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Why I will not accept Joe Biden as president

Unwill­ing­ness to accept elec­tion result grows out of a lev­el of out­rage unlike any­thing pre­vi­ous­ly experienced

A smart friend of mine who is a mod­er­ate lib­er­al asked why I was not rec­og­niz­ing Joe Biden’s victory.

The friend made the case that Mr. Biden had got­ten more votes, and his­tor­i­cal­ly we rec­og­nize the per­son with the most votes. Nor­mal­ly, we accept the out­come of elec­tions just as we accept the out­comes of sport­ing events.

So, my friend asked why was 2020 different?

Hav­ing spent more than four years watch­ing the left #Resist Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and focus entire­ly on undo­ing and under­min­ing the 2016 elec­tion, it took me sev­er­al days to under­stand the depth of my own feelings.

As I thought about it, I real­ized my anger and fear were not nar­row­ly focused on votes. My unwill­ing­ness to relax and accept that the elec­tion grew out of a lev­el of out­rage and alien­ation unlike any­thing I had expe­ri­enced in more than 60 years involve­ment in pub­lic affairs.

The chal­lenge is that I — and oth­er con­ser­v­a­tives — are not dis­agree­ing with the left with­in a com­mon­ly under­stood world. We live in alter­na­tive worlds.

The left’s world is most­ly the estab­lished world of the forces who have been dom­i­nant for most of my life.

My world is the pop­ulist rebel­lion which believes we are being destroyed, our lib­er­ties are being can­celled and our reli­gions are under assault. (Note the new Human Rights Cam­paign to decer­ti­fy any reli­gious school which does not accept sec­u­lar sex­u­al val­ues — and that many Demo­c­rat gov­er­nors have kept casi­nos open while clos­ing church­es though the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic.) We also believe oth­er Demo­c­rat-led COVID-19 poli­cies have enriched the wealthy while crush­ing mid­dle class small busi­ness own­ers (some 160,000 restau­rants may close).

In this con­text, let’s talk first about the recent past and the presidency.

In 2016, I sup­port­ed an out­sider can­di­date, who was rough around the edges and in the Andrew Jack­son school of con­tro­ver­sial assaults on the old order. When my can­di­date won, it was blamed on the Rus­sians. We now know (four years lat­er) Hillary Clinton’s own team financed the total lie that fueled this attack.

Mem­bers of the FBI twice engaged in crim­i­nal acts to help it along — once in avoid­ing pros­e­cu­tion of some­one who had delet­ed 33,000 emails and had a sub­or­di­nate use a ham­mer to phys­i­cal­ly destroy hard dri­ves, and a sec­ond time by lying to FISA judges to destroy Gen. Michael Fly­nn and spy on then-can­di­date Don­ald Trump and his team. The nation­al lib­er­al media aid­ed and abet­ted every step of the way. All this was pure­ly an attempt to crip­ple the new pres­i­dent and lead to the appoint­ment of a spe­cial coun­sel — who ulti­mate­ly pro­duced nothing.

Now, peo­ple in my world are told it is time to stop resist­ing and coop­er­ate with the new pres­i­dent. But we remem­ber that the Democ­rats want­ed to coop­er­ate with Mr. Trump so much that they began talk­ing about his impeach­ment before he even took office. The Wash­ing­ton Post ran a sto­ry on Demo­c­rat impeach­ment plots the day of the inauguration.

In fact, near­ly 70 Demo­c­ra­t­ic law­mak­ers boy­cotted his inau­gu­ra­tion. A mas­sive left-wing demon­stra­tion was staged in Wash­ing­ton the day after, where Madon­na announced she dreamed of blow­ing up the White House to wide­spread applause. These same forces want me to coop­er­ate with their new pres­i­dent. I find myself adopt­ing the Nan­cy Pelosi mod­el of con­stant resis­tance. Noth­ing I have seen from Mr. Biden since the elec­tion offers me any hope that he will reach out to the more than 74 mil­lion Amer­i­cans who vot­ed for Pres­i­dent Trump.

So, I am not react­ing to the votes so much as to the whole elec­tion environment.

When Twit­ter and Face­book cen­sored the old­est and fourth largest news­pa­per (found­ed by Alexan­der Hamil­ton) because it accu­rate­ly report­ed news that could hurt Mr. Biden’s chances — where were The New York Times and The Wash­ing­ton Post?

The truth of the Hunter Biden sto­ry is now becom­ing impos­si­ble to avoid or con­ceal. The fam­i­ly of the Demo­c­rat nom­i­nee for pres­i­dent received at least $5 mil­lion from an enti­ty con­trolled by our great­est adver­sary. It was a bla­tant pay­off, and most Amer­i­cans who vot­ed for Mr. Biden nev­er heard of it — or were told before the elec­tion it was Russ­ian dis­in­for­ma­tion. Once they did hear of it, 17% said they would have switched their votes, accord­ing to a poll by the Media Research Cen­ter. That’s the entire elec­tion. The cen­sor­ship worked exact­ly as intended.

Typ­i­cal­ly, news­pa­pers and media out­lets band togeth­er when press free­dom is threat­ened by cen­sor­ship. Where was the sanc­ti­mo­nious “democ­ra­cy dies in dark­ness?” Trag­i­cal­ly, The Wash­ing­ton Post is now part of the darkness.

But this is just a start. When Twit­ter cen­sors four of five Rush Lim­baugh tweets in one day, I fear for the country.

When these mono­lith­ic Inter­net giants cen­sor the pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States, I fear for the country.

When I see elite bil­lion­aires like Mark Zucker­burg are able to spend $400 mil­lion to hire city gov­ern­ments to max­i­mize turnout in specif­i­cal­ly Demo­c­ra­t­ic dis­tricts — with­out any regard to elec­tion spend­ing laws or good gov­er­nance stan­dards — I fear for the country.

When I read that Apple has a firm rule of nev­er irri­tat­ing Chi­na — and I watch the NBA kow­tow to Bei­jing, I fear for our country.

When I watch sto­ry after sto­ry about elec­tion fraud being spiked — with­out even the appear­ance of jour­nal­is­tic due dili­gence or curios­i­ty — I know some­thing is sick.

The elec­tion process itself was the final straw in cre­at­ing the cri­sis of con­fi­dence which is accel­er­at­ing and deep­en­ing for many mil­lions of Americans.

Aside from a con­stant stream of alle­ga­tions of out­right fraud, there are some spe­cif­ic out­rages — any one of which was like­ly enough to swing the entire election.

Offi­cials in vir­tu­al­ly every swing state broke their states’ own laws to send out mil­lions of bal­lots or bal­lot appli­ca­tions to every reg­is­tered vot­er. It was all clear­ly doc­u­ment­ed in the Texas law­suit, which was declined by the U.S. Supreme Court based on Texas’ pro­ce­dur­al stand­ing — not the mer­its of the case. That’s the election.

In addi­tion, it’s clear that vir­tu­al­ly every swing state essen­tial­ly sus­pend­ed nor­mal require­ments for ver­i­fy­ing absen­tee bal­lots. Rejec­tion rates were an order of mag­ni­tude low­er than in a nor­mal year. In Geor­gia, rejec­tion rates dropped from 6.5% in 2016 to 0.2% in 2020. In Penn­syl­va­nia, it went from 1% in 2016 to .003% in 2020. Neva­da fell from 1.6% to .75%. There is no plau­si­ble expla­na­tion oth­er than that they were count­ing a huge num­ber of bal­lots — dis­pro­por­tion­ate­ly for Mr. Biden — that nor­mal­ly would not have passed muster. That’s the election.

The entire elite lib­er­al media lied about the time­line of the COVID-19 vac­cine. They blamed Pres­i­dent Trump for the glob­al pan­dem­ic even as he did lit­er­al­ly every­thing top sci­en­tists instruct­ed. In mul­ti­ple debates, the mod­er­a­tors out­right stat­ed that he was lying about the U.S. hav­ing a vac­cine before the end of the year (note Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence received it this week). If Amer­i­cans had known the pan­dem­ic was almost over, that too was like­ly the dif­fer­ence in the election.

The unan­i­mous­ly nev­er-Trump debate com­mis­sion spiked the sec­ond debate at a crit­i­cal time in order to hurt Pres­i­dent Trump. If there had been one more debate like the final one, it like­ly would have been pivotal.

This is just the begin­ning. But any one of those things alone is enough for Trump sup­port­ers to think we have been robbed by a ruth­less estab­lish­ment — which is like­ly to only get more cor­rupt and aggres­sive if it gets away with these bla­tant acts.

For more than four years, the entire estab­lish­ment mobi­lized against the elect­ed pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States as though they were an immune sys­tem try­ing to kill a virus. Now, they are telling us we are under­min­ing democracy.

You have more than 74 mil­lion vot­ers who sup­port­ed Pres­i­dent Trump despite every­thing — and giv­en the elec­tion mess, the num­ber could eas­i­ly be sig­nif­i­cant­ly high­er. The truth is tens of mil­lions of Amer­i­cans are deeply alien­at­ed and angry.

If Mr. Biden gov­erns from the left — and he will almost cer­tain­ly be forced to — that num­ber will grow rapid­ly, and we will win a mas­sive elec­tion in 2022.

Giv­en this envi­ron­ment, I have no inter­est in legit­imiz­ing the father of a son who Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Par­ty mem­bers boast about buy­ing. Nor do I have any inter­est in pre­tend­ing that the cur­rent result is legit­i­mate or hon­or­able. It is sim­ply the final stroke of a four-year estab­lish­ment-media pow­er grab. It has been per­pe­trat­ed by peo­ple who have bro­ken the law, cheat­ed the coun­try of infor­ma­tion, and smeared those of us who believe in Amer­i­ca over Chi­na, his­to­ry over revi­sion­ism, and the lib­er­al ide­al of free expres­sion over can­cel culture.

I write this in gen­uine sor­row, because I think we are head­ed toward a seri­ous, bit­ter strug­gle in Amer­i­ca. This extra­or­di­nary, coor­di­nat­ed four-year pow­er grab threat­ens the fab­ric of our coun­try and the free­dom of every American.

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