I have no problem with President Trump challenging vote counts through all the legal remedies available to him – whether that is vote challenges, recounts, or court fights. I felt the same way in 2000 when Al Gore prolonged the decision and the transition for weeks. I have no problem with Republican leaders standing by to let the constitutional process play out – just as Democrats did not tell Gore to cease his efforts back then. That is the American way.
As I have written previously, the hyper reaction of Trump’s enemies – suggesting such actions are unprecedented and dangerous to the Republic and the lives of its citizens – is political nonsense. What IS dangerous is a rogue news media stirring up public anxiety for their own partisan political purposes.
Having said that, I do believe the fight to overturn the announced results of the presidential election is over … It is only a matter of time – days, not weeks – until the official certifications will make former Vice President Joe Biden officially the President-elect.
At this moment, the public is hung like a hammock between two political narratives – that there is no evidence of ANY vote fraud and irregularities, and that the entire election has been overturned by a massive and successful conspiracy to steal votes. The first narrative is not true and the second is not provable. There was vote fraud, but it is unlikely to be proven sufficient to change the results.
To say that there is no such thing as vote fraud is more than naïve. It is outright dishonest. That is the kind of statements we hear from the worst despots about the most corrupt elections. Of course, there is vote stealing, manipulation and irregularities in EVERY election – and in many cases, they are systemic. Sometimes they fail to affect the outcome – although that is always the intent – and sometimes they do.
On the other hand, the vote cheating that will be — and has been – discovered will not be sufficient to overturn the announced results in any state – much less the two or more states necessary to flip the results back to Trump. That is partially because vote fraud is difficult to combat even where it is found.
One of the problems is that even if there was such massive vote fraud in key states, it would be virtually impossible to sufficiently document it. Because of the secrecy of the ballot, the perpetrators are virtually impossible to identify.
It is among the most difficult crimes to impose corrective measures even when there is clear evidence of such fraud. What do you do when there are more votes in a precinct than registered voters? Which votes can be eliminated? Courts are reluctant to deal with such matters.
Another problem is that Democrat administrations have legalized voting procedures that are prone to illegal manipulation. They have weakened ballot security in several ways. In some states, they legalized the previously illegal practice of vote harvesting. They have flooded the process with mail-in ballots that float around the political ether without suitable guardrails.
As a matter of Party policy, they have refused to purge the voting rolls of the dead and ineligible. They have moved to eliminate a voter ID requirement and even signature verification. And why is it only one political party that favors all these measures? The answer is obvious.
The Democrats’ tradition of illegal vote manipulation is legendary. Over the years, they have changed our voting procedures to expand those practices. BUT … unless we have serious election reform and return to the principle of one person, one (legal) vote, our elections will be increasingly skewed to the left by the party that values power over principle – the party of big government authoritarianism.
Whether Trump lost fairly or due to vote manipulation, the odds against Trump are at lottery proportions. It is not something I report with any joy. Quite the contrary. But there is a time we must face the facts.
Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States – and we should focus our energies on restoring election integrity, opposing the Democrats’ leftist agenda and defeating them, their ideology and their corruption in future elections.
At this juncture, Trump should face those facts and prepare for his exit from the White House. If I were in a position to advise him, I would recommend he concede in an address to the nation. He should avoid rancor and accusations. I would tell him to use that opportunity to express his legacy – all the very fine accomplishments of his presidency.
He should remind the nation that the values of limited government, personal freedom, minority rights are still alive in the hearts of the people as witnessed by Republican successes at the state and local levels. And … he should call on the good folks of Georgia to send two Republicans to the United States Senate as a counterbalance to the stated agenda of the radical left.
Generals engaged in war must sometimes concede a battle in order to focus on the war. The 2020 election is not a time of surrender for traditional conservative values – not at all. But a time to re-energize the troops for the important battles to come.
So, there ‘tis.