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Avoiding martial law

Can we find common ground?

For 30 years I’ve criticized left-wing journalists for some of their outrageous statements. I now have to acknowledge that some on the right have caught up. 

After Joe Biden on Dec. 14 received a majority of Electoral College votes, Donald Trump said, “This Fake Election can no longer stand: Get moving Democrats.” Most people understood that as bluster, but Gen. Michael Flynn and assorted Republican politicians urged Trump to declare martial law. The Epoch Times editorialized that Donald Trump should call out military forces that would “safeguard the future of our Republic and arrest those who have conspired to deprive people of their rights.”

Take away rights to restore rights? Trump supporters spent most of November and December peering through smoke and trying to spot fires, but were unable to convince 50-plus judges or the Supreme Court—so use the Army to safeguard the Republic? And what kind of republic will we have left? Edmund Burke wrote in his Reflections on the Revolution in France, “In the groves of their academy, at the end of every vista, you see nothing but the gallows.” That’s now true of the far right as well as the left. 

Neither side will accomplish much, though, by feeling self-righteous.

The depiction of Thomas More in the 1966 film A Man for All Seasons is historically inaccurate, but the exchange between him and son-in-law William Roper is worth remembering amid calls for martial law. When Roper says he’s “cut down every law in England” to fight the Devil, More says, “And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned around on you—where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country’s planted thick with laws from coast to coast—man’s laws, not God’s—and if you cut them down … d’you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then?”

So let’s be thankful we have a process for appealing election results. Trump supporters have followed it and failed to convince judges. It’s time to look forward. We’ve seen that the farther we move away from one-day-only, in-person voting, the easier we make it for unscrupulous people to cheat because of the chain-of-custody problem. Both losers in the last two presidential elections have declared them stolen. We have a crisis in confidence that will get worse unless we get control of the chain of custody.

We also have a dispute about the Electoral College, with Democrats often wanting to abolish it and Republicans standing for the status quo. If Democrats get their way and the total national vote decides the winning candidate, imagine in a close election how combative a national recount would be! Maintaining the current system, though, does leave candidates neglecting most states and focusing only on the battlegrounds. Why not follow Maine and Nebraska and allocate a state’s electoral votes by congressional district instead of winner-take-all? Republicans could win some electoral votes from California and upstate New York. Democrats could pluck electoral votes from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and other blue domains. 

Neither side will accomplish much, though, by feeling self-righteous and looking upon the other as evil personified. WORLD will keep a vigilant eye on the Biden administration, but we’ll also remember Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s adage: “The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either—but right through every human heart.” 

George W. Bush tried to “reach across the aisle” and failed. Biden is unlikely to be more successful, but he could start by emulating what Abraham Lincoln did on April 10, 1865, the day after Confederate surrender at Appomattox. Lincoln saw a band amid a celebrating crowd and asked it to play “Dixie.” The musicians complied, and added “Yankee Doodle.” Since the Republican conventions in 1984 and 1988 popularized Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.,” and Trump made it the entrance tune at his rallies, maybe Biden can request that it be played at an inaugural event: “I’m proud to be an American / Where at least I know I’m free.”

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  • Ed Schick
    Posted: Sat, 01/02/2021 03:06 pm

    Thanks for giving at least a token nod to the charges of election fraud. We must remember to trust in God's truth and not in judges who have unanimously struck down other attempts to rectify evil in our country. | Moral breakdown will eventually lead to war. Why not fight the battle now before it becomes bigger?

  • TIM MILLER
    Posted: Mon, 01/04/2021 09:42 am

    Ed, how have judges "unanimously struck down other attempts to rectify evil in our country"?

     

  • Rudy49
    Posted: Sun, 01/03/2021 12:00 pm

    I am reposting this as I was not able to make edits to the original post from my phone.

    I have long advocated for distributing electoral college votes by congressional districts. The current whoever-gets-the-most-statewide-votes-takes-all method used by most states virtually disinfranchises voters who do not live in major metropolitan areas.

    Counting electoral college votes by congressional districts would force candidates to spend much more time outside a few key cities. Imagine what they might learn from voters in Wenatchee, WA or Hood River, OR.

    I am not a big fan of federalism but this is one nationally mandated change to our electoral system I would welcome.

  • HANNAH.
    Posted: Tue, 01/05/2021 04:36 pm
  • Tom Hanrahan
    Posted: Sun, 01/03/2021 06:41 pm

    I advocate for states to choose to allocate votes quasi-proportionately, such that the winner would get all of its votes when the mmargin is large (>10% difference between 1st and 2nd place), but two-thirds otherwise. This way, contestants would pay attention to most states instead of a few, as many more would be potenital battlegrounds. AND, your vote would more frequently matter, as stats whose choice is projected clearly to one side could still be in doubt if the10% margin is within reach.

  • Steve SoCal
    Posted: Mon, 01/04/2021 05:24 pm

    Thanks for this article.  It does seem clear that neither the left nor the right has a monopoly on deception and manipulation.  And after looking at supposed evidence and counter-claims regarding election fraud that could have changed the presidential election, I am not convinced that there was any great conspiracy or very widespread fraud. 

    Yes, there were problems. And the decisions to mass mail ballots to everyone, many who wouldn't have bothered voting otherwise, probably had a real impact, but that doesn't mean they weren't real legal votes. 

    I stronghly agree that we must come together and try to make the election process tighter and easier to track and trust for the sake of us all.  Hopefully the political class can care enough about our country to work together to that end.

  • R AND D
    Posted: Tue, 01/05/2021 02:35 am

    Steve  - your comments seem to minimize the seriousness and extent of the allegations of fraud. Please see: https://got-freedom.org/evidence/    Got Freedom? is a nonprofit election integrity watchdog.

    Also, for some of the Georgia evidence, please see the multiple comments posted by Hannah and News2Me at Onize Ohikere’s article titled “Republican Senators to Challenge Biden’s Victory.”

    To learn more about what took place in Wisconsin and Nevada go to: https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/examining-irregularities-in-the-2020-election

    You can either read the testimony of the attorneys, James Troupis (52:30) and Jesse Binnall (1:05:10) as witnesses for those states, or view it at the times indicated. They also take questions later in the hearing and make closing comments.  Binnall’s additional remarks (2:20:25) should be heard.  Statements by Senators Josh Hawley, Rand Paul, and James Lankford should be considered.

    Regarding Pennsylvania: Interview with Maria Bartiromo at GOP group, including Reps. Brooks and Jordan, to challenge electoral college results

     

     

     

     

  • Steve SoCal
    Posted: Tue, 01/05/2021 11:27 am

    Nope, I don't think I'm minimizing any irregularities or fraud.  I'm just not buying all of the paranoid theories out there, including some that are based on flat lies from the right that ignore clear exculpatory evidence.  I do think the Republican side should have been much more on top of challenging voter law changes, preparing to cure Republican votes, etc., BEFORE the election, and I do think there has been fraud primarily on the left, but I'm not at all convinced that it changes the election result.  The greatest harm to this president has, sadly, often been his own words and actions... in spite of him often being on the good side of important issues.

  • HANNAH.
    Posted: Tue, 01/05/2021 02:14 pm

    Thanks, R&, for the links. As an election judge, I had to follow instructions detailed in the Election Judge Guide, which referred to state law. Also, I was paid by the county after the Minnesota primary in August and again after Election Day in November. So it was enlightening (to put it nicely) to discover points 2 and 3 at "Got Freedom?" Also, closing and counting procedures in the Election Judge Guide (which includes allowing the public to view) were different from what is reported in point 4.

    2) using private funds to pay election judges and officials who managed the way ballots were received, accepted, cured, and counted;

    3) having private interests dictate or encourage local election officials to violate state laws protecting the integrity of the ballot;

    4) consolidating counting centers to justify the delivery of hundreds of thousands of ballots to one location, removing Republicans from their lawful right to view the receipt, handling, and counting of ballots in the consolidated counting centers;

    And that's just the beginning of the list!

  • CA
    Posted: Mon, 01/04/2021 07:03 pm

    Setting aside the election results (I believe the election was stolen but once a ballot is separated from the envelope it is very hard to prove that), after four years of being told by the left that those who supported President Trump and his polices are "racist" and "evil" it is "rich" to say the least to now be told to reach across the aisle for "unity" - that unity looks a lot like capitulation to the other side’s demands.  I choose to stand with the unborn child, for religious freedom and liberty.  If that means no “unity” then so be it.  While it is laudable to strive for peace and unity, sacrificing Biblical principles is not worth the price to be paid for such a “peace and unity.”  

  • LM
    Posted: Tue, 01/05/2021 02:56 am

    Marvin Olasky, excuse me!  You obviously haven't watched any of the hearings or the current Ga. hearing from Wed., Dec. 30.  DAMNING PROOF from the Georgia Senate hearing.  Pull it up at 1:13:31 and listen to Jovan Pulitzer's testimony.  Actually the entire four hours is damning!  Are you really for accepting an election that has this much voter fraud?!  You need to go to The Stream and read their article, "A Practical Suggestion for Joe Biden.."  https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/.../breaking-georgias.../

  • Steve Shive
    Posted: Tue, 01/05/2021 08:15 am

    Marvin you make an excellent point about there being extremists on both sides. I see this graphically played out on social media. The Madness of Crowds is indeed a concern.. I am reminded of John Jay's situation on the Fourth of July (1795) when he was burned in effigy in so many cities that he said he could have walked the length of America by the glow from his own flaming figure.Not mention calls for state militias to quell uprisings and their conflicted response to this from the early days of our Republic. Then there have been the calls to control rampant murder and mayhem in the south to control who voted in the south after the Civil War. 

    Your perspective on the current election mayhem and chaos is an interesing one sided, albeit narrow, view. Thank you for your thoughts. 

  • TW
    Posted: Tue, 01/05/2021 09:28 pm

    When you have one political party that supports abortion to the moment of birth and even after, that promotes homosexuality as normal and good, that advocates for 8 year old children being able to choose their gender, that believes our salvation is in big and bigger government forcefully redistributing wealth from those who have to those who don't, then how do we expect them to act during an election? As honorable, trustworthy and desiring that only legal votes be counted? 

    We have just had an election in our nation like never before. During my 63 years, there's nothing comparable. When have we ever watched live on T.V. the Republican poll watchers being forcefully prevented from watching the count? And this by municipal police officers. Is it a free and fair election when one side is not allowed to watch the count in multiple Democrat-controlled cities? And when there are questions about how votes are tabulated by the actual voting machines and the other side refuses to let the voting machines be forensically audited, does that sound like a free and fair election?  And the fact that not one higher level court would allow evidence to be presented by IT experts and thousands of witnesses who had under oath signed affidavits to testify to what they experienced and saw, is that a free and fair election?

    As followers of Christ we realize that our eternal salvation has nothing to do with political elections. But even if we have a deep inner distaste for the leader of the Republican party, is that a reason to not want to shine the light on the truth of what is happening? We baby boomers and generations that follow us have lived in a very unusual time in history with unprecedented prosperity, freedom and peace, medical and technological advances. We don't really know what marvellous blessings God has bestowed. With this blatantly fraudulent election, I fear that is about to end as God lifts his hand of blessing and gives this nation what it's sins deserve.