What is a good debate? Can you remember one? Sure there are those that we can browse from recent memory but can you recall one that accomplished it’s goal? The more I think about it, the more difficult it is to remember one that’s been notably effective in it’s exercise.
Certainly debates can be a beneficial tool of public forums to weigh out the strengths and weaknesses between candidates, as that is their purpose. But, what are we truly left with when debate is void of discernable truth? What are the consequences of allowing unfettered debate to proceed or what are the repercussions of permitting candidates to abscond with your voice after providing you false promise?
Most witting Americans will contemplate the November 3, 2020 elections in tandem with the many irregularities that were exploited and exposed with it’s arrival. We’ve heard the terms of voter intimidation, ballot harvesting, illegal votes or those cast by the deceased voters. Not that those aren’t sufficient enough to warrant an investigation, but those more technically savvy were able to piece together forensics and identify what appears to be clear evidence of computer driven and hack induced manipulation of tabulations. In the big picture, these were all categorized as voter or election fraud. Which I believe is still illegal somewhere.
The crimes perpetrated on the public are a travesty and investigations should continue until the truth is discovered. But let’s not miss the bigger picture. For millions of Americans who would have voted differently I give you this, with much gratitude to Merriam-Webster.
fraud , Definition of fraud
1a: DECEIT, TRICKERY specifically: intentional perversion of truth in order to induce another to part with something of value or to surrender a legal right was accused of credit card fraud b: an act of deceiving or misrepresenting : TRICK
Isn’t your voice and vote a constitutional right and privilege? The 1st Amendment to the Constitution protects your voice while your vote in elections is also a means to which your voice is heard. Article I of the Constitution addresses voting rights, I encourage you to Read more Here
So while the right fights for election integrity, the left casts malicious allegations which include those uttered on the floor of the House and Senate. Why? Because it’s legal and cannot be questioned elsewhere. So when you are curious as to how the House Impeachment Managers could use fabricated evidence against President Trump. You now know their fraudulent conduct is covered and protected under the Speech and Debate Clause.
So while we’re demanding election integrity we should be simultaneously demanding change in the Speech and Debate Clause as well as engaging Political Integrity as a means of Impeachment and Removal. Repeal or modification of the Speech and Debate Clause would cover the false statements on the floors of the House and Senate, but would not cover the campaign pitches that defraud millions of voters of their voice.
When we eliminate the malice and intentional deceit I am confident that we can then once again enjoy a good debate.