This Election WAS Rigged

Thom plus logo It turns out that Donald Trump was right: the election was rigged. He would know, of course, because he and Lewis DeJoy were the ones who rigged it.

Historically, "conservative" (e.g. "white racist") efforts to rig the vote were almost entirely focused on preventing people of color from voting. For almost a century, this involved literacy tests, guessing the number of jellybeans in a jar, and other low-tech, blatant strategies.

In the 1960s, William Rehnquist and friends launched "Operation Eagle Eye" in the Southwest where they would send "poll watchers" to threaten and intimidate Native American, Hispanic and Black voters.

By the 1980s, Republicans had rolled out "caging," where they'd send a postcard to voters and if it wasn't returned they'd remove you from the voting rolls; the Democratic Party got a restraining order against caging that just expired a few years ago.

In 2000, George and Jeb Bush, the governors of Texas and Florida, used the Texas felon list to purge mostly Black and Hispanic people from the Florida voter rolls. Jeb knocked 90,000 African-Americans off the rolls, just in time to steal the 2000 election for George.

Kris Kobach turned this into a system, called Interstate Crosscheck, and took it nationwide over the last 15 years, comparing states' voting rolls in ways that would largely disenfranchise Asians, Blacks and Hispanics.

Finally, in 2020, Trump came up with a new scheme that benefited from the Covid virus, and the worse the virus got, the better his scheme worked.

Letting the pandemic run wild while telling his supporters they should only vote in person, Trump and DeJoy dismantled over 600 multimillion dollar high-speed mail sorting machines, hitting swing states the hardest, so mailed ballots would arrive too late to count.

Recent reporting suggests that if the courts had not intervened when and how they did, the mail would have been so slowed in several critical swing states that Trump would've been declared the winner. We were saved by a federal judge.

Now the scam Republicans are promoting is to challenge the signatures on the outside of mail-in ballots from big cities, and this has helped them throw out literally millions of ballots just this month.

Nobody is sure what the next conservative scheme will be to disqualify votes in American cities, but you can bet they're working on it. Which is why we need a law or Constitutional amendment that unambiguously asserts a "right to vote." If Governor Brian Kemp wants to take away the home of a person who lives in Atlanta, he has to go to court and prove his case: our property rights are intact.

If Governor Ron DeSantis wants to take away a gun from a person who lives in Miami, he has to go to court and prove his case: the Supreme Court has recently affirmed Americans' right to own a gun.

But if any governor wants to take away your vote, they don't even have to tell you, they just kick you off the voting rolls, because right now voting is not a right in America, it's merely a privilege.

America needs to join the rest of the developed world and put the right of citizens to vote into law. Since everything from pandemic relief to education to foreign policy flows out of the democratic process, this must be Job One in the new Congress



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Hephaestus 2 years 28 weeks ago

So we sue don't we???

We got more lawyers than any country on the planet... don't we?

Old Dave 2 years 28 weeks ago

We absolutely need an Amendment that not only makes voting a right for our citizens, but includes a qualifier that says we get to have our votes counted accurately.

Unfortunately, until corporations no longer can exploit our citizens' rights nor use unlimited money to control our elected officials, we will continue to experience election fraud and voter suppression, and live in a country that is rapidly devolving into oligarchy.

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Riverplunge 2 years 28 weeks ago

The Democrats are too slow to catch up to GOP schemes. They need help to correct their errors.. To see what went wrong and how to prevent it.

They can't think dirty enough, to see any possible way the GOPs are going to get back at them with any move the Democrats make.



To make matters worse, there are about 16 people in the Democrat party who are NOT TRUE DEMOCRATS. I refer to them as GOP moles.

These moles put a drag on the party's progress, and dampen new ideas.

Legend 2 years 28 weeks ago

How did masks become such a political hit job. It is a mask and has been proven effective. Taiwan 24 million population, 450 cases total, 7 deaths total. They wear masks. Other aisian nations doing nearly as good. They wear masks. Are Republicans just plain Stupid? We are on the verge of another shutdown and destruction of our economy. The number 1 highest cases per capita is the White House! South Dakota is the worlds #1 hotspot. They ignored wearing masks. What is so FFFFing difficult to understand? My state masks are mandatory and everyday you see people wearing them below their nose, which renders it useless. WHY??? It is easy to wear it properly. Children are losing their education because of this. What does it take for Americans to figure it out????

Today I met a person that said that Covid will end January 20th. I asked why? Because it is a Democratic hoax to win the election. How do you talk with someone like that? At least he admitted that Biden will be taking over.

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vetinla 2 years 28 weeks ago

Thom and others make many many relevant points daily, to push back on the direction the Republican party and DJT are devolving this nation. Problem is, MOST of our "leadership" refuses to inform the nation via whatever platforms they have access to.

Messaging works, but, if you can't inform rank and file Americans, knowledge is useless...

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karlmarx1947 2 years 27 weeks ago

With most states adopting optical scanners and paper ballots marked with ovals, elections are largely secure. What insecuritieis exist have to do with validating signatures and residence. locally. The serious problem is at the tabulation level. Election tabulation can be done by spreadsheet and the local and town/county/state tabulations need to be made public and validated. In this way any fooling with elections will be behind us. The facts that tabulation is not given the srutiny that individual voting is given suggests that governments want the possibility to throw the elections.

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