The Very Real War Going on in America

Congress is set to certify the election results Wednesday, and a number of Republicans object to election results.

Trump has been vocal about his opinion that the 2020 election was rife with fraud.

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Democrats insist that Republicans are calling for war because they are making legal moves to contest the electoral college votes.

While violence should always be condemned, protesting election results has always been legal, and the Democrats have taken part in the same kinds of protests and legal challenges to election results.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) released Saturday a joint statement with 10 other GOP lawmakers announcing that they “intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors” because they were not lawfully certified. They are calling for a 10-day audit.

Democrats accuse Republicans of trying to overturn the will of the people. That is simply not the case. Republicans are using every available legal means they have at their disposal. Democrats seem to have forgotten that they did the same thing in 2001, 2005, and 2017 when Republicans won elections.

In January 2001, Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) objected to the Electoral College votes from Florida, which gave George W. Bush enough electoral college votes to win the election.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) also objected, saying: “It is in writing and it is signed by myself on behalf of my diverse constituents and the millions of Americans who have been disenfranchised by Florida’s inaccurate vote count.”

Then Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) blatantly disregarded the rules (as she often does). “The objection is in writing, and I do not care that it is not signed by a member of the Senate,” she spat.

But in a rare moment of maturity, 2000 election loser Al Gore — who presided over the joint session before growing a beard and disappearing into the wilderness — dressed Waters down, saying: “The chair will advise that the rules do care.”

Things were different in 2005 after Bush won re-election over Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts by an electoral vote of 286-251. Bush had won 20 crucial Electoral College votes in Ohio in his hunt for 270, winning the Buckeye State by just more than 118,000 of the 5.6 million votes cast.

In 2005 Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones and Sen. Barbara Boxer challenged Bush’s victory in Ohio claiming that there were voter irregularities.

At that time, Rep. John Dingell said, “First of all we are here because not a single election official in Ohio has given us any explanation for the massive and widespread irregularity in the state, no explanation for the machines in Mahoning County, that recorded Kerry votes for Bush.”

If you can’t remember any of those instances for yourself, certainly you’ll remember that after Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, there were widespread accusations of voter suppression and a Russia Collusion.

The mainstream media praised Democrats for challenging the outcome of this election, claiming that they were standing up for free and fair elections by investigating voter suppression and Russian interference.

They found no evidence of either.

The Electoral Count Act of 1887 provides a legal way for Congress to object to electoral votes under the U.S. Constitution.

Republicans object to election results legally. This is not treason. It is not war. It is a legal process.

Objections to the electoral college vote counts have always been perfectly legal. They were legal when the Democrats challenged an election outcome, and they are legal now.

If the Democrats claim that Republicans are starting a war by challenging the outcome, then that war must have started decades ago, because Democrats did the same thing several times over the past few decades.

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  1. American History, Civics, P.E. and religion All need to be put back into schools. Then maybe this country can see a more positive change. We need it.

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