More about election fraud

When Richard J. Daley was mayor of Chicago, his workers had a strategy on election day. As vote totals were announced, they would withhold the counts from some precincts in the city, waiting to see how many Republican votes had been cast in the rest of Illinois (what Chicagoans call “downstate”). They would then know how many ballots to report so that the Democratic Party would win the statewide election. Most notoriously, this practice allowed John Kennedy to receive the electoral votes of Illinois in 1960. Richard Nixon knew that vote fraud had been committed in Chicago and other places. He chose not to challenge the election in court, figuring that such a challenge would be bad for the United States. Eight years later, Nixon finally was elected President.

The appearance that Daley’s method has been imitated this year in Milwaukee, Detroit, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and other Democratic strongholds is strong. President Trump has already accused the Democrats of cheating. Court cases have been filed. If the President and his lawyers have clear and convincing evidence of fraud, they should pursue these cases. It would be convenient if someone were to confess to filling out dozens or hundreds of ballots before or during or after the election. Next best is if people in these cities have seen others filling out multiple ballots. No judge is going to disqualify ballots and reverse the election results without compelling evidence of fraud. Suspicion alone is not enough. Proof must be presented in the courtroom; presumably, the President’s lawyers are gathering that evidence.

American courts traditionally are reluctant to take part in political struggles over elections. The election of 2000 was an exception, as the Supreme Court placed a limit on the time State of Florida officials could spend examining and recounting ballots. After that deadline passed, some journalists provided funds to continue the recount. In the end, more votes in Florida were cast for Bush than for Gore, so the Supreme Court’s intervention did not overturn the election results. (This does not stop some Democrats, even twenty years later, from insisting that the election was stolen by the Court.)

If a court decision identifies and excludes fraudulent ballots, changing the outcome of the election that has been reported this week, no doubt there will be an outcry and demonstrations in the streets. That likelihood should have no influence on any judge’s decision. The rest of us, though, should be aware and prepared, even as many business owners prepared for violence election night, speculating that President Trump might be declared the winner in spite of all the polls and prognostications that said that Vice President Biden and the Democrats would win by a landslide.

In 1876, the election was close, and three states had two groups of electors, one supporting Republican Hayes and one supporting Democrat Tilden. Instead of taking the case into the courts, leaders of both parties met and worked out a compromise. Hayes received the support of the compromise and became President. Democrats were granted political power in the southern states, power that had previously been denied them because of their part in the Civil War. When the pre-war officials regained their power, Reconstruction effectively ended. African Americans were disenfranchised and civil rights were denied. This situation lasted several generations, and its repercussions have not yet ended in the United States.

I cannot imagine any compromise that would satisfy the Republicans and the Democrats of 2020. The current question that must be answered is whether evidence—clear and convincing evidence—proves massive vote fraud that changed the election results. Americans must trust the judicial branch of the government to perform its duties in the balance of powers, defending what is right and striking down what is wrong. The Constitution will survive this crisis as it has survived crises in the past. America remains strong enough to weather this storm. J.

25 thoughts on “More about election fraud

  1. Given Facebook and Twitter are censoring people, I will move off both. Never made much of a commitment anyway.

    Proof of fraud is important, but I think the violations of Article II, Section 1 will, if anything does, carry the day. The goal, I hope, will be to show that key officials violated the Constitution and abetted the commission of fraud. If fraud can be proven people should be charged and sent to jail. If enough voters can be convinced they lost their vote because of the jerks, the jerks will be convicted.

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    • As I wrote above, the proof must be clear and convincing. Statistical improbability will not carry the day (although improbable statistics signal where investigators should start looking). Meanwhile, moving business away from Facebook, Twitter, and Google is a good idea–both because they used their power to influence the vote (and citizens’ response to announced results) and because they are acting like monopolies that ought to be challenged. J.

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  2. Very well put. As a resident of Wisconsin I have been very interested in the fraud issue. The most questionable results come from a central counting facility for mail-in ballots which processes mail-in ballots from 38 municipalities accross the state, including Milwaukee. I have no evidence of fraud, but the numbers are very strange. If anything fraudulent is happening in Wisconsin that is the epicenter. Very compelling piece.

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    • When the vote count was leaning the other direction, the mainstream media was certain that the remaining ballots would mostly be for Mr. Biden. This week the mainstream media is equally certain that there was absolutely no fraud in any of the states that ended up being credited to Mr. Biden. I find those certainties very questionable. J.

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      • There’s fraud in every election. The meaningful question isn’t whether there is any fraud at all, it’s whether there was enough fraud to change the outcome…and as you noted, it requires some sort of proof, not just a hunch or a belief. I don’t like to take the word of 3rd parties over anything so I went and read the legal briefs that had been filed and the ones I read were pretty weak.

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  3. Excellent history lesson and encouragement just to wait for the courts to decide. I have turned off all news since the media keeps touting the election “results.” There are no results yet because there are still states counting and there is alleged fraud and court cases pending. Whatever happens, God is still in control, even of Joe and Kamala. They can do nothing without God’s allowing it to happen, so we shall see.

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  4. I have a question, Mr. Salvageable. How do you know that any of your allegations in your first paragraph are true?

    Pardon my ignorance, if this is common historical knowledge. I have spent much of my life avoiding news reports, because — prior to the 30 or so Neurofeedback treatments that I had in 2017 — my PTSD was too badly triggered by the violence that is frequently reported in the news.

    I have never heard anything about what you allege in your first paragraph regarding Illinois elections. Not even in the history classes I took in school. I know you are a history teacher, so I would appreciate it if you could enlighten me.

    Regardless of who is in the White House, our God is forever on His throne. And, as Jesus told Pontius Pilate: “My kingdom is not of this world.” (See John 36:18). Praise God!

    The Bible also tells us that they will know we are Christians by our love. Not by our political beliefs. Not by how we vote. But by our love. I haven’t personally seen any evidence of love coming out of the current administration. However, only God knows what is hidden in our hearts, and only He can rightfully determine who is, and who is not, a true Christian.

    I am almost halfway through your book about the Christian and depression. Doing lots of highlighting! I’m so glad you wrote it.

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    • I’m delighted that you are enjoying and benefiting from my book. As far as Daley’s political machine, I recommend “Boss: Richard J. Daley of Chicago” by Mike Royko, Signet Books, 1971. You should be able to get a copy through your local library. Refer to the index for page numbers referring to “voter fraud”–however, I think you might gain a lot by reading the entire book. Amen to “our God is forever on his throne.” J.

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  5. Well done, Salvageable. Regardless of their impact, America is not her leadership. This is a country of the people, by the people, and for the people. We’re kind of acting like this is some kind of custody battle between feuding parents over who gets the kids. Nonsense we’re Americans, we govern ourselves. Things can get a bit rocky for us with bad leadership, but we need to stop perceiving our identity as being in the hands of our elected officials.

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  6. I can only pray so—
    Traditionally the judicial branch was not meant to be as strong as say the other two branches— as you say, the court really does not like to mire itself in the matter of elections—
    The American people have been duped, so seem to think those who conspired against this president for the last near 5 years…
    And so now Beto will be working against the 2nd amendment, AOC will be wrecking havoc with a green new deal, walls will be dismantled, courts will be packed, gerrymandering will rear its ugly head and taxes will skyrocket as all these new wonders will need funding, I wonder how well this democracy of ours will weather a socialist onslaught??!! 😣

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    • Evidently, the Republican party still holds a slim majority in the Senate. That will put some brakes on the coming chaos. We citizens need to remain vigilant, defend what is right and oppose what is wrong, pray for our country and all its leaders, and trust that the Lord remains in control, that the world is still in his hands. J.

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    • That is up to us. We can lose hope in America, bury ourselves, and expect the worst. Or we can keep on praying, keep on speaking for what is right, and keep on trusting that the Lord has a plan, that all that has happened is part of it, and that all will turn out, in the long run, for the good. J.

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      • When I look at it one way, this is an opportunity to adopt a tighter focus, to pour my efforts into home and family and put the world and its strife out of my mind. This is welcome and the way it used to be. No matter what comes, to commit to doing and saying the righteous things, especially in world in which that will be increasingly unwelcome.
        On the other hand I am hurt. As I look through Facebook, where I have had conversations over the last couple days, I see that I’ve likely been “unfollowed” by many of my friends. In all the mix of emotions right now, I am hurt by that. I was not offensive nor aggressive. I just disagreed. I am virtually removed from the lives of people I love because I offered a differing viewpoint. I begin to feel the disregard, the hate, directed toward me. It’s very sad.

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      • I purposely stayed off Facebook all week. Some of my family and friends are very vocal anti-Trump, while others are strongly pro-Trump. When I posted on Facebook, it was about other things, never politics. So I doubt anyone unfriended me this week. But I didn’t need to be exposed to any of their screaming. J.

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