When an old geriatric and a confessing communist grab the two highest jobs in the USA whether one is conservative or not should be scared.
‘Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have declared themselves the winners of the US presidential election; news which should fill many freedom-loving or conservative constituencies from the Middle East to Europe to our own neck of the woods with horror, as several of our writers point out this week.
Nonetheless, many conservatives have chosen to simply accept the media-declared result and opt for the ‘we must do the right thing’ and politely accept defeat and congratulate the self-declared winners. This was the approach of most of the political commentariat as well as many world leaders, including our own Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Yet what this lazy strategy boils down to is not exactly all that reassuring; it suggests that fraud and cheating are acceptable so long as they are either successfully hidden (out of sight, out of mind) or of an insufficient quantity to materially influence the outcome (so what? everybody does it, it doesn’t make any difference, etc., etc.).
Regardless of how painful or awkward it may be, the reality is that in a democracy there is no more important principle than that every vote counts and that every vote is verifiably legitimate. In Australia, we have long had the familiar scrutineers and one efficient national body, the Australian Electoral Commission, charged with ensuring fairness and we are the luckier for it. That the Americans have muddled along with a spaghetti bowl of tangled rules and regulations doesn’t change the moral and ethical imperative for all authorities to ensure a clean vote. For sure, it has long been suggested that most US elections have involved degrees of fraud, most notoriously the election of John F. Kennedy, and that indeed he is proof that it doesn’t really matter — he was still a great president. This is fatuous and does not justify the US (and the West) simply shrugging their shoulders and accepting ‘small amounts’ of fraud.
As several of our excellent writers detail this week, there is an extraordinary number of questionable factors to do with Wednesday’s result. You don’t have to be a conspiracy theory whacko to be concerned about allegations of fraud from mysterious computer ‘glitches’ to a veritable platoon of dead voters. That with almost no exception all the alleged crimnality favours the Democrats only compounds the concern, as does the mathematical implausibility of many of the most important and pivotal individual results.
The US constitution involves a series of checks and balances to ensure an orderly and legitimate transfer of power. They must be allowed to work.’https://www.spectator.com.au/2020/11/it-aint-over-til-its-over/