Wednesday, November 25, 2020

We Almost Blew It, Too

“The people outside that room were doing exactly what the law says you would eject people for doing — they were disrupting the election,” 

Thomas said. “Everyone else in the room — the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, the ACLU, the nonpartisans — they all still had a full complement of challengers in the room. And the Republicans, by the way, had far more challengers in the room than they were entitled to.” Thomas said many Republican poll challengers had not gone through the proper training and were there for the wrong reasons. 

 “Reading these affidavits afterward from these Republican poll challengers, I was just amazed at how misunderstood the election process was to them,” Thomas said, chuckling. “The things they said were going on—it’s like ‘Yeah, that’s exactly what was going on. That’s what’s supposed to happen.’”

Aye, there’s the rub.  Ignorance is bliss, but it’s also anathema to governance.  This sounds like people in court, clients of mine, who thought the court operated like it does on TeeVee or in the movies.  It doesn’t at all, but people don’t understand that and think they are aggrieved and denied “justice” usually because they don’t win.*

Sound familiar?  The problem comes when the courts aid and abet that miscarriage of their purpose.  Which is not what happened in the courts this time; but it did happen among the politicians, who despite their caricature (which many live up to), are supposed to be guardians of the system just as judges and lawyers should be (Sidney Powell notwithstanding).

All we can do going forward is insist the competent guardians have the power government gives them and which we need government to have.

*There’s also a lot of ignorance in how the legal efforts of Trump are being reported; but that’s another problem altogether.

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