I’ve noticed that most major media outlets have already begun referring to Joe Biden as “President-Elect.” Funny, I thought this was the era of rigorous “fact-checking.” Are any of those stories being flagged, branded or banned by Twitter and Facebook as “disinformation”? I ask not because I expect a rational response, but just to point out that Biden is NOT the “President-Elect.”
He’s currently ahead in the unofficial count of electoral votes, but the media do not determine the winner of Presidential elections. State officials, the Electoral College and Congress do, and the Electors don’t meet until December 14th. Even the President of Mexico said he would not congratulate Biden on winning until it’s clear that he did. Maybe Trump lost, or maybe this is just an overhyped media story about Trump’s demise that will turn out to be fake news. It would hardly be the first.
In 2000, it took 37 days for all the legal issues to be settled, and I assure those of you too young to have been around that none of these media outlets referred to George W. Bush as “President-Elect” until the results were official. As Al Gore said back then, "Once we have that full and accurate account of the ballots casted, then we will know who our next president is and our country can move forward." Talk about “an inconvenient truth!”
This isn’t a partisan issue, it’s a matter of objective fact. But then, reporting objective facts is so last-century.
LOOKING DEEPER INTO VOTER FRAUD
There are a lot of claims of vote fraud flying. I want to urge you to be cautious in what you believe. Some of these may turn out to be serious, and others may just be Internet-spread conspiracy theories from unreliable sources. Investigating them all requires time, which means not rushing to declare a winner, as many irresponsible media outlets have decided to do.
One red flag is the many statistical improbabilities that have contributed to Biden’s lead. These are being brushed off as merely the heavily Democrat mail-in vote being counted late. But the Epoch Times points out how statistically unlikely it was that in only certain areas, the percentage of Biden votes suddenly leaped far beyond previous levels in ballots added at 3 or 4 a.m.
One story that’s getting a lot of attention from non-leftist media is about voting software switching votes from Republicans to Democrats. That’s not a wild Internet theory; it actually happened in Michigan, and not only gave Trump back about 3,000 votes, it reversed the results of a local race that had already been called. It’s been brushed off as an isolated glitch caused by a local programmer’s error. But there are claims that it might be more widespread and that the real “glitch” was that it got exposed.
This article gives a lot of background on voting software and the claims and suspicions being launched about it, some of them pretty wild.
Please note: I’m not endorsing this story, I’m just showing you what’s out there and being said. But I’m intrigued by the video they post of CNN’s live election night coverage. At around the :10 second mark, in the numbers for the Kentucky Governor’s race, Democrat Andy Beshear gains 560 votes. Nothing odd about that, except at the exact same moment, Republican Matt Bevin mysteriously loses 560 votes. Why would his vote total go down, and by the exact same number that Beshear’s went up? Is that just an innocent error, or could it be another identical software “glitch” in another state?
Again, I’m not screaming, “Vote fraud!!” I’m just saying, shouldn’t we investigate such a mysterious occurrence before declaring Joe Biden President-Elect? Enquiring minds want to know.
IN THE STATES
Still picking through the results from last week’s election, the voters of Colorado passed by 52.2% a resolution that would award all of their electoral votes to the national popular vote winner in Presidential elections. This means a majority of voters just voted to give away their state's voice in choosing a President to New York and California. I’m assuming this would never have happened before they legalized marijuana.
Some more heartening news: even in California, voters rebuked their leftist overlords, voting by over 58% to exempt Uber and Lyft drivers from the state’s recent law that practically bans gig workers by classifying them as employees. It puts so many expensive burdens on anyone who hires them that it kills demand and would have forced Uber and Lyft to shut down.
It's great to see that Californians stood up for the right of individuals to decide what kind of job they want. But that law is still killing work for other gig workers, including musicians. It needs to be sent to the scrap heap entirely, along with every politician who voted for it.
This kind of rejection of leftist, big government interference in personal freedom should be putting the fear of God into Democrats in Washington. It’s obviously not penetrating some of the more petrified skulls, with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer claiming they have a “mandate” for changing America, even though the Dems lost House seats and enjoyed no “blue wave” in the Senate. But some of the more rational members are privately complaining that the party was drubbed in local and state elections because of its association with unpopular leftist movements like socialism, the Green New Deal, defunding the police, BLM and Antifa.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez naturally rejects that. She thinks the losing Democrats just didn’t campaign the right way or embrace “progressive” ideas hard enough (I define “progressive” as ideas that have failed tragically every time they’ve been tried for over a century, but they have new names for them.) She points to the far-left members like her who won their reelections.
I’d remind her that most of them, like her, come from small districts that are so far left that even Nancy Pelosi said that a glass of water with a (D) after its name could win in them. I’d add, even if the glass is half empty.
Good News: According to Fox Business News, Dow futures skyrocketed by 1700 points on news that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine proved 90% effective in the first 94 patients it was tested on. Also on news that Joe Biden was named “President-elect.” I hope the first part of that story is more accurate than the second part. If there’s any political aspect to that stock jump, I assume it’s because the market is anticipating gridlock.
A Pfizer executive said, “This is about the best the news could possibly be for the world and for the United States and for the public health.” More details here.
If the vaccine is effective, it will mark an incredibly rapid breakthrough. Vaccines against coronaviruses can take years to develop, if ever. The common cold is a coronavirus, and we still have no vaccine to prevent that. Odd how that happened so fast under a President who so “badly botched” the response to COVID-19
I should also add more good news: apparently, the need for social distancing is over and we can all go back to church, since the same media people and leftists who were shaming Trump rallies as “superspreader events” just two weeks ago are now cheering mass celebrations over Joe Biden.
MORE THAN AN IDEA JOE
Joe Biden famously insisted that Antifa is an “idea,” not an organization. Well, that “idea” just obscenely vandalized the Democrat campaign headquarters in Portland (Warning: bad language at link.)
BIDEN TEAM IS ALREADY PUSHING GSA TO GET "TRANSITION" FUNDS
Enough with all this waiting around --- the Biden team is pushing the General Services Administration (GSA) to move ahead with approving a transfer of power so they can get funds for their transition.
Not so fast. GSA administrator Emily Murphy will start that process only when a “winner is clear based on the process laid out in the Constitution.” Yes, Murphy is a Trump appointee, and thank God for that. If she’d been appointed by Obama, what are the odds that she’d refuse to be rushed? Ha, she would've already set up a direct deposit account with the Biden team.
With almost all news outlets prematurely calling Biden the “President-elect,” he’s gotten it into his head that the vote is now official and that’s what he is. Sorry, Joe, this is a fantasy being promoted by the Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself), one that the GSA refuses to be “gaslighted” into playing along with. Good for them.
Oh, but what about the pandemic? Yes, the Democrats are actually using the virus as a pretext for moving ahead super-fast. Democrat Sen. Gerry Connolly of Virginia, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee of Operations, said to Reuters, “The Administrator plays a critical role in the peaceful transfer of power and ensuring vital government services are not disrupted. This is all the more important amid a deadly pandemic.” Give me a break.
Reuters is saying there is “little chance” of Trump taking the lead through recounts. Oh, Reuters, there is so much more at issue here besides just the physical recounts. Their story also cites unnamed “legal experts” who say Trump’s legal challenges are “unlikely” to change the outcome. I’d like to helpfully point them in the direction of some different legal experts. For now, let’s just go through the legal process, address the serious allegations that have been made –- involving important issues that should be resolved by the Supreme Court –- and see whose “experts” are right.
The 1963 Presidential Transition Act was designed to give the incoming President about two months to set up his new administration before his inauguration on January 20. So Biden’s people seem to be in an awfully big rush to start the transition. But according to the law, the GSA’s administration will decide when to say a winner has been determined and to provide funding for travel and salaries and access to U.S. government agencies.
Recall that George W. Bush got quite a late start on his transition because he was waiting for the Florida recounts demanded by Al Gore, which took over a month before the Supreme Court finally stopped them. If Bush can wait, so can Biden (that is, if he even maintains his lead when the process is examined). The pandemic has nothing to do with this, folks. Democrats used it as an excuse to paper the country with millions and millions of mail-in ballots, and look what happened as a result. We can't let them continue using it as an excuse for doing everything else they want.
If Biden and his team need some money for travel right now so he can continue playing President-elect, he could probably get an infusion of cash from one or more of his billionaire donors. Or perhaps the Biden family could give them a short-term loan, just to tide them over. I understand they have quite a lot of money.