If there is one thing Democrats are incapable of doing, it is accepting the outcome of an election they lose. Thus, the seeds of a fictitious conspiracy to defraud the American voter had to be planted before November 3. Should Joe Biden lose the election, then, the nefarious plot to steal it from him would already be established – and so the fantastical and nonsensical United States Postal Service (USPS) scheme was born.
As part of his ongoing fight against mail-in ballot fraud, President Trump recently refused to provide additional funding to the USPS that would be used to enhance the controversial voting program. The postal agency has been plagued with inefficiency and incompetence for years. Between 2007 and 2008, it reported net losses of $69 billion. While it is true that the USPS is supposed to provide a service, rather than operate as a profitable business, it should not be racking up huge financial deficits. President Trump’s immediate predecessor attempted to overhaul the agency and, if anything, made matters worse.
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in on time to be counted.
The Biden campaign in a statement accused the president of just that: “[Trump] wants to deprive Americans of their fundamental right to vote safely during the most catastrophic public health crisis in over 100 years.” NAACP President Derrick Johnson claimed: “[T]his is the most blatant attempt to suppress voters in modern history at least since the voter suppression tactics of the 1960s.”
This same narrative swept across the establishment media. From the sanctimonious scribblers of the dying newspaper industry to the blustering bobbleheads on cable news shows, the allegation has been repeated over and over again: Trump is trying to stop everyone from voting. How does that ensure him victory in November, though? Surely, if the president is trying to prevent as many people as he can from casting a ballot, would he not also be preventing his own supporters from voting for him? Or are Trump’s opponents suggesting that everyone plans to vote for his rival?
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If one is going to rig an election, one must ensure that one’s supporters get to vote in higher numbers than one’s opponents. Sabotaging mail-in voting does not guarantee that outcome. Democrat voters live mostly in the nation’s larger metropolitan areas, where, even against the ravages – real or imagined – of the dreaded Chinese virus, opportunities for voting are plentiful. Polling places will still be ubiquitous and can easily be reached. It is the heavily-Republican rural areas and smaller cities that would be most affected by a hobbled postal service.
The idea, then, that reducing the resources of the USPS somehow helps the president win re-election does not make any sense.
In fact, voter rolls in a great many states are hopelessly compromised. Tens of thousands of ballots – enough to swing an election – will inevitably be mailed out to people who have passed away, moved away, or changed their names due to marriage. Moreover, those ballots will be delivered and collected by people belonging to a union that has endorsed the Democratic candidate for president. Could it be, then, that Democrats are concerned not that Trump is trying to fix the vote in his favor, but that he is trying to prevent them from fixing it to advantage his challenger?
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