Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Beware the Beginnings


The campaign to confuse and confound Americans by instilling doubt in the security and honesty of the election system continues unabated by President Trump despite repeated failures in the courts where evidence and not allegations are required to support claims.

Yesterday, one of my favorite morning email reads, Wake up to Politics reports:

  • Trump told reporters for the first time last week that he would leave the White House if Biden’s win is finalized by the Electoral College next month. However, he has continued to falsely claim that the election was “rigged” and that he was the true winner. “What kind of a court system is this?” he asked in a Fox News interview on Sunday, bemoaning his repeated legal failures. 
I have an answer for that question! It is a court system that requires proof. Proof is the one thing lacking from the fraud allegations espoused by the president's legal team. They say they have signed statements and documents and depositions, but in fact they have nothing but here-say and anecdotes.

I read a thought provoking Opinion piece in the New York Times yesterday which drew similarities between the the Trump "Stop the Steal" strategy with one used by the Germans after the end of World War 1 which convinced the populace that Germany did not lose the war. It was written by Jochen Bittner and is titled

I am going to quote the last two paragraphs from the opinion piece in hopes that they will encourage you to click on the link and read the entire historical perspective. 

In such a landscape of social fragmentation, Mr. Trump’s baseless accusations about electoral fraud could do serious harm. A staggering 88 percent of Trump voters believe that the election result is illegitimate, according to a YouGov poll. A myth of betrayal and injustice is well underway.

It took another war and decades of reappraisal for the Dolchstosslegende to be exposed as a disastrous, fatal fallacy. If it has any worth today, it is in the lessons it can teach other nations. First among them: Beware the beginnings.

Beware the beginnings! Food for thought. What may be underway here is not aimed at 2020, but at 2024 and beyond. The fate of our Republic hangs in the balance.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD


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