I want to get this post up in a timely manner for tonight’s last debate of the most fractious political season since the Confederates finally decided to open fire on Ft Sumter. In my decades I have never seen the country so frustrated and choose our candidates so unwisely. For the Left, the years of revisionist education in unionized government schools has finally paid off. My fear is that we will look back on the advent of Obama as our Ft Sumter.
Tonight we are having debate night with friends at Casa Rebane. A big fire in the fireplace, hot pizza and crisp salad, with freshly baked apple pie. And all washed down with appropriate amounts of martoonis and other libations to satisfy the anticipated need for analgesics and anesthesia. Hope you all are also fortifying yourselves for a night to remember. More after we recover whatever wits remain after the debate.
[Later] Well, save for accepting the results of the election, the Donald did himself proud against Hillary, who was wooden and prerecorded. Trump's correct answer should have been, 'Chris, of course I'll accept the election results like everyone else in the country; unless, of course, something real smelly turns up. At that time I would look at our legal options and take appropriate actions. What would you do instead?'
[20oct16 update] Looks like the whole country has discovered and succumbed to a new clinical condition that affects the masses, Hanging Chad Amnesia.
But the good news is that another tenet of the Left’s belief system has leaked out in Queen Hillary’s response to Trump’s “wavering” on pre-accepting election results. She was all agog at the notion – “That’s horrifying. That is not the way our democracy works!”
But of course that is exactly how our democracy works. For over two centuries our elections have been contested by a free people when they suspected that something wasn’t right. The uncountable recounts and court challenges are part and parcel of the glorious history of our democratic republic. It is under collectivist authoritarian regimes in which the results of elections – no matter how unbelievable – are accepted quietly by the unsuccessful candidates and a compliant public.
And only our Left maintains that our elections have a miniscule record of voter fraud. In the process they accuse thousands of volunteer poll workers of lying over the years when these have submitted reports of tens of voters with the same address, the long dead voters, voting in multiple jurisdictions, more votes for one candidate than the total registered, unidentifiable people voting, and on and on. That these grass roots volunteers never have the wherewithal to mount a court challenge against the establishment leaves all these reports fallow, and confirms to the cynical and/or light thinkers on the Left that all is good and proper with our electoral process.
Last night Chris Wallace’s question on the topic was simply inane, and demonstrated his acumen as a correspondent while revealing his well-established bias. The breathless post-debate pundit commentaries on Fox News and today’s banner headlines – “Trump Wavers on Committing to Results of Election” – in so-called conservative newspapers like the WSJ demonstrates that the Fourth Estate is in lockstep against a Trump presidency. These principles-optional pragmatists would rather have an incompetent and a demonstrated crook dripping with scandals occupy the White House, than risk an outsider who promises to shake things up in a town encrusted in corruption.
But the saddest thing of all is still our Great Divide. On this morning’s NPR interviews with supporters of both sides, one thing stood out crystal clear – the two sides live in different universes. The Left believes in a Hillary that is as innocent and pure as the pristine figure she cut last night in her snow white outfit. Among the evidence rejected is the entire collection of emails which are written off as having been doctored since they came from Wikileaks presumably supplied by Russian hackers.
To get the flavor of all this from one of our neighbors, I refer you to our local leftwinger Ms Lynn Wenzel on The Union’s editorial board. Today (20oct16) she writes an exculpatory column ‘Setting the Record Straight’(sic!!??) in which the entire massive rightwing conspiracy against “the most honest politician of the 2015-16 campaign” is explained. That Wenzel’s views are shared by tens of millions of Americans is the real problem for the rest of us. With so much evidence pouring in, I and the other tens of millions of Americans can confidently continue to conclude that no progressive today will represent our interests in how our society should be informed and governed.