It is very disheartening to witness the ongoing attempts to over turn the Presidential election results. Normally, the election comes and people go to the polls to vote and then later that evening or the next day, the winners are announced and the political cycle starts over again for the next term.
This year distrust and conspiracy theories have drug the process out beyond any thing the founding fathers would ever imagine. People have lost all common sense and decency while refusing to accept the certified results of the election.
Losing isn’t new – it happens in every election. Sometimes the margin of victory is large and sometimes its small, but there is always just one winner. When the margin is very very close, there are means by which the voting results are recounted to assure the votes were counted correctly. Eventually, the results are certified and folks that I trust do a great job, regardless of their political affiliation. I trust the process and believe the results. We have been at this long enough and learned how to hold elections that are fundamentally fair and run with appropriate amount of oversight protections. Heck, we are so good at running elections that we often assist other countries when called upon to do so, to assure that their elections are run fair and square.
The Constitution clearly defines that rights for electing the president. And although those rights, rules, and guidelines have been modified a little over the years – they continue to support that each STATE will be responsible for assigning the electors that will eventually vote for the president of the United States of America.
Each state has the responsibility to hold the election and determine the outcome. I do not believe they gave other states the right to question those results. Each state has the right and responsibility to question their OWN state results all they want, but not other states. The electors in other states are NOT disenfranchised if people in a neighboring state vote and certify their results, the way they do it. It is ridiculous to even imagine how anyone would think that they have that right.
Abraham Lincoln paraphrased the following passage from the Bible, Matthew 12:25, when he spoke of a house divided:
And Jesus knew their [the Pharisees’] thoughts, and said unto them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.”
We are at a crossroads where we must revisit this thought, to determine which way it will be.
Do we stand by and allow the house to fall, or do we unite in support of this great social experiment called democracy?
If we continue down the current path of mistrust and actions driven by unsubstantiated notions and lies, we will have failed as a nation. If we continue down the current path of uncompromising, selfish, rigid, stubborn, partison politics – we will have failed as a nation.
I am hopeful that the SCOTUS will return a very short and terse statement to the suit filed by the losing political party today. I am hopeful that they will indicate not only is there NO legal basis for the suit, but that actions like this are frivolous and do unmeasurable harm to the republic which we are all part of. I trust that the reason those people have been placed in such high authority to interpret the laws of this country is because they will put any and all political affiliations aside and do what the constitution indicates is the law.
I am hopeful that the Supreme Court judges that all took the oath to uphold the Constitution to heart and act accordingly, Unlike so many of the people that have supported the conspiracy theory notion being put before them.
Trust is the foundation of our democracy. Trust is included in the very oath taken by so many that seem to have forgotten (or never truly believed in) that oath.
I have to wonder what is really going on here?