Like many people on the left I certainly have had my Facebook debates. I hate them, to be honest, because Facebook is a lousy venue for rational, thoughtful, discussion. You have to explain and that makes the post long, complicated and worse than anything else: intellectual well thought out. Exactly the kind of post many Facebook users won’t: maybe even aren’t able to, read.
 Facebook does well with short, snippet, posts. It’s like a slightly more complex version of tweeting, which is also an insult. So Facebook is a platform that serves bullies well, and enables them like stagnant water under a hot sun breeds mosquitoes.
 The most active partisans posters rarely hesitate to respond with mocking, insults and idiocy when confronted with an opinion they don’t like, except…
 …when there’s an issue they’d rather just disappear. Has anyone else noticed one of these issues is election fraud? No, not “voter fraud.” I’m sure you’ve read the inane arguments that include “you have to have a picture ID for…” something you don’t. Plus this over simplification is intentional: an attempt to hide the fact that this goes far beyond a picture ID when the intent is to put obstacles in the way front of select communities… who tend not to vote REPUBLICAN. They’ll blather on and on about voter fraud, providing anecdotal “evidence” directly out of out their wahoos. Or mention a handful… usually REPUBLICANS… who double voted. certainly not the millions Trump lies about over and over.
 The closest I’ve come to an argument over election fraud was one over placebo (provisional) voting. I think, perhaps, one of the reasons they don’t confront election fraud issues is because they know their arguments are impossible to defend. His arguments: “it’s only those who come with no ID” (a lie), “the provisionals are counted if the election was close.” (A lie unless they can provide at least one example of this happening, and not anecdotal “evidence” from some right wing source). His talking points were so easily countered his posts melted into him yelling: claiming he knew exactly what he was talking about because he had worked elections. When I pointed out I had too and knew better than that he never responded again.
 When it comes to election fraud: posting links to Greg Palast exposes, talking about extreme gerrymandering, articles about how black communities got fewer machines and when they did the machines were often so bad they frequently broke down: silence. Electronic voting machine issues? Silence. Crosscheck? Now there’s something you would think they’d be all over FaceCrack defending. Silence.
 Short list. Just put “silence” after each one you think of.
 I was raised in a family where frequently I’d want to talk about inner family conflict. Oh, they’d rag on the uncles and aunts, but real inner family?

  “We don’t talk about that.”
  “Because we don’t.”

 We only started to really get along when we got away from each other, and sometimes not even then. Surprised? Shouldn’t be.
 So I learned a long time ago when people don’t want to talk far too often it’s because they not only can’t defend themselves, but they know what they’re doing is wrong, and they want to continue doing it, and they want the whole topic to go away so, like roaches, they can start scurrying around again doing what they know they shouldn’t do.
 All which fits election fraud perfectly. Indeed I believe voter fraud is an artificial issue designed as both a distraction and a cover for election fraud. It also serves their desire to turn America back to a time when most blacks were basically untouchables, had their own pools, water fountains and would be kicked out of where supposedly “superior” white folks go if they dared enter. A time when other non-whites were often treated almost as poorly. A time when non-heteros could be kept in the closet; tormented for who they are. Non-Christians were also suspect. Those left of radical right were to be treated with suspicion, and some accused of having associations with suspect groups: guilt, not just by association, but mere accusation. In other words everyone not like Bannon, the Trumps… was bullied into sitting down, shutting up, and should expect to be shot at the slightest imagined provocation, if any. Just make up one and Stand Your Ground… unless your black, stalked by a guy in the dark you doesn’t identify himself, and your only known crime is being black and out at night. One example. A society where lynching is far more frequent and used to warn others they’d better be quiet, be subservient, or else.
 You know…

 ”Make America great again?”

Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 40 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks, and into the unseen cracks and crevasses that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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