"2000 Mules" And A Recent GA Election Fraud Case Ruling Prove Only That Questions Remain About The 2020 Election.
The recent headlines about the safest, most secure election in history mislead voters as to the genuine issues at stake.
The Mainstream Media claim incessantly that the 2020 Election was the safest and most secure in history. Indeed, some outlets even proclaim that Trump’s own officials believe that to be the case. Others claim that Trump’s and other officials’ claims that the Election was fraudulent or succumbed to “widespread vote fraud” are a Big Lie.
Almost all of the supposed “evidence” underlying these claims have to do with the fact that no court has found “widespread voter fraud,” much less in an amount sufficient to alter the result of the Election. While this may be true technically, it is not accurate. The lack of accuracy stems from the fact that to date no court has looked fully into all elements of the Election to determine if every counted ballot was genuine and counted properly.
This fact has been evident for some time, but has become more so based on a few recent events, notably a recent ruling in a Fulton County Superior Court election case and the release of Dinesh D’Souza’s film “2000 Mules.” While the timing likely was coincidental, the conversation that both events sparked was more of the same noise that has become too typical of the Nation’s political “discourse.” In the case of the Fulton County judge’s decision to dismiss David Perdue’s lawsuit about the 2020 Election, the MSM trumpeted the supposed baseless nature of the lawsuit. Similar claims sounded about “2000 Mules” with the traditional media and “fact checkers” dismissing the film as “faulty” or based on “conspiracy theories.”
An independent examination of both recent 2020 Election related events reveals something that should be being debated in America but is not—the need to verify our Nation’s election integrity. Before reviewing the two events mentioned above, it is important to understand the system whereby election integrity is maintained. Under the Constitution, Federal elections are conducted by the States. Pursuant to this system, there are three elements to securing a Federal election carried out by the States. The first is that the rules of how an election is to be conducted, such as whether a ballot must be cast in person, absentee, or by mail. The second element is that States produce and enforce rules that prevent ballots from being improperly cast or counted (i.e. fraud), such as permitting poll watchers and preventing ballot “harvesting.” The first two elements are almost uniformly and completely controlled by the individual States (appreciating this part of the system is critical). The final element of election integrity is the discovery and prosecution of actual voter fraud. It is in the final category where the Federal government possesses the most authority, although it must rely heavily upon the States, who share responsibility to discover and punish outright actual voter fraud.
The discussion, to the extent that there has been one, of the 2020 Election has been focused primarily with the final element of election integrity—discovering and prosecuting outright actual voter fraud. Lost in this focus is an examination of the first two elements, each of which is critically important to unearthing if the final element existed, at least to the extent persons are interested in doing so. With this basic and uncontroversial understanding of Federal elections, an examination of the recent Fulton County Superior Court decision and “2000 Mules” is enlightening.
In his May 11, 2022 order dismissing David Perdue’s election claims in Perdue v. Barron, Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney unleashed some colorful language in about former Sen. David Perdue’s, R-Georgia, lawsuit challenging the results of the 2020 Election that led to a runoff with Jon Ossoff, where he was unseated. The court referred to the lawsuit as full of “speculation, conjecture and paranoia — sufficient fodder for talk shows, op-ed pieces and social media platforms, but far short of what would legally justify a court taking such action.” In concluding, the court dismissed Perdue’s challenges to the election as “sour grapes which make a wine this Court will not serve.”
While the Legacy Media was quick to run with headlines claiming, yet again, that there was “no proof of widespread voter fraud” and otherwise mocking Perdue’s claims, lost was any concern over the first two elements of voter integrity—the mechanism by which the ballots were cast and the enforcement of rules designed to prevent ballots from being improperly cast or counted. Making matters worse is that because the lawsuit was tossed at the “motion to dismiss stage,” Perdue was not permitted an opportunity to inspect the ballots or explore whether in place integrity procedures were followed. In light of this fact, both the judge’s and Media’s flippant dismissal of such lawsuits is alarming if Americans are to have faith in their elections.
Put succinctly, setting aside that Perdue was not permitted an opportunity to inspect procedures and ballots to explore his claims of fraud, the claims themselves should have prompted a thorough and public examination of whether voting procedures were followed. Not only was no such audit not conducted, but the judge refused Perdue’s request to even review ballot materials for Fulton County. This has been the consistent pattern for courts’ examination, or lack of an examination, of election fraud claims throughout the Country. That is, requiring a litigant to first prove actual fraud before permitting him or her to proceed to acquiring an ability to inspect the very voting procedures and ballots necessary to unearth fraud. This may well be the current law, but, if so, it leaves a lot to be desired if we are ever to be certain that our elections are secure, and that claims of voter fraud are baseless, or, worse yet, a Big Lie.
A similar pattern has surrounded the May 7, 2022 pre-release of “2000 Mules.” In the film, D’Souza claims that the 2020 Election was subverted sufficient to tip the result to Biden across several swing states by a shadowy cabal of nonprofit organizations. He alleges that 2,000 people, so called “mules,” in five states, including 242 in metro Atlanta, collected and delivered multiple absentee ballots, an illegal practice known as “ballot harvesting.” While some States permit some form of ballot harvesting, most prohibit the practice, with exceptions for family members and caregivers of disabled voters. The film uses cell phone data location services to attempt to establish that these mules improperly delivered sufficient improper ballots to tip the election to Biden. Again, the near universal reaction to the film has been to either accept without question that it demonstrates fraud or to dismiss it outright. However, by myopically focusing on whether the film sufficiently proves voter fraud or does not, Americans are deprived of one of the key ingredients of any sustainable Republic—the sanctity of its citizens to elect the people who will govern them.
In a functioning Western democracy, one would expect that debates about such a consequential Election would be sophisticated and transparent. As explained, to date, the opposite has been true. While Americans might differ about the manner in which the 2020 Election was conducted with all of its COVID related changes and challenges, one would expect little disagreement that the mechanisms by which we ensure that only properly cast ballots are counted be properly followed and, just as importantly, available for public and transparent audit upon reasonable request.
As of this writing, no bipartisan audit or report regarding the mechanism in which the ballots were cast in 2020 and the enforcement of rules designed to prevent ballots from being improperly cast or counted in 2020 has been conducted or released, not even in one State. Logically, the absence of proof is not the proof of absence. What the recent Fulton County dismissal order of Perdue’s election fraud claims and D’Souza’s film demonstrate, however, is we are nowhere nearer to such a review being undertaken. Until it is, claims of voter fraud and a Big Lie are equally baseless.
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