“We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity.” -Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America
Much has been written about the deplorable state of politics and the truly insane choices the respective political parties have arrived at. We sit in the midst of a massively divided electorate, with an election that has already had overtones of vote tampering, hacking and interference of state actors. The collapse/seizure/_____ of Hillary Clinton has many people on both sides of the aisle floating the idea of a replacement candidate, and a delay in the election. In an attempt to get out in front of this discussion of election postponement, the DNC is purportedly having or considering an emergency meeting to determine whether they should go forward with her candidacy. The punditocracy has already begun to move the Overton Window into a discussion of how ‘normal’ an election delay would be. Should Hillary have yet another episode in public, particularly in one of the debates or a highly publicized moment like this last one, then her campaign will be effectively finished and an alternative candidate fielded.
In 1848 Congress established the official election day to be the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Unbroken since then, it is law, it is tradition, and more importantly, a keystone to the perceived legitimacy of our elections. It may be debatable about how much election fraud happens, the lying and cheating within the conventions and other real, yet nebulous things that make up American politics. A delayed election however, is something tangible, an objective fact that cannot be debated. Elections have been held through economic depressions, war, natural disasters such as Sandy, and all were held on the legally stipulated day. A delayed election is prima facie illegitimate without a) an act of Congress, and b) sufficient cause, such as foreign invasion or national emergency of enormous proportions. Ergo, the results from the election will be illegitimate, and whatever individual inhabiting the office will have done so illegally. The DNC had ample time to field a legitimate candidate, and should have taken the opportunity to properly vet their candidate. Rather than do so, they elected to play political games and neglected to do even the most basic due diligence. So be it, they gambled and lost. Let the party machinations either pick a new candidate to place on the ballot such as Kaine or find someone else. Petition the states for a ballot exception, or conduct a write-in campaign. The onus is on the party for fielding a candidate that did not comply with the necessary requirements of a viable candidate.
Should Hillary Clinton drop out of the race I expect the whispers of a delayed election to become shrill screams. Cries of voter suppression and every farcical argument under the sun will be used to make it ‘fair’ or ensure a ‘valid’ result. The GOP will acquiesce in hopes of a Trump defeat at the hands of the new guy or girl and an opportunity will be given to us at that moment. Any and every individual you know who is remotely on the fence must be made acutely aware of how illegitimate this action is. Point to the not-so-distant past when people were called crazy tinfoil-hat conspiracy theorists for even suggesting a delay in the election. Emphasize the idea that if something as sacred as an election can be bent to the whims of a party, why can’t the results be? Attack one of the few remaining areas in which the government enjoys the public’s trust and leverage that to other areas. It is but a small jump from election fraud to rule by fiat. Many will defend the action under basic ‘fairness.’ The DNC has done what Lehman Bros. did with their portfolio, negligently and recklessly gamble, and lose. We will most likely be handed a hammer by the opposition, all we must do is pick it up and become an iconoclast. The opportunity will be there, will you take it?
I will not vote in a delayed election, it is a farce and an abomination I will not sully myself participating in. The results will be illegitimate and the authority wielded under them, while realpolitik, cannot and must not be considered valid. Congress may pass another Election Act permitting the day to be changed, however to do so would merely confirm the lawlessness we are currently under. The bill would be a naked appeal, of the most base nature, to a single political party. The acquiescence to this by the American people will set a precedent for the future. The law is dead, it no longer matters, and isn’t even worth the most cursory appearance of respect. Should these events continue on their current trajectory, I certainly hope I am not alone in seeing the US government as a hostile and illegitimate tyranny. I do not say that lightly, there is a time to be considerate and reasonable. There is also a time when the attempts at negotiation have failed and a frank, and honest message needs to be sent. I have grown weary of the game and wish to call it what it is, evil. Election day may very well change us this year from citizens to subjects…and those unwilling to bend the knee into traitors.