rehnquist should be making license plates, not running the nation's highest court.)
How long will the quisling Republicans be allowed to run roughshod?
Over 700 law professors from across the country, including conservative supporters of Robert Bork, protested this decision in a petition published in the New York Times. This is not a partisan issue.
Bugliosi's article in "The Nation" was entitled "None Dare Call It Treason." Perhaps it is time we called it like it is.
What Bugliosi does, simply, is put forth with irrefutable logic how the Supreme Court stole the election for their favored candidate. The evidience is clear from their own self contradictions, lack of support in law, and bizzare conduct, which mainstream media is far too timid and/or superficial to properly report.
Most of the content has shown up on The Nation's web page under the title "None Dare Call it Treason," and this edition fills out the basic text with footnotes. You can read that if buying this volume is too much of a burden.
My favorite line, which is in response to those very confused souls that thought the Florida Supreme Court was trying to steal the election and the noble U.S. Supreme Court merely stopped them, is as follows (paraphrased): You do not steal an election by wanting all the legal votes counted, which is what the Florida Supreme Court wanted. You steal an election by stopping the counting of all legal votes, which is exactly what the U.S. Supreme Court did.
Tough to get around that kind of logic, although many try.
However, having said that I agree with Bugliosi's opinion as far as the Court's decisions, I have to strongly disagree with his characterization of the 5 conservative Justices on the Court as "criminals." Was their decision influenced by politics? Most likely, yes. Should they have ignored politics in making their decisions? Absolutely. Did they purposely allow politics to influence their decision? That's debateable. Are they "criminals?" No. While I respect Bugliosi's right to voice his strong opinions, and applaud his courage for doing so, I think he goes too far.
Overall, this is an interesting book to read, for the shock value if nothing else. Bugliosi wrote this book first as an article for a magazine and later expanded it to book form. As such, it was not written strictly with lawyers in mind. If you really want to understand the points Bugliosi makes, it helps to pull the cases relied on by the Court, read them, and make up your own mind.
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Not up to Vincent Bugliosi's other great books on the Kennedy Assasination, O. J. Simpson Murderer, etcPublished 1 month ago by Billie-Boy
Vincent Bugliosi is an outstanding source on as an expert on law. I have read five of his books so far, and enjoyed then very much. I wish America had more prosecutors like him!Published 2 months ago by shaman 314
It's the betrayal in more ways than even Vincent Bugliosi stated in his wonderful book.Published 8 months ago by Master-Hypnotherapist
Ridiculous, there is no factual foundation for this ridiculous fairy tale. The author needs to look at all the evidence available. This book and charges are only his opinion.Published 9 months ago by Harland A. Dickinson
Amazing, detailed, rich in prose and in citings, and one of THE most honest and courageous books I've ever read! A new hero!Published 9 months ago by Bibliophiledw
I wish that Vincent Bugliosi was still around, and I wish one of the state AG's would grow a pair and take Bush, Cheney, and his abhorrent gang to court for what they have done to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michele Deady-paano
This is an outstanding book. I was so angry after I read it I was absolutely beside myself. Our country had a president PLACED in office by the Supreme Court. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Easy Goer
Vincent Bugliosi is one of the best criminal lawyers in history... this book is definitive of the criminals the republican party has in place. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Samuel F. Flint