Part 2 – An Election with No Winner
(Part 1 can be found here)
Each time we bathe our reactions
In artificial light
Each time we alter the focus
To make the wrong moves seem right
You get so used to deception
You make yourself a nervous wreck
You get so used to surrender
Running back to cover your neck
– Rush, Stick it Out
The 2020 presidential election is shaping up to be the most contentious election since 1876 or maybe 1824. Given the timing of this one, coming at a time when Americans are deeply divided as ever, the long term impact could be much, much greater.
The problem, as nearly everyone living outside of a cave now knows, is that the election is marred by allegations of fraud. Some want this fraud investigated thoroughly, while a number of others want to just hand wave the allegations away.
I’m going to try to avoid using the names of the candidates in this piece, because people’s opinions on the outcome and the disputed areas are largely driven by personalities, and not facts. Such is the state of our current disunion. This piece will simply refer to the challenger as Candidate A, while the incumbent will be referred to as Candidate B. It may be too much to hope, but if a few people can divorce their opinions from the who of the candidates and focus on the facts, they might be a little more open to examining what really transpired. I’m not optimistic about this proposition, but maybe a few on the margins will open their eyes and their mind.
In order to believe that the 2020 presidential election was a free and fair election, one must hold some incredibly unlikely beliefs:
– One must believe that, after trailing badly in four key swing states on election night that stopped counting votes, Candidate A miraculously received enough votes to pull ahead in those states over the next few days.
– One must believe in that pulling ahead, the candidate overcame odds that veer into the realm of statistical impossibility (over one in a quadrillion to the fourth power, by some calculations – less likely than winning the lottery multiple, consecutive times).
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