Once power-worshippers get into power, they will bend their fullest efforts to remaining there. And with command of the engines of state, they have a pretty good chance of getting their way.
You don’t think so? You believe a “democracy” will correct for such things? That “the people,” bless their shriveled little hearts, will realize what’s being done to them and “vote the rascals out?” Well, Gentle Reader, the historical record isn’t terribly reassuring about that. The power-worshippers don’t just have the upper hand over us for the moment; the evidence says they’ve learned from their earlier mistakes.
Unfettered freedom of expression and the franchise were once the Left’s sacred cows. But like most sacred cows, should they become troublesome, the people in power will gut, clean, and dress them for barbecue.
We needn’t dwell on what’s happened to the mainstream media. They’re so completely in the Left’s thrall that their slightest hint of deviation becomes a cause celebre on the Right. The emergence of the huge “social media” brought about the collapse of blogging, which once knew millions of participants, and gave the Left a corral for dissidents from their prescriptions. Their grip appears too firm to counter at this point. What remains of free expression comes from mavericks such as the ones who write here.
The last hill to conquer is the franchise…and it appears that that hill has been taken. Consider this development:
Gov Josh Shapiro announces that Pennsylvania is now an automatic voter registration state. Everytime someone gets or renews their drivers licenses or state ID, they get registered to vote. More mass mail-in ballots for Dems in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Meanwhile PA Democrats… pic.twitter.com/3zTf2yJDTZ
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) September 19, 2023
Mind you, in all probability fewer than half the illegal aliens in Pennsylvania will actually cast a vote, or have any intention of doing so. But the more people there are on the voters’ rolls, the more fraudulent ballots can be submitted for counting when the elections arrive. In Democrat land, more registrants equals more votes even if no voter actually casts them, .
Measures to combat vote fraud are anathema to the Left. Their resistance to all such strokes – photo ID; elimination of hackable electronic voting machines; supervised ballot counting; outlawing of ballot harvesting; purging the dead and non-voters from the rolls – has been prodigious, and usually successful. The results, especially in Democrat bastions, speak for themselves. Many districts reported voter participation levels of over 100%. Despite there being fewer than 140 million registered voters in 2020, 155 million votes were counted in that balloting.
Yet good people – smart people! – maintain that the system can be fixed:
Indeed they do, but the REAL cure is simpler even than that: ditch ALL electronic voting machines and return to paper ballots, hand counted in full, unobstructed view of official representatives from all and every political party with candidates running for office. Contra Simplicius’ first ‘graph above*, if that means We Duh Peepul must wait for the results a little longer than we’ve become accustomed to because hand-counting all those hard-copy ballots takes a little more time, well, so be it then.
The essential point to be made here, I think, is that the count does not stop until all the (legitimate) votes are tallied. No self-evidently shady “pauses” after the polling places have closed because the toilet down the hall has sprung a minor leak, followed by a wee-hours stealth-resumption while no one is looking. You cast your vote on Election Day, on paper, dip your thumb into a jug of indelible purple ink ø Iraq, and then the votes are counted publicly, openly, without the kind of manipulation and mucking about we bore supine witness to in 2020. Period fucking dot, end of fucking story, problem fucking solved.
And if the voters’ rolls are filled with the names of dead people and illegal aliens, and the ballots don’t bear the names of those who cast them, and the ballot counters are resolved to report a predetermined result? What then? Is it really possible to get all these correctives in place, to verify that they’re operating as intended, and thus to assure ourselves that our elections are once again trustworthy?
Here, the implausibility is sufficiently strong to border closely upon impossibility. The system is in the hands of men who will make, change, and disregard the rules whenever it suits them.
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
If I’ve been sounding more weary and downhearted than usual, it’s because both those things are true. The electoral machinery has been captured and no longer deserves our trust. The media will defend it a outrance. The men in power will seek out and destroy anyone who raises a sufficiently loud, large clamor over it. Ask Catherine Engelbrecht.
The only form of “democracy” left to us is Irish democracy: as much resistance to the men in power as we can muster without incurring bloodshed.
Irish Democracy is when the populace simply doesn’t cooperate with the agenda. Sometimes there is active sabotage, sometimes surreptitious monkey-wrenching, sometimes foot-dragging and sometimes outright noncompliance. Sometimes it’s all of those at once.
Right now, we are seeing some of that in response to vaccine mandates, mask rules and various other forms of population control that have been adopted since the pandemic struck. Go almost anywhere with a mask mandate, and you will see some people not wearing masks at all, daring anyone to do anything about it (often, they don’t).
And really, what would be more appropriate? Our system of self-government has been transformed into an illusion, never again to be real. So why not turn the “power of the powerful” into an illusion as well? Is it not in any case a consummation devoutly to be wished? Do we really owe these clowns our willing allegiance and obedience?
Have a nice day.