By Nathan Barton
A few weeks ago, Freedom News Daily, which touts itself as the “freedom movement’s daily newspaper” featured these two articles in the “news” and “commentary” sections.
Trump to launch “major investigation” of his voter fraud fantasy : Source: The Hill “President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he will launch a ‘major’ investigation to look into voter fraud in the country. ‘I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and …. even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time),’ the president tweeted Wednesday morning.” (01/25/17)
Why Trump is doubling down on the voter fraud fraud: Source: Garrison Center by Thomas L Knapp “Voter fraud is not a strategy used by candidates and campaigns to move the needle on election results. Why? Because it’s just about the most expensive, burdensome, unreliable and risky way imaginable to do that. A successful voter fraud operation on any scale would require rounding up a whole bunch of people, trusting those people to cast the votes desired instead of just voting however they wanted to vote, and risking any or all of them getting caught (or sprouting a conscience) and blowing the operation. Too many co-conspirators and too many ways for things to go south fast and hard. If we remove the letter ‘r’ from the end of ‘voter,’ things make more sense. Yes, elections are sometimes rigged. But they’re not rigged the hard way, by impersonating voters.” (01/25/17)
I don’t know whether Tom or one of the other editors chose that first news item, or who wrote the headline (which is one way that FND provides commentary on news items – often in a very sarcastic way). He IS one of the editors, if not the publisher, and so his commentaries (from The Garrison Center and elsewhere), like the second item, frequently are included in the daily publication. (This is NOT a bad idea, and is not a glitch but a feature – his commentaries are generally well-thought out and worth reading, if highly biased.)
And I don’t have any problem with the items or the headlines. Trump is fair game, and if not as distasteful as either the last occupant of 1600 PA or the woman who wanted to move back in there, is very much a foe of true liberty.
What DOES bother me is the irrational nature of the many attacks on Trump. And the way the attacks are ramping up, like a two-year-old building up to the best tantrum yet. The leftists – the Tranzis – have outdone their previous performances of childish emotion and outrageous exaggeration and bizarre claims of consequences. Their rhetoric, their publications, ignore reality and fail to pay even lip service to truth and accuracy – especially when it comes to attacking Trump, Pence, and those who voted for them or otherwise supported them. The news headline and Tom’s commentary are, sadly, great examples of this. Examples that the “freedom movement” doesn’t need.
First off, despite Tom’s delight in trashing Trump about his “fantasy,” voter fraud – or more properly and broadly – election fraud is no fantasy. The entire process, in virtually every state and many (or even most) jurisdictions in those states, is corrupt and full of fraud. And this has been demonstrated for decades, including many quadrennial general elections. It includes a broad range of actions, and if anything, the opportunities for it have grown larger with each passing decade.
The system is designed to maximize it, in fact, while pretending to minimize the fraud. And both the GOP and the Dems have done everything they can in recent years to do that. Defrauding the voters, actually. (It is happening as we speak, in fact. Dems and GOPs in Utah’s legislature were so frightened by Evan McMillian’s strong “fourth party” showing, are rolling back the registration day for new parties all the way back to November of the year BEFORE the election.
But more specifically, voter fraud, in the form of false identities, double- and triple-voting, stealing and voting someone else’s absentee ballot, voting for the dead, and allowing non-qualified people (felons and border jumpers and immigrants who are not citizens even if “legal”) to vote has been going on for a very long time. Look at Chicago and Illinois in 1960. Look at a dozen Texas elections (in the old “blue state” Texas) from the 1920s to the 1970s. I personally have seen nominating petitions and petitions for initiatives with hundreds or thousands of false signatures.
These things have been made worse in the past couple of decades by such travesties of legislation as “Motor Voter” and the steady reduction of residency time required to be a registered voter. Same-day registration, mail ballots, and no-ID laws have sped the process of corruption still more.
Secondly, Tom does a WONDERFUL job of creating straw men which he then so successfully demolishes and sets alight. It does not take a massive, coordinated “conspiracy” to swing elections, especially NOT in an electorate so forcefully and closely divided. Just as libertarians should (and often do) recognize the benefits and success of “leaderless insurgency” and similar actions, it is easy to recognize that there is no more need for leaders and massive organization to commit enough voter fraud to swing some elections than it takes a conspiracy and organization to spread internet rumors and urban legends. People are smart enough to figure it out for themselves. And observant enough to recognize that the system is set up to encourage and promote it.
And voter fraud and other kinds of election corruption WILL continue and grow worse as long as we allow politics and government to dominate society. The only way the fraud and corruption will be made less harmful is to reduce the power of the state.
That is the bottom line. No matter how “clean” elections are, they are STILL, in the words of H. L. Mencken, a sort of advance auction of stolen goods. The entire system, including the purpose to which it is put, is corrupt. Taking power away from government is our best hope.
Mama’s Note: I suspect that most people, at some level, understand that electoral politics is a sham and a fraud of itself, just as they know that professional wrestling is fake. The politics and fake “sports” will continue, naturally, as long as large enough numbers of people are willing to buy the tickets and attend. The status of those who buy the tickets, then, is actually not relevant, no matter how they were defined or organized.