September 30, 2020
The Sanctity of Our Vote
This is already one of the ugliest elections in American history… And in the coming weeks, it may grow even uglier. The venom is palpable, and although the Left is trying to insist it’s President Donald Trump who will be the one to dismantle our democracy by challenging the results of the election, let’s not forget where this all started…
In the words of the former Democratic nominee for the President of the United States Hillary Clinton, “Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances.”
I nearly fell off my chair when I heard the clip. It was late August… less than three months before a presidential election and the former Democratic nominee was suggesting something that, until now, would have been considered unthinkable. While conducting an interview with her former head of communications (who is moonlighting as a correspondent for Showtime’s The Circus), she effectively suggested we embrace a kind of war over the election results.
I replayed it again just to doublecheck… And, then again for good measure. Yup – that’s actually what she said. Here’s the direct quote…
Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances because I think this is going to drag out, and eventually I do believe he will win if we don’t give an inch, and if we are as focused and relentless as the other side is.
In disbelief, I fired off her remarks on social media, reported it on own my news and information site TrishIntel.com, and wrote it up for my weekly e-mail to you.
The words are unthinkable… And her comments have since been echoed by surrogates within her party.
Now, I’m not here to debate whether Hillary Clinton would have made a decent president… But I can assure you that her saying such an outrageous comment speaks volumes, and provides us with insight into the desperation she and her party must feel.
This is Banana Republic type stuff – and, if we’re not careful, we’ll soon have more in common with Venezuela than we’d like!
Banana Republic, USA
You’ve heard me talk about my experiences covering the challenged economies of Latin America before… I got my start in finance reporting on emerging-debt markets and that entry point into my career has served as an anchor throughout my years reporting on the governments and economies in Latin America. But let me be clear… Never ever did I think we – the United States of America – would be in a situation where we’d be so seriously doubting the results and integrity of OUR own election system just months before the election even happened!
But what’s the Left to do?
They tried saying Trump was some kind of Manchurian candidate… a Russian surrogate that Russia itself helped “steal” the election for… But that didn’t fly.
Then they said that the president’s dealings with Ukraine were grounds for impeachment… But that whole Schiff-show didn’t pan out either…
And so then they politicized coronavirus in a callous, inhuman way, seemingly encouraging a total economic meltdown… And yet the polls, under the circumstances, are still relatively close.
So now, America’s most notable politicians go “all-in” in an effort to rid the country of Trump. So much so that they’re apparently, as we see from Hillary Clinton, even willing to risk the sanctity of our system.
Politics has descended into such a state of hellish turmoil that the Left is not above pointing the finger and saying, “He’s Not My President!” and, “He Stole the Election!” and, “He Will Again!”
This shows how broken we really are…
For his part, the president has not helped matters by saying he won’t necessarily accept the results of the election…
Instead, he should have simply said, “I will OF COURSE accept the results of the election provided we can ensure that they are fair.” And then, he should turn the question on its head and ask, “But will the Left?”
Because judging by Hillary Clinton and company, they won’t.
The Sanctity of Our Ballots
Not helping the situation, now the sanctity of our ballots is increasingly in question. In two swing states, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, we have learned of compromised ballots.
- In Pennsylvania, the ballots came from members of the military. Nine ballots were found on the side of the road near a military base.
- Meanwhile, three trays of ballots were found by the highway in Fox Valley, Wisconsin.
- And now, Project Veritas is reporting on “ballot harvesting” in Minnesota among some of liberal representative Ilhan Omar’s supporters. The allegation is that ballots are being stolen from senior citizens and housing projects.
We should all be asking, “Can we trust our system?”
I sure hope so… But if we can’t trust the sanctity of our votes, then what kind of system do we have?
One of you wrote to me recently on Facebook that we should have a tracking system for our votes… I completely agree. There ought to be a way to enable us to know whether our votes have been accounted for, and still protects our privacy.
I suppose what bothers me most about this moment in time is that the Left is being given a pass (again) by the mainstream media. Clinton says, “Biden shouldn’t concede” and there are no repercussions.
Meanwhile, Biden tells Trevor Noah that Donald Trump will “steal” the election and, again… no one says boo.
Bernie Sanders said he envisions a “nightmare” scenario in which Donald Trump clings to power… not a peep from the media.
They hate Trump so much that too many are willing to give the Left a pass when they are compromising the integrity of our system.
There’s no place in America for this kind of rhetoric.
‘Hanging Chads’ on Steroids
We could find ourselves in a constitutional crisis this fall… However, it’s not going to be quite the crisis Bernie Sanders wants to gin up.
We have a Supreme Court… And soon, a complete Supreme Court. With news on Saturday that the president will nominate Amy Coney Barrett, it’s evident that there will be a conservative majority in the court. And as we head into a highly questionable election season, one in which a data analytics firm backed by billionaire Mike Bloomberg announces that there will be a so-called “red mirage” where it just SEEMS that President Trump has won… but weeks later we’ll learn otherwise… I suspect we may just need that Supreme Court to weigh in
You see… this November, or December… or even January… could turn into a kind of Florida-election-2000 on steroids.
I had just started out in journalism and Election Night 2000 was my first foray into political reporting while working at Bloomberg Television. Talk about getting thrown into the deep end! The “hanging chad” scenario felt like it would never end. (To refresh your memory, in Florida, there were punch-card ballots where the voters’ attempt to make their choice had only succeeded in detaching a portion of the perforated paper – “hanging chads.”)
My concern this time? Two decades later, Election Night 2020 may make that hanging-chad scenario seem like a day at Disney World. I hope not… But, let’s not kid ourselves… We must be prepared.
Now here are some of the stories we’re reading…
Want to bet on the presidential debate? For the first time ever in the U.S., you can do it legally
FanDuel and DraftKings are offering prop bets on last night’s presidential debate.
Testing Won’t Save Us From Covid-19
Many experts are convinced that fast and easy screening can stop the virus. But that theory fails to account for the messiness of real life.
‘This is a nightmare’: New Yorkers get absentee ballots with the wrong return envelope
Numerous New Yorkers reported Monday that they had received mixed-up return envelopes, which could invalidate their votes if they tried to mail them in.
Ron Paul: Question ‘The Science’? Go To Gulag!
We are witnessing a resurgence here in the U.S. of the idea that to question “the science” is not to seek truth or refine understanding of what appears to be conflicting evidence. No, it is to actually wish harm on one’s fellow Americans.
And let us know what you’re reading at [email protected].
Executive Editor, American Consequences
With P.J. O’Rourke and the Editorial Staff
September 30, 2020