“Proof” is an ambivalent term according to ‘McCormick on Evidence’ (1954), a law school textbook I picked up on a whim a few years back from a Goodwill store someplace.
“Sometimes,” McCormick writes, “when we say a thing is “proved” we mean that we are convinced by the data submitted that the alleged fact is true.”
Just so, widespread fraud in the 2020 Election has been proved to my satisfaction and to my mind, though by no means proven to Democrats and establishment Republican types. Methinks they don’t want it proven. But that is neither here nor there.
Good faith participants in such discussions should pick up a copy of Mollie Hemingway’s ‘Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections.’
Now I know what you will say. What’s the point of rehashing this? What’s done is done, and it’s time to move on. Whatever happened happened, and whatever didn’t happen matters only in the sense that we need to forget this whole messy business already and move on with life.
But Hemingway’s book is a must-read for one very important reason: we are still planning on holding elections in the United States of America moving forward – this coming November, for instance.
Which laws and procedures and technologies and persons safeguard our elections and why will continue to be thorny and entirely relevant questions for so long as we continue having elections.
Here we find the history and rationale for why the safeguards were in place to begin with before they were bypassed in 2020 “due to COVID.” And by looking at what happened when the safeguards were bypassed, we find renewed reason to make certain the safeties are not bypassed or circumvented again.
Whatever your political persuasion, you have a vested interest in our nation’s elections being free and fair. Only legal votes should be counted, and the process for making sure no one cheats has to be clear, transparent, accountable, and verifiable.
When the safeguards are bypassed, and when threats and intimidation and misinformation are proliferated even as dissent is censored, we know the result. The middle half of the country feels disenfranchised, abused, and oppressed rather than empowered and respected.
Quick to Listen
Win, lose, or draw, making a long line of extremely questionable decisions with regards to the vote, then silencing and threatening anyone who dares ask the reasonable questions is bound to engender distrust, animosity, and resentment.
For our part as losers, we must not give in to resentment and bitterness if we want to carry the day tomorrow. “Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry,” James writes in the New Testament, “for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
Be calm. Be cool. And for all our sakes, be principled and resolute before God and man. Only in that way will we be able to unrig our political process and seek the welfare of this country God has placed us in and in some measure entrusted us to steward before Him.
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