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By Wick Fisher
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

'The election is rigged, folks'

Wick's World


The two-word headline in The New York Times boldly stated, “Trump’s lies.” Although the amount of lies that continually spew from the mouth of President Trump comes as no surprise to anyone, the Times was able to fill a full page of them. They printed it with no worry of a libel suit for which President Trump is so famous, because it is all on record. He contradicts himself as he pleases. Anyone who has heard of Pinocchio should be waiting for Trump’s nose to grow in increments of feet, not inches.

Although you will never find me in Trump’s cheerleading section, today I would like to offer a huge Trump truth. This is a man who got elected by the fact that he is a man who “tells it like it is.” He is a genius in the art of telling people what they want to hear and saying what people would like to say, but are afraid to say. There isn’t the slightest veneer of political correctness covering this man when he speaks. That alone accounts for Trump’s version of the truth.

Former President Nixon resigned from the Oval Office because he couldn’t tell his version of the truth. He resigned, not for ordering the bungled burglary at the Watergate Hotel, but for the lies and cover-up that followed.

I could ramble on about Trump’s lies, but why bother when The New York Times has done the work for us. Rather, I will talk about how Trump got it right. Trump hit the mark early in his campaign and he hit it hard. On the campaign trail and during the debates you heard this man confidently state, “The election is rigged, folks.”

This election had more rigging than the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria combined. It took so many twists and turns that it was hard to keep up with it all. Although Russia and Putin’s meddling garners most of the attention, in my opinion, the rigging that affected the outcome of this election came from the other side of the aisle. You can blame Hillary, the campaign machinery, or Russia for the Democrats turning a sure win into a Jesse Ventura style “shock the world” outcome.

In my opinion, it was a narcissistic Democrat who was responsible for giving us a Trump presidency. I am of the firm belief that the Republicans didn’t win the election. The Democrats lost it and lost it big time due to their own rigging. Democratic Party Chairman Debbie Wasserman had to resign from her post when it was discovered she admittedly “rigged” the outcome of the presidential Democratic primary for Hilary Clinton and against Bernie Sanders. I feel Sanders would have won this election by a landslide had democracy been allowed to take its course.

Unfortunately, for the people and democracy itself, elections in America have had their outcomes decided by someone other than the electorate. Rigging by the Democrats has a long history, going all the way back to the 1780s when Tammany Hall first became the Democratic Party’s political machine. Later in history, who can forget Chicago Mayor Daley’s dead bodies casting enough ballots for JFK to steal a victory over Richard Nixon? Those midnight shenanigans drastically altered the course of history. Would there have been a Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile Crisis or Lee Harvey Oswald? For the sake of democracy, Richard Nixon conceded and let the results of that rigged election stand.

More recently, Al Gore conceded to George W. Bush, albeit reluctantly. It is a widely held belief that voting machines still in use today played a part in the outcome of that election. A Diebold voting machine was recently tested by a grad student with a screwdriver and an $82 piece of software. He picked the lock in seven seconds and seven minutes later, the voting tabulation was altered.

Diebold may or may not have played a role in the outcome of the 2000 election. We do know the person in charge of the recount, Florida’s Secretary of State Katherine Harris, played a huge role by choosing which votes counted and which didn’t. Even the Supreme Court dirtied their hands in that election by deciding it was best for the nation and democracy to accept Florida’s highly flawed recount.

Democracy disappeared from America long ago. Today we’re living under an autocratic government. Some call it a monarchy. Some said the same about the Bush's, Clinton’s and Obama’s presidencies. For just this once, let’s call out Trump for being exactly right. It’s rigged, folks.


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