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Earlier this week, Michael Anton wrote an essay at American Greatness that asked an interesting question: Why do the Election’s Defenders Require My Agreement? It really is an interesting question because, in the end, they got exactly what they wanted: Joe Biden is the President. Donald Trump is gone to Mar-a-Lago. What more do they want/need? Well, it seems that they require that everyone agree that the 2020 election was run completely above board. It was the essence of American Democracy and had zero corruption at any level. To even question such a thing is to strike a blow at the very fabric of our country and to commit the sins of sedition and insurrection.
It seems that there are only two opinions that can be held today: that the 2020 election was perfect in every way, that Joe Biden won, fair and square, and that this is a repudiation of everything that Trump stood for. The other is that the election was stolen and you support Trump trying to stage a coup and install himself as El Presidente for life.
What is amazing is how the “official” line brooks no dissent from its orthodoxy. Look at Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz and their questioning of the 2020 election. To even bring up an official question about the conduct of the election got them excoriated by the Left, and abandoned by the Right. If you really press someone they might admit that every election has fraud, but that there is no proof that this one had enough fraud to overturn the result. Don’t you love that moving goalpost?
For them, it seems, fraud is OK, as long as it isn’t so blatant that the person gets caught, or large enough that it obviously changes the results. In fact, even when it is blatant and large enough to actually affect the outcome, we daren’t talk about it. What if the people realize that the elections aren’t actually as above board as they think they are? What if they realize that they haven’t been for a long time? What if they realize that we have always known that, but it wasn’t worth it to us to stop them because we benefit from the corrupt system?Published in