Keep Calm and Carry On (the Process)

In the rush of events and heat of combat comes the fog of war, its opaqueness accelerated and intensified during our communications revolution. Like all war, political struggle is a noxious environment rife with mis- and disinformation aimed at persuading, coercing, and controlling the thoughts and actions of others.

As supporters of the president, we are inundated with reports—some accurate, some erroneous, most appearing plausible—of voter fraud. In a bitter irony, the despicable partisan behavior of the elitist media during the campaign has resulted in the fact that their attempts at “debunking” these reports only serve to cement them as the gospel truth in the minds of President Trump’s supporters. 

Yet, of these continuing reports, not all, or even the vast majority, will prove to be true. And, even if and when instances of voter fraud prove true, it may be impossible to fashion an adequate, equitable legal remedy for the president and, most importantly, the American people.

While it still happens, rare are the instances when vote fraud occurs after the election. It is simply too difficult—and dangerous—to be altering or manufacturing ballots during the canvas. That’s the good news for election integrity. 

The bad news is today’s sort of voter fraud is more likely to occur before the election. Phantom ballots, however manufactured and obtained, are submitted and melded with the valid votes. Consequently, because we have an “Australian ballot,” should phantom votes be discovered, it can be exceedingly difficult upon adjudication for the court to divine which ballots they are and, ergo, which candidates should have their vote totals adjusted accordingly.

This is the nightmare scenario for our free republic: systemic voter fraud is proven, but there is no just remedy at hand. 

It is not just the president who would be victimized by the lack of a full, fair, and accurate election result. The ultimate victims would be every American citizen. Our consent to be governed would have been hijacked by criminals. And, not the least being harmed would be Joe Biden who, by taking office despite court findings of fraud that cannot be legally rectified, would be viewed as an illegitimate president.

But despite the angst amidst the fog of war, at least we know none of this has yet occurred: no fraud has been legally proven; and, obviously, no remedies fashioned. The legal process, though, has commenced and will determine what did and did not happen in this election. 

Over the din of the febrile state-run media’s howls of “Orange Man Bad,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) provides a helpful primer about this post-election process: 

True, in the fog of war the frantic “updates” and “alerts” and “bombshells” will continue unabated, indeed they will accelerate before all is said and done. It will remain a trying time for the foreseeable future. Nerves will fray and fears will mount. 

Yet, if one follows the sage advice of long-time Michigan political observer, Greg McNeilly, one can endure and transcend this tumult: “Expect media outlets to give a candidate 270 [electoral votes] today. Awesome. But remember, the process still has 38 days till the [Electoral College] elects a POTUS. Until then every candidate has process rights. This is all a part of our peaceful transition of power.”

On the eve of the election, as every bloviating pundit was pontificating and prognosticating about who would win, I was reminded of the Hollywood insider who was asked how to predict if a movie would be a hit. He replied: “Nobody knows nothing.”

Today, however, we do know two things.

First, Americans demand and deserve to know the vote—and those elected by it—are legitimate.

Second, we need to support President Trump throughout the legally prescribed process that will ensure that determination.

As the Left’s Russiagate lie proved, if large swaths of the public believe an election and those elected by it are illegitimate, the citizenry will grievously suffer. Thus, for the legitimacy of all those elected to public office and the preservation of the consent of the governed, the president has a duty to ensure the election’s integrity; and, if it is found wanting, seek appropriate legal remedy on behalf—not just of his campaign—but on behalf of the entire American people. To do otherwise would be a dereliction of his duty.

He must not be alone in this endeavor. President Trump has had the American people’s back for four years. The least we can do is have his back for the next four weeks.

 

About Thaddeus G. McCotter

The Hon. Thaddeus McCotter is the former chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee, current itinerant guitarist, American Greatness contributor, and Monday co-host of the "John Batchelor Show."

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16 responses to “Keep Calm and Carry On (the Process)”

  1. He has my back. Emailed POTUS to tell him as much and he needs to receive 68 million emails ASAP!

  2. it may be impossible to fashion an adequate, equitable legal remedy

    Not that hard. The simple way is that, for any precinct in which the election officials can be proved to have committed vote fraud, that precinct’s votes are cancelled. All of them.

    Of course, hanging the culprits in front of the precinct on the following election day would be nice, but we can’t have everything.

  3. The state legislatures can appoint the electors independent of the election results if there is provable fraud. We can also have a re-vote, all in-person with ID. If no one is following the law, all options remain on the table.

  4. So what are we going to do should that process fail of its purpose? Specifically: will concrete, Executive Branch action then be taken against the traitors and tyrants now presenting a clear and imminent danger to our American way of life- nay, our very existence? (If there is even a distinction between the 2: ‘Give me liberty or give me death.’) Those malefactors are now full-on laughing at us, a la Thrasymachus: Cry all you want, patriots, ‘might makes right.’ Problem for them is, at this moment in political time, but not for much longer, they are not even CLOSE to being more powerful than we are. Without going into the details, which you can all imagine, the President is administratively capable of simply Nancy Reaganing the Dem’s latest coup: ‘Just say no.’ I have it from a reliable source that 95% of the military support him. Somebody like Levin would be more than happy to sic the US Marshalls on JB, HRC, BO, and their FBI/CIA enablers. Let them languish in prison: trials might not even be necessary. And when the BLM riots, which (you’ve noticed) are no longer taking place, recommence- well, that’s when the fun really begins. Now somebody please tell me why such measures shouldn’t be taken, that is to say, why they would likely fail. Why not throw Thrasymachus right back at them? After all, they pose, by their own stated intentions, a threat to the US Constitution, which the President is sworn to protect, not to mention are literally as evil as Hell.

  5. It seems to me that, even if this election is clarified as to whether or not there was fraud perpetrated in various states and precincts, it will be unresolvable. I think Thaddeus said that essentially.

    Much worse, in my view, is that we have witnessed an historic collusion of Big Media, Big Tech, the democrats, CIA and FBI to de facto disenfranchise half the American people. How do you fix that? The democrats certainly won’t do it, and we may not see another reformer like Trump for another generation, if ever.

    Further, the technological tentacles of the all the above mentioned entities already reach into every nook, cranny and orifice of our lives. I don’t see it getting better now. I think it will get worse before it gets worse at this point.

  6. I got a source from my cousin, who received from her sister, that someone named burney from twitter that it had been planned in advanced, with Trumps approval with the Military and with the Department of Homeland Security ( Where the Ballots are made ) They used a chemical substance on the ballots, Like a watermark that they would be able to trace, The counterfeit ballots that The Democrats picked up and made copies. Meaning if the ballots doesn’t have the special watermark – The ballot itself is invalid.

  7. Be calm? Isn’t that what the Democrats and the left more generally count on? Isn’t that what Republicans can reliably be counted upon doing? Beautiful losers losing beautifully? What’s the point? To preserve the peace so that Republican office holders can continue to make a living in our Versailles-on-the-Potomac until the next time they can again lose ever so gracefully? Isn’t that analogous to the argument made by Tories in the run-up to the War of Independence?

    What use is the pretense of law: Laws that give cover to disenfranchisement? What is law that is not equally enforced or enforced at all? To calm a restive populace who might disturb the relations so profitable to a professional class entirely dedicated to own benefit?

  8. Be calm? Isn’t that what the Democrats and the left more generally count on? Isn’t that what Republicans can reliably be counted upon doing? Beautiful losers losing beautifully? What’s the point? To preserve the peace so that Republican office holders can continue to make a living in our Versailles-on-the-Potomac until the next time they can again lose ever so gracefully? Isn’t that analogous to the argument made by Tories in the run-up to the War of Independence?

    What use is the pretense of law: Laws that give cover to disenfranchisement? What purpose is law that is not equally enforced or enforced at all? To calm a restive populace who might disturb the relations so profitable to a professional class entirely dedicated to its own benefit?

  9. Be calm? Isn’t that what the Democrats and the left more generally count on? Isn’t that what Republicans can reliably be counted upon doing? Beautiful losers losing beautifully? What’s the point? To preserve the peace so that Republican office holders can continue to make a living in our Versailles-on-the-Potomac until the next time they can again lose ever so gracefully? Isn’t that analogous to the argument made by Tories in the run-up to the War of Independence?

    What use is the pretense of law: Laws that give cover to disenfranchisement? What purpose is law that is not equally enforced or enforced at all? To calm a restive populace that might disturb the relations so profitable to a professional class entirely dedicated to its own benefit?

  10. e-mailing Trump now. I will then e-mail my senators and congress people to let them know they are cheaters. I live in communist California. These politicians here have been cheating for so many years, they don’t know what a fair election is. I’d guess we have more non-citizens voting here than citizens. It is encouraged. California motor voter. I keep thinking my vote is important. NOT The way this election went is criminal. Dems –We’ll see how many votes we need for Biden and bring them in after Nov 3. It was set up 6 months ago.

  11. Good news! He is still the president in control of criminal matters. Thank you