Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Speaker of House, made a shameful rejection of any smart political optics. She stood in front two black women, and their voices and faces were muzzled with masks.
Just for fun rather than because it’s relevant to the rest of the piece, here’s that video. This is a truly spectacular example of poor messaging.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 17, 2022
What is relevant to the subject of the rest of this piece is the attempt by Democrats to codify into federal law the seriously sketchy — and questionably legal — things they did in states to tilt the election to Joe Biden. We’re only now really understanding much of what happened because the tax documents related to the nonprofits that did much of the work helping to privatize the 2020 election are only now becoming available. Real Clear Politics offers a good summary of highlights by Phill Kline (ex-Kansas attorney general, and currently Director of The Amistad Project).
Amistad Project has been involved in lawsuits in many states in an effort to make transparent the unprecedented electoral practices of our last national elections. Here are some initial results:
- Many of the key election offices in government were able to use more taxpayer money for management than they did with public money.
- The majority of the money went to a complex effort to get a certain profile of voters to vote in favor of one candidate.
- This exceeded the limits on campaign financing and was in violation of laws and systems that were supposed to ensure government impartiality when managing elections.
- The manner the election was managed by these private interests was determined by them.
- Investigation and Amistad litigation revealed that few partisan billionaires funneled their funds via a group of left-leaning charities directly to the urban cores of swing states.
- Access to these funds was what made the difference between voters and ballots.
- A series of lawsuits by the left — and executive branch use of “emergency police powers” due to COVID-19 — radically changed the management of the 2020 election, resulting in different treatment of ballots and voters within several states.
The third from the last should give concerned voters particular pause given the president’s recent (and strangely hostile and Stalin-esque) kvetching about who gets to count the votes after it became clear his party’s attempt to nuke the filibuster and clear the way for passage of their “voting rights” law was dead.
Biden, appearing to admit defeat on ending the filibuster & nationalizing elections, randomly starts shouting: States’ voter reform laws are “about who gets to count the votes! Count the votes! Count the vote!” pic.twitter.com/66LpGL1ckQ
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 13, 2022
Despite this apparent legislative failure, Kline warns that what happened in 2020 should not be ignored and forgotten, reminding us that “citizens have a duty to keep asking…questions, and public officials have a duty to answer them.”
American democracy rests on equal protection of the law. All elections must provide equal treatment to all voters. However, it didn’t in 2020. A few seem to be interested in this in the future.
The result of decades-long policy and intellectual negligence, this situation has been created. The United States has nationalized all issues, and the national leaders responded to this by saying they could solve every American problem. While passing a vague law, they push power over to an enormous administrative state and ignore its application.
It is likely there will still be litigation surrounding the 2020 election — Georgia is engaged in an investigation of illegal ballot harvesting and a judge in Wisconsin recently decided absentee dropboxes like the ones used in 2020 are illegal — Kline’s warning is well-taken. The average American will find it increasingly hard to spot corruption, let alone hold those in power accountable, if too much light is shed between the government (and the people) and the governees.