The only source of legitimacy of government in America is from the people—that is the voters rather than the vote counters.
At the time of the founding of the United States, Samuel Adams stated, “Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that…he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.”
At a turning point in the survival of the nation after the Civil War’s bloodiest battle, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, stating that “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Fast forward to the present, two years into Donald Trump’s presidency, almost exactly two years before she passed away, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg reminded us that “We have the oldest written constitution still in force in the world, and it starts out with three words, “We, the people.”
It’s necessary to investigate, identify and correct vote counting irregularities and ballot fraud in all states with a high incidence because honest elections are the fundamental source of legitimacy of the United States government. Because that legitimacy only comes from the people, it would be a betrayal of who we are—a sort of national suicide—to allow massive vote counting irregularities and ballot fraud in multiple states to stand.
After attempting but failing to remove Trump from office through the Mueller Commission’s alleged Russian collusion investigation and Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment hearings, it should come as no surprise that Democratic Party operatives seized on the Corona virus crisis in Trump’s fourth year.
They took advantage of the lockdowns and public fear and pushed specific actions to game the system to increase their delivery of votes leading up to Election Day on Nov. 3.
First, they legitimized the wholesale distribution of ballots and mail-in balloting, and then they blanketed the swing states with armies of lawyers filing suits to challenge voter ID laws, signature verification laws and extending the deadlines for mail-in ballots.
Changing rules in these ways in key swing states in the months leading up to Election Day created ambiguities that contributed to voting irregularities, such as filing fraudulent ballots from dead people still on the voter rolls, ballot harvesting, over-voting, ballot dumps and other fraud and poll place shenanigans.
While many have justified taking extreme action to stop Trump because they don’t like his manner of talking, tweeting and exposing corruption in the establishment of which they are a part, the integrity of elections is far more important than the political personality of any President. Electoral integrity is the very bedrock of our constitutional republic and the democratic process.
With the mainstream media coverage of the Trump administration continuing to be 90+ percent negative and state officials’ and lower courts’ inclination to take the course of denial and avoid ruling because of technicalities rather than face the consequences, public reaction and the shame of widespread vote fraud, the way forward continues to be an uphill battle.
With distrust, division and corruption being so prevalent—particularly in the big cities of the contested states—as to nullify the seriousness of over 400 affidavits documenting vote fraud and polling place irregularities, documentation of more votes cast than registered voters, and overwhelming evidence of massive computer driven vote manipulation associated with key states’ use of Dominion Voting Systems, the Supreme Court should be compelled to adjudicate.
There are pending cases in state courts in Michigan and Federal District Courts in Pennsylvania and Georgia that are likely to rise to the Supreme Court’s adjudication.
The American people cannot allow fraudulent election results or even the appearance of such to stand. It undermines the Constitution and demoralizes the citizenry. When people lose confidence in the integrity of elections, their respect for government is eroded and their willingness to comply with it is lost
Some Democrats may want to pursue the easier course of denial and ignore the facts of massive vote fraud because it delivered their desired results, but the world is watching to see what we do as a nation. At this crucial time, choosing to own up to corruption and correct a fraudulent election would demonstrate the virtue of Americans and our Constitutional system, and actually improve our stature in the world.
The other choice—to let proven election and vote fraud stand—would irreparably damage the nation’s moral authority and relegate the United States to the status of banana republics and communist regimes.
Few may realize it, but the genius of the Constitution provides a way forward in presidential elections should either the states’ failiure to certify their vote or the Court’s ruling to call a new election or disqualify the certification of votes in contested states deny either candidate from achieving the necessary 270 Electoral College votes.
In such unusual circumstances, Article II of the Constitution and its 12th Amendment lays out a provision to put the election of the President in hands of the U.S. House of Representatives—the people’s house—with each state getting one vote, with that vote being decided by the weighting of Party representation in each state.
As a result of the November 3 election, with 27 states now having more Republican than Democratic Congressmen, and 20 states having more Democratic than Republican Congressmen, and three states being evenly split, the Presidential election would be called for Trump.
Even if it delays inauguration day, we must see this process through to identify and eliminate election and vote fraud problems. If not now, when?… as failure to act will likely bring on dire consequences of never again having free and just elections.
We simply cannot remain a free and optimistic people with a government that is of the people, by the people, and for the people if we fail to defend and uphold the Constitution and fail to restore integrity and trust to the electoral process.
Scott Powell is senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and founder of RemingtonRand LLC, a partner level legal search firm. Reach him at scottp@discovery.Org
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