Sun. Mar 3rd, 2024

by Ken Carman

 In my head I can hear the remake of the old Beach Boys song as I type…Inspection
 You must have heard the talking point already, some variant on, “Those are all California votes.” You know the 2.8 million votes Emperor to be Trump wants to dismiss as all illegal voters, with absolutely no proof?
 Horse pucky. Why? Stay tuned.
 At least we should be entertained the next few years: excuses, constant bragging and talking points that would insult any 10 year old able to think their way out a bag made of toilet paper. How long? Well, who knows. To quote their fav phrase: as long as they insist on, “shoving this down our throats.” It’s been such an amusing comment when shoved in our faces: kind of like the guy in a park with a trench coat, by those offended by the very concept of same sex couples. Why, it’s as if something about it secretly turns them on.
 But the California talking point shows either an extreme lack of knowledge about election tallies or, more likely, simply another strawman way to distract from how badly they lost the popular vote. You see if Dems had won only California, point made. Since that’s not true, those votes certainly didn’t just come from California.
 As per usual such BS-based talking points, they then dig further down the Idiocracy rabbit hole with, “If we were to remove California votes…”
 Seriously? What if we were to remove Texas votes, or Florida, or better yet the three crucial states where Republicans had strict control over who votes, when they vote, how they vote, how the vote is counted, what ID they use, whether they get to vote or fake-provisional vote, or they simply can’t vote because they have a name similar to someone in a state that’s far away.
 Oh, I guess I understand the hatred for California, though the amount of intended promotion of ignorance among their shills amazes me sometimes. Despite having spawned the political careers of Schwarzenegger, Nixon, Ronald Reagan and other rightward icons, California voters do tend to collectively vote more left than right. Hence the sneer-based phrase: “left coast.”
 Thank the Lords of Kobol they never got lost in a forest. Is this anything like the lack of directional common sense that kept the kids in Blair Witch Project so lost, not even having enough common sense to follow the stream?
 Talk about being directionally challenged. Indeed so directionally challenged they lost the popular vote by the largest margin ever. And they had to bring it down to 3 states where they had control over who voted, when, where and how.
 But, if we’re going to do these “what ifs,” what if we remove all that unequal protection-based game playing with voter’s rights and have one standard across the nation that doesn’t purge voters out of political convenience, or cage them? If equal protection is a good enough way to skew an election one way, why not to straighten it out? What if it is made illegal to appoint to, or have anyone run for, any office that has any control over the vote who is a partisan? What if we have a bipartisan office of election integrity in this country that oversees all elections? With all the noise their candidate made about election integrity…
 Oh, wait, I forgot which “radical and aggressive” party owns both houses and, in a few weeks, the presidency, then the Supreme Court. While even their own candidate claimed there was something wrong in the election process, now it doesn’t matter. Why? Well, because it’ certainly not to their advantage to really “straighten” anything out and make it fair for all. It certainly is to their advantage to make the road more crooked, more difficult, asnd skew it in favor of those who vote in predetermined politically correct ways. If you think they have the advantage now, “You ain’t seen nothin yet.”
 And, as I started to polish off this edition, on Facebook I saw what just might be the next “let’s push ignorance” talking point, “There’s no solid proof Hillary won the popular vote.” No, none at all, except all the news sources who have listed the popular vote and the collective efforts of all of those involved in counting. And there certainly seems no interest in doing anything to assure there’s even more “solid proof.” You know, like getting rid of the damage Help America Vote did and have actual,physical, votes not determined, or affected, in anyway by proprietary software?
 So I guess, for now, we’re stuck just being entertained by talking points that are very much like what comes out of the south end of a moose headed north.

Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 40 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks, and into the unseen cracks and crevasses, that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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By Ken Carman

Retired entertainer, provider of educational services, columnist, homebrewer, collie lover, writer of songs, poetry and prose... humorist, mediocre motorcyclist, very bad carpenter, horrid handyman and quirky eccentric deluxe.

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