On The Lies About Voter Fraud …

Looking at the fiasco that was Georgia’s primary election last Tuesday, one cannot help wondering what is going to happen across the nation on November 3rd.  There are so many ways in which the Republican Party has worked tirelessly to disenfranchise certain groups of voters that we must question the fairness of any national election.  November’s election may well be the most important that has ever taken place in the history of this nation, and it may be the one that decides the future of the nation … whether we retain our Constitutional government or trade it for a dictatorship.

In addition to the gerrymandering that caused Trump to gain enough electoral votes to be ushered into the White House after the 2016 election, various states have put into place other restrictive measures, such as closing polling places, voter ID laws, and more.  Add to that the pandemic that is still killing more than a thousand people in this country almost every day, and you can see that mail-in voting is absolutely essential if we are to have anything approaching a free and fair election.  Mail-in voting would negate many of the restrictive rules that disenfranchise so many voters, particularly among the poor and minorities, and it would prevent the sort of fiasco we saw in Georgia on Tuesday.

And yet, Trump and his enablers are doing everything in their power to stop mail-in voting, including destroying the United States Postal Service (USPS).  One of the tactics they are using is claiming that voter fraud is rampant in states where mail-in voting is used.  Today, I give you Robert Reich’s answer to their false claims …

29 thoughts on “On The Lies About Voter Fraud …

  1. not including the libertarian candidate in the debates or the ballot for presidency is a form of voter suppression as well, would you not agree? After all, it’s not only about qualifications but choice and if people don’t have the choices then their voices are silenced. Our two party system is corrupt and choice by allowing other worthy candidates is the way to fix this mess. But the corrupt RNC and DNC don’t have any interest in fixing a system which their reprehensible organizations benefit from. I am disgusted and totally fed up with politics in this country. It’s all just totally ridiculous and stupid at this point.

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  2. Except to inform his supporters of what Trump is lying about, it’s almost not worth telling the rest of us that what Trump is saying is a lie. Is his mouth open, with air passing through his voicebox? He’s lying, and wevall know it. The content of the lie might be different, but that he is lying is exactly the same. Nothing new here, folks. Same old same only.

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  3. Oooh dumb thing to do in the USA.
    Five time zones, 300,000,000 folk, four years of Trump fuelled anger.
    Whoever (or whoevers) will be running Russia or China a few years down the road won’t have to worry too much about the US Armed forces; they’ll be deployed at home.
    Jeez Louise GOP you don’t know how your own nation’s psyche works do you?

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    • What we have now is a plutocracy, a government by the wealthy. If you don’t have a multi-million dollar portfolio, you are a prole, a serf, and therefore expendable. You don’t matter. Your only worth is in the labour you produce. Once you cannot do that anymore, you are naught but a drain on the system and have no value. My prediction is that if Donald Trump wins in November, it will be decades, perhaps centuries, before the people of this nation have a vote or a voice again. If he wins, it will not be in a fair and honest election, for so many in the GOP are working night and day to ensure that it is not fair and not honest. An aside … I thought I was the only one who used that expression — Geez Louise!!! I picked it up from my mother as a child, but until tonight had never heard another person say it! 😊

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      • If you look back through history Jill and read the runes, you will find ‘Twas ever thus’.
        The danger the US faces is that the divide between Right and Liberal/Left is so strong the Poor Shmuck wing of the Right will buy into this crap.
        It’s what happens after Trump is gone will be the test.
        ‘Geez Louise’, ‘Heavens T’ Betsy’, ‘Holy Toledo’ (add ‘Ohio’, if you are really exasperated). ‘That an a dime/quarter (increase for inflation of course) will get me a cup of coffee’ ‘Ya don’t say?’ ‘Go Figure’…I’ve got a fully rounded American education I tell ya! 😃

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  4. Jill, living in NC, I have witnessed the passage of a Jim Crow like Voter ID law that was later ruled unconstitutional. Defenders have asked what is wrong with a Voter ID law? The answer is what lies beneath the surface – limited early voting, no same day voting, no Sunday voting, disallowing college IDs and on campus voting…all geared toward making it harder for African-American and young Americans to vote, as they tend to vote Democrat. The infamous words of the Buncombe County GOP leader were used in court, when he said to a Daily Show interviewer, “The law was designed to kick Democrats’ butts.” It should be noted the absentee mail-in ballots were not so included as they tended to help Republicans.

    Scroll forward to 2020. Mitch McConnell refused to fund states more money to secure the ballots due to reported Russian attempts. Donald Trump does not want mail-in ballots even though five states already use them to a significant extent. Both people want a cloudy process, in case they need to claim foul. From my view, both people are known for cheating.

    Keith

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    • Yes, I remember NC’s voter ID laws, and also gerrymandering, both of which have since been fixed, as best I recall. Voter ID laws disenfranchise the poor who may not have driver’s licenses, for they take a bus to work and cannot afford to own a car. Especially true in large cities. I have a few black neighbors who do not drive, do not have driver’s licenses. In fact, granddaughter Natasha does not drive nor have a license at age 25! It is her choice, and shouldn’t keep her from voting. Luckily, we do absentee voting which only requires either a driver’s licence number OR Social Security number, but too many states are much more restrictive. I would like to see all mail voting available in every state, elections moved to Sundays, and the electoral college abolished, since it is not serving the purpose for which it was originally intended. We cannot be said to be any form of a democracy if our elections are as unfair as they currently are.

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      • Jill, well said. The vast voting problem in America is too few people voting. Yet, when one party depends on restricting turnout, that goes against solving the problem. By the way, John Oliver did a piece on the more rampant voter fraud in America – it occurs in the chambers of state general assemblies. When people step away, other legislators will make votes at the vacated desk. There was one legislator who would use his cane to make electronic votes all around him. There was no shame in it.

        And, a key reason I find Senator Thom Tillis hypocritical is the unethical thing he did as NC Speaker of the House. It was widely reported that over a key budget vote, he sent everyone home at midnight, but told his Republican majority to stay close and he would call them back into chambers to vote at 1 pm. He had a quorum and the budget passed. That is beyond cheating and I associate Thom Tillis’ name with that unethical subterfuge. I actually have another example, but that one suffices.

        Keith

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        • True. Some don’t vote because they are lazy or just don’t care or aren’t excited by either candidate. But some don’t vote because it is made so difficult for them to do so, with obstacles such as reduced polling hours, distant polling places, voter ID laws, and in some places, harassment or heckling at the polling places.

          I strongly dislike Thom Tillis, and this example reinforces that dislike. Perhaps he took his lessons from Mitch McConnell?

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  5. At the risk of being repetitious, I will comment here with what I recently added elsewhere regarding trump’s habitual lying about anything and everything, including voter fraud. In Hannah Arendt’s 1972 book, which I recently reread, “Crises of the Republic : Lying in Politics; Civil Disobedience; On Violence; Thoughts on Politics and Revolution” there are some words that she wrote that are applicable to the present occupant of the White House. “The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide.” It is not that trump does not know the truth, it is that the truth does not fit his agenda…winning again this November 3rd! The fact that the lies and deceptions by trump are easily disproved by any intelligent thinking person is unimportant to him, that they are readily and eagerly accepted by a base of supporters and those politicians benefiting from them is! Robert Reich is the voice that needs to be heard by the latter group! Thank-you!

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    • Arendt’s words are so apropos of the Liar-in-Chief! Half the time he cannot remember from one hour to the next what lies he has told! Yes, Reich is the ‘wiser man with the cooler head’ that we could all take our cues from. Sadly, those who adore Trump are deaf to wise words by wise people. WHAK!!!

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