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Election Fraud and The Consent Decree

A stunning danger to freedom and democracy in the US that too few Americans are aware of — and need to learn about.

I’ve always considered myself to be a relatively informed American citizen when it comes to issues of intellectual and political literacy. That’s why I was not only embarrassed, but stunned, to admit that I did not know the fact that is featured in the article below about the federal electoral process in the United States. If you do nothing else this entire year, please take the time to read it as soon as you can. Look up the (several decades of) history to confirm what it says. And then do some sober thinking about its frightening implications.

Media Misfire on the Big Lie
by Kerry Wakefield in The Spectator

Here’s a quick summary of the relevant history, in quotes from the article by Australian journalist Kerry Wakefield:

[Dickinson Debevoise] was a racial justice activist and New Jersey judge who in 1982 handed down what became known as the ‘Consent Decree’. Modified, expanded and protected by Debevoise, it barred the Republican National Committee from fighting suspected voter fraud in election day operations across the US for 36 years. Yes, you read that right.  For nearly 40 years the RNC and its agents were ‘prohibited by law from helping out with poll watcher efforts or nearly any litigation related to how voting is conducted,’ as Mollie Hemingway says in her book Rigged.  Multiple court challenges failed to dislodge the decree, and its influence permeated down through state bodies, effectively paralysing the GOP’s political work on election days. The RNC trained its staff to avoid election day operations, including recounts, for fear of lawsuits.

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Some additional background and context can be found in this article from 2018:

Since 1982, the Consent Decree had been renewed every year by the original judge, Carter appointee District Judge Dickinson R. Debevoise, who, even after he retired, returned every year for the sole purpose of renewing his 1982 order for another year. Debevoise died in August 2015.

End of 1982 Consent Decree: GOP finally can contest vote fraud after 36 years, Investment Watch, August 8, 2018.

Sean Spicer testified when the DNC tried and failed to get it extended yet again in 2017, after Debevoise’s death, based on bogus allegations that the Trump campaign had colluded with the RNC to engage in voter suppression. From the same article:

It had been abundantly clear for the six years that I worked at the RNC that the RNC and its employees were prohibited from engaging in Election Day activities, including poll watching, so I intentionally stayed away from all of that.

The [RNC] counsel’s office had been vigilant in informing both senior staff and subordinates on the importance of the consent decree and the activities that we were clearly should not be engaged at or be even perceived as engaging in. And so we had grown accustomed to not even coming too close to a line that would in any way, shape, or form lead one to believe that we were engaged in those activities.

As Wakefield concludes in the Spectator article:

The Debevoise decree effectively gave Democrats carte blanche to organise and institutionalise their election day activities, secure in the knowledge their opponent had been cowed. If you think the Left didn’t use this extraordinary and decades-long opportunity to stack the decks electorally then I’ve got a bridge to sell you. This helps explain why, on election day 2020 Democrat operatives ran rings around the GOP who, with no corporate culture or muscle memory, were mere novices trying to play their first polling day role for 36 years.

Such a biased playing field is unthinkable here [in Australia], and even many Americans are unaware of the powerful institutional advantage the consent decree created…

All Emphasis Added

The implications of this are devastating to any American who believed they were living in a free country that held fair elections. It means that every national election lost by the Republicans during my adult lifetime was compromised by a judicially enforced voting regime that gave Democrats a fundamentally and institutionally unfair advantage. It allowed them to monopolize election day and polling place presence and staffing, with all the opportunities for unchallenged activity (and mischief) that provided. It effectively put the fox in charge of the electoral henhouse for nearly four decades.

I was shocked (and I wasn’t the only one) as I observed the aftermath of the 2020 election. I watched the coverage and footage of GOP poll watchers being blocked from viewing, or even ejected from, where the votes were being counted. And I wondered, how could this be happening? How could it have become the case that workers who were clearly in the pocket of the left so completely dominated electoral staffing in these polling places that they could do as they pleased, and brazenly violate election law, with impunity?

Well, now we know. That was the regime they had become used to. That they’d become experts at dominating. That they’d had three and a half decades to establish the institutional infrastructure and staffing to enforce, thanks to America’s broken judicial system and the decades-long fecklessness of the Republican party.

I expect to have a lot more to say about this in the coming weeks, as I work my way through the research to learn more about it and its full consequences on the last few decades of voting history. But if there’s one thing that it makes crystal clear, it’s that any claim that our electoral system is somehow the victim of voter suppression by Republicans is a blatant lie. Given this history, the suggestion that the left hasn’t been engaged in election fraud for decades in the US is entirely without credibility, and an insult to our intelligence.

Keep Your Blood Money

The SCOTUS ruling against vaccine mandates for large, private companies was marred by its unfortunate decision to allow it for health care workers at facilities that receive Medicaid and Medicare funding.

Supreme Court blocks Biden vaccine mandate for private firms, allows mandate for healthcare workers

There is, however, a potential and indirect upside to that despicably corrupt part of the ruling. The blowback may create a strong moral and financial incentive for the spread of health care facilities that openly refuse any form of federal funding. Certainly they would have a ready and willing pool of employees, given the refusal of so many doctors and nurses to comply with the mandates. And I can’t think of anything better for the long-term health of the health-care industry than that.

The Establishment Cabal’s Crimes Against America

The article cited below is the most important opinion piece of the year. I strongly urge you to read it in its entirety.

“It’s time to admit it. Less than a year in, Joe Biden’s is a failed presidency. Biden knows it, the press knows it, and voters know it. And our foreign adversaries like China and Russia know it.

It’s also time to look at the “cabal” of business, labor and political leaders who foisted the Biden administration on us.

The ‘Cabal’ that bragged of foisting Joe Biden on us must answer for his failed presidency – Glenn H. Reynolds, New York Post Opinion Page, December 9, 2021

The reason this article is so important is that it states, forcefully, coherently and in a single place, in the open and on the opinion page of America’s oldest newspaper, the most crucial thing that has needed to be said for the last year.

Normally when you get a bad president, voters are to blame… But in saddling America with the Biden administration, the voters got more than a nudge. As Time magazine reporteda “cabal” — Time’s word — of “left-wing activists and business titans” worked to get rid of Trump. It pushed mail-in voting. It moved to block election fraud suits… It employed social media censorship to mute pro-Trump arguments and amplify anti-Trump arguments

The consequences in terms of lost faith in democracy have been severe, but the worst effect is that the winning ticket was never seriously vetted by the media or the campaign process. As a result, we have a president whose mental capacity is openly doubted by much of the nation… In a normal campaign, Biden’s weaknesses would have been obvious…”

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Time’s establishment “Cabal” ran a relentless campaign of election interference that included the brutal censorship of facts unflattering to Biden, a firehose of flagrantly dishonest attacks on Trump, and an illegal manipulation of the election process in a number of states. Were the narrow swing-state margins in the close election that resulted decided by this heavy-handed thumb placed on the scale by an “elite” in the political and cultural establishment? It strains credulity to suggest otherwise. If there were ever an example of an election being “rigged by the system,” America in 2020 was it. And none of the more “speculative” allegations of voter fraud are required to grasp that.

These were acts of systemic political and social corruption. But there is another dimension to them that needs to be addressed as well: that they constituted reckless negligence with the future of the nation. It’s become abundantly clear over the last year that the Machiavellian “Cabal” that “fixed” the 2020 election did so while evading clear facts not only about Biden’s lack of fitness, but the falsehood of much of the media slander about Trump. And while that would have been bad enough by itself, the most damning part of their moral treason was that in doing so, they discarded the rational context-keeping required for wise governance — and for clearly emotion-driven motives. ((This applied not only to the American left, but to many on the right, and to some of the country’s often nascent pro-freedom intellectual movements as well. Too many of these thinkers lost their minds to Trump Derangement Syndrome, as exemplified by the philosophical disintegration at the Ayn Rand Institute.)) There is no other reasonable way to explain the visceral and fact-impervious vitriol with which these partisans brandished pitchforks for Donald Trump — who, while meriting certain criticisms, was demonized out of all proportion to his actual shortcomings.

The result, as we have seen over the past year, has been an eye-popping series of predictable policy disasters. The crisis at the border; the Afghanistan fiasco; the collapse of US credibility abroad and the emboldening of our adversaries; a crippled national supply chain; escalating national violence; the raging return of 70s style stagflation; a legislative agenda to increase spending by trillions despite a compromised economy, and to establish federal election tyranny and censorship; a covid policy debacle topped by a vaccine mandate so fascist that it would make Mussolini turn green with envy; and too many other failures to list or to count.

These are not just mistakes. They are the fruit of the establishment Cabal’s reckless and cynical disregard for the consequences of its actions when it put its thumb on the scale to interfere in the 2020 election. It installed into office what it knew (or should have known) was an administration that was both grossly incompetent and malicious. It is responsible for the lives crippled and destroyed as a result, and it must be held to account for it. And everyone who sanctioned and carried water for this disgrace should never be trusted by the American people again.