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Florida Recount Fight Is a Preview of 2020 Lawlessness

By November 16, 2018 No Comments

If you think what’s taking place in Florida right now with the recounts is just about 2018 results, you’d be sadly mistaken. Yes, of course, the fight is about ensuring that Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott taking their rightful seats as governor and senator. But much more is at stake.

The most basic principles of our constitutional republic would mean nothing without free and fair elections, along with the rule of law, to support them. Yet what we’re seeing with the Democrats in Broward and Palm Beach Counties is the Clinton approach to the law: the law is more a series of suggestions that can they choose to follow, or not, as suits their convenience. And they do find laws so terribly inconvenient. In their minds, the idea of free and fair elections is a quaint idea that’s for suckers. Keep the votes flowing like manna from heaven until they win is the Democrats’ mantra.

All of this reminds me of a conversation I had once with a friend who, among other things, is an excellent golfer. He told me once while we were playing, “The beauty of golf is that it’s a game of rules. If you cease to play by the rules, golf ceases to be a game.” If one does not abide by the rules, well then it becomes something that appears to be golf, when in fact it has nothing to do with the real game.

On a much grander scale, our social compact is undergirded by rule of law and the integrity of our elections. If those rules are annihilated, if we cease to “play by them,” then the social compact is over and all bets are off for society.

 


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