- December 9 - Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. today issued the following statement
regarding the Supreme Court's ruling that put a stop to counting
ballots throughout Florida and calling for oral arguments on Monday
Congressman Jackson said, "The basis of politics and legal authority
in the United States is the Constitution. The first words in the
Preamble are "We the people." We the PEOPLE are the ultimate source
of power and authority for our government. The people express their
will through their vote. Democracy, as expressed through the
peoples' vote, cannot be compromised over some narrowly conceived,"strict constructionist" interpretation that is technical in nature,
nitpicking, and based on questionable legal technicalities. The
will and intention of the voter, as best it can be discerned by
machines, bipartisan hand counters and accompanying public witnesses
must be the legal standard.
"In a democracy every vote counts and every vote must be counted.
"All Americans can live with votes counted for Gov. George W. Bush.
But our democracy cannot live if the votes of the American people
are not counted. An uncounted vote says to the American people
that THEY don't count.
"If the Supreme Court's actions -- whatever that may ultimately
turn out to be -- in the end, prohibit all votes cast from being
fully, fairly and inclusively counted (to the degree humanly
possible), then the Supreme Court will have discredited itself,
lost much of its moral and legal authority, the Justices
themselves will have contributed mightily to undermining the very
institution they represent, and undermined the rule of law that
they are sworn to uphold on behalf of the American people," Jackson