I have to admit, I’ve found it unbelievably depressing watching the fallout from the midterms. Like a radioactive wasteland after a nuclear holocaust, the landscape has been toxic from both sides in the wake of the last election. Republicans are trying to play off the fact that they got shellacked, and Democrats are doing the exact thing they suggested Trump would do: not accepting the results of an election. Both Georgia and Florida became ground zero for all-out war over the voting process, with both sides accusing the other of outright thievery. Republicans are suggesting that Democrats fake ballots and allow illegals to vote, and Democrats breaking out the old “voter suppression” argument and many other accusations of dastardly conduct. Both sides, every couple of years, will spend an inordinate amount of time and money on lawsuits, ads, and speeches, all decrying the conduct of the other side. Let’s take a look at all of the various controversies regarding elections in this country.
1. Foreign interference, or hacking.
2. Voter Suppression.
3. Illegal Aliens are voting.
4. Faked Ballots.
5. People are voting more than once.
6. Purged Voter Rolls.
7. Early and Late voting.
8. Long lines and problems with ID.
9. Defective Voting Machines.
10. Racial profiling and targeting.
11. Voter Intimidation.
12. Destabilizing rhetoric post elections.
Whew, I sure hope I covered it all. I said earlier that I found all of this depressing, so I will tell you why:
The reason all of this is disheartening to me is:
Voter ID would solve every single election-related issue in the country, and yet, it will never, ever happen.
That massive list I just wrote down would be almost eliminated if every American citizen had a voter ID card. There would be no such thing as “purged voter rolls,” or “voter suppression.” No illegal would vote. Machines would be completely universal, and processes would be completely unified state to state, resulting in far fewer issues of time, security, and problems. More than all of that, it would eliminate the toxic behavior, and solve problems for BOTH SIDES. So, if Voter ID is great for both sides, why will it never happen?
First, Democrats will not give it one vote, because they know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they get votes from illegal aliens. Whether it’s ten votes or a million, they know good and well that they are the ones benefitting from a non-standardized voting system. Let’s remember that it is Democrats in some of the more liberal states pushing to allow illegals to get driver licenses and IDs, thus effectively making non-citizens voters. Then, on top of all that, nearly all of the discovered fraud in our system has been to their advantage, therefore they will never admit it, but they are well aware that our loose system as it stands adds to their count. Also, multiple states (17) do not require showing ANY ID at all to vote, and I’m quite sure it isn’t an accident that those are all deep blue states. So we’ve established that Democrats will likely never vote for it, but why wouldn’t this be a significant issue for Republicans, since it would obviously help them? Two words:
A solution to this issue will likely never come from the right, simply because there are too many “GOVERNMENT IS THE DEVIL” conservative types. To them, ANY government involvement, no matter how much it helps them, is philosophically unacceptable. This is a big reason that the country has slid so far to the left over the last 50 years, is the complete unwillingness to use government to “conserve” the values that Republicans say they believe in. Democrats get into power and do everything they can to use that power to tilt the country toward the values they believe in, whereas Republicans do everything they can to NOT use government power for anything but deregulation. Over the course of time, Republicans have controlled the majority many times in the House, Senate, Presidency, and a majority of governorships, and have done nothing to truly fix this issue, because they always rush right to the Big Gubbermint argument, while watching the country slip away.
One of the fundamental differences in the MAGA/Trump wing of the Republican Party and old-school conservatives is that we are perfectly willing to use government as a means to an end. Trump has proposed many things such as term limits and Voter ID that clearly benefit Republicans, but will never happen because he wouldn’t even get votes from his own side. So here we sit, having the same issues with voting every single time, and no one will lift a finger to fix it for political reasons. Meanwhile the left laugh their asses off at the ineptitude of the Republicans controlling everything and doing nothing. If Republicans were serious about this, and many other issues, they could have killed the legislative filibuster and made it happen. Instead, they rested on their so-called “values” and did nothing.
Everyone said that when Trump lost, he would not accept the results, thus undermining democracy. Now in Georgia, we have to sit here and watch as Stacey Abrams literally claims the election was stolen by Brian Kemp and refuses to concede while filing lawsuits. I agree that when people do not accept the results of an election, it hurts social cohesion and damages democracy, but no one will do a damn thing to fix the central problem, and all they want is to go on TV and whine about how the other side is doing something shady. It would be comical, if it weren’t so sad, to watch such an easily solvable problem rip at the foundations of the country.
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