Republican George W. Bush was awarded the presidency in the first “stolen” election in 112 years (since 1888). Last minute vote counting chicaneries in his brother’s (Gov. Jeb Bush) state of Florida threw that state’s electoral vote winner into the Supreme Court consisting of 5 Republicans and 4 Democrats. As president, 5-to-4 Bush ruled like a dictator or absolute monarch as if he had won the popular vote by a landslide. (Photo: Robert Anderson’s 2008 painting that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery)

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