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Tue Sep 14, 2021, 08:55 PM

The Republican lies about election fraud are a ticking time bomb

In what must be the least surprising (but nonetheless demoralizing) story of the week, The New York Times reports that Republicans in California have begun to make accusations of voter fraud ahead of Tuesday's gubernatorial recall election. The story is unsurprising because all political observers are by now well aware that, thanks to the lies of Donald Trump and the self-serving gullibility of millions of Republican voters, the GOP has actively embraced the position that American elections are systematically and unfairly rigged against them.

This is hands down the most dangerous political development in recent American history a civic time bomb placed smack dab at the center of American democracy.

It's more dangerous than a reality-show demagogue ascending to the presidency. Or partisan gridlock in Congress making governing and passing legislation extremely difficult. Or constitutional disagreement about the scope of women's reproductive rights. Or conflicts surrounding masking and vaccine mandates. Or disputes about what Joe Biden can accomplish for public health through executive branch rule-making.

All of those issues are important, and some of them contribute to the degradation of American democracy. But none of them degrade it more than spreading the lie that elections in the United States are systematically untrustworthy and rigged against one of the country's two parties. That's the kind of claim that could ultimately make American self-government impossible.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/republican-lies-election-fraud-ticking-093411018.html

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 09:03 PM

1. Let's not forget to give credit to the media who repeats all day every day, "election fraud," to

make the thought completely normal and ok and even a valid idea, never mind the missing evidence.

They didn't do this for the 2000, or 2004 elections, I recall that the Democratic were labeled lunatics for even suggesting there had been malfeasance and voter suppression and unwarranted ballot disqualifications and all the usual conservative/Republican tools.

Edit to add, off and on today I listened to the regional NPR outlet and every time I had the radio on while I was in the car, no matter what the topic, the phrase, voter fraud and or election fraud was used sometimes just before or just a topic would be introduced under the guise of, election update.

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Response to ShazamIam (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 09:12 PM

3. If all Republicans keep making the the same charge, goes GOP thinking...

... then a lot of people are simply going to assume there must be something to it -- with absolutely no evidence required. Voila!

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Response to Beartracks (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 09:16 PM

4. Elections that can't be won or stolen must be destroyed.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 09:07 PM

2. The GOP is fine if self -government becomes impossible; they're not interested in it anyway.

They are only interested in RULING.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Sep 14, 2021, 09:56 PM

5. JMHO..but there is lots of evidence that the only group being demoralized by this are the gqp

And cult ppl.

The Dems...they keep their heads down and keep pushing.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Sep 15, 2021, 10:31 AM

6. I don't mean to downplay the OP's subject line

But pretty much everything about the Republican party is a ticking time bomb.

Their entire purpose is to obstruct, disrupt and dismantle by whatever means necessary, and their fuckhead cultists are happy to go along with it.

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