- After Joseph R. Biden legitimately won the 2020 election, a “Stop the Steal” movement emerged to prevent certification of what some perceived as a stolen presidency.
- Allegations of egregious fraud resulted in an insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, resulting in five fatalities.
- Numerous audits, many at taxpayer expense, demonstrated the election’s integrity and fairness.
- Seven months after the election, independent audits are still underway, as elected representatives continue spreading misinformation that Biden stole the election.
- Appledystopia was able to confirm directly from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy that Joe Biden won the election.
- McCarthy has done little to stem disinformation flowing from the Republican party, while state and federal legislators attempt to restrict voting access.
Kevin McCarthy Confirms Biden Won Election
Although Kevin McCarthy admits Biden won the election, the Republican leader continues to ignore claims from party members alleging 2020 election fraud. Immediately after the January 6, 2020 insurrection, resulting in five fatalities, the House Minority Leader voted against certification of Arizona and Pennsylvania election results.
It turns out that my mom lives in McCarthy’s neighborhood. On a recent visit, I encountered the House Minority Leader while walking my dog. I asked him if Joe Biden won the election, and he replied, “Of course he won”.
Once again, when asked, McCarthy admits Biden won the election. Nonetheless, the top-ranking Republican continues to allow party members to cast doubt on the most secure election in U.S. history. Both nationally and at the state level, legislation restricting voting mounts, drawing comparisons to Jim Crow laws. Estimates based on polls reveal that 50 to 55 million Americans believe Joe Biden stole the presidency from Donald Trump.
McMisinformation: Democrats Tarnished as Venezualan Socialists
While not conspiracy theories, McCarthy’s forays into conjuring rhetorical strawmen are not far off. For example, on Cuban Independence Day, the Republican leader paraded lawmakers of Cuban origin in front of the media. Virtually every participant equated Democratic legislative aspirations with Venezuelan socialism.
The scene was reminiscent of Rudy Giuliani’s infamous press conference, where the former New York City mayor waxed maniacally of conspiracy theories while leaking mysterious brown gloop. Fortunately for McCarthy, his makeup endured for the event’s duration, and the “villains”, such as deceased Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, are incapable of filing lawsuits.
Celebrating Cuban Independence Day also serves to further the allegiance of many Cuban Americans to the Republican party. With McCarthy embracing a known white supremacist President for the last five years, the event also provides some much-needed tan camouflage to once again thinly veil his party’s white nationalist agenda.
Payback for Trump Russia Probe?
Sustaining conspiracy theories surrounding election integrity provides much-needed ammunition as Republicans retaliate against the 2017 Russia probe. The Special Counsel investigation examined known Russian interference in the 2016 election. However, the “Stop the Steal” movement goes beyond accusations of meddling and interference, alleging that the entire election was fraudulent and Donald Trump is the actual President.
As with its flaccid attempts at technology, the right seems incapable of constructing nuanced, complex, and elegant conspiracy theories. While Democrats put forth elaborate fabrications, Republicans seem to stick with the same trick of associating their opponents with China and Venezuela. Thus, Republicans have only been able to convince a small yet significant fraction of America that Trump is the legitimately elected President.
Trump’s opposition basked in conspiracy theories during his time in office. The infamous Steele dossier, connecting Trump to perverse and treasonous activities, demonstrates the Democrats’ ability to smear opponents with falsehoods. Such moves motivate retaliation, which may be the case.
Regardless of the Russia investigation, Trump’s stolen election conspiracy theory would likely arise. Described as a narcissistic sociopath by several mental health experts, the former President is a diagnosed pathological liar. Unfortunately, many of our political leaders fit the diagnostic criteria for antisocial personality disorder, often known as sociopathy. Removing sociopaths from office would gut our government.
As a sociopath, the former President can’t accept losing the election. The antisocial are well known to generate cockamamie excuses to cover mistakes, shift blame and gain power. With or without the Russia probe, Trump’s election loss would result in some abhorrent behavior.
Future Elections Should Use Blockchain Technology
Blockchain technology, which permanently records transactions on a peer-to-peer network, may eliminate electoral doubt. Already employed to assist overseas military personnel in voting, the technology makes all transactions visible to anyone while retaining anonymity.
Recording votes as blockchain transactions ensures transparency, as anyone can view this data. However, since the user is only represented by a segment of the public key, it’s virtually impossible to see who voted for a particular candidate.
Another benefit of blockchain technology is that numerous computers on the network verify its integrity. Unlike online banking, where a financial institution owns (or leases) and operates servers, the blockchain is a public, peer-to-peer digital collective. No one owns it, and the multitude keep it running with integrity.
Blockchain technology is relatively new, raising numerous security concerns. For example, a counterfeit app could reassign votes without the user’s knowledge, falsifying verification and reporting. A similar technique robbed $2 million from unsuspecting Bitcoin holders using a bogus app distributed in Apple’s App Store.
Most of us conduct private and secure financial transactions electronically these days, and just about everyone experiences fraud. These systems continue evolving; however, swindling is still an issue. Cryptocurrency holders are subject to a wide variety of cons. Perhaps when financial transactions are fully secure, developers can apply these technologies to voting. Blockchain will most likely be part of the stack.