45th president harming our democracy by claiming election fraud
On January 20th, the 46th President of the United States will be inaugurated. The future of the Republic may depend on how the 45th behaves between now and then.
Continuing to “con” millions of good people by claiming the November election was rigged threatens to drag the United States down. Putin loves anything that diminishes our faith in our nation’s democratic institutions and processes.
When he won 306 electoral votes in 2016 despite losing the popular vote by 2.8 million votes, number 45 termed his victory an “historic landslide”. When the President-elect gets 306 electoral votes this year while getting 5.5 million more popular votes, number 45 calls the election a “fraud”.
Several of my Republican friends are not buying it. Former Missouri Republican congressman Tom Coleman agrees. There are numerous others, but the party collectively is no profile in courage.
H.R. McMaster told journalist Fareed Zakaria last Sunday that Biden is saying, “exactly what you need to hear from a President-elect”, and that “Allegations of a rigged election are dangerous.” When Zakaria said, “Putin’s central goal is to sow doubt about our democratic institutions”, McMaster added, “Russia wants to . . . reduce confidence in our institutions.” He then said, “Our duty is to oppose a President trying to undermine the Constitution.”
John Bolton pointed out that the Department of Homeland Security has called the election the most secure in American history. Bolton continued, “The Russians couldn’t ask for anything more (than wrecking the Republic).” Calling Number 45 “a failed President”, Bolton opined, “We need Republicans to tell the truth too.”
Michael Chertoff lamented that Number 45 was, “. . . playing Russian Roulette with the safety and security of the American people”, adding that “our adversaries around the world are looking to make hay from (a rocky transition).”
Zakaria’s final guest, Peggy Noonan, told him there will “always be an audience for this ‘stabbed in the back’ mentality and Number 45 is cynically abusing and taking advantage of good and patriotic people by insisting that he won an election that he clearly lost.
The authors of our Constitution and founders of our republican form of government did a brilliant job, but separation of powers and genius design cannot save us from ourselves.
Gary F. Kent