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Criminalizing Election Integrity? No!

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In short, democracy and our republic depend on the clarity of thought, length of vision backward and forward – and the courage to defend what we know is right when challenged by the left.

Where does “cancel culture” – curbing protected free speech – go from here? “Looking around corners,” we may be getting a hint. Watch closely. If those in power cannot ignore overtalk, delegitimize, dimmish, block, mock, or intimidate conservatives, what’s next? Criminalize them.

Like Biden calling parents “domestic terrorists” for opposing CRT, biology, transgender bathrooms, and dumbed-down math, Democrats appear to be testing the waters – criminalizing opponents is next.

History tells us, the Soviet monster Joe Stalin – like all communists, fascists, theocrats, and autocrats – started in a similar way. Criminalizing your opponents for being your opponents is, in a word, criminal.

So, what is happening? A leading Democrat state governor, Governor Inslee of Washington State, has decided that “elected officials and candidates who lie about election results could face gross misdemeanor or jail time,” that is his plan, way of silencing critics, blunting election integrity dialogue. See, e.g., Washington Democratic Gov. Inslee wants to make lying a crime in certain circumstances.

In what Orwellian world is free speech held hostage – about something as naturally controversial, obviously important, fundamental to the republic, as fair elections, assessing results, talking on them?

If there is one issue that should be an instant “matter of public concern,” resulting in constitutional protection, based on countless cases, it is our electoral process, the way it is done, outcomes averred. 

The notion that objections to elections – based on heartfelt concerns, observations, allegations, inferences, and facts collected – are somehow criminal is just this side of what happened in Russia in 1917, Germany in the 1930s, China today, frankly dozens of crooked countries around the world.

No, criminalizing claims of electoral victory, accusations of defeat, asking for recounts, audits, and time records, skeptically examining and reexamining outcomes, insisting on integrity of for voters and voting, official personnel and machines, security in ballot creation, distribution, collection, tallies, final certifications, is not criminal – and never should be.

We are scientific in the way we create, preserve, and assure outcomes in important sectors, aviation and rocketry, medicine and architecture, engineering to skyscraper construction, radiation measurement to weather modeling, accounting, and transportation to protect from accidents storms, and sun.

We are scientific, methodical, integrity-centered, even preoccupied with accuracy to endless thousandths in countless areas, in some cases down to parts per billion, and we know that is right. Why -in the public sector – would we not be equally concerned about our elections, and for that reason, allow the marketplace of ideas, as the Supreme Court called it, to thrive around them?

The only reason to shut down talk about elections is political chicanery, a combination of short-sightedness, anger or pique, and indifference to assuring integrity, in a word, corruption. Any move in that direction begins to blunt, distort, restrict, and clandestinely control electoral outcomes.

This is the exact reason that such a movement must stop right here. To criminalize electoral claims, cross-claims, and to shut down public discussion around the heart of democracy, the lifeblood of a republic – elections and their legitimacy – is to invite intimidation, autocracy, and one-party rule.

All this is not America, and we may pray never will be. The idea that is canceling opponents by non-coverage, throwing them off social media, disparaging rights, disinviting, villainizing, and rioting is right – is wrong. The notion that someone would notch things up, criminalizing free speech, is utterly wrong.

So, what does this peek around one important corner mean? A back glance at history and forward thought about the dark possibilities mean? What should the lesson be when someone suggests a way to criminalize an objection to an election?

The answer is simple:  No! No to shutting down speech, no to shutting off controversy, no to redefining democracy, no to demonizing critics, no to jamming those seeking answers, no to public officials who want to use their power – to shut off yours. 

In short, democracy and our republic depend on the clarity of thought, length of vision backward and forward – and the courage to defend what we know is right when challenged by the left. This is not complex, not even particularly a matter of law. It is a matter of fairness, honesty, and integrity.

When politics and civil dialogue erode and we are left with power grabs and rule by federal mandate, unrepentant street violence, overreach by those in power, coercion of the process – especially the process by which we would contest an election, count on one thing: We are off track.

Let us lean into the wind, defend our freedoms – especially free speech – and not bow to the storm, which aims to take power from the people, concentrate, alienate, intimidate, and criminalize. All that is unfit for representative democracy – which gave the world representative democracy, America.


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Karen
4 months ago

Reps……you better not shy away from this idiocy going on. Get out there and start talking. We can play the same game as these commies are playing. Think I have lost some friends because I believe in Donald Trump, but I do not give a rat’s a–. If they choose to be idiots, I have no time for them.

BAE
4 months ago

Vote in person, after you show your ID. One day to vote in November not 10 days or 30 days.
What is happening????????????????? Dems are nuts!

Joanne 4 justice.
4 months ago

Wokeism is a true enemy of freedom of speech , and freedom to do critical thinking for self.

Karen
4 months ago

As I have said all along, voting must include identification, policing the count and the states must update their listing bury the dead for sure. Bury the Dems idea too!

Art
4 months ago

Remember the Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform in 2005?? Bipartisan as former President Carter the Democrat and former Secretary of State James Baker the Republican headed this project. The commission addressed voter ID, absentee ballot abuse, poor voter registration records that were not kept clean,and numerous other issues. These are all issues that are being squashed today. The pressure to change has been so great that President Carter recently disavowed his former stance. This administration and the idiots in congress want to move the country to a place that many countries around the world have since abandoned as far as Election Integrity. The foreign countries have embraced Integrity and we now want to abandon it.
THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT A VAST MAJORITY OF THE VOTING PUBLIC HAS NO ISSUES WITH IDs ETC. LET OUR POLITICIANS KNOW WHAT YOU WANT. DON’T ALLOW THEM TO TELL YOU WHAT YOU WANT.

Garye
4 months ago

RBC , Great article!
I just pray that Conservatives heed the call and stay vigilant and strong in opposing EVERYTHING the democrats attempt.
We all know that their ENTIRE AGENDA is about power and money for themselves.
The democrats care NOTHING about the legal Citizens of America, WE are the Enemy!

Garye
4 months ago

The criminals are joebama ,the marxist democrats and ANYONE who is against strict voter ID and Legal Citizens ONLY voting!

Philip Hammersley
4 months ago

Whenever the TRUTH is told, DIMMs can only win in a handful of states. Unfortunately, CA, NY, and IL are all infected by massive voter fraud! The people would have to vote 70% for GOP to overcome all the fraudulent votes from LA, Chitown, and NYC.

R.J. from Arizona
4 months ago

I am sick and tired of the January 6 “insurrection”. The insurrection is going on right now and has been since the Great Bafoon was sworn in. We have a corrupt government clear and simple and nothing is being done to protect and defend our Constitution. I believe even if Repubs take control, this government is so rotten at the core it will make little difference. Toss everyone out, clean house and start over.

Garye
4 months ago

RJ , I’m with you!
The sooner the better for America!

Joanne 4 justice.
4 months ago
Reply to  Garye

Yes toss. Everyone out and clean house !!!!

T.H. in a blue state
4 months ago

Baby diapers and politicians both have to be changed from time to time; and for the same reason.

Peter
4 months ago

“Taxation without representation.” To think Democracy is supposed to protect tax payers! Giving them a voice to direct their investments to programs that are beneficial to them.

Chuck
4 months ago
Reply to  Peter

We have “taxation with representation” and is equally corrupt.

Alfred Henneberger
4 months ago

Hmmm. Less than 22 years ago, Florida was counting hanging chads for Al Gore — the Democrat presidential candidate. Many Democrats never did accept that there hadn’t been some cheating done in Florida to let Bush win. In the end, urged by the Democrats, the Florida Supreme Court violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment by calling for a recount that led to many jokes about ‘hanging chads.’ Bush wasn’t declared the winner until mid-December 2000. Belief in ‘fair’ elections began to fall away until 2021 when Republicans challenged the election results, not conceding until January 6. Was the 2020 election fair and honest? Who knows. Election integrity is important and we do need to tighten up who votes, how votes are collected and when to stop counting. Other countries have already done so.

Garye
4 months ago

Alfred – the last presidential election was a fraud!
Rampant cheating by democrats ,that’s why they did not want forensic audits, they would have been exposed!

T.H. in a blue state
4 months ago

Alfred, don’t forget transparency in the vote counting. Windows covered to conceal the vote counters and ballots from public view, sending judges home and then pulling out thousands of ballots from under the skirts of tables to be counted [what appeared to be] multiple times without oversight by poll judges, ballot harvesting, voter registration rolls, and mail-out ballots all contribute to disaffection for the integrity of an election. The 2020 general election was rampant with these questionable practices that cause wonderment and incredulity.

We need to have and enforce laws that hold poll workers accountable. Finding a carton of uncounted ballots in someone’s car trunk, voting machines connected to the Internet, and lost records can’t be acceptable. No ballots should be counted without certifying the voter, and duplicate votes from relocated, unknown, dead, or unregistered voters MUST be treated as criminal behaviors with serious consequences. Chain of custody requirements are extremely lax if they are followed and enforced at all. These actions create an appearance of grave impropriety.

Opposing poll judges must be present when ballots are counted. Transportation of ballots to any location away from the polling place must be escorted by two or more opposing poll judges. Cameras should record every vote as it is counted, containerized, moved from the voting location, and signatures on custody documents verified.

Voters and their votes mean nothing if the tabulating and counting processes are not crystal clear for everyone to observe without question.

Jocie Taylor
4 months ago

Now think about the title on what this is there was no way repeat no way that Biden and his group should have got in had it been a fair and honest election so us Republicans what are we going to do about it

Hal
4 months ago
Reply to  Jocie Taylor

Rest assured, the Democraps will leave no stone unturned in any and all upcoming elections. That is probably the only way they can win. Hence, the Republicans need to focus more in fixing faults and weak spots in all future elections because at this juncture in time, I don’t think the Democraps can legitimately win any significant election without doing some rigging in the process. Of course, Delaunaware is an exception. It is too messed up to fix given the Biden family residual control of the States voting process in a near near future time span.i

Donald Brewer Jr
4 months ago

I live in Washington State where voter fraud through mail in ballet voting is prevalent in the five western democrat counties making up the majority of the population in the state. Thousands of illegal non-citizens are registered to vote in Washington State. The result is the democrat progressive socialist run the state and large cities like Seattle.

Sher
4 months ago

How very sad. With the DemonRats, nothing is off limits from FRAUD. They are truely EVIL. Those in Goverment office with power are among the worst of EVIL.

Joanne 4 justice.
4 months ago
Reply to  Sher

It’s only absolutely about power, control and $$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

Garye
4 months ago

Don that’s why the state is going backward, more democrat failure!

SJT
4 months ago

Call your Senators and tell them you do not support the phony Voter Rights Act (that just passed the House). Do not get rid of the Filibuster. ID’s are required for many things and absolutely must be required for voting to protect the integrity of our elections. Tax dollars should not be used in a 6-1 match for candidates. If I choose to support a candidate, that is my personal choice, not the government’s.

Judy
4 months ago
Reply to  SJT

I only tried once to contact a state Rep. They do not live in the same reality, Dems live in their own created reality.
They no longer acknowledge us. COVID-19 is their excuse from here on out to ignore Conservatives, who by the way are most of the working stiffs who pays their salaries.
Thanks to Clinton, Bush and Obama we are entering into Communist rule.

Joanne 4 justice.
4 months ago
Reply to  Judy

Dems twist words and facts and reality with huge expertise. They have been doing it YEARS AND YEARS!

Hal
4 months ago
Reply to  SJT

Tax dollars should NOT be used to support any political campaign or participant.

Garye
4 months ago
Reply to  SJT

SJT ,
If it’s a democrat, Senate or Representative in Michigan you’ll recieve No response or a form letter piece telling of their accomplishments.
They NEVER answer your question or acknowledge your concern.
To ALL democrats here we are an inconvenience, a deplorable who they depise!
ALL Marxist democrats in Michigan and Nationally must be THROWN OUT of office!

Ty
4 months ago

You won’t read these facts (truths), posted on AARP’s website; however, somehow the facts have to reach their readers so, they finally get exposed to these (truths). AARP readers are still accepting the big Biden lie. After all, these facts would mean they were wrong! Suck it up buttercup! During the 2020 campaign, the now NMP Biden said to the to the American people, ” You can’t confuse facts with truth!” Yet, AARP and their readers donated and voted for NMP Biden, which is a fact and the truth! Biden’s handlers realized early on that they had to lay out a smoke screen, thick enough, to cover up his total lack of ethics and personal flaws like his disdain for others, (“Your not black if you don’t vote for me.”) and his blatant dishonesty, like the business dealings with and for his son in the Ukraine and his family dealings in China. You really don’t believe the water color paintings sold by Hunter Biden have a commerical value of hundreds of thousands of dollar do you? These personal flaws were ignored by the media and ended up allowing him to be the selected as the canadate for the DNC, the new elitist and radically socialist party, in the 2020 election. Stalin once said something he knew about voting, it’s not how many votes are cast, it’s who does the counting. Scary huh? That’s NMP Bidens truth and if it wasn’t the truth why hasn’t he and his handlers answered these questions with facts. Reach out to your local represenatives, state and federal and ask them to give you some facts on some of these issues. You know what you will get, smoke; however, if enough people reach out these represenatives might pick up on the need for facts and truth or they may not have a job next year.

Hal
4 months ago
Reply to  Ty

You just hit on why I’m an AMAC member! The Democrats subverted the AARP years ago!

PaulE
4 months ago

RBC,

This is nothing more than the Democrats seeking a means to ensure they never lose any federal election ever again, now that they have control of the WH, Congress and have mostly neutralized the Supreme Court. They have NO intention of allowing the American people to repeat what they did to them starting in the 2010 midterms, when enough people saw what the Democrats were really all about and began the process of removing Democrats from control of Congress and eventually also the Presidency. So the Democrat solution to that problem is to change the rules around voting to a degree that effectively eliminates the voice of the people, the vote, as a means to effect change. Thus ensuring the outcome will always be the Democrats hold a lock on power in both the WH and Congress to enact whatever “transformative changes” (sociallist policies to achieve the desired end goal) they see fit without any potential interference from the public at the ballot box.

There really is no need to over think it and talk about civil dialogue and the rest of the historical issues, as the Democrats are generally completely uninterested in any of that. To them, all that matters is attaining and maintaining power indefinitely by any means necessary. Why do you think they keep sneaking the language of H.R.1 / S.R.1 into virtually every bill they draft? It was even in the so-called bi-partisan infrastructure bill until some Republican members of Congress threatened to withhold their support of that disasterous bill until the language was stricken from the final bill.

What most Republicans in Washington need to do is talk plainly to the American people and explain the end goal of the Democrat Party, rather than being bogged down in trying to be politically correct and dancing around the issue to the point of most of them coming off as nearly incoherent. Yes I know many establishment Republicans still foolishly think if they are politically correct enough and vague enough in how they speak, they will get members of the Democrat Party to like them and some Democrat voters to maybe even vote for them. However, that is the same dysfuntional thinking that has been proven wrong time and time again. Time for the Republican Party to show a spine and have an honest and frank discussion about the real truth behind all the Democrat initiatives being pushed by the Democrat Party and the mainstream media.

As much as you may dislike Trump for some of his tweets and direct manner, the laid out the reality of most issues clearly for the American people to understand they responded by supporting him in overwhelming numbers for four years. So there is value in being up-front and honest with the American people concerning the motives of the Democrat Party. The alternative is to continue on the present course of dancing around all these Democrat objectives and hoping that two Democrat Senators don’t cave to their Party before the midterms. That’s a real iffy proposition to bet the future of a country on.

Linda
4 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Absolutely, agree with PaulE on this one! You have said it well, and I hope to see more conservatives with a backbone stand up to the tyranny. It can’t be won by one man alone.

Michelle
4 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

First off, we are not a democracy, we are a Constitutional Republic. Trying to pass an Unconstitutional doesn’t make it a law. Any law that these idiots try to pass that goes against the Constitution is null

Carol
4 months ago
Reply to  Michelle

Not if the Supreme Court doesn’t stop it! Obamacare was unconstitutional but the Roberts decided to change the wording to make it constitutional! Now we are stuck with it like other bad leftist policies and our health care system has suffered because of it. And as long as the education system of this country is indoctrinating students to become good little leftist activists, more and more of the voters don’t have a problem with Marxist crap! If we want to save this country and it’s freedoms, we all need to educate as many who will listen to what the Democrats are doing and since the Republican legislators have a bully pulpit, they need to stand together and get out their and speak the TRUTH!!! Or we will become a socialist nation where everyone is a slave to the Democrats! Animal Farm is here!

B. Schmidt
4 months ago
Reply to  Michelle

What about presidential mandates? Biden considers them law, even though they were never voted on by Congress. What about open borders? Entirely ILLEGAL, yet Biden and the crooks in Washington mandated them. What about the “law” now in New York City that allows illegals to vote, even though they are not citizens? What about Biden siccing his FBI secret-police thugs on anyone who dares to object to CRT and “wokeism” being taught in schools, calling those objectors “Domestic Terrorists?” A “Domestic Terrorist” merely for exercising one’s rights guaranteed under the First Amendment? Really?

Our government in Washington, D.C. has become nothing more than a clone of Hitler’s brown-shirt stormtroopers before and during WWII. The next step for him and the treacherous Socialists who now run the country is to build another Dachau, where thousands of innocent people were placed and ultimately died due to disease, starvation, beatings, death marches, and outright executions.

Our country was established to ensure control by its citizens. As it has finally evolved, our votes are tainted and really count for nothing. Our government now makes its own laws, and as such controls our daily lives……whether we like it or not. Time for drastic change, but anyone who tries will be jailed by a government who can lie with impunity.

Judy
4 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Paul, you’re not only a smart man, but also very intelligent, in my opinion. It is a gift, and not many can claim to it. I think I remember you not totally agreeing with one of my comments, but I considered what you said in your comment…you didn’t reply to mine, but you expressed your disapproval in a following comment. Like you stated, don’t have to like or agree with a person’s views but if in general they believe what is more beneficial for all, then we put our differences aside.
I’ve wondered if you have already had a taste of politics personally. Whether you have or haven’t, if you were ever to run for high office to represent us, I would surely vote for you. We need intelligent as well as educated people in office. It’s amazing to me the incredible level of ‘educated stupidity’ I call it, in our government system. None of them I believe are truly intelligent, except for maybe Joe Manchin; but I think he has enough of a conscience to see what his own Party is doing to this country. Can’t always believe what you see and hear on Social Media though. I can’t think of any other reason why Manchin is opposing them, unless they have some evil plan to get him into the Republican Party pretending to want what we want, and then fulfill the Dems desires in totality. I pray not, but these days one never knows. Anyhow Paul, I appreciate your smarts and your knowledge of our political history. Let us know if you ever decide to run for high office, you seem to have not only the credibility, but the stomach for it.

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