You see, no matter how much grandstanding and posturing and gloating performed by the Axis of Unethical Conduct (AUC), including its recent recruit, the social media platforms, and its Deranged zombie followers, your friends and mine, there is no avoiding these facts:
- Joe Biden is not President-elect until the Electoral College elects him. The AOC itself proclaimed that sufficiently in 2016 when it was trying to steal that election.
- The news media’s “calls” have no official role in deciding what states land in what column, and it has completely abused its position and influence this time.
- There will be investigations, recounts and lawsuits, as well as appeals. These will happen. All of the premature chest-beating and the rest won’t stop them, and that’s wonderful. Democrats had a legal force ready to do the same thing in any states were as close as the five or six states the Trump team is looking at.
- People can assume what will happen, but they do not know. The 2000 Florida challenge and recount should have taught that lesson. I’m sure it did, in fact.
Now here are some opinions that I am confident are accurate, but that do not quite reach the level of “facts”:
- For the Democrats, aided by the news media, to act as if the election is settled when it isn’t is dangerous—irresponsible, reckless, and stupid. What are the odds that a series of discoveries will, after sufficient litigation, demonstrate that enough states should be moved to Trump’s column to either elect him or send a deadlock to the House? If it’s half of 1%, that’s too much—not when the Left is falsely asserting to be true what they don’t know to be true. Given what we know about this side of the ideological spectrum in 2020, if the .5% occurrence came to pass, the United States would be facing violence in the streets never seen in peacetime. Is a half a per cent chance of a civil war or revolution worth the risk? A quarter of a per cent?
- The effort to force the determination of the election’s victor before all the votes are counted and those that have been counted are shown to be genuine appears to be part of a pernicious effort by the AOC to sidestep fairness and transparency.
- The hypocrisy of Democrats in even attempting this is of cosmic proportions, and…
- …provides one more piece of damning evidence of how perilous to our democracy it is to give more power to these people, who have already shown they have no respect for our institutions, and now are demonstrating that there are no depths to which they will not dive to achieve their self-serving ends.
- It would be nice if there was a way President Trump could be trusted to address the nation and urge patience and calm without throwing metaphorical gasoline on the metaphorical fire. He can’t. He is not capable of that.
Further Train Wreck Notes:
1. Ethics Hero: Dave Chappelle. Last night, hosting Saturday Night Live, the comic made a strong and eloquent plea on behalf of the Golden Rule:
“I would implore everybody who’s celebrating today to remember that it’s good to be a humble winner. Remember when I was here four years ago, remember how bad that felt? Remember that half the country right now still feels that way. Please remember that. Remember, for the first time in the history of America, life expectancy of white people is dropping because of heroin, because of suicide. All the white people out there that feel that anguish, that pain, they mad because they think nobody cares — maybe they don’t — let me tell you something: I know how that feels. Promise you, I know how that feels. If you’re a police officer, and every time you put your uniform on, you feel like you got a target on your back, you’re appalled by the ingratitude that people have when you would risk your life to save them. Believe me, I know how that feels. Everyone knows how that feels. But here’s the difference between me and you: You guys hate each other for that, and I don’t hate anybody. I just hate that feeling. That’s what I fight, and what I suggest you fight. You gotta find a way to live your life. You gotta find a way to forgive each other. You gotta find a way to find joy in your existence, in spite of that feeling.”
He’s right, but nobody will pay any attention to him.
2. Of course, we have seen this hypocrisy for months: DePauw University professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall pointed to how the double standard being applied now to pro-Biden celebrations demonstrates how the pandemic measures and reporting was always warped to serve political ends.
“That didn’t necessarily serve the interests of the citizenry, but it did serve the interests of shrill media voices and anti-Trump political opponents. Failing to criticize the weekend political celebration crowds after condemning Trump campaign crowds as dangerous just shows the inconsistency of the political activists,” McCall told Fox News. Boy, I’m sick of mealy-mouthed professors! Just say it: the news media engaged in shaming and fearmongering to use the virus to defeat President Trump, and they are demonstrating that now, with, for example, Jake Tapper expressing concern about being a “scold,” by mentioning that the celebrants were not social distancing. “He essentially acknowledged the varying standards on coronavirus dangers exhibited in the mainstream media,” McCall said.
“Varying standards” means deliberate distortion of public opinion by the media. That’s totalitarian stuff. Say it, for God’s sake.
3. As expected, Don Lemon made as ass of himself, getting weepy (like Van Jones) and eliminating any doubt (there really wasn’t any) that he is neither competent, professional, objective, or more mature than the average 6-year-old.
“America needed a release valve at that moment. And they wanted to get it off their chest,” he said. “Finally, the relief came that no longer did we have to live under this oppression. No longer did we have to live under people who pretend that up is not up, that down is not down, that one plus one doesn’t equal two. And so I can’t help but be emotional at this moment.”
Oh, what oppression, you child? You had to live with President you didn’t vote for. Awwww. And it is, again, not ethical or responsible to refer to a conditional and unofficial result as if it is certain when you are supposed to be a journalist.
Lemon is not only a hack, he’s a dangerous hack. To be fair, he has lots and lots of company. There should not be a single op-ed in the Times or Washington Post for example, that treats the election as if it is over. Yet there are several.
4. Res ipsa loquitor: since it is Trump who appears to be at the short end of the election, there are no riots, no violence, no looting. All those boarded up shops and the various riot watches in the cities (like D.C) were in anticipation of Biden’s supporters rioting.
What does this tell us? (It’s an easy question.)
5. Confirmation Bias Tweet of The Year:
No, ABC, you ignorant, biased fools. The fireworks were part of the Guy Fawkes Day celebration on Bonfire Night, which occurs every year.
Oh, there is lots more, but Spud wants a walk.
More, I’m sure, tomorrow.