On Thursday, March 04, 2021, I had the honor of participating in the Church for All Nations Cultural Impact Team’s panel on Election Integrity. I had a blast, and the knowledgeable panel, dedicated crowd (blizzard outside), and robust discussion made for an excellent evening.
I am posting my prepared remarks here. It’s not exactly what I said, but what I meant to say 🤷🏼♀️ The link to the video is also below.
Thank you to everyone involved in making this event happen. I am blessed to have been a part of it!
Andrew Breitbart famously said, “Politics is downstream of culture.”
My best friend and I are as far apart as two people can be in socio political terms. If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you’ve heard me refer to my “bestie the leftie” and how we came to love each other before we really knew who we were. You hear people say, “Oh I have friends on the left, but we never talk about politics or religion.” Bestie and I talk politics and religion all the time. We debate and disagree and search for common ground and, when one of us has had enough, we stop and we discuss other things. We can disagree without being disagreeable.
I used to say, “We agree on the future we want to build, but we disagree about how to build it.” Now, for bestie and I, that’s as true today as it was 25 years ago. But I no longer believe that in the macro societal sense. I used to think our relationship was the rule. I now know that it is the exception.
When we think of “culture,” we think of our common purpose and shared values. Culture, as defined, is the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement, regarded collectively. Do we have shared art or music? Do we even agree on our shared history?
I argue that American culture came to a fork in the road over a decade ago, and kept marching down both paths, under the flag of party, kept marching, away from each other. The two sides are so far apart from each other now that we no longer have one American culture.
We have two.
Our political divisions are reflecting our cultural ones.
The problem is that because we no longer have common values, we have no foundation for common ground.
And that brings me to election integrity or, more specifically, election fraud.
Simply: One of the two American cultures is okay with cheating and the other is not.
This is not a Democrat and Republican division. It’s a cultural one. Anyone who has looked at the evidence of election fraud with intellectual honesty knows that the election was stolen. It was stolen here in Colorado just as it was stolen nationally.
One of our American cultures is fighting for investigations, uncovering and reporting on the fraud and all the incestuous business and political relationships surrounding the fraud, and trying to expose those involved and clean up of elections to restore public trust.
The other is gaslighting the nation, pushing obvious lies and silencing dissent, while trying to enshrine the methods and mechanisms of fraud into law to ensure that we never have free and fair elections again.
Again, this is not a Democrat and Republican division. There are a great many Republicans who are spending their time lobbying behind the scenes in favor of the status quo. There are prominent Republicans on the scene today, who once had the power to stop election fraud in Colorado and instead enabled and profited off of it. Our election corruption in Colorado goes back 20 years, and it’s definitely not confined to a single political party.
So the question, then, that I think we want to be considering with regards to Election Integrity is, Which American Culture are we a part of? Which American culture are we going to enable and encourage?
I’ve spoken with friends on the left who say, “I know it was rigged, but Trump was so bad, it required this kind of action.” In other words, the people chose wrong and the leftists had to fix it.
Many on the right say, “Well, there were certainly election irregularities but we need to move on and focus on 2022. We need to focus on getting candidates elected.”
How are we going to get candidates elected when the elections are rigged?
The fight for election integrity isn’t about Trump. It’s about elections.
It’s about free people having the power to create their own government and select their representation and leadership. Fraud-free elections are what make us free in the first place.
Accepting fraud because your side won is endorsing election fraud.
Not wanting to talk about this contentious subject is endorsing election fraud.
Fearing the fraud machine to the point of inaction is endorsing election fraud.
Sitting on the fence is endorsing election fraud.
Finally, I’ll just say, Colorado has seen a massive surge in voters going unaffiliated, from both parties, in recent months. This is a data point. This is our politics reflecting our culture.
So if we want to win elections, where do we go from here?