Truth and Reality vs. Falsity and Deception
If you are reading this, and you’re above the age of seven years, then you ought to know the difference between telling the truth and telling a lie. I’ll add that if you’re above the age of seven, you also know the difference between reality and fantasy. You should also know that it doesn’t require the entire body of philosophy to know or understand these differences.
One caveat: if you happen to be an adult, you are dishonest, manipulative, and/or never let facts get in your way, then depending on the number of years you’ve been lying to yourself; it may be possible that you do not know these differences.
Andy Kroll is one of those people. He is so ideologically driven, so dishonest, so under-educated, so intellectually shallow, that he may not know fact from fiction, truth from deception, or reality from fantasy. These observations come from Kroll’s own writing, somewhat recently in an article in Rolling Stone that he laughingly called, “The Plot Against America.”
Now I will add that either my suppositions about Kroll are true, or it is only an act he performs to further his somewhat lagging career as a writer. Personally, I would not want to include Mother Jones and Huffington Post on my resumé —but that’s just me.
Let’s take a look at Kroll’s plot, shall we?
The sub-head in the article includes “Blocking ballots, intimidating voters, spreading misinformation—undermining democracy is at the heart of Trump’s 2020 campaign.” In his first paragraph, Kroll writes, “When the conversation turned to the 2020 election, Trump singled out what he called the “biggest risk” to his bid for a second term. It was not the mounting death toll from COVID-19 or further economic damage inflicted by the pandemic, or anything else a reality-dwelling president might fret about.”
At this point, very early in the article, one wonders what mounting death toll? Has it been in the millions, as predicted by presidential hopeful (for the fourth time) Joe Biden? What pandemic? Fewer people have died from COVID-19 than in automobile accidents in the same period.
At what point did the US economy tip into Great Depression territory? Finally, when comparing Trump’s performance as president to all other world leaders vis-à-vis the COVID-19 episode, by what measure has Kroll made his comparison?
According to Gallup, at no time since assuming the office of President has any Democrat scored Trump’s job approval rating above 14%, so aside from the remarkable consistency, why is anyone shocked to hear that Democrats hate Trump’s guts?
Conversely, also according to Gallup, at no time since assuming office has any Republican rated Trump’s job approval rating less than 80%. This could indicate a peculiar party-bias, which again should shock no one because Trump was the favorite of voting Republicans in 2016.
Independent voters, on the other hand, consistently approve of Trump’s performance between 31-47%, which by any measure, isn’t bad considering the fact that “independent” includes people who lean moderate left and moderate right.
So, it would appear that Kroll’s number one complaint is Trump’s opposition to “mail-in balloting.” In Kroll’s mind, or what there’s left of it, the integrity of our electoral system isn’t the issue —it’s rather helping people dying of Covid-19 vote on 3 November. He castigates Trump for filing lawsuits against states who champion mail-in voting.
Kroll, by the way, doesn’t think much about positive voter identification, either. He must not think highly of voters in the late 1700s, either—all of whom had to positively identify who there were before being allowed to vote.
Kroll believes that Voter ID equates to vote suppression, and he may be right. It suppresses illegal voting, plural voting, cross-district voting, and cross-state voting. Kroll is allowed to have his opinion, of course, but his writing should reflect at least some understanding of our voting system.
Voter fraud is the theft of our birthright to have fair and free elections, to live in a country where our voice does matter, and to live in a country that is free from government corruption. The integrity of our electoral system is but one concern to Americans who are legally allowed to vote. No conservative-minded person objects to being asked for positive identification at the voting precinct; why should progressives object? The answer, of course, is self-evident.
Kroll also expresses concern about voter intimidation. He must have concluded the Obama Goons wearing Black Panther berets, standing outside Philadelphia voting precincts with tire irons and baseball bats were enthusiastic Republicans.
I suppose too that should the BLM/Anti-Fa brownshirts show up on 3 November, they’ll be classified as conservative pro-Trump’ers as well. No one I know wants to see voter intimidation by anyone, so what is the genesis of his concern about voter intimidation?
Well, for one thing, Kroll is one of those people who want convicted felons (those who’ve lost their right to vote because of felony conviction (murder, rape, drug trafficking, assault, theft)) to vote for Biden/Harris, who are —by the way— beneficiaries of Michael Bloomberg’s/George Soros’ plan to raising funds to pay the fines of convicts so that they’ll be entitled to vote Democrat.
According to the Washington Post (9/22/2020):
“Former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg and his team have raised more than $16 million to pay the court fines and fees of nearly 32,000 Black and Hispanic Florida voters with felony convictions, an effort aimed at boosting turnout for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
“The money will fund a program organized by the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition to pay the fines, fees and restitution costs for former prisoners who are already registered to vote in Florida but barred by law from participating in the election because of those outstanding debts.”
This makes as much sense as firing police and hiring pimps to advise the Seattle City Council. It’s also a form of bribery, so I’m curious why the Federal Elections Commission isn’t raising holy hell about this. Give the bum some whiskey and a carton of cigarettes, and he’ll vote Democrat for the next 200 years.
To emphasize his claim of voter intimidation by the RNC, Kroll cites a 1981 legal drama that has played out through 2017, the issue being a Consent Decree that both the RNC and DNC will act according to the laws of the United States vis-à-vis challenging voters at polling stations. See also: USCA 3rd Dist. No. 09-4615, DNC, NJ DSC, Virginia L. Feggins; Lynette Monroe vs. RNC, NJ RSC, Alex Hurtado, Ronald C. Kaufman, John Kelly, and DC Civ Action No. 2-81-cv-03876.
Kroll’s citation is a nothing burger and used only to confuse the argument. He made no mention of the Black Panthers, or DNC operatives rounding up homeless people and busing them to one of more voting precincts.
Trump or the RNC is not the person or agency we should be watching for evidence of voter fraud or intimidation. The title of Kroll’s piece is a lie; he does not seek to save America —he wants to bury Her, not with a shovel, though, but by falsity and deception.
Kroll is a hack, which in a nation that allows others to express their opinion is not a problem, but from what I understand, with a readership averaging males between 18-34 years of age Rolling Stone (on line) averages over a million hits every day. What damage is this hack doing the American Republic?