Wordplay: Dismissing voter fraud with a phrase

“There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.”

How many times have you heard this phrase parroted by pundits and partisans in media and politics? They say it and repeat it for one purpose—to convince Americans that the 2020 election was free and fair.
 
By using the word “widespread,” they create an artificial bar to imply that, absent of widespread voter fraud, our 2020 election is legit and Joe Biden is our president-elect.
 
In contrast, I have a better, fair and responsible statement:
 
“There is alleged evidence of strategic voter fraud in the 2020 election. The question is whether it exists and, if so, does it rise to the legal level necessary to affect the outcome of the 2020 election.”
 
That media members are tripping over themselves to quash all mention of voter fraud is DEEPLY disturbing. This is not how truth-seeking objective journalists pursue their vocation. Instead of acting as our watchdog over people in power, they’re acting like one party’s attack dog.
 
Additionally, there is no constitutional office or designation of “president-elect.” This term is a media creation. In the 2000 election, apparent winner George W. Bush became the president-elect only when all results in all states were verified and electors had cast their votes.
 
Joe Biden is the apparent winner of the 2020 election. He is not the president-elect. The votes have not been certified and electors have not cast their votes.
 
Finally, if our government does not overhaul our election system to restore trust in future elections, we’ll forever lose faith in our most essential freedom.

Trump acts like a fool. Biden seems like a tool. Who to vote for and why.

fool or tool
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Just like in 2016, we’re faced with two flawed candidates. One’s a fool and the other’s a tool. One runs his mouth and indulges his itchy Twitter finger. The other seems barely sentient. One steamrolled his way to infamy in the first “debate.” The other was interrupted so many times he had little chance to gaffe the night away.

One lashes out at hordes of media and political enemies. By doing so, he stokes their hatred and our division. The other is coddled by the same hordes who ask him hard-hitting questions like, “What flavor is your milkshake, Mr. Vice President?”

One makes unscientific assertions about COVID and takes the low road of name calling and ridicule at his MAGA rallies. The other weaponizes a pandemic and uses a mask as a badge of belief in science.

One respects power over character when dealing with dictators. The other blames Russia for his son’s incriminating and damaging emails while insisting he’s the epitome of a decent and honest guy.

Can we agree that neither candidate is a paragon of virtue? That both are flawed sinners—like you and me? Perhaps it’s time we look past their personalities and peccadilloes and focus like laser beams on their policies.

Policy 1: Taxes and your finances

Let’s talk taxes. Trump cut taxes and regulation in 2016, and the economy took off like a rocket. And even in the midst of blue-state lockdowns and COVID-driven partial restrictions in red states, our “new normal” economy is surprisingly better than expected.

Biden says he’ll raise our taxes. He also says he won’t raise taxes on income earners under $400k. But here’s the catch: Biden plans to eliminate Trump’s 2016 tax cuts. This means that earners below $400K will be required to begin paying the taxes cut by Trump. And this means that by cutting Trump’s tax cuts, Biden will raise our taxes. Get it? A tax cut cut is actually a tax increase.

The Wall Street Journal says Biden’s plan to tax “the rich” (over $400K earners) will increase their tax rate from 40 percent to 55 percent. This make-the-rich-pay-their-fair-share move will please socialist democrats like Bernie and AOC, but will drive wealthy businesses and taxpayers to outsource American jobs and shield personal income in order to lower tax burdens that will be too burdensome and vastly unfair.

Driving away job creators and investors is never a good plan for a free market economy. It is, however, an effective way to begin transitioning to a democratic socialist model. And any smidgen of socialism—democratic or no—paves the way for higher taxes, lower wages, and reduced access to quality goods and services.

Conclusion: If you want to pay less in taxes and enjoy a stronger post-COVID free market economy, vote for Trump.

Policy 2: Public safety and police

Trump says he’s all for police, the military and the rule of law in cities and towns like riot-riddled Minneapolis, Portland and Seattle. He’s said time and again that he’s ready to deploy the National Guard—and even the military—to restore order.

Biden and Harris express support for protestors, rioters and looters in these cities and elsewhere. They routinely parrot the media when replacing violence and looting with “mostly peaceful” protests. In doing so, they embrace a narrative that asks us to disbelieve what we see with our own eyes—fire, thievery and mayhem.

Trump wants to help police officers get a better at protecting us. Biden wants to defund them. Granted, defund is a scary word for reducing their budgets—and presence—in crime-ridden communities in which residents want and need adequate police support. Defunding the police is like removing locks from your doors and replacing them with signs that read: “Please, do not enter.”

Defunding the police is bad policy. Its proponents want to replace police with community leaders and social workers. This seems good from a Utopian point of view, but it flies in the face of human nature. Criminals follow their worst natural inclinations. Rather than curbing their impulses and desires when confronted by social workers and community leaders, they’ll rob them—or worse.

Conclusion: If you want to keep or make your community safe, vote for Trump.

Policy #3: Healthcare

Let’s face it: The Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, costs us much more and gives us much less than promised. Speaking of promises, the primary promise pitched to us by Obama and Biden was that if we liked our health insurance, we could keep it. This was never true, and Obama and Biden knew it all along.

Many of us pay double or triple our pre-Obamacare premiums and weren’t able to keep our healthcare plan or doctor. Question: How is paying more for less coverage and care options good healthcare policy? It’s not. The Affordable Care Act was not designed to be good policy—it’s a stepping stone to single-payer healthcare.

What is single payer mean? In a single-payer healthcare system, everyone’s covered regardless of their ability to pay. Our government would be the only entity paying for coverage, likely funded with our taxes. The “single payer” is the government.

What happens if government doesn’t have the funds to cover our coverage? What about government shutdowns? Will essential procedures be help up while politicians play chicken? Canada has single-payer healthcare, which is why those who can fly south to get better care without the long waits.

Single-payer healthcare is socialized medicine. I use it with the VA. Trust me: You don’t want single-payer healthcare. The doctors at the VA act like time-clock punchers. Why wouldn’t they? Their work is just a job. Their motivation is to get through the day, not to build a thriving private practice. It’s socialism versus private market.

Imagine our nation’s entire population in a massive and inferior single-payer healthcare system. It would be clunky, tenuous, incredibly expensive and fatally flawed. Government can barely do what it does right now. How would it fare trying to provide what democratic socialists contend is a human right?

Fool or tool?

As I say, Trump is a fool, but at least he’s his own fool. He says and tweets as he does because he’s honest about who he is. No one can say that with Trump what you see is not what you get in a president. He’s bombastic, bullying, in your face and combative. But ask yourself this: If you were the target of daily attacks from media, career bureaucrats and expats from your own political party, would you be rather touchy and defensive?

Biden is a tool because he’s governed by the whims and wishes of proud socialists like Bernie Sanders and heavy-on-passion-light-on-wisdom democratic socialists like AOC. Under pressure from them and their extreme wing of his party, he’s flipped on virtually every position he’s ever held while in office for four decades.

Can we agree that Biden’s not entirely there cognitively? If so, is it any wonder he’s a tool? In moments where Old Joe seems like the Joe of Old, he roars to life, but typically when someone hacks him off. When this happens, he lashes out at “reporters” and voters who ask him something more challenging than, “Why do you think Trump is so bad?”

Okay, let’s get to it. Vote.

All personality problems aside, if we focus on policy, do we vote for the fool or the tool? Keep in mind, that a vote for Joe Biden is a vote for Kamala Harris as president. This should be frightening. As unlikable as Hillary was and is, at least she’s honest in her beliefs. Hillary’s a true believer; Kamala’s a true pretender.

When it comes to political views and positions, Kamala is a chameleon and Machiavellian. She’s a Kameleon, a Kamachiaveleon. Virtually everything she says is strategically designed to help her gain power. Her full-frontal fakery is why she was booted so early in the democrat primaries and unable to garner even one percent of her party’s support.

Harris’ policies are frighteningly Californian. I know, I live in the Golden State. With high taxes, low-quality infrastructure, wildfires brought on by poor forest management, out-of-control homelessness, and tone-deaf leftist government policies, it’s not so golden anymore. If you vote for Biden, you’ll get President Harris.

In conclusion, if policy guides our vote—and it should—do we vote for the fool or the tool? Low taxes and proven economic growth and jobs or high taxes, slow growth, fewer jobs and less financial security?

Safer cities, neighborhoods and communities and respect for law enforcement or more anarchy, rioting, burning and looting and continued disdain for law and order?

Better healthcare with protection for those with preexisting conditions through repeal and replacement of Obamacare or expensive lower quality care and movement toward a gigantic and fatally flawed single-payer healthcare system?

Fool or tool? Let’s vote.

COVID-19: Epically bad bug or doomsday apocalypse?

COVID-19. A septuagenarian friend spelled it “COVIG19” in a mass email message. Makes me think of “go fig,” as in “go figure.” That’s the phrase for the thing because none of us know exactly what we’re facing and what to expect in the days ahead.

One thing’s for sure about the coronavirus—it’s not nothing, and it’s not the end of the world.

It’s interesting how personal things get when a novel virus is doing its worst in one’s own country. At the time and to most Americans, SARS, Zika, and Ebola all seemed small fry because they afflicted other people in other countries far, far away.

I remember watching Women’s World Cup soccer in 2015, and hearing fans mock the American goalie, Hope Solo, for voicing her fear of the virus. Each time she touched the ball, the crowds in Brazil went, “AHHHHH … ZIKKAAAA.”

It was kinda funny. COVID-19 isn’t funny at all.

Pardon the pun, but the coronavirus is nothing to sneeze at. I jest because I must. I daresay we could all use a touch of humor right about now. It’s a welcome diversion when dealing with a shared darkness.

The darkness

Make no mistake—these are dark days.

Consider this litany of fear-inducing conditions: A worse-than-Great-Depression economic shutdown, swelling unemployment, nationwide distancing and quarantines, doomsday pandemic models and predictions, sensationalized media coverage, the largest economic relief package in human history—it’s a zombie apocalypse without the zombies.

The experts are all over the place on this thing. Some say we’re in for a gazillion infected and millions dead. Others put both numbers much lower. Let’s face it—we don’t know what will happen.

An online product marketer and data smart guy watched his Medium article, “COVID-19–Evidence Over Hysteria,” go from tens of thousands of likes and comments to REMOVED for violating Medium standards … of something.

What? Who put the kibosh on his analysis? Was it the WHO? Not the rock band—the World Health Organization, which is affiliated with the United Nations. Conspiracy theory? Maybe. But watching the WHO’s director-general sing the praises of China’s coronavirus response makes one wonder.

Somehow, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus continues to praise the communist China regime as they claim that the virus they unleashed upon the world is contained in their country and has killed only 3,304 of their 1.4 billion people.

Scary numbers

Worse, many in our media are propagating China’s COVID-19 numbers. No healthy skepticism from the press, just bovine trust. Of course, there’s no earthly way to verify China’s numbers, but the math simply doesn’t add up.

Let’s crunch some numbers. Why not? We’re in self-isolation and there’s only so much TV and Internet we can ingest in a day. Here we go:

As I write this, of 331 million Americans, 142,000 have tested positive for the coronarvirus and 2,484 have died. Conversely, of China’s 1.4 billion people, the regime claims 81,000 have been infected, and 3,304 have died.

China has four times our population and had a month or so head start on a deadly virus that originated in their country, yet somehow has 61,000 fewer cases and only 820 more deaths.

This means that per capita, China boasts an astounding (and absurdly unbelievable) .0017 percent infection rate and 4 percent death rate.

Dense population

Keep in mind; we’re talking about a nation that has more than four times our population with the vast majority of its citizens living in dense population centers. China’s population density is 384 people per square mile while the U.S. is 91 people square per mile.

And because of China’s infamous one-child per family policy, their population is older than that of most other countries. More older people means more are at-risk for COVID-19.

What’s more, China’s male/female ratio is tilted strongly male because the regime prefers men over women. So does COVID-19, seemingly. The data shows that male COVID-19 patients fare much worse than female patients.

All of this means that China is likely experiencing much higher infection and death rates than they’re admitting. Some leaks indicate the death toll is in the tens of thousands.

Why would the regime lie? For the same reason the Soviets lied about the Chernobyl disaster—their COVID-19 nightmare threatens their influence in the world, which threatens their hold on power.

Woke West

Why point out the deception of China’s communist regime? Because our media is reporting their lies as facts. We know why China’s lying; the bigger question is this: Why is the American media enabling them?

I’m trying very hard to give our media the benefit of the doubt. Do they truly believe China’s regime or are they afraid to voice skepticism for fear of being accused of xenophobia or harboring anti-communist insensitivity?

As a writer, I earned my journalism degree by learning to verify everything. If you can’t verify it, don’t write it. Or qualify it as an “unverified report.” Isn’t skepticism of the claims of a deceptive communist regime justified?

After all, distrust of government is a central pillar of the “Fourth Estate” in America. Why does communist China get a pass?

The answer is two-fold. American media members hyperventilate when faced with any conclusion that can be linked to supposed racism and/or xenophobia.

Wuhan wordplay

Take the “Wuhan Virus” brouhaha. Throughout history, epidemiologists and infectious disease experts have routinely named viruses based on their points of origin. No one disputes that the coronavirus originated with an outbreak in the Wuhan Province of China.

Yet in today’s woke West, referring to COVID-19 as the Wuhan Virus is verboten. Somehow, doing so connotes a message of inferiority or fear (racism or xenophobia) of an ethnicity or people group. This is nonsense.

So is referring to it as the “Chinese Flu.” COVID-19 does not have an ethnicity, and its point of origin, Wuhan, is a place, not a race.

The other part of the answer is much more cynical. I wrestled with it for days because I’m an optimist at heart and because I hold out hope that our shared Americanism will prevail over politics and partisanship. Here it is:

Leaders of a political party and many media members care more about hurting the president and his administration than they care about adhering to basic journalistic principles and ethics—and reducing fear and anxiety.

Bias & propaganda

They want to believe China and pretend to do so because China’s victory over COVID-19 makes the Trump’s administration’s “failure” in dealing with the pandemic look worse to American voters.

This is why some media members have accused Dr. Deborah Birx of kowtowing to Trump. They imply that because Birx chided them about sensationalizing DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) conversations in hospitals, she must be getting bullied by the president and is lying for him.

Dr. Birx is an accomplished medical professional and former Army doctor, She helped lead the effort to develop game-changing HIV treatments. Yet for daring to tamp down media-driven DNR hype, she’s a coward and liar.

It’s shameful. So is the COVID-19-Trump-failure narrative.

Now more than ever, wouldn’t it be refreshing and helpful to see fair and responsible reporting and bipartisan words and action against a common deadly enemy?

Instead, we see CBS News use video from a crowded hospital room full of COVID-19 patients in Italy in a segment titled, “AMERICA’S EPICENTER NEW YORK NOW ACCOUNTS FOR MORE THAN HALF OF NEW U.S. CASES.” Sloppy journalism or willful manipulation? You tell me.

Faith in the future

The good news is that the free world is rallying to conquer COVID-19. Nations are working together in ways not seen since World War II. Medical professionals are pushing hard to develop effective treatments and a vaccine. Families are growing closer. Sacrifices are being made.

We’re toughening up and developing character. Many are seeking strength and succor in God.

We’re in this fight together. We are the World is now much more than a song.

We desperately need solidarity in the midst of our fear of the future. I’m tempted to explore the validity of the pandemic models, but what’s the point? We will flatten the curve or it will flatten itself over time. Every viral epidemic and pandemic in history has petered out at some point.

In all likelihood, our COVID-19 pandemic will not be a doomsday apocalypse. And it likely won’t be a mere blip of economic privation and civil sacrifice either. I think it will land somewhere in between and closer to a lesser side of the continuum.

Reasons for hope

U.S. Navy Photo by Journalist 1st Class Preston Keres / Public domain

As Americans, we’ve always met challenges with resourcefulness, humor, optimism and hard work. I think we’ll rediscover our national identity as we learn the true value of close and cohesive families and communities and cooperation.

And I think we’ll come up with COVID-19 treatments and a vaccination in record time. Come Christmas, I think we’ll be looking back at these dark days with humility, sadness, gratitude and hope.

It’s my prayer that we’ll realize we were made for a better, brighter world.

As many prepare to celebrate Easter in self-isolation for the first time in our nation’s history, let’s reflect on the ultimate sacrifice Jesus—the Great Physician and Almighty God—made for us.

The coronavirus may look like a crown, but it’s not king.