By Douglas V. Gibbs
Author, Speaker, Instructor, Radio Host

While I was out and about today I think I saw the best Election 2020 slogan, yet.  It was on a bright red shirt, and simply said, “Trump 2020, Make America a bunch of crying, whining bitches again.”
Okay, maybe the language was a little strong, but I thought the message was perfect.  Well, that, and “Make liberals cry again” ranks pretty high with me, too.
Under normal circumstances, with no coronavirus, no demands for mail-in balloting, and no fraudulent hanky panky from the other side, I believe the 2020 Election for Donald J. Trump would not only be a landslide, but he could very well carry nearly all of the States, or at least more than 45 of them.
I probably wouldn’t hold my breath too long for Hawaii, Vermont, California, and Rhode Island.  While Maryland is getting more and more liberal by the day, and New York, Illinois, and Massachusetts are well known as being out of control liberal havens (largely thanks to the large cities, and the false path towards more democracy we have been taking as a country over the last couple hundred years), they have recent Republicans in their history (Scott Brown, Rudy Guiliani … okay, not the most conservative of folks, but at least they aren’t as far gone as the Obamas, Clintons, Pelosi, etc.).
In fact, I believe that many of these blue States are not actually blue States. The conservatives in those States often stay at home on election day because their own version of the GOP is more leftist-light than it is a constitutional-based bastion of conservatism.  And, there’s the fraud.  The voter fraud and sinister games that rides the line of sanity and legality in California is absolutely incredible.  Oregon requires vote by mail (yeah, no fraud there), and every election the games being played by the left (from chads to missing ballots) in Florida is mind-numbing.  I even heard a story about how the Clintons in Arkansas, way back when, had ballot boxes with the desired voter results in the trunks of the cars of their minions.  They would go to the polling places to pick up the ballot box, and then when they got to the location where the votes were to be counted, they would grab the other box.
It is for the reason of fraud and game-playing (like ballot harvesting) that November of 2020 concerns me.  Based on the success of President Trump, and his constantly rising poll numbers regardless of the nonstop attacks from the media, leftist politicians (and even ones in his own party like Mitt Romney), and the entertainment industry, I have no doubt that in a fair and honest election Mr. Trump would win easily.
But, I don’t believe this will be a fair and honest election.
The whole General Michael Flynn witch hunt and false investigation and conviction shows us how nasty the liberal left Democrats and their allies (some of whom are Republicans) play the game.  I expect the worst from them, and that may still be an underestimation.  While most people don’t wish to believe, and choose not to believe, that there are segments of the American System who wish to destroy it, kill the free market, and usher us into a communistic, full government authoritarian system where liberty is but a figment of memory, and an unreachable relic of the past, I believe that those people not only exist, and have been at work on fundamentally changing our country for a very long time, but that their numbers and power have increased.
There is an old quote that many people like to use, and I think it is even more appropriate today:

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Attributed to Edmund Burke.

I hate to be a pest, but I must ask, “What are YOU going to do about it?”
Don’t give me this “I am only one person” dribble, either.  We all are important cogs in the machine of liberty, and we must do what we can to stop this threat, even if it is only a small part.  Spreading the truth can be effective.  Some people have become poll watchers, trained to watch the proceedings and to make sure the shenanigans either don’t happen, or at least is kept to a bare minimum.  We can report any funny business, even if we noticed it as an innocent bystander.  We can fight against mail-in balloting.  Mail-in ballots are especially dangerous because of the ease for the potential of fraud, since the ballot is out of sight for a moment, and changes more hands during its processing.
And, we must fight to return America back to being a Republic, rather than a pure democracy as the Democrats are pushing for, and as they have been fashioning it since the father of the Democrat Party, Andrew Jackson.  The Senators, both federal and at the State level, for example, are supposed to be appointed, and their districts are supposed to only be the State lines and county lines, depending on which office you are talking about.  That’s why repealing the 17th Amendment, and reversing Reynolds v. Sims (which took away the counties appointing State Senators and the State Senate districts comprising of only the county lines, making it one senator per county) is so important.  No wonder we are having difficulties.  Our whole system is out of whack in the first place.  A part of being a republic is giving the States, and the counties, a voice in the process, as well … which, in the long run, protects the voices of the rural areas against the heavily populated cities (the latter of which would rule everything as they see fit in a pure democracy … or as Thomas Jefferson called it, “Tyranny of the Majority”).
Of course, we can only fight our battles as we can, and sometimes we have to pick our battles.  Perhaps the 17th Amendment and Reynolds v. Sims thing is for the future.  Perhaps we can only stop so much fraud.  But, the reality is, we have to do something.  We have to fight for our liberty because, to be frank, the progressive left is doing all it can to eradicate your liberty.  And it starts with getting President Donald J.Trump re-elected.
I will close with this.  Back in 2016, after Trump chose Pence as his running mate, and I was finally convinced that I needed to back Candidate Trump, I slapped a Trump/Pence sticker in the back window of my car.  A woman said to me, “Wow, you are brave.  I wouldn’t put a Trump sticker on my car.  I am afraid someone would key my car.”
“Think about what you just said,” I responded.  “The Founding Fathers put on the line their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor, and you are worried about a paint job.”
Our liberty is worth more than a paint job, and it is worth more than the interruption of your life you think getting involved would cause.  If we don’t fight the fight, liberty is done.
Four more quotes, then I am done.

Joseph Stalin is said to have conveyed some version of “It’s not the people who vote that count, it’s the people who count the votes.”  Not an original thought.  Napoleon actually said something similar, and with Stalin’s totalitarian style I am not too sure he was too concerned about elections.  But, none the less, it is a dandy of a quote.

In a letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 7 July 1775, the second President of the United States wrote, “Liberty once lost is lost forever.”
Daniel Webster, a patriot from the founding era, said, “It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions.  There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern.  They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”
Finally, Thomas Jefferson.  “We do not have government by the majority, but we do have government by who participates…All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
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