People who believe voter fraud is happening are like people who think the only way they can lose is because everyone else is cheating. It’s like that jerk who decides you must be hacking your Xbox because there’s no way you could possibly have defeated him.
Oh, and of course, there are the racists who would prefer if certain groups of people they didn’t like didn’t vote at all. But let’s put those people aside for a moment. Bigots are easy to see as stupid, but what about those folks, misguided as they may be, who actually think this is a problem.
Democracy is a mixed bag for everyone. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Rarely are you ever really happy with the results either way. We all have our voice, our vote, and we hope that it works out in the end. There’s a lot of disappointment and struggle along the way, but with some luck, progress is made. If not that, then at least we can rest assured we were heard and can look forward to the next election.
But lots of people are very sore losers, and that creates a problem. Instead of realizing that you can’t win them all, that sometimes you are not going to be in charge, they begin to suspect the system is broken. Like a child losing at a game, they suspect there is something wrong with the rules.
This is the specter of voter fraud in a nutshell. (Well, that AND the bigot thing, but we aren’t going to talk about that because . . . eh, who has the energy anymore?) Rather than accepting loss with grace, some folks will try to “fix” the system so that it “works”. What that really means is that they try to rig the game, often without even realizing it.
I get where this comes from. It’s not easy feeling marginalized. And there are a bunch of folks who are starting to panic because it feels as if they are losing the power and privilege they’ve taken for granted. The bad news for them is that they are. This is nothing new. It’s a cycle as old as time. Things change. The very definition of minority has changed (and continues to change) radically in America over the decades. This isn’t a trick. It isn’t unnatural. It’s just how the world works.
Nobody broke the system to sneak a black President into the White House. Yes, I know he’s half white, but the establishment created the “one drop” rule, so they can’t retract it now. Nobody is out to destroy your religion just because other religions (or heaven forbid, no religion) are getting a place in the spotlight. Nobody is out to destroy your family just because gay people think they should have the same legal rights as any other consenting adult should.
It’s bullshit. And it’s time we called it bullshit.
Ultimately, the cycle is always the same, and misguided people will do their best to preserve “voter integrity”. But what they’re trying to do is hold onto a place of privilege and power that they assume is meant for them and no one else. They see nothing wrong with the system as long as it rewards them. They’re self-centered and unimaginative, and they live in fear of a world that is different than the world they knew. And they’ll do whatever they can to preserve the old one, even as it comes tumbling down around them. They will lose. They always do. But they will fight kicking and screaming every step of the way.
So hang in there, folks. The road to tomorrow might be bumpy, but it’s a one way trip. And nobody can turn this car around.