The Democrats and the media keep trying to attack symptoms through a January 6th Commission, when what we really need is to attack the disease through a November 3rd Commission. I am willing to say what so many squishy, establishment Republicans will not say: The 2020 election was stolen from President Trump.
America needs a November 3rd Commission to sort through what happened so mistakes are better understood, and ballot security measures are taken to protect the integrity of future elections.
When I raised my right hand as a Marine and pledged my honor to defend The Constitution, I was also pledging to defend the right of every American to have their voice heard through the sanctity of their vote. When criminals cheat in elections, they are disenfranchising the Constitutional rights of their neighbors to partake in our incredible Democracy.
States should mandate photo ID in order to vote. If citizens need to show a photo ID to receive welfare benefits or fly Delta Airlines, then we should also need to show a photo ID to vote. If Democrat activists like Ilhan Omar and John Kasich had to show a photo ID in order to enter and speak at the Democrat National Convention, then there’s obviously nothing racist about photo ID.
States should also require signature verification for all absentee ballots. States should prohibit all unsecured ballot drop box locations so there is no tampering with the sanctity of the vote. And states should prevent ballot harvesting by mailing ballots only to people who legally requested them.
Faith in democracy is the core issue. Elections are the cornerstone of our democratic republic, and the fact millions of Americans distrust the process by which we elect individuals to represent us is a real issue that should not be dismissed by the partisan press.
For all those liberals who say distrust was spun up by President Trump, their memory is wrong and selective. Following the 2016 election, 33% of Hillary voters said Trump’s election was not legitimate. In May of 2018, Speaker Pelosi said, “I do think that the Trump Administration should be doing more to protect the integrity of our elections,” giving credence to the notion that our elections are not completely safe from disruption or meddling.
In May of 2019, Hillary Clinton said, “you can run the best campaign, you can even become the nominee, and you can have the election stolen from you.” Forgive the notion one might think she was not merely speaking hypothetically, and therefore be left to conclude she either thinks the constitutionally prescribed electoral college stole the election from her, or she was more broadly sowing distrust in the system.
How do we explain years of Democrats wanting to sack the electoral college without concluding that they believe that our system of electing a President is broken? And now that Republicans have issues with Democratic-run states changing the rules in the middle of an election, altering their voting laws under emergency orders to mail unsolicited ballot materials, allowing ballots to be placed in unsecured ballot boxes and expanding absentee voting, there is no problem? We’re just supposed to look away?
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The point of a November 3rd Commission is this: let’s learn the right lessons from 2020 and make necessary changes to restore faith in elections. This is not a partisan issue. It’s a democracy issue.
To the extent that partisan politics have infected voter views of elections, I would point out to the corporate media that both sides have been in on it. 70 House Democrats boycotted the Trump inauguration, a silent demonstration of his legitimacy. Democrats objected to the 2016 results on 11 separate occasions. The press’ collective amnesia doesn’t change facts.
The important point is we need a dispassionate review of election procedures so partisan politics can’t succeed in casting doubt on election results because voters of all political persuasions know every legitimate effort was made to protect their votes.