I read two articles this morning about President Trump’s call for an investigation into voter fraud during presidential election years. One was from the Associated Press and called up weak assertions that past assertions of voter fraud were insignificant overall. These voter fraud deniers were largely the statements of state officials entrusted with managing elections. Why wouldn’t they reject assertions that they weren’t doing the job? To admit voter fraud would mean they’d have to do something about it, and that would upset the mostly Democratic Party apple cart.
I saw the second article pushed on me by my cell phone push system was from the New York Times. I thought ‘Hey, the NYT has become a liberal pamphlet but they still hire some decent reporters.” Far worse! Their article, by reporters Jonathan Weisman and Steve Eder, begins with the a priori conclusion that Trump is lying! Read it yourself but if you don’t have time, here is how it begins:I
“Standing by his false allegations of extensive voter fraud, President Trump promises a “major investigation.”
False allegations? How do they come up with “false allegations?” How the New York Times can use such a self-condemning and Orwellian phrase like “false allegations” astounds me. An allegation is an allegation. What is a “false allegation?” I’ll tell you what a ‘false allegation’ is – a false allegation is a reporter who believes he/she can dictate the news rather than find facts and then report those facts.
Everyone knows there is voter fraud. The issue is more to determine how much voter fraud there is and how much can political parties get away with before they’re prosecuted?
I’ll tell you where I’m coming from. I was a Republican election monitor at two national elections, both of them resulting in the election of George W. Bush. My ‘spot’ was sort of out in the boonies of Pennyslvania where I was virtually assaulted by a team of Democrats who barged in from somewhere shouting and intimidating anyone and asking loudly how anyone could vote for idiot Bush. The guy leading them was about six foot six, maybe 250 (I’m good at guessing weight b/c I was a boxing trainer for a good number of years) and he had some followers who were far less intimidating but who, I assumed, were going to be duplicate voters.
What I’m saying is not factual proof of voter fraud but it bears investigation. Also bearing investigation is another voter, a Bulgarian immigrant ( a legal immigrant possessing a valid green card), who told me he voted Republican (that was a surprise) in the same election. He was not a citizen yet. I know this because I personally drove him to Philadelphia for his citizenship swearing in ceremony. It was during our ride to the Philadelphia INS swearing-in ceremony that he told me he had voted in two elections, and so did many of his Bulgarian (not yet citizens) acquaintances.
Both of these anecdotes provide opportunities for plausible denial, which seems to be the mainstay of people running national elections. But I know what I know and you should know it too.
It is hard to believe that there has been no serious or extensive federal investigation of the entire process which is so important to our democracy. This is in a country that has done extensive investigations into such vital topics as cow farts.