Whenever I turn on the broadcast news, it is not long before I realize I am wasting my time. What is the latest drivel or “fake news” filling up air time? Donald Trump and the Russians stole the election. What’s the evidence? Since when do gossipers require evidence?
So is the drivel/fake news/gossip important? Yes. The Bible has much to say about the power of our words. Here is an example.
Proverbs 18:21 New King James Version (NKJV)
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.
What does that mean? Here is a translation that puts it more plainly.
Proverbs 18:21 Good News Translation (GNT)
21 What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words.
The news media is partisan, and their talking heads are glib; they can also be most intimidating. Therefore, so long as major Democratic Party politicians are willing to say the most outrageous things, the news media will happily report their accusations — as presented. They will also quite happily assume the guilt of any Republican politician who does not go along to get along. All that seems to matter is the seriousness of the charge. The glib can talk all around the absence of evidence.
Meanwhile, because we have allowed glib gossipers to distract us, we risk neglecting real problems. Instead of protecting ourselves from the far more likely mechanizations of our fellow citizens, we now worry endlessly about how the Russians supposedly tampered with our election system.
Not too long ago I posted EVIDENCE OF VOTER FRAUD. One commenter, a bright fellow who calls himself marmoewp, focused on the poor quality of a few statistical studies I cited. Since the author of those studies did not have much confidence that those studies proved voter fraud, I did not waste much time defending them. Instead, I pointed to the obvious. Nobody is looking for fraud. So those pathetic studies are the best evidence we have.
If policemen made a point of looking the other way, how often do you think the police would arrest anyone? Think about it. The police would still arrest people, just not the powerful. Such policemen would arrest the victims of crime for complaining about the lack of law enforcement.
So what is the real threat? What does the evidence indicate? What question should we be asking?
Will the Democratic Party do anything for votes?
In this nation, we run our election system at the state and local level. So let’s look here in Virginia. Before the last election, our governor, Terry McAuliffe did everything he could to put hundreds of thousands of felons back on the voter rolls (see Va. Supreme Court strikes down McAuliffe’s order on felon voting rights). He did not care whether what he was doing was unconstitutional or violated the spirit of the law. Therefore, when the court got in his way, McAuliffe got out his autopen (Virginia’s McAuliffe to announce restoration of voting rights to 13,000 felons).
Apparently, whereas Barack Obama only has a pen and a phone, McAuliffe has an autopen and an iphone.
McAuliffe is a busy man. What is McAuliffe’s latest affront to justice? He is engaged in various coverups. Here are a few.
- Thousands of illegal immigrants lurking on Virginia’s voter rolls
- McAuliffe Vetoes Bill to Investigate Virginia Voter Rolls With More Registered Than Eligible Voters
Stop and think about how silly we have gotten. When we register to vote, look at how we handle the question of US citizenship.
In most places in the U.S., the question is handled solely on the honor system. When people register to vote, they check a box attesting that they are U.S. citizens. Election administrators verify identity by looking at driver’s license or Social Security numbers, for example, but under federal guidelines, they may not ask for proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate or passport. (from here)
When illegal aliens have to violate our laws to get into our country, what makes us think an honor system will keep them from voting?
Let’s expand upon that first little video. Let’s consider the problem Sargent Schultz had to deal with. The longer he avoided reporting the shenanigans of Hogan’s Heroes, the more difficult it became for him to break his silence. Was Schultz on the the right side to start with? No, but it was not any special virtue that kept him from reporting on Hogan. His laziness, his greed, and finally his cowardice silenced him. What appeared to be funny was not so funny after all.