Has election integrity fallen between the cracks?

Last week, we all watched our Congress in an upheaval, largely because a few courageous conservatives refused to auto-endorse a swamp creature to be speaker of the House.

Although Kevin McCarthy ultimately prevailed, the conservatives are heralded for enforcing compromises to obtain their votes. 

That's all good as far as it goes...  But did any of the concessions the House conservatives were requesting include mandates that the integrity of our elections be restored?  If so, many of us out here beyond the Beltway have yet to hear anything about it. 

Funny how those already elected to office don't seem to care a whole lot about discussing whether the elections that put them there were honest. 

Meanwhile, the much-lauded election integrity case brought by the Brunson brothers was not surprisingly turned away at the door by the Supreme Court.  Again, the message the justices are sending us is clear.  If there is any election cheating going on anywhere out there in any of the 50 states, the Supreme Court just doesn't seem to care and doesn't want to even hear about it. 

Such is the present state of our national affairs, and certainly this cannot be very encouraging to folks like Kari Lake in Arizona...or, for that matter, any of the rest of us patriot types out here in the hinterlands who, like Ms. Lake, are also keen on the thought that our elections must be fair and honest, or they are worthless. 

And so, where does all this leave us? 

It would seem we have two alternatives.  Either we just move on and try to do better in 2024, or we can trust and pray that God has planned something even better to rectify the cheats that occurred in 2020 and 2022.  

We can only hope the latter of these options is true, and that whatever that divine fix is will come to pass before 2024.  It really is the only option that will enable us to preserve America's democratic republic.  For if such an intervention by God fails to take place, any pretend election that may occur in 2024 won't really matter, now, will it? 

All that said, our current state of affairs brings to mind the pastor who once asked an older farmer to say grace for a Sunday-morning church breakfast. 

"Lord, I hate buttermilk," the farmer began.  The visiting pastor opened one eye to glance at the farmer and wonder where this was going. 

The farmer loudly proclaimed, "Lord, I hate lard."  Now the pastor was growing concerned. 

Without missing a beat, the farmer continued, "And Lord, you know I don't much care for raw white flour."  The pastor once again opened an eye to glance around the room and saw that he wasn't the only one to feel uncomfortable. 

Then the farmer added, "But Lord, when you mix them all together and bake them, I do love warm fresh biscuits.  So Lord, when things come up that we don't like, when life gets hard, when we don't understand what you're saying to us, help us to just relax and wait until you are done mixing.  It will probably be even better than biscuits.  Amen." 

Within that old farmer's prayer, there is great wisdom for us when it comes to our processing of some of the complicated situations like what we are experiencing in America today. 

So stay strong...and hold true to the hope that today we are watching our Lord use a variety of events that we don't really care for to bring about something even better than we could have ever dreamed of, when all is said and done. 

Such is the rock upon which America has been placed to take a stand as it weathers out the cultural storm that has been brought upon us by the communists among us who would steal our elections to see this nation brought to its knees and destroyed.  

Cliff Nichols is an attorney, the author of A Barrister's Tales, the curator of The American Landscape, and the drafter of The Declaration of Liberty.

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