Now that the political theater is finally done in Washington, DC, and we’ve wasted more of the taxpayers’ hard-earned money to obtain an outcome the same as anyone who could have passed a basic math test, it’s time to get on with the work at hand.
I’m sure some will disagree with me, but this was not a serious exercise in discovering the truth. Instead, it was pure theater to embarrass an already vanquished political foe. As soon as it was apparent that the “calling of witnesses” might be something to cause an embarrassing moment or two, the appetite for that process quickly evaporated.
I have no sympathy for those who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. They should all be identified and prosecuted to the full extent of what the law allows. However, there are many who escaped that fate during the summer of 2020 when they looted, burned and destroyed public, private and government property during their reign of violence eight months ago. It seems some officials have selective amnesia when it comes to those events, and only grow a backbone when it serves their collective needs.
Enough about that though, as I do believe we have much bigger fish to fry with regard to elections and those who sit in those borrowed seats we loan them, no matter in which level of government they serve.
I don’t believe anyone would have to look any further than right here in our own county to understand how best to deal with the process of voting and the protections we must apply to that process. I, like many of you, have come to know our own Supervisor of Elections, Jennifer Edwards. I can tell you without reservation that no one I’ve met during my time involved in the political process runs a tighter and more reputable operation.
She demands nothing but the highest degree of integrity from her employees who serve the public. She understands that the election process provides the foundation on which our Republic stands so proudly. Her praises are sung near and far, and she is an example of what can be accomplished when you put your mind to it and accept only the highest degree of excellence from your employees.
I’ve seen the process work without a flaw in its results because of the excellent training received by both the fulltime staff and volunteers during each election cycle. The execution of their duties and responsibilities is without a shortcoming or blemish on their record.
When I hear people complaining in regard to why they have to provide proof of residence or a valid address, I just shake my head. In today’s world, can you get on a train or airplane without that same documentation? No, you can’t.
During my many years traveling for business, it was often required of me to be away during holidays, weekends and, yes, elections. I always would request what was known as an absentee ballot to ensure that basic freedom denied to so many outside our shores was always taken advantage of, regardless of where my head lay that evening.
Our many seamen, soldiers, airmen and marines are not always at home, but they too can request that ballot when out on deployment far from home. We seem to figure out how to allow them that basic right, this while they are bravely protecting us while deployed overseas.
Every ballot needs to be accounted for; every vote needs to be counted. There can be no shirking that duty. It is our sacred responsibility as Americans. The systems we have in place must be beyond reproach and squeaky clean. We can never fail to turn over every rock and look in every darkened corner to ensure that is done without fail.
Early voting has made it so easy for us to exercise our right to vote. Compared to the days when one would have to stand in line during only one day to vote, the expanded voting timetable has provided young and old alike with the opportunity to conveniently cast their ballots. Over 159 million voters chose to exercise that right in 2020, making it the highest turnout in American history.
Congress should work hard to restore the faith of many Americans in the process to once and for all cast off these shadows of doubt regarding the 2020 election.
The American public will long remember the horrific events of January 6, but hopefully will place the events of that afternoon in perspective, demanding those fanatics be punished to the full extent of the law, while at the same time, doubling their efforts to ensure the American Electoral Process is protected from enemies both foreign and domestic.