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Opinion: The One Issue that Cannot Even Be Discussed



By John F. Di Leo, Opinion Contributor

It’s been two and a half years, and soon the 2024 presidential primary season will be upon us, so it’s worth revisiting. Not all the details, just the big picture, and just a couple of very big numbers.

Over the past two and a half years, the Left has constantly reminded us that the courts threw out a number of 2020 election challenges (usually without even taking a look at the evidence presented), and that the various people involved in filing the challenges have given up and withdrawn their charges after seeing the overwhelming forces marshalled against them.

But none of that changes one basic, fundamental fact:

For it to have been an honest election – for Joe Biden to have really beaten Donald Trump 81 million to 74 million – the national participation number would have had to increase by over 22 million legitimate voters between 2016 and 2020.

That’s their claim – that about 158.5 million people voted for president in 2020, even though only about 136.6 million are recorded as having voted in 2016, and 2016 was already a high.

There is always a sway of a few million in the total from cycle to cycle. Sometimes it goes down a bit, sometimes it goes up a bit. The prior four presidential elections had seen 122 million, 131 million, 129 million, and then 136 million in 2016.

But the total participation necessary for Joe Biden to have gotten 81 million votes in 2020 (when Donald Trump got 74 million) is 158.5 million (once you count the many votes for third parties and write-ins).

And that is absolutely, statistically impossible.

There is no way on earth the participation number jumped by anywhere near that much in just one cycle. Not of legitimate, conscious votes by real live eligible American citizens.

The left can never explain that away… because anyone who thinks about it KNOWS it’s impossible. Joe Biden didn’t even campaign, half the country was afraid to go out of the house, and the incumbent picked up 11 million more votes than he won in 2016.

All of which means that Biden’s number was really somewhere around 50 or 60 million or so, tops. Maybe less. Maybe much less. (Remember, it’s not like Democrat vote fraud is new. So even the “normal” number of Democrat votes is padded with fraud, in normal years and we’ll never know how much there is there, either).

We don’t know exactly how much of the fraud came from which method. Nursing home corruption, non-citizen voting, election worker ballot stuffing, snowbird and college student double voting, mail-in ballot proliferation, purchased vote harvesting, patronage army fabrication and the list goes on.

The big picture is what counts.

When a store discovers that ten or twenty percent of its merchandise is being stolen, sure, they will eventually start looking for exactly who the perpetrators are – Individual shoplifters? Flash mobs? Crooked employees? – but the first step is always recognizing, acknowledging, that they have a problem. Before they pour resources like cameras, RFID tags, security personnel, and locking display cases into a multimillion dollar loss prevention strategy, they must first accept the fact that the problem is bad enough to merit such a program.

Because most Republicans long believed that Democrat vote fraud was “only” a few percent, most Republicans have long been afraid to contend with the certain charges of being “mean” or “anti-democratic” or “racist” whenever they call for voter ID requirements, and cleaning the lists, and actually prosecuting fraud, and restricting elections to a single Election Day instead of an entire monthlong “anything goes” free-for-all.

In 2020, the Democrat party went all out. They used every trick in the book because they had to. This was horrible, but it had one silver lining: it made the volume of the theft so obvious that all Republican office holders had to see it, had to understand its impact, had to recognize the need for an all-out response.

(A personal comment, Gentle Reader: I’m not posting this as an endorsement for Donald Trump in 2024. I’ll vote for him if he’s nominated, of course, but, like most Republicans, I don’t know who I’ll support in the primaries yet. I see plenty of positives in other potential GOP candidates too.)

The key point is, we must never forget that Donald Trump really won in a landslide, and yet, the Democratic Party apparatus (not Joe Biden himself, of course; the man can barely remember his name) had the power to steal the presidential election from him and by extension, therefore, from us.

This fact – and all its implications – should be the fundamental animating thought in our minds for the next two years.

Think about what it means to the country.

-At a time when the office of the presidency has been allowed to expand infinitely beyond our Framers’ intention, that office can be stolen in what can only honestly be called a coup d’etat, and be handed to a man who is clearly an asset of foreign governments.

-If we allow the Democrats to get away with fabricating ballots at this rate, they’re not just stealing the presidency. What we don’t know – what we can’t know for sure – is how many other races are regularly being stolen by these 20-some million-plus fabricated ballots. How many federal House and Senate seats? How many State Legislatures and County District Attorneys? How many Governorships and State Attorneys General? If you’re going to the trouble to fabricate a ballot, you’re not just going to mark it for the top office and then leave the rest of the ballot blank, are you?

-The damage that has been done already, in just two years, by this illegitimate regime, is so severe it’s almost impossible to imagine recovering from it. The US dollar, the US banking system, the US educational system, our very culture, are all being undermined at an alarming rate. Democratic Party policy is no longer simply unwise, it is now completely hostile to the American way of life. And this massive amount of vote fraud serves that basket of destructive policies.

We know what facilitates vote fraud, and we know what would stop it. The only reason to oppose the common-sense crackdowns on fraud that patriots demand is if you actually support such fraud. There is simply no other reason.

If the GOP only has the courage to stand firm on a few issues, then putting an end to vote fraud must be among them.

Otherwise, we will see here in the United States exactly what the Left has managed to inflict on much of the third world: a system that allows sham elections and corrupt socialist governments for life, or as election watchers have always called it, “One Man, One Vote, One Time.”

Copyright 2023 John F. Di Leo

John F. Di Leo is a Chicagoland-based trade compliance trainer and transportation manager, writer, and actor. A one-time county chairman of the Milwaukee County Republican Party, and former president of the Ethnic American Council, he has been writing regularly for Illinois Review since 2009.

A collection of John’s Illinois Review articles about vote fraud, The Tales of Little Pavel, and his 2021 political satires about current events, Evening Soup with Basement Joe, Volumes One and Two, are available, in either paperback or eBook, only on Amazon.

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  1. I agree that more states should pass laws to prevent voter fraud. I hope more states will pass these laws:
    1. We need a bill that would state that, when someone registers to vote, he or she must prove U.S. citizenship. Each natural-born citizen would show his or her birth certificate. Each naturalized citizen would show his or her naturalization certificate. This is only required in AL, AZ, GA, and KS.
    2. A bill should require county and city clerks to check obituaries and remove dead people from the voter registration lists.
    3. Each voter registration form should ask for the address where the voter was last registered. The county or city clerk, who receives the form, should be required to notify the last jurisdiction and inform them that the voter changed his or her registration. Within the past four years, I moved from NV to IL to WI. Last fall, I got calls and texts from NV and IL candidates, so I must be registered in three states. I could have gotten absentee ballots and voted in all three states, but I didn’t do that.
    4. Whenever someone votes, in-person, the voter should be required to show a photo ID. Only seven states require that. When i lived in the town of North Chicago and voted in the 2006 primary, I showed my ID to an election judge. She quickly looked away and said, “Oh, no, I’m not allowed to look at that.”