Generally speaking, I try to avoid politics as much as possible in this blog – for a bunch of reasons including there are so many other places for that, there is no upside to being political sometimes and generally everyone has an opinion. However during this election cycle, since my kids are talking about this a lot in school – one recurring theme bothers me; the talk of a rigged election is an insult to everyone.
Rather than getting into the politics of the candidates or their positions – I’d rather look at the sentiment of standing before the American people and telling them (with a mostly straight face) that the electoral process is rigged (one way or another).
It’s insulting to hear someone striving to become the president of the United States say our election process – which thousands have died to protect – is rigged. It’s self-sustaining hubris to even take that as a position.
I live in a state where there is no “early voting” In fact, I had never even heard of early voting until Risa and I moved to Texas in 1997 – and while in Texas, the state legislature there in what it said was an attempt to stop voter fraud enacted ID rules at polling places that have since been mimicked around the country. The goal of these laws was to stop voter fraud – you know, rigging an election.
When I vote, I refuse to sign any additional paper other than the official registry. That is my commitment to voting – signing the registry and casting my ballot. One man, one vote. In a couple of years 16.5 will be able to vote, and I expect her to follow suit.
But how does a candidate think it’s OK to say the election is rigged? Because the don’t like what is said about them on TV? That’s not a reason to claim I and everyone else who goes to vote is taking part in a fraud. In fact, by my reading of election law in New York State would make me a felon – to knowingly cast a vote in a rigged election. Is that what I am being accused of?
It’s a bad argument. In fact, talk of the rigged election is an insult to us all.