The pandemic about the 2020 election results infecting politicos in some states has not reached the proportions or depths of COVID. However, as the pandemic that has consumed over 700,000 lives is deadly to humans, the election fraud virus is deadly to democracy–and sanity. In contrast, the election pandemic appears to cause far greater cognitive trauma than COVID.
Whether Badgers or Cheese Heads lead the legislature’s “fraudit” expedition, the result is likely to be as disappointing as that resulting in the Arizona trek through Cyber Ninja land with Wisconsin volunteering to join the parade.
At last look, however, Wisconsin had identified 41 possible cases of voter fraud through May 2021. Upon investigation, 16 were dropped against individuals who used UPS stores as voting addresses. All, including one homeless person, were found to be properly registered, although Wisconsin requires a home address. Most turned out to be retired persons, often traveling and using the UPS stores for forwarding mail.
The context: 3.24 million votes cast in 2020 in Dairyland, and Biden’s winning margin of just over 40,000 popular votes. Despite the obvious proportions and atomically tiny “possible frauds,” the state legislature leadership authorized $680,000 to pay for an audit to be led by a former state judicial official.
The ostensible purpose is not to challenge the 2020 results, according to the audit leader, who said in a public statement, the review is to be undertaken because “The responsibility to demonstrate that our elections were conducted with fairness, inclusivity and accountability is on the government and on the private, for-profit interests that did work for the government. The burden is not on the people to show in advance of an investigation that public officials and their contractors behaved dishonestly.”
Only Badgers and Cheese Heads may be competent to parse this incoherence.
The nickname Tar Heel may convey an image of an individual whose feet are stuck, preventing further ambulation or, at least, slow gait. Politicians are often characterized as having loose lips and looser ethics, leading to walking back statements or tweaking behavior to explain lapses. On occasion, a politician may insist a particular utterance is not only defensible but true. In this connection, the motto of NC is esse quam videri, which translates as “to be, rather than to seem.”
Recently, the lieutenant governor of Tar Heeldom, in a speech, was quoted as describing transgenderism and homosexuality as “filth.” For emphasis, Mark Robinson told the audience, “And yes, I called it filth. And if you don’t like it that I called it filth, come and see me and I’ll explain it to you.”
It appears that the epithet was intended to criticize the teaching of such topics in schools. He argued in one interview specifically that the teaching of LGBTQ issues in public schools was not appropriate. He stated, “That is in reference to introducing it to children in the classroom . . . in our public schools, it has no place.”
At the same time, Mr. Robinson offered his understanding of the content and purpose of such instruction: “And they’re pushing these perverted agendas, to try to teach our children that they’re really not boys or girls, or they’re shoving this homosexuality garbage down their throats.”
It may be surmised from these statements that the speaker knows little about school instruction, social issues, or the curricula criticized. He knows or someone has told him that it is “filth” and “garbage” being force fed to children to pervert their sexual identities. Children, it appears, are blank slates, unaware of the world around them and are, at best, not students but victims of instruction.
Now that is being stuck in place.
The home to former Vice President Richard “Dick” Cheney and his maverick daughter, Representative Liz Cheney, is nicknamed the Equality State for having granted women the right to vote in 1869, just over 50 years before the nation adopted the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
Ms. Cheney has undertaken a decidedly unpopular set of political stances vis-a-vis the national GOP, including excoriating her colleague Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s comparison of mask mandates with the Holocaust and previously posting a photo of her father wearing a mask.
Last week, a 16-year-old high school student was arrested on campus grounds for trespassing, arising from her refusal to wear a mask as mandated by the school’s policy. Naturally, Liz’s primary opponent, a pro-Trump candidate, issued a sharp rebuke stating that the response reflected an “overreaction and indicates a slide into authoritarianism.” Fox News, of course, reported in several releases about the incident.
What was left unsaid by Fox and Cheney’s opponent was why the student defied the mandate. No rationale or reason was offered. This omission is similar to multitudes of media reports concerning Critical Race Theory, mask mandates, and vaccinations. Why? Where’s the beef? Also recently, a Roman Catholic bishop, adviser to the US military, proclaimed military personnel may assert a religious exemption from mandatory vaccinations. The statement omitted any theological justification for make this assertion.
If the only rule that applies is a personal, unspoken one, equality has no meaning, even in Wyoming.