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

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Integrity of Elections


In 2004, Ron Suskind an official in the Bush administration bragged t0 “The New York Times”: “We’re an empire now and when we act, we create our own reality.
President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly promoted false news.  For years, he promoted the claim that President Obama wasn’t born in America.  He lied countless times as a candidate in the Republican primary election.
Less than two months before being sworn in, Trump tweeted: “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
That deceitful message set off thousands of retweets from his deceitful propaganda supporters.  Trump has ability to mainstream any claim no matter how deceitful, irresponsible, dangerous or destabilizing it may be.
New York Magazine reported that a group of election experts had encouraged Hillary Clinton to challenge the results in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.  Those three key states constituted the margin of his Electoral College victory.
Election experts had presented evidence that in Wisconsin, Clinton received 7 percent fewer votes in counties that relied on electronic voting machines compared to counties that used optical scanners and paper ballots.
There are reasons to believe the results are consistent with demographics of those counties and tampering didn’t occur.  Consequently, the Clinton campaign declined to challenge those results.  
However, Green Party presidential candidate, Jill Stein launched a fund-raiser to pay for recounts in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.  She raise over $6.3 million, nearly double the 3.5 million, that she raised during her campaign.
A lawyer for the Clinton campaign announced they’d participate.  Clinton’s lawyer explained: “We feel it is important on principle to ensure our campaign is legally represented in any court proceedings on the ground in order to monitor the recount process itself.”

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