EDITORIAL – submitted by Benjamin Jefferson, Patchogue.
The crazed expectations and media hullabaloo over the Maricopa County election audits are taking on the appearance of another “trust the plan” diversion. Endlessly hopeful Trump supporters, God bless ‘em, are once again being massively duped into dutifully sitting on their hands while waiting out a process that will surely not result in their collective daydream – an early return to the White House by Donald Trump.
The current scenario is a morass of constitutional, procedural, legal and practical implications all playing on a hopelessly elusive and changing landscape of “facts.” The chances of such a positive outcome as Trump being reinstated are so statistically and politically improbable that they unfortunately appear to be hardly worth considering.
Consider the constitutional aspects. Our founding document is utterly silent concerning the situation our republic now faces. While Article II goes to great lengths to set out the strictures of the Electoral College for installing a legitimately elected president, not a whisper of consideration is given to the possibility of a state needing to de-certify its electoral votes in the face of election fraud. The Framers gave us no clue as to how to proceed in the face of a fraudulent presidential election. Thus, even assuming that the Maricopa audit results in the indisputable finding of massive fraud, there exists no constitutionally sanctioned pathway for the Arizona state legislature to “take back” its electoral votes. This does not automatically mean it cannot be done – a motivated state legislature can certainly be creative enough to achieve such an objective – but where does that lead at the federal level?
Even if we take this assumption several steps farther, with all of the other contested states (Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan) arriving at the same conclusion (itself a virtual impossibility), what happens next? Will the House and Senate, under its current leadership, reconvene and re-certify the election in favor of Trump? Any realist knows the answer to that question. Will a coalition of conservative advocacy groups attempt to force such a result through the courts? Undoubtedly, but by the time the question reaches the “ultimate authority” of the U.S Supreme Court it will likely be moot, as we will by that time be facing a new presidential election cycle. The Supreme Court has demonstrated time and again that they would always much prefer to take the easy way out rather than face such difficult and politically charged issues.
However, for the sake of argument, let us further assume that the question of re-certification makes its way swiftly and timely through the judicial system, and that SCOTUS rightly opines that Trump was the winner of the 2020 election and must be installed as president. In actual practice, what strength does its opinion carry? What authority will carry such a “ruling” to its lawful result? Does anyone anticipate that the Biden regime will simply murmur a bashful “aww, shucks” and peacefully surrender its meticulously usurped position to Trump? While some purists among us may scream “RULE OF LAW!” until they are rendered breathless, it should be clear to the more attentive and pragmatic among us that the Rule of Law in this nation has tragically died an unceremonious death in recent years, and clearly no longer holds any meaning for those currently in power.
This leads unavoidably to the possible need for kinetic intervention by those sworn to “defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic.” In the highly unlikely event that SCOTUS orders the removal of the Biden regime in favor of placing Donald Trump back into the Executive office, will any branch of law enforcement or the military stand up to enforce such an order? Technically, the military version of the oath requires that they “obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me.”
Since Biden (or his successor) will be “the President” at the time of such a SCOTUS order, it follows that military personnel would be bound to take orders either from the Biden regime, or from its pre-planted leftist generals on the Joint Chiefs of Staff or at the Pentagon. Of course, the directive to “defend the Constitution” appears ahead of, and superior to, the directive to obey the orders of the President and/or appointed officers, but how many “rank and file” personnel are astute enough, and, more importantly, courageous enough, to recognize and adhere to that legal and moral order of priority?
Recall the Hurricane Katrina episode where National Guard personnel were directed to go door-to-door and confiscate the legally owned firearms of the residents there, under “emergency” orders. How many of those guardsmen defied the obviously unconstitutional order of their superiors, and refused to follow through with the confiscations? Given the current scenario, how many enlisted soldiers, regardless of rank, will stand for the Constitution in the face of possible prosecution by a military tribunal? Even if they did – how would they organize and effectuate the forcible removal of a sitting “President” without the sanction of their commanding generals and the hardware and organizational networks that go with it?
Obviously, this analysis raises more questions than can be answered at this time. As many pundits have already noted, we are in “uncharted waters,” and no one with any journalistic integrity can confidently point to a rational concrete solution to the current state of affairs. Patriots may be heard strenuously advocating for “We the People” to undertake en masse the distasteful and dangerous task of realigning our federal government with the constitutional principles it was originally founded upon. Indeed, such action is plainly sanctioned by the words of the Declaration of Independence: “[B]ut when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Given such inspiring language and lofty directives, it is fitting on the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence that we consider what meaning such words have in today’s world. The Framers mutually pledged to each other “our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor” in the furtherance of these ideals. Do we, the People of the United States in the 21st Century, possess the fortitude and courage to mirror the actions of our Founders, and reclaim the liberties they willingly gave their lives for, for the benefit of our posterity? Only time will tell.