(An excerpt from my new eBook "f'd: For Your Own Good")
The recent Presidential election was counterfeit. It may have passed as legitimate to some, but anyone with a discerning eye recognized it for what it was, a lousy representation of the genuine article. Unfortunately, it has now been passed around for so long, and so many people have participated in the crime, we all just wish it wasn't so.
In our Constitutional Republic the voting franchise is one of the most important and valuable possessions we have. Millions of American patriots have laid down their lives to give and preserve that precious right for the American people.
Other than volunteers at polling places, who is looking out for voter rights? What is the security device, the authority that serves to stand guard over that precious jewel? Aren't Americans entitled to have their voting franchise protected from fraud? From being hijacked by some unknown force, some anarchist group, or some unseen cyber pirates?
If we are supposed to be a Constitutional Republic that gives citizens the power to govern themselves, then how do we do that if we can't trust our governmental authorities to protect the integrity of our ballot?
By extending the voting process to mail in, to vote by proxy and to count votes using computer devices, aren't we compromising accountability?
When citizens vote, massive amounts of power change hands. Are we supposed to believe that isn't attractive to power hungry humans?
Come on, man, we all know power releases immense amounts of dopamine.
The slightest hint of fraud in the election process suggests a cancerous tumor is present and should it be malignant, it would certainly be deadly to our Constitutional Republic.
No system of self-government can exist without a secure system of collecting the will of the people. Representative government is a myth if the vehicle of representation is simply a realistic facsimile, an electronic digit, or a ballot with no connection to an established identity.
Listening to claims that the election was rigged is like having the flu. For a few days you think you are going to die, but in a week or so you start feeling normal and you quickly forget how sick you were.
Before long you simply go back to normal and wait for next time. This has become the standard political reaction to any claim of "stolen" elections. The major parties just look the other way, which implies that they both participate in some form of cheating.
Most people hate the idea that cheating is in any way acceptable. It doesn't matter what party you favor; most Americans understand that there is no such thing as being a "little bit crooked". Americans on both sides of the political aisle hate getting f'd.