The Betrayal of America: How the Supreme Court Undermined the Constitution and Chose Our President

The Betrayal of America: How the Supreme Court Undermined the Constitution and Chose Our President

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Betrayal of America: How the Supreme Court Undermined the Constitution and Chose Our President 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Basically, from what I gathered from this book, the Supreme Court has taken away the right that each and everyone of us who votes shall have his vote counted. They decided, not the people. Also, according to several reports, around 54,000 people were denied the right to vote because they had names similar to a felon, of those, only about 3,000 were felons and the biggest percentage of those denied were those more likely to vote for Gore. This is wrong for either party, I would much rather take a chance that a felon voted (why should their vote be that terrible anyway) than deny anyone who is legally eligible to vote no matter what party they belong to. That is one of the most important rights a citizen owns and it was stolen from them. There should be an accounting of those people who denied their rights. This book is important for anyone who cares about our rights and our country.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was written very well. Mr. Bugliosi makes a very clear argument, but misses the point about what the election was really about. Everything in this country is related to politics. If you aren't politically stable then you won't win at anything. The Supreme Court made a very good decision. Although, Gore was a VP for 8 years, Bush had more of a political advance because of his father. The Democrats did try to get recount after recount, and no good results came out from that. Bush won the election fare and square, because Gore's team couldn't present an argument during their trials. I think people should just let the 'bad election' go. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who thinks the constitution can be broken by a higher level of law.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is irrelevant. A month or so after the ruling the Democrats counted the votes over and over again, any way they wanted, and they still couldn't come out with more votes for Gore. Of course this was not well publicized in the media, but that is the liberal media screwing with the impressionable minds of America's population again. If people would learn to think for themselves and stop listening to all the disenfranchised bull spouted by the liberal news looking for its next victim, then this would not be an issue. If you are too ignorant to figure out a ballot, then I don't think you should be responsible for choosing the leader of our country. If you are too careless to read the ballot carefully, then you obviously don't care too much about the election in the first place.
Guest More than 1 year ago
FORGET ABOUT the recounts, the undervotes, chads, ballots, all those issues. What the author touches on but I wished had elaborated upon more is NEPOTISM. In every other regard this book is thorough and worth reading. The main issue, as I see it, is that the Justices appointed to the court by Bush's father had no right voting in the Bush v Gore case. The right wing will object with 'what about the votes by justices (small j now) appointed by Clinton? Fools! It wasn't Bush vs Chelsea Clinton!!!! No immediate relative of a past president should be permitted to run for president or vice president. As much as I admire Hillary Clinton - the same goes for her. The power of the office makes it to dangerous for nepotism to defeat our system of government. Shame on the Bushs! If something were to happen to 'W' does Jeb think he immediately becomes the next president. WAke up and read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS THE BEST $10.00 I EVER SPENT!!! Mr. Bugliosi has pulled the covers off the VAST RIGHT WING that Mrs. Clinton mentions. For those who constantly scream, 'THIS NATION IS BUILT ON 'the rule of law, AND NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW'. Well, Mr. Bugliosi has used that rule of law to prove that the UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT broke and betrayed those laws. What now??????? Do we do as the right wing tells us - GET OVER IT!!; I say there should be a call to impeach those who took away the rights of the voters in Fla. and the nation. If nothing is done, our claim to be a nation of laws is just so much hogwash.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the real crime in this case is not the 'theft' of the 2000 election but the two party system that is responsible for producing the two duds we had to choose from. That's like having to choose between having your spleen ripped out or all the hair on your body burned off. It was agonizing. To pull the lever on either of these jokers would have made me sick! We have a choice of over 150 different cereals to eat for breakfast, but only two when it comes to choosing the leader of our country (not the free world). A swing of one vote, and all you crying democrats would have been quite happy. And what kind of job would Gore have done after the 9/11 attacks? How many of you crying democrats gave Bush high positive marks after 9/11? Did I hear someone mention a Coup? Remember Dallas, 1963? The corporate money men who have been running the show in this country, and the world, have been choosing our presidents for us for a long time(and long before 200 you can be sure). All these presidential farces are designed to do is weaken our trust in the presidency and the electoral process, making it easier for us to turn over our nation to some form of global government like the U.N. So cry not for Bush's 'stolen' election, but for the theft of our right as citizens to determine the course of our country. America is now the big bully on the block, demanding that other sovereign nations obey our demands like some two bit pimp ordering around his stable of hookers. We need to remove our rather large nose from everybody else's business and tend to our own declining, rotted culture. By the way, I never even read this book but in the end, underneath all the manure, it remains one man's OPINION! And last I checked, Vince B. has yet to be appointed to the supreme court. Americans are great! America used to be great, and could be again. We as a people must take off our blinders and burst from the pen that the higher powers have us cattled in. Turn off the MTV and ignore Hollywood. Turn on your computer or read a book. Find some truth instead of the lies force fed to us by the controlled media. There is wealth aplenty in this world to care for all the disadvantaged and suffering. The multimillions paid to athletes, entertainers, and corporate fat cats is SICKENING! Anyway, I did like Vince B's Helter Skelter book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bugliosi starts with a bad premise that there is actually such a thing as an 'undervote'. This was a term coined by the Gore team to attempt to change the rules in the middle of an election by demanding that computer ballots be re-counted by hand, and only in five counties which were known to be democrat. An undervote is a ballot that was incorrectly punched or filled in. Such ballots by law become in-valid, NOT 'undervotes'. Attempting to interpret a hanging chad as a vote for or against Al Gore was a travesty. If they wanted to be fair, then they would have had to hand count every single vote in the entire United States! Luckily, the Supreme Court upheld the law and prevented the continuation of this sham.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Expecting John Bugliosi to objectively analyze and write about the outcome of the 2000 election is like expecting a doting grand parent to objectively discuss their grand children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know much I guess, but one thing I do know is that your position is in trouble when your best argument is to attack people rather than their arguments. That is exactly what the author does. He then misrepresents by omission that seven Justices, not five, held that the Florida re-count procedures were unconstitutional. Those who believe that the recount could proceed are simply wrong. Bush had already won the election under Florida law. It was the Florida Supreme Court that tried to steal the election, twice, by rewriting Florida law to suit their clear choice, Al Gore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not a lawyer - never have been, never will be. Most of my friends - in fact, almost all of my friends, aren't lawyers. I don't have anything against lawyers; I do have an interest in laws and legal procedures after looking through state code books at various penalties and violations and their punishments. An awful lot of mind work went into phrasing each law and its reward for disobeying it. A few clinkers got through, but nobody's perfect. Vincent Bugliosi is a lawyer, and a very good one at that. He isn't perfect, either: he won only 105 out of 106 felony jury trials. A record like that will make me sit up and take notice, in regards to lawyers. This guy knows his way around a courtroom, and he knows what he's talking about. So when he calls something a fish in a courtroom, you can bet it will swim, smell, breathe in the water and be eligible to be filleted. And, if he calls someone's trial defense idiotic, or a court ruling treasonous, you can bet that he's got a pretty good handle on the situation. In 'The Betrayal of America,' Bugliosi minces very few words; he gives his opinions (of which there are many), but he has the knowledge, skill, judgment and ability to back them up. For a book spawned by an article, then crafted to be in the outline of a legal argument, it is highly entertaining and enlightening. His arguments are buttressed with court cases and legal rulings, with amplifications and a summary of the proceedings leading up to the final moves of the court, with accompanying notes for that. In the end, as we pass from one incredulous, ignoble, dishonorable move to the next, one should ask, 'How can something like this happen here?' Bugliosi covers the ground as to how it happened here - as politics take precedent over law and honor. He makes thoroughly convincing arguments as to why the whole recount procedure was politically motivated, 'fixed,' as in the words of a certain World Series. To allow something like this to happen in our country casts a shadow on our democracy and makes us hypocrites to countries to whom we criticize their electoral process. Mr. Bugliosi's record and proof have me convinced - read this well-documented book with an open mind, and see for yourself. And then try not to be outraged when you reach the end of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bugliosi demonstrates conclusively that William Rehnquist perjured himself repeatedly in his 1972 and 1986 U S Senate confirmation hearings. He also reveals that two justices -- Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas -- should have recused themselves from Bush v Gore: they had relatives working for Bush (Scalia, two sons; Thomas, a wife). He proves beyond question that Sandra Day O'Connor -- Rehnquist's law school 'date' -- announced well before the case came before the Supreme Court that she would do anything, if she got the chance, to install 'W' in the White House. Bugliosi suggests those four -- and longtime Sacramento lobbyist Anthony Kennedy -- should never have been named to the Court in the first place. He argues, sometimes in overheated rhetoric, that they belong in jail. I think he's right.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a few nits to pick with this book, and I've posted them on the bulletin boards of Cafe Utne. But it says what needs to be said, and it says it clearly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bugliosi is on point. That America, a country who regularly pontificates on free elections has had this debacle of a coup is shocking. That so few are willing to come out and be outraged is deplorable. Whether you're a Bush or Gore person, you cannot ignore the illegal moves of the so called 'Supreme' Court. They would strike this action in any state suit, but are blatently biased, and bought and paid for in this case. Revolting. What happened offends every man and woman who died for this country, and everyone who has fought for free elections and honest government. Kudos to Bugliosi for taking on the challenge. He should have written more passionately, he writes clinically, and there should be far more spleen on this topic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vincent Bugliosi has finally said what needed to be said about Bush v. Gore; that it was a decision rooted not in law or justice or the Constitution, but in politics, and in the worst sort of politics. Bugliosi breaks down the majority decision and shows us in clear layman's terms that the American people were robbed. He tosses away all the legal mumbo-jumbo and makes it absolutely clear that we should be outraged by the Court and Bush's theft of the White House.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book, especially to the republicans who condone this theft,only because the end results benefitted 'THEM'. Anyone with 1/2 an ounce of intelligence, honesty, and ethics can see that what Mr Bugliosi has to say is true.The evidence is there. George W. Bush was handed the election, and tens of millions of democrats were disenfranchised. A judicial Coup d'etat has taken place in the U.S.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very convincing read, for those left who actually require convincing. It is heartbreaking, however, to know that some Americans choose to sleepwalk through this critical time in history obliviously supporting 'the president you'd feel comfortable having a beer with but wouldn't trust teaching my children to read,' when a crime was committed on the nation by the highest court in the land, declaring George W. Bush President-Select. Bugliosi should be required reading for every 12th grade social studies class, after the scandal becomes exposed in a few years time and time proves Bugliosi dead-on accurate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not read the book. However, what is interesting is that normal people can see that anyone who has the time to write such a book obviously have some agenda; right or left. What is even more interesting is B&N's treatment of this book and of 'At Any Cost: How Al Gore Tried to Steal the Election'. Search for this book now and find an 'Editor's Disclaimer' that notes how this book was written from a 'Republican Slant'. No such disclaimer here, even though we know that this book must have been written with a 'Democratic Slant'. Hmmmm...liberal bias in the news media...news media retailers???
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent. I went to see Bugliosi speak about his book. I was extremely impressed with his points and work. Before this, it never occurred to me that the US Supreme Court had done anything illegal. What frightens me the most is that, for the first time in his career, Mr. Bugliosi is having trouble getting on national TV to discuss something he wrote. A man of Bugliosi's caliber unable to get TV time to discuss a book about a controversial legal case? That is unheard of!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The last election has split the nation. Read this book, not written by a liberal or a conservative. When an Injustice happens to the Nation, then it should be investigated. ----- 'It doesn't matter.' has become the new mantra for the American people. It is time for 'IT DOES MATTER' and more importantly 'WHAT CAN I DO?'------------- What can YOU do? -- Read the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the current climate of spin control and corporate controlled media, it is refreshing and invigorating when a modern day hero emerges. Vincent Bugliosi is that hero. His heroic act - writing the truth!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vincent Bugliosi has once again ripped the thin veil of hypocrisy from the face of unadulterated political corruption where no one wants to believe it resides----the United States Supreme Court. In a crisp, concise and searing analysis, Bugliosi deconvolutes and exposes the outrageously improper intervention of the US Supreme Court in the 2000 presidential election. His arguments and analysis are beyond compelling in convincing the reader that the justices, for political reasons alone thwarted the due diligence deserved by the voters and serve as a ten-dollar litmus test for those that are, ironically, conservative Republicans first and Americans last.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Mr. Bugliosi and his legal work, including his conviction of Charles Manson. In this book, Mr. Bugliosi tackles the legality 2000 Presidential Election. Unfortunately, he went off the deep end. He claims to give a non-biased, legalility only, listing of the Supreme Court's handling of the Bush v. Gore lawsuit. It's hard to buy his non-biasness when he describes Bush as '...perhaps the most unqualified person ever to become President.' He targets the 5-4 portion of the decision to vent his wrath at the five Republican selected justices, who he claims, gave Bush the presidency. Mr. Bugliosi then launches into a description of how these five judges used the political scene to get their positions on the Supreme Court. Never mentioned is the political moves the other four justices used to acquire their positions. He fails to mention thr 7-2 decision of the justices that the Constitution had been violated in the handing of the election in Florida. The 5-4 decision was about the methods the justices thought appropriate to correct this violation of the Constitution. Mr. Bugiosi also states that irregardless of how the recounts turned out, the State of Florida INTENDED to vote for Gore. In the results of these recounts done by the news media, Bush won every single recount, even those using the most liberal method for choosing the voter's intent. Mr. Bugliosi again overlooks the fact that the news media reported Gore had won Florida BEFORE the polls had closed in the entire state. As such, many wouldbe Bush voters skipped voting since the TV said the election in Florida was already over and there we no need for them to wait in line to cast their vote for the loser.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one night. Someone in the store had written an obscenity in the front of the book before I bought it. The obscenity was what happened in December 2000 when all trust in the Supreme Court (which had been sorely tested before) was crushed. No, there is nothing we can do about it now, but thank God we have this book for the record.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book should be required reading for all Americans, regardless of political affiliation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Bugliosi has written a book that should be read by every American.

If you are of the opinion that the election of 2000 was a testament to the ultimate power of the individual voter, then you are misguided. This book outlines with irrefutable evidence that the Supreme Court silenced the American Voter when 5 justices handed down their decision and decided our future president. Mr. Bugliosi is never more accurate than when he states the election of George Bush was a 'judicial coup d'etat,' perpetrated by self-serving justices who held their own beliefs over the laws they were sworn to uphold.

It would also be easy to dismiss this book as having a liberal agenda. However, Mr. Bugliosi is a Conservative and shares this opinion with many other legal scholars who are Republicans as well as Conservatives. This book is about uncovering the truth as to what happened when the Court made their decision.

I cannot recommend this book enough. If you care about your country, then you need to understand the events of this period. Though we are powerless to change that miscarriage of justice, hopefully, because of books such as this, it will never be permitted to happen again.