...I simply can't get it. I mean, I understand why the Democrats are doing it, and I get that they don't see anything wrong with it, and it's obvious that they don't care how it looks as long as they get their way. And that they think they won't suffer any consequences from doing it.
My problem is that every time I contemplate the theft of an election, one thought arises--every time--and I have to push it down again. It's a thought which is so foreign to the nature of Democrats and the left in general that it's naive and hopelessly optimistic to think that it even occurs to the Democrats who do these things.
That thought: But they didn't really win.
There's actually more to it than that, but that's the core of it. If you cheat in an election and win, it's not a true victory and your accession to that office is fraudulent--illegitimate. How can you even take the oath of office, when you're there as the result of a lie? The people didn't vote for you. You don't belong there.
The answer is, of course, that these people do not have any conscience. They long ago abandoned honesty. They will lie, cheat, and steal--do whatever it takes--to gain and retain power. The expressed will of the people is bunkum, pap for the consumption of rubes.
Understanding all this as I do, nonetheless it's a sticking point for me. You cheated. You didn't actually win. And each time--even though I know better!--I nonetheless think, How can he take office when he cheated? How can anyone allow it? I mean, he didn't actually win.
That, for you morally-challenged leftists out there, is called integrity. You, of course, call it something else. "Stupidity." "Naievete."
But it's also followed up with, How can they get away with it? How can these people cheat their way into office without consequence? Aren't the laws enforced? Don't their opponents do anything? Or do people just shrug and let it happen as if there's no way to fix it?
I'm trying to remember a single instance of a major election being overturned because of rampant fraud and cheating by one side, and I come up blank. Even in the election of 2000, it wasn't overturned; the states were just told STOP RECOUNTING AND CERTIFY ALREADY. In the endless recounts, Gore never won the election; there were no cases where the electoral college vote tally changed. Bush always won it. Oh--the margins of victory narrowed considerably where the recounts took place; the changes always (and suspiciously) went one way--but never gave Gore a winning tally.
If the Supreme Court had not put a stop to the recounting, of course, Bush would have ended up "losing" Florida and that would have handed the election to Gore. The recounts would have ended immediately thereafter, having manufactured enough votes for Gore to change the outcome of the election. The Republicans would then have shrugged and said, "Well, guess we'll have to do better next time."
As long as I can remember, vote fraud has gone entirely one way--in the Democrats' favor--and has never helped Republicans. As long as I can remember, the Democrat party (and the leftist establishment in general) has strenuously resisted making it more difficult to commit vote fraud. And as long as I can remember, "Vote early, vote often!", the thing about dead people voting, and the constant drumbeat for lowering the voting age, have been regarded as Democrat phenominae.
In attempting to look like they're above pettiness, in attempting to look like "statesmen", the Republicans have failed us by not calling out the cheating and the lying every time it's done. They've allowed the Democrats to get away with far too much, which has only served to embolden them.
Because of that, now when it really counts, the fight has become that much more difficult.
Even now, the Republicans appear fine with just accepting the fraudulent results of the election, even though it costs them the White House. The media was making Trump look like a sore loser almost before the tallies started to come in. The GOP does not have Trump's back, either.
I just don't understand it. Maybe it's better that I don't.