Our nation is ill served by those just wanting to get on with D.C. deal making

Pratt on Texas - copyright Pratt on Texas all rights reservedIt’s a big week in our federal Congress and I agree with Senator Ted Cruz that it is the obligation of Congress to thoroughly, and that’s an important word, investigate election fraud before certifying election returns.

However, as with too many things, many folks are willing just to set it aside to “move on” without true consideration of the long term societal costs of doing so. Senator Cornyn has been one of these people who seem to miss just how dangerous to the republic is a populace with as many as half no longer having trust in our election processes. That shows that Cornyn is relatively shallow in an area in which he should have a much deeper understanding.

Senator Ted Cruz

Our other federal senator Ted Cruz rightly said:

“We have an independent obligation to the Constitution. We have an independent obligation to the rule of law. Look, we’ve got a vote on January 6 on certification, and every member of Congress faces a dilemma, frankly two pretty lousy choices. One, we can vote to certify [and] not consider any objections. If we do that, that will be heard by a lot of Americans as saying, ‘We don’t think voter fraud is a real concern. We don’t think these claims should be investigated thoroughly.’ I know that’s not what most of us believe. But secondly, and I think all of us rightly don’t want to be in a position where we’re suggesting setting aside the results of an election, just because the candidate that we supported didn’t happen to prevail. That’s not a principled constitutional position.”

What so many miss is that there is nothing constitutionally or political “principled” about ignoring fraud, widespread or not, just because the insiders want to get on with their DC deal making.

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