A Legal Path Forward for the Florida GOP

By: Thomas Wigand | New Zeal

UPDATE: November 11, 2018 7:05 EST.  Within a couple of hours after this was first posted word arrived that FDLE (discussed below) has thus far refused to investigate voter fraud in Broward and Palm Beach counties.  State Attorney General Pam Bondi has sent a letter to the Commissioner of FDLE (here Bondi Letter to FDLE); unfortunately it is worded in such that while at first glance it may appear to be ordering an investigation, it is sufficiently vague to provide him with an out and to either not investigate at all, or perform an ineffective, cursory investigation.  Obviously the FDLE, like the FBI, is compromised at the top.  IT IS TIME FOR ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL MATTHEW WHITAKER TO ORDER TRUSTWORTHY DOJ PERSONNEL TO FLORIDA; THE “VOTING RIGHTS ACT” AT A MINIMUM WOULD PROVIDE FEDERAL JURISDICTION.

It is not necessary here to reiterate all of the indications of deliberate election fraud being committed on behalf of – and, this writer is convinced, at the behest of – the Democrat Party (national and state).

The indications are all over; but forget the misnamed “mainstream media” coverage.  In addition to this site, consult instead alternative outlets such as (in alphabetical order) Breitbart; Conservative Treehouse; Frontpage Mag and Gateway Pundit.  Space does not permit listing several more great sites, but the facts that you find on those alone will join the ranks of those convinced about the “behest of.”

Being master manipulators, the uniform mantras amongst Democrats (and Progressives generally) has been:

  • “No evidence” (of election interference or voter fraud), and
  • “That every vote should be counted.”

We will deal with these in order.

No Evidence: This is a classic Progressive diversion technique.  It bypasses the fact that one may have “reasonable suspicion” or “probable cause” for investigating further and gathering evidence.

They attempt to – and with a complicit media often succeed – to ingrain the impression that because hard evidence is not yet available, nothing occurred.  It’s a variation of their old shtick of: “there’s nothing to see here; move along.”

Evidence, once obtained, can be exculpatory or incriminating (or a mix).  But first it must be gathered.

Attempting to change the subject before an investigation commences, and evidence is obtained, is itself evidence that the Democrats don’t like what the evidence might show.

Contrast this with their fall on their swords demeanor that there would be a gross miscarriage of justice if the already aged and apparently dry-holed Mueller investigation is not allowed to continue to seek evidence – in perpetuity if necessary.

Every vote should be counted:   On its face, and to the superficial listener (which is their intended target), this sounds perfectly reasonable, indeed inarguable. Who could be against that?  Why, those nefarious Republicans, that’s who. Predictably, the media is playing along with this dissembling manipulation by deliberately not pointing out the elephant in the room.

Note that a critical word is missing – valid.  The Progressive Democrats are not concerned with electoral integrity or ballot validity, but having “all votes counted” until their candidate(s) eke out a win.

So what’s that “legal path forward” for the Florida GOP?

Democrat election and voter fraud is nothing new; instances of it go back decades.

Fraud to such a degree that it’s hard to reconcile the GOP’s passivity toward it to mere incompetence; it’s almost as if there has been some sort of grand bargain between the GOP Establishment and the Democrat Party.

As with many things, President Trump obviously isn’t playing that game – that he’s tweeted out phrases such as “fraud” and “stealing the election” is refreshingly responsive to what’s actually occurring (and so unlike the ghosts of Republicans past).

Whether of his own volition, or with the support of President Trump, there are reports that Senator-elect Rick Scott has requested (ordered?) the FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) to investigate the electoral shenanigans of Broward and Palm Beach county election officials.

In other words, to gather evidence!

If such an investigation occurs, and is conducted with requisite diligence and impartiality, it will produce evidence.  Then let the chips fall where they may: if exonerating, so be it. If incriminating, so be it.

Whatever the outcome of this, merely the prospect of potential future FDLE investigations will help keep election officials honest in the future.

The Democrats / Progressives have been pushing the “every vote should be counted” mantra, to avoid alleged “disenfranchisement.”  But it’s not as simple as that.

If FDLE is inclined to devote sufficient resources, and completes at least a preliminary investigation that shows “probable cause” that improprieties occurred (we already know that state election laws were broken), court challenges will ensue.

But even if FDLE investigation results are not available in time, with the state election laws already not adhered to in those counties, an open question is established that the ballot pool of both counties is irreparably tainted, whether by gross incompetence or by fraudulent ballots.

So what are the inevitable court challenges to do?  How should judges decide?  For what resolution should the GOP’s lawyers argue?

The Democrats will argue that notwithstanding tainted pools, “every vote should be counted” lest anyone be “disenfranchised.”  It’s no accident that they’ve already been pushing those phrases through the media.

But left out of that assertion is the reality that injecting county-level tainted ballot pools into the statewide count taints the ballot pool for the entire state.

In turn, voters statewide will effectively be disenfranchised.

So how should judges be asked to rule when faced with such a dilemma?

In law there is a concept known as “balancing the equities.”

It is respectfully submitted that the GOP lawyers should argue that the courts should rule in favor of confining voter disenfranchisement to the one or two counties that did not adhere to state election law, rather than infecting the whole state by “counting every vote” – including the ineligible, fraudulent and duplicative ones.

If there is going to be some inevitable disenfranchisement, doesn’t equity (fairness) dictate that it should be suffered only by those in the misbehaving counties, rather than those who reside in the counties that fully complied with the law?

Won’t not tainting the statewide ballot pool more accurately reflect the will of the people of Florida in these statewide races?

In turn, going forward, such a move would provide incentive for the citizens of individual counties to hold their election officials to account for adhering to election law.

Let justice be done, including by not rewarding the counties that by incompetence or intent did not comply with Florida election law.

Mr. Wigand is the author of the book Communiqués From the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracywhich is available on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions.  Comments or questions for Mr. Wigand may be sent to: communiques@use.startmail.com— he will make every effort to personally respond to each email.

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