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Like most of you, I move from rage at the outcome of this election, to enormous sadness to find our country where it has arrived. These major shifts of emotions are not only debilitating to my sanity (what there is left of it), but unhelpful to the country. I am so impressed with the strategies for investigating the fraud of the election processes that many people have developed, and the ways we can fight back against the election injustices. But we can’t allow ourselves to be buried in investigations and not find a way beyond the results of this election. We must deal with the hard truth. These are my next steps.
- Acknowledge my outrage at the corruption, fraud and lack of allegiance to the success of this country. I have never been so invested in an election, nor have I ever feared for our future as much as I do now. At the same time, I refuse to let myself be buried under the ugliness and duplicity that has occurred. I must find a way to balance the truth with new opportunities for moving forward. This effort will be so very difficult, but I know this is the only way I can find my way out of this morass.
- Encourage and support every investigation of the processes and outcomes of this election. No stone should be left unturned. We should look at every state we can, study data and procedures, including those that worked well (such as several in Florida) and those that were disasters. We must find a way to shine a light on all the deplorable actions that those in charge took, whether they turned their heads away from the corruption or encouraged it. People should be solicited to report every illegal action that they witnessed, providing evidence whenever possible. And findings should be placed in the hands of the courts.
- Identify every weakness in every system in every state. Prioritize them in the order of most exploitative and least impactful. Since every violation might not be able to be addressed, prioritizing will be important.
- Develop a plan to change the election process that addresses the findings of the investigation; identify which changes would be permissible under the Constitution for the Federal government to institute, and which changes must be left with the states. Build-in processes that will ensure the integrity of the system and minimize fraud. Determine the person or governmental body that is most likely to take the investigation seriously, in terms of publicizing the results and making changes to the system. Find new and creative ways to make sure that people know the results.
- Acknowledge that even if there is ample evidence that the election results were significantly fraudulent, the systems in place may very well prevent changes to be made. We can fight to the end for the truth to win out, for integrity to reign, but in the current environment, we may ultimately lose.
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So how do we as citizens, and the Republicans who are governing, move forward?
We must find a way to deal with reality. That acknowledgment does not mean that we cave in; it simply means that we stop wasting our energy on changing the facts on the ground. We demand that the Republicans only support legislation that is true to Republican principles, and fight the Left’s plans to undermine our country. If our legislators are not clear about the difference, they should be voted out of office.
And lastly, the most painful part, is that we must grieve:
We grieve that our fellow citizens were not astute enough to look beyond Trump’s personality and appreciate his accomplishments and his dedication to our future.
We grieve that we may spend the next several years fighting to preserve our free nation and the Constitution, instead of actualizing more of its potential.
We grieve that our systems are so corrupt that we couldn’t even manage an election process with all the technological tools at hand.
We grieve that the people who have worked so hard over the last five years to destroy Trump couldn’t even wait until all the votes were counted to reject him.
Or wait until justice was served.
We must do everything we can to take back our country.Published in