US Elections: A Crisis of Confidence
Whether or not fraudulent votes corrupted our election systems isn’t even relevant to the immediate problem. It is a crisis of confidence brought about by a small cabal of heavy-handed officials.
Over the past three centuries, the United States of America has enjoyed, almost exclusively, peaceful and orderly transfers of power from one administration to the next. In the context of world history, that’s a very rare blessing.
The reason for this persistent good fortune has been confidence in our elections. We’ve always known that while we don’t always get our way, if our cause is worthy and we’re persistent in convincing others, we can change our government and our voices will be heard.
Things have changed. Not since the Civil War have so many Americans felt disenfranchised.
Whether or not fraudulent votes corrupted our election systems sufficiently to sway the outcome of any elections isn’t even relevant to the actual problem.
Before the 2020 election even took place, an NBC News poll found in August that 55% of adults were either “not too confident” or “not at all confident” about the fairness of the election. Just 14% said they were “very confident.”
Despite non-stop assurances from major news outlets and election administrators of the near-infallibility of America’s numerous election systems, most of us weren’t convinced. That in itself is the problem and bombarding us with more propaganda about the supposed infallibility of the system isn’t going to fix it.