Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

A Rare Phenomenon

Donald Trump announced: “When I talk about the press taking people with absolutely no case whatsoever and trying to put it on front pages, that in its form, it’s a media rigging of the election.  You look at certain areas of the country in terms of the voters and the booths and everything else and what’s taking place and illegal immigrants voting and people that have died 10 years ago voting.”
Trump hasn’t cited any specific examples to support those accusations. But, some of his surrogates have been insisting that he’s talking not about widespread voter fraud, but only about fraud that is taking place in “inner cities” where black people vote.
Rudy Giuliani suggested: “You want me to tell me that I think the election in Philadelphia and Chicago is going to be fair?  I would have to be a moron to say that.  I found very few situations where Republicans cheat.  They don’t control the inner cities the way Democrats do.”
However, Republican Secretary of State, Jon Husted of Ohio pointed out: “It is utterly irresponsible for Trump to push the rigged election narrative. We have so many safeguards in place in our election system.  It’s bipartisan, it’s transparent, and there is just no justification for concern about widespread voter fraud.”
Numerous studies have found voter fraud to be a rare phenomenon, including in inner cities.  Nevertheless, a recent poll found 73 percent of Republicans voters say the election could be stolen from Trump.
More recently, Donald Trump suggested rigging the election goes beyond the nation’s election officials, media, and it goes all the way to the top levels of government.  He asserted: “The Department of Justice, the State Department, and the FBI colluded, got together to make Hillary Clinton look less guilty and look a lot better.”


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