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Topic Title: Courage in the face of conformity....
Topic Summary: Honesty instead of loyalty.
Created On: 11/25/2020 07:52 AM
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johnnyboy

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http://www.politico.com/news/m...raud-democracy-440475
>> Van Langevelde is a Republican. He works for Republicans in the Statehouse. He gives legal guidance to advance Republican causes and win Republican campaigns. As a Republican, his mandate for Monday's hearing - handed down from the state party chair, the national party chair and the president himself - was straightforward. They wanted Michigan's board of canvassers to delay certification of Biden's victory. Never mind that Trump lost by more than 154,000 votes, or that results were already certified in all 83 counties. The plan was to drag things out, to further muddy the election waters and delegitimize the process, to force the courts to take unprecedented actions that would forever taint Michigan's process of certifying elections. Not because it was going to help Trump win but because it was going to help Trump cope with a loss. The president was not accepting defeat. That meant no Republican with career ambitions could accept it, either.

Which made Van Langevelde's vote for certification all the more remarkable. With the other Republican on the four-person board, Norman Shinkle, abstaining on the final vote - a cowardly abdication of duty - the 40-year-old Van Langevelde delivered the verdict on his own. At a low point in his party's existence, with much of the GOP's leadership class pre-writing their own political epitaphs by empowering Trump to lay waste to the country's foundational democratic norms, an obscure lawyer from west Michigan stood on principle. It proved to be the nail in Trump's coffin: Shortly after Michigan's vote to certify, the General Services Administration finally commenced the official transition of power and Trump tweeted out a statement affirming the move "in the best interest of our Country."<<

The article is long but very well written and well documented.

>> In the days following Trump's shameful address to the nation, two realities became inescapable to Michigan's GOP elite. First, there was zero evidence to substantiate widespread voter fraud. Second, they could not afford to admit it publicly.<<

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 11/25/2020 09:53 AM
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RustyTruck

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Really demonstrates what a personality cult trumpism has become for the GOP. No shortage of cowards, just listen to Posey, Rubio, and the crypt keeper right here in FL.
Abject cowards, who in the future will deny supporting trump when he can no longer hurt them.

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I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to 'order' than to justice -MLK
 11/26/2020 07:17 AM
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johnnyboy

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The GOP needs a strong man to tell them what they think and more importantly, what they should not be thinking about. They defer and trust. They were ripe for his con.

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"One of the reasons why propaganda tries to get you to hate government is because it's the one existing institution in which people can participate to some extent and constrain tyrannical unaccountable power." Noam Chomsky.

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