The more things change, the more they stay the same. Several decades ago here in Louisiana, former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu “won” her first race when she overcame a late, seemingly-insurmountable 50,000 vote lead by her Republican opponent, Woody Jenkins. The deciding ballots were mysteriously discovered long after the polls had closed by operatives of the corrupt, but finely-tuned, Democrat vote-manufacturing machine in New Orleans. A national scandal was averted when the Senate’s spineless Republican majority leader subsequently allowed Landrieu to assume the stolen seat without conducting a serious investigation.
Clearly, electoral fraud is nothing new, not even in presidential races. In this regard, honest (i.e. non-partisan) historians generally concede that John F. Kennedy narrowly defeated Richard Nixon on the strength of an unprecedented turnout of legions of dead Democrat voters in Chicago in 1960.
The cumulative effects of such fraud are far from benign. They include the gradual loss of faith by law-abiding citizens in the integrity of the electoral process; the undermining of the proposition that ours is “a government of laws, not of men”; and the eventual destruction of America’s founding principle of limited, consensual government.
Experience has taught us that a strong and unified America can survive an occasional corrupt election, much like a living organism can survive a very serious cut. When election fraud becomes systemic and goes unchallenged by a complacent citizenry, however, it can be as deadly as a thousand, minor cuts would be to that organism. Apropos of the outcome of the problematic Trump-Biden presidential contest, time will tell if the looming constitutional crisis created by the ballot-counting irregularities in Pennsylvania and the problematic, 11th hour Democrat vote dumps in Michigan and Wisconsin prove the marginal straws that precipitate the demise of our constitutional republic.