Our President-elect stated that there was electoral fraud in the millions of votes during the last election. His position is the result of this election. How do we understand it?
Electoral fraud either is minor and immaterial, or widespread and substantial. An item cannot be one thing, but also its opposite. A is A. Which is it?
Fraud cannot legitimately be divided into “virtuous fraud” (i.e. that supports ‘my guy’) and scandalous fraud (i.e. supports ‘their guy.’) The only legitimate distinction is that fraud either exists to some significant degree, or it does not. Segregation of blatantly corrupt behavior into that which benefits a certain candidate or a faction, and that which impedes that candidate or faction, is essentially the aiding and abetting of corruption itself. Wrong is wrong.
Washington warned us:
I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.
This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.
Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.
It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.
George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796
The tolerance of corruption, indifference towards voter fraud, is a symptom of the ruination of public liberty and the embrace of despotism. If the leader of the faction one favors is to be listened to one way when corruption is discussed, and the leader of another to be listened to differently, then the collapse of the pretense of objective voting has already occurred.
I have no patience towards being segregated into one pre-established camp or another, based upon how members of one or another party or camp or organization think. I do not seek my understanding of the world from a Party; to do so is slavery. Whether I can dream up hordes of illegal voters or any other sort of demon is an indication of my tendency towards superstition and naivete, not of reality.
As a body politic, we are fading away from Reality, pursuing the myth of our imagination, as surely as the Marxists did, or any number of deluded, superstitious members of any culture that has lost its way. This embarrasses me for the future of my country; my country cannot be made great again by such a means.