The People Who Count the Votes Decide Everything

I thought of taking my text today from the Gospel of Mark, 6:38-42. It is one telling of the miracle of the loaves and the fishes. Jesus finds himself in the desert attended by some 5,000 followers. They need to eat, but there are only five loaves of bread and two fish. Nevertheless, Jesus bids everyone sit down “in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.” 

And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.

And they did all eat, and were filled.

Just a day or two back that seemed like a good analogy for what just happened with the ballots in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Nevada, and North Carolina. Donald Trump was racing ahead just about everywhere. Midnight came, the polls turned into pumpkins, and lo! the miracle! Ballots by the thousands and tens of thousands suddenly appeared. And guess what? They all had Joe Biden’s name on them. According to the World’s Greatest Psephologist Nate Silver™, a tranche of 23,377 ballots suddenly appeared in Pennsylvania in the wee hours. All of them were for Joe Biden. All of them. What are the odds of that? 

Well, miracles will happen. A lot of that sort of miracle happened in this election season. 

The Gospel of Mark notes that, after the 5,000 dined, 12 baskets full of bread and fish fragments were collected. 

It is not said whether they began to stink after a few days. 

But there is no doubt that the fish story of Joe Biden’s miraculous ballots stinks to high heaven.

I know that pointing that out is a free ticket to the gallery of conspiracy theorists. Back in October 2016, Barack Obama upbraided Donald Trump for suggesting that the election might be rigged. Impossible, said Obama. “There is no serious person out there who would suggest that you could even rig America’s elections, in part because they are so decentralized. There is no evidence that that has happened in the past, or that there are instances that that could happen this time.” 

Of course, that was before the 2016 election, which everyone knew Hillary Clinton would win. So Obama went on to say that, should Donald Trump win, “it would be my expectation of Hillary Clinton to offer a gracious concession speech and pledge to work with him in order to ensure that the American people benefit from an effective government.” 

What a card! 

Anyway, after the election, it was a different story—or at least a different reality. Forget about gracious concessions and working together for the common good. Now it was a full-court press to delegitimize the Trump Administration. It was the framing of General Mike Flynn, the Russian collusion delusion, the Mueller witch hunt, impeachment follies, and more. 

Before the election, Obama said, “we recognize that there is something more important than any individual campaign, and that is making sure the integrity and trust in our institutions sustains itself.” 

Afterward . . . well, we all know what happened afterward. 

A Crisis of Legitimacy

How are you feeling about the “integrity and trust in our institutions” now, in particular, the integrity of our elections? 

I feel pretty badly about it. Many people, including many friends, have or are just about to make their peace with the idea that Joe Biden won the election. As I write, the Associated Press and other Democratic mouthpieces in the media world have just announced that Joe Biden won the 2020 election. Of course, their saying it’s so has as much official standing as my saying that my Uncle Jack won, and I don’t even have an Uncle Jack. But everywhere you can see a rush to normalize a very abnormal process. Republicans, many of them, are scurrying to “find common ground,” “affirm the process,” etc., 

I am not of their company. I suspect that this election was illegitimate, that it was rigged. Indeed, I suspect that it is a good illustration of the useful rule of thumb that things are always worse than you think. 

On Thursday, I wrote a column explaining why I thought Joe Biden didn’t bother to campaign, not really. I said that it was because he knew that the fix was in, that he had it in the bag. I mentioned the collusion of the pollsters on the run-up to the election, the media, and various bureaucratic operatives who fabricated ballots. 

I still think all that helps explain the sudden appearance of surprise ballots for Biden. Perhaps it also explains the computer “glitch” in the software used to tabulate votes in a county in Michigan that sent “at least 6,000 Republican votes to Democratic candidates.” At least

And have you noticed how all such “glitches” operate in one direction only: to benefit Democrats? The county in question swung back to Republicans after the mistake—if it was a mistake—was discovered. Apparently, 47 counties in Michigan use the same software. Are all those results being scrutinized? They should be. 

Hammering the Vote

But I didn’t know the half of it. It was not until yesterday that I was introduced to the data manipulation tools The Hammer and Scorecard. 

I suspect you’ll be hearing a lot about both of them in the coming days—assuming of course that Google, Twitter, and other such media outlets allow you to hear about them.

“The Hammer” is “a counter-intelligence surveillance program used to spy on activities on protected networks (like voting machines) without detection.” It was originally developed after 9/11 to monitor international threats and to spy on potentially hostile actors abroad. 

“Scorecard” is “a vote-manipulation application that changes votes during transfer.” According to the Wentworth Report, it is 

the least detectable form of election manipulation because it works during data transfer between voting stations and data storage hubs. Unless both sides are looking for irregularities, it’s impossible to catch. If nefarious forces had people on one side or the other (or both) during data transfer, it cannot be exposed.

I understand that this sounds like a plot gimmick from a spy thriller. But when a witness as credible as Sidney Powell claims that up to 3 percent of the pre-election vote may have been altered by these tools, I think it is worth investigating. 

Nor is she alone. Thomas McInerney, a highly decorated former Air Force General, agrees with her. Joe Biden had “such a relaxed schedule” during the campaign “spending most of his time in his basement,” McInerney said in an interview, because he knew that the Dems would “tip the election through” through the use of The Hammer and Scorecard. 

McInerney explains further the origins and deployment of the software here, at the American Report, and here with Steve Bannon. The bottom line was adumbrated on November 2, on the website NOQ. “The deep state has a plan in place to steal this election by altering votes in key swing states. And if Trump challenges the fraud, he will be condemned for ‘refusing to accept the outcome’ of the rigged election. This is the narrative trap that has been set by the treasonous mainstream media.” Tinfoil wingnut conspiracy theory? Maybe. That’s the trouble. We may never really know. 

Two parting thoughts to ponder. During the campaign, Joe Biden bragged that he had put together “the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.” Perhaps he wasn’t exaggerating. 

Finally, although apocryphal, this observation, widely attributed to Joseph Stalin, gets to the nub of our current travails. “It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.” It is worth bearing that in mind.

About Roger Kimball

Roger Kimball is editor and publisher of The New Criterion and the president and publisher of Encounter Books. He is the author and editor of many books, including The Fortunes of Permanence: Culture and Anarchy in an Age of Amnesia (St. Augustine's Press), The Rape of the Masters (Encounter), Lives of the Mind: The Use and Abuse of Intelligence from Hegel to Wodehouse (Ivan R. Dee), and Art's Prospect: The Challenge of Tradition in an Age of Celebrity (Ivan R. Dee).

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75 responses to “The People Who Count the Votes Decide Everything”

  1. Stop hedging your bets, we may never know. We know with mathematic certainty that Trump won the election with a massive margin, everything else if ballot fraud. Biden got even one more vote than the first black President? Please, how dumb and naïve do you have to be. Anyone that agrees to a stolen election is an enemy for the rest of your life, and frankly deserves to die for their god of government.

  2. There is a way to determine if a significant number of votes in a district has been altered, however. If fraud is suspected in a given district, randomly selected voters could be called and asked to verify their choices. Patterns would emege.

  3. Exactly. Trump wasn’t prepared for this. Now what? A few hours ago I read of Chinese naval movements happening right then. What’s up?

  4. So, when do the “Impeach Biden” bumper stickers go on sale?

  5. If the Supreme Court doesn’t take step to reassure the public that there was no fraud, why shouldn’t there be a civil war? I hope they realize the gravity of the case they’re about to hear, because it looks like their own jobs are now on the line.

    Chuck Schumer, ever the loudmouth, is advertising that Dems will steal the two GA runoff elections. With a Dem president and 50 Dem Senators, they will pack the courts immediately. After the Supreme Court is nullified, they’ll rubber stamp Puerto Rico and D.C. in as new states and then the USA will become a one-party socialist hellhole for the next 70 years.

    • You are so right! The Dems will tear up (Pelosi’s job) the Constitution and make their own. The people that voted for Biden will see when they have to pay all those taxes and have to live in poverty. And get poor healthcare. Nothing is for free!

    • If they do not investigate and continue to see that this is a fixed election, that we are no better than Russia’s dictatorship. I personally have hope through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, it will all be redeemed through him. I have for sure decided this will be my last election I vote in this is shameful.

      IMHO this election should be thrown out completely and we should be allowed a revote with people watching all involved so we can have faith again in our elections.

    • And what if the Supreme Court DOES take a case and decides that there was no fraud? Or, they nullify some votes, but Biden still has enough to carry PA or NV or AZ? What will be the excuse then?

      Donald Trump twice appeared on the top of the ballot and twice received millions fewer votes than his opponent. Is it so hard to believe that his miniscule electoral college win in 2016 was flipped to a still miniscule (but larger) victory the next time around? We either elect our leaders democratically or we don’t. You decide.

    • Fully agree with you sir, if our election process cannot be shown to be reasonably safe from fraud, a civil war is coming.

  6. “I think it is worth investigating. ”

    Do you now, Mr. Kimball. Well, who is going to do this investigating? The America in which that might have happened is gone. The Tech Platforms will not permit it. At some point, the references to the ” 23,377 ballots” will begin disappearing from Google searches. People who fuss about this may hear from the IRS about impending audits. There is MAYBE just one final hope: an outraged Republican response in 2022, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

  7. It’s time to nut up or shut up – if GOP is n’t willing to turn the tables on the Dems and shut down the corruptocrats and stand up to the bullies then they’re going to be lost in the desert for 40 years

  8. Many of us took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution…. against all enemies. That oath doesn’t expire. The oath means we must take action because Trump won and this election is being stolen.

    If the courts rule properly, Trump gets another four years and we root out the fraud. If the courts rule in favor of the thieves and Marxists, I can promise you that by any means we have available we will shut this country down. Until the vote can be retaken. Until the law can be revised. Until the theft is reversed.

    There will be no transfer of power to a thief. There will be no compromise. Weapons are a last resort and they will be resorted to if the need arises.

    This is a declared war against my homeland. The idea that I’m going to sigh and let my country be sodomized by Marxists? Nope.

    • What those attempting to steal this election fail to realize is President Trump is in command of a super majority of voters in the land between the Big Blue Cities of Fraud. Basically he has them surrounded.

      With 70 million people at his beck and call all across our countryside President Trump can begin a four year campaign of Omni-Peaceful Protests or Trump OPPs either from 1600 PennsylvaniaAvenue,  or any location he desires.

      What are “Omni-Peaceful Protests”, aka Trump OPPs ?
      They are tactical disruptions to national life focused on raising awareness to issues and grievances of participating citizens.  They consist of carefully orchestrated  spontaneously self-organizing events designed to alert a large portion of the population of the grievances via noticeable inconveniences.

      For example:  TrumpWins2020.OPPs would be a daily campain of Trump Trains in which red blooded American Patriots occupy large sections of interstate highways in and out of counties and cities where major voting irregularities occured.  At a certain time of day, say rush hour, the train would fan out across all lanes and slow down in peaceful protest, maybe even hold tailgate parties for a couple of hours.   Do this in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Detroit,  Chicago, Milwaukee,  Phoenix, Las Vegas (or other major cities with voting irregularities).
      Each day, the OPPs could increase with frequency and duration until those responsible for the voting irregularities are brought to justice.

      In order to keep the TrumpWins2020.OPPs from being labeled as anything other than a patriotic movement another more intensely noticeable OPP could done by red blooded American Patriots living in our rural homeland.  A TrumpTheMedia OPPs would involve hitting the High Voltage Power lines which carry electricity into the cities where TrumpWins2020.OPPs are also occurring.  Such damage to private property  during a peaceful protest aught to be protected by the first ammendment just like arson and thievery is for those involved in social justice protests.  Such disruptions to the electric grid wwould  free the slaves of Big Tech  media monopolies from their electronic mind shakles.

      In the end if SCOTUS, or GOP controlled state legislatures allow Biden to steal the presidency those of us who own  the red blooded land that surrounds the deep blue centers of voter fraud will make our grievances known by invoking the name of our martyred President every time we conduct an OPPs.

      And we can do it without firing a shot or stepping foot into one of their sh!+hole cities.

      • I totally agree with your comments. What you are proposing would require a level of organization simiilar to what Antifa/BLM use to create large masses of people to come out at a moments notice. I do not know of any organizing power on our side. I would love to join the sort of protest events you are desctibing.

        Further I think that if our side were to be able to do as you advocate the LUNATIC LEFT would not hesitate to send in govenrment forces to arrest and maybe worse to kill our protesters. I know that if we are to fight we have to be prepared to die. Unlike our side who abide by 1st Amendment rights to protest the other side would throw those rights into the gutter and claim they are just trying to maintain peace.

      • Which platforms can be used to organize? People should start preparing and the technology needs to be free of Big Tech’s influence.

    • That’s big talk, but you live in a country that elects leaders democratically. This election will be adjudicated. If you can’t accept the result of the adjudication when it doesn’t go Trump’s way and still insist on violence, then you’re just an un-democratic terrorist.

      • Are you saying you voted for biden? Are you saying you do not think there was massive fraud in those 7 states?

    • Actually, that oath does expire. It’s only good for the term of military enlistment or government employment. I enlisted in the Air Force and reenlisted twice and each time I had to take or retake the oath of enlistment. I appreciate the sentiment there is such a thing as fact.

      • Typical Air Force- always checks the manual. ‘Chair Force’

  9. Those prematurely declaring Biden the president-elect are doing a reprehensible dis-service to the world.   By not executing more caution and due diligence, and censoring those who advise it, we are all going to have to go through hell when the truth about our tainted election comes out, and it will come out!

    For example:  In a select grouping of 136K late counted ballots the odds of all votes going to Biden and only Biden, with no other down the line candidates being selected on either side, means you are trying to defend against 2.34E-22% odds. To say the stars aligned just right would be an understatement because there are only 1E21 stars in the known Universe.

    We must have faith that the perpetrators of these crimes will be identified and brought to justice. 

    In the meantime the GOP controlled state legislatures of AZ, GA, MI, PA and WI need to educate themselves on how Benford’s Law of Mathematics was violated in their electoral process.  They should consider declairing their state’s election tainted by   nullifying the results and use their constitutional authority to appoint their Electoral College votes to President Trump,  who according to the laws of mathematics won them fair and square!

    • Those MSM outlets are doing a grave dis-service to our world also. They need to be shut down until they can stop lying and censoring. They are causing a LOT of problems to this country. Free speech is one thing but putting out, knowingly, disinformation that effects millions of people and causing national problems by untruth, is just something that needs to be dealt with. Millions of people do not really understand what the Dems are really up to.

      • Some lefty journalists at “newsguardtech”.
        Yeah that means what woody? That they can’t be trusted?
        Meanwhile you’re latest (and last) treasonous fraud falls apart.
        As Joe said they built the biggest most inclusive election fraud organization in history. But look on the bright side Obama did build that.

  10. Dox the vote counters. Go to their homes and let them know they aren’t welcome.

  11. This is probably going to the Supreme Court. On the one hand, I suspect the court doesn’t want the country to think the court decided the election. On the other hand, I suspect they also don’t want a country where half of Trump voters think the election was stolen and are furious about it, and where half of the Biden voters think the election was stolen and are happy about it. If I were a betting man, I would bet that the court comes out against fraud.

  12. Why haven’t the Republicans used the Hammer and Scorecard? Are these proprietary software only for Dem election fraud?

    • The government owns this software. So yes, it’s only available for Dem fraud.

    • Why don’t Republicans riot, loot and resort to mob violence? Same answer as your question. Morals, ethics, decency.

      • Look at sporting goods websites and see how many high-powered automatic rifles are for sale.

    • Because it’s probably a conspiracy dreamed up by QAnon or other wide eyed conspiratorial group. There is no evidence whatsoever that this software exists. I’ve never heard of it till now. Sounds like something only a cook could imagine. Right wing nonsense. I’ve never read such a bunch of misleading crap in my life. The reason the votes came in at 60% 70% for Biden in PA for example was because they were mail in ballots from democrat dominated counties around Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Trump rallied very hard to have his voters vote in person which they did, mainly on election day. Biden, on the other hand, promoted mail in voting. Mail in voting was counted after the same day election count was completed. No mystery here. If there is such a “deep state” software it should not be hard to find. Of course, it doesn’t exist. Why can’t the Republicans accept they lost in a fair election process. Why does it always have to be some other mad cap theory?

  13. The fraud organization (that is, the Democratic Party) put Biden together, not the reverse. He represented special challenge to their dream of dominance, but they and their cheering section in the media overcame that and no faces one more challenge, the outside chance that courts will apply the law and not worry about their own images.

  14. (corrected) The fraud organization (that is, the Democratic Party) put Biden together, not the reverse. He represented a special challenge to their dream of dominance, but they and their cheering section in the media overcame that and now faces one more challenge, the outside chance that courts will apply the law and not worry about their own images.

  15. I will accept the outcome of this alleged election if and only if I can be shown without a doubt that not a shred of even the appearance of fraud took place. There are too many instances that point to fraud, such as poll watchers for the GOP being ejected from recounts (to laughter and cheers) and massive amounts of votes being “found” that all went to Biden. The staggering amount of at least the appearance of fraud would do most banana republic dictators proud.

  16. It is time we realize there is no “we” anymore.

    They should go their way. We should go our way. Peacefully. As two separate countries.

  17. A brother’s wife, her brother, and sister are originally from Wisconsin. They have had legal residence in Texas for over forty years and haven’t been back to Wisconsin for many years. Yet, a few days ago they learned that they had cast votes in Wisconsin for Biden.

    President Trump has to fight this or the consequences to the nation will be grave and could lead to another revolution.

  18. so why vote ? if what stalin said is true who does count all the votes ?

  19. “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” Winston Churchill

    Massive retaliation detailed; commonsensecession.org — Note the expansion upon and legal foundation for legislatures to declare the election void due to fraud and name electors…or better yet take an issue that is ripe to the Supreme Court; vote fraud truth bombs that will be far more effective than bean counting…the argumentum a fortiori

  20. The problem is that most people are busy living their lives and pay little attention to the details of elections. The MSM knows this and knows that many will shrug off the fraud until they themselves begin to suffer. Like many, I underestimated the treachery of the Dems. They have been working on this fraud game probably since 2016.

    We ,must act to support Sydney Powell and the others working with her.

  21. If Trump wants recounts, let him pay for them. Put up or shut up.

    • We did not loss! you did and if they don’t do a recount you’ll soon find out . you think rich people are gonna pay higher taxes you’re crazy they got away out of that the ones are gonna pay taxes are you and I you silly old man or woman whatever you are.

    • She is a lawyer that will prove her case in a court of law, not the media.

    • From InfoWars, et al
      “Attorney Sidney Powell claims her investigative team has identified 450,000 ballots in battleground states that cast a vote ONLY for Biden, with NO OTHER CANDIDATES voted down the ticket.”
      Speaking to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures”, Powell explained what these ballots are and what they mean for the election.
      “We’ve identified at least 450,000 ballots in the key states that miraculously only have a mark for Joe Biden on them and no other candidate,” Powell said.
      * * * * * *
      That means they’re trying to tell us that 450,000 people went and voted for Biden as President, but did NOT vote on candidates for ANY other office or on any state questions – sounds LEGIT!!!

  22. If they are allowed to steal the election, there is no reason to ever vote again. Your vote is literally irrelevant

    • Oddly, no election was stolen by this nationwide conspiracy that only affected the presidential race and none of the down ballot races.

      • I wouldn’t say none were stolen. However, it’s most likely that the vote rigging programs are only aimed at the presidential races. By the way, I watched SNOWDEN last night. Those with high computer skills can do practically ANYTHING!

    • Your so right if Democrats win this whole country is going to go to shit

  23. You know, Mr. Kimball, out Andromedan overloads ordered this result.
    But if you sacrifice a few children into the nearest volcano,
    you may be able to change the result.

  24. “The people who count the votes decide the election”. Exactly. And 1oo% of those people were liberal democrats who hated Donald Trump and wanted him gone “by any means necessary”

    • Republicans had the right to be in the counting rooms and generally they were there. So much for your nonsense.

      • That’s disinformation. The fraud by Demokrats was rampant and well documented, and will be litigated.

  25. Democrats have been manipulating the vote for decades. Virginia is one state where it’s been rampant. I always follow the vote in Virginia because I use to live there. The reports will be showing some 97-99% of precincts reporting with the Republican leading with a considerable margin then, all of a sudden, the count jumps way ahead for the Democrat. It happened this year. I told my wife that it looked like Trump might carry Virginia. My recollection was that 99% of precincts had reported and Trump was ahead by several thousand votes then it suddenly changed and Biden was ahead. The dumped votes are ALWAYS from the same counties, all counties with large black populations. The dumps in other states came from large cities. There’s zero doubt in mind that the Democrats rigged the election and Biden knew it. Of course, he’s a con man so he naturally knew. We no longer live in a democratic republic, we live in a banana republic controlled by Democrats.

      • Who provides the data backing the claims of this web site you keep pushing? It seems to said repeat the mainstream media talking points of “falsehoods about election fraud” without actually considering any of the real evidence that appears irrefutable.

    • He’s is A traitor to the United States Biden sold us out to China because none of our military or police will come and take our guns but if they have parachuters from China they don’t care they’ll shoot us and take our guns. They reged the whole election! specially in Arizona Arizona has always been a republican state and all sudden It went democrat yeah right give me a break

  26. I agree with Roger that there is lot to question in the process, especially with mail in voting. Clinton expected to win, so the fix was never on in these states. Dems wised up this cycle.

    In the event of a legitimate Biden win then a way to unify us would be to appoint a bi-partisan commission that could find a solution where legitimate voters could vote resulting in an accurate count. Of course politicians gain buy keeping the process murky and firing up their base claiming illegitimate elections. So this obviously this has no chance.

    I hope that Trump wins but if not conservative pundits should organize a massive social media thank you to Trump for all of his real improvements including the economy, foreign policy, energy independence, improvement in minority lives, ending endless wars, the virtual extermination of domestic terrorism, renegotiation of NAFTA, pushing back against China, establishing relations with N. Korea, the middle east peace deals with Arab countries, forcing NATO to pull it’s weight financially. The PPP saved my business. These are real achievements that could be bi-partisan. This doesn’t even include gifts to the Republican base, like the appointment of SCOTUS and and other Federal judges, deregulation, quitting Paris Accords and negating Iran deal. The of achievements is list is long and out paces even Ronald Regan and any president in my lifetime of 60 years. All in the face of virtually unilateral media resistance and cooked up impeachment charges. Trump is remarkable and many levels above his critics, who for the most part have not contributed anything of comparable significance to our country.

  27. Good job, Roger. You’ve spouted enough misinformation to get some of your followers advocating for gun violence on your comment thread. Only as a “last resort”, of course, LOL. As though we’re stupid enough to believe that.

  28. lI’m wondering, how, if the Democrats were able to steal the Presidential election, they weren’t able to steal enough Senate seats to give themselves the majority in the Senate. Any explanation for that, Mr. Kimball?

    • Several: the anomaly of Trump being ‘all coat tail and no coat’ is glaring, as is Biden being ‘all coat and no tail’. This is due to the very large Trump vote which required a fast response in ballot stuffing. This means it wasn’t careful, therefore messy. Also, it isn’t wise to interfere with multiple candidates, therefore involving more potential litigation. Further, the campaign was safely carried out in Democrat strongholds- too risky in solid red voting precincts. Dems actually thought they would be more competitive- but weren’t. This has left their hasty chop shop paint job dripping, exposing the theft.

  29. We as American citizens have to stand by our president !!! and have his back I believe Every person that voted for President Trump or Republican or anyone that has a Brain and came to our side should walk to the Capital in every state and demand recounts . Why not we’re peaceful we’re not crazy idiots like the Democrats are

  30. Spot on, Roger. Like usual. Keep on, keepin’ on. This election has too many irregularities to believe.

  31. Except the evidence indicates massive fraud.
    What if isn’t going to cut it. We either elect our leaders or Obama’s fundamental transformation into a third world shithole was successful. Take your pick. Pick wisely, like your life depends on it. Because at this point all bets are off.