But now Trump has put the word "rigged" into circulation and made millions think twice about electoral results. He will keep that skepticism alive and in the back of America's mind by his misdirected attention to "voter fraud" (yes, he's barking up the wrong tree but the country hears the barking) and obsessive pursuit of that crucial (to him) popular vote victory. Meanwhile, his approval rating tanks and he is a lock to keep sticking needles in millions of eyes on a daily basis because he just can't seem to help himself.
This adds up to a motivated resistance and a majority of voters already looking towards the next election for their chance to stanch the blood flow and stop the American carnage (not to be confused with Trump's "American carnage") and start repairing the grave damage to our country and the planet. It remains only to persuade these caring and patriotic citizens that we'll have a far better chance of being able to do that if the votes in that election are counted publicly and observably rather than in the privatized darkness of cyberspace. The Dutch get it: they just decided, after taking a look at our travesty of an 'election,' to count the votes in their upcoming election BY HAND[see 2.1.17 NYTimes article "Fearful of Hacking, Dutch Will Count Ballots by Hand"]. Note that they're not talking about emails or even voter registration databases; they're talking about COUNTING VOTES and they're investing the modicum of human labor necessary to do that and protect their democracy.
In Holland, seeking election integrity is not just tilting at windmills.
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Can we do that here? I can believe that angry and determined resistance to voter suppression schemes may overcome their evil effects; those targeted for disenfranchisement will find a way to come to the polls and cast their votes with Trump's and Kobach's and ALEC's needles sticking out of their eyes. But neither they nor we can overcome what we can't see, can't measure, can't (as we have seen) recount, can't verify. So if we understand that and understand that everything else is built on that foundation of an observable and public vote-count, and if we intend to avoid the paroxysms of revolution and civil war, we will know what it is that we have to bring about and we will focus our energies and our actions on that challenge.
JB: I know how hard it was for you to find anything more positive to say, Jonathan. Thanks again for talking with me and for all the work you've done over the years on behalf of voters everywhere, whatever their politics.
JS: Thanks, Joan, for this and each past opportunity to weigh in and for your own tenacity in this cause!
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