Where'd the numbers come from?

During the election confirmation hearings in the Senate, Senator Ted Cruz stated, “Recent polling suggests that 39 percent of Americans believe that the election that just occurred was rigged.”

That is a very large number of voters. I can’t substantiate the number, but I am willing to accept it as possible. What I do question is where the very idea that the election was rigged came from. I recall no major news stories of fraud going on. I don’t recall any Republican senators or congressmen stating that their state or district was experiencing fraud in voting. The only place I heard of the rigging was from the president, himself, over and over.

Does the President’s comment on rigging refer to all 50 states? Was there fraud in states where Trump won as well or only where Biden won? I wonder how those who chose to do the rigging chose what states to do it in? Seems to me it would take some time and effort to set up.

According the various news reports, there have been 62 court cases that refuted Trumps claims of voter fraud for lack of evidence, including the Supreme Court that has five conservative justices. Were all those cases rigged as well?

Yelling, without evidence, that the election was rigged is akin to yelling fire in a crowded room when there is no fire.

If Might Makes Right and yelling unsubstantiated wrongs is what Makes America Great, we are a poor nation indeed.

Ken Margraf

Goldendale

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Our only hope

My heart is grieved for our nation. The past year will be marked down in history as a year of tremendous lawlessness: months of rioting and destruction in major cities, some of which has not ceased. The recent assault on the U.S. capitol, the likes of which we have not seen in our country. Elected leaders who seemingly care only about enriching their bank accounts, grasping more power, and destroying their opponents. The disaster that was the 2020 election. And, perhaps most devastating, the perpetual, arbitrary, lockdowns of small businesses, which prohibit millions of Americans from working to feed their families.

The Bible has a great deal to say about lawlessness, but fewer and fewer people heed the Bible these days. Our great nation was founded on biblical principles. Many of our laws are based on the Bible. For nearly 200 years, the majority of Americans believed the Bible and taught it to their children. Most attended church and thought it vital to read and obey the Bible. The Bible shaped the character of individuals and the nation. The Bible was our moral standard. It taught us how to live and work together, to respect one another, to be kind and gracious, to love and forgive. It taught us to be honest, to respect authority, and to obey the law. It taught us how to properly address grievances and injustices, and to rightly judge and punish lawlessness. The Bible was the moral compass of our nation. It bound us together and made us strong.

For nearly 200 years, the God of the Bible was the God of America, but this is no longer true. In the past 60 years, many have turned to other gods, and many others have chosen to believe that no god exists.

When a person rejects God, he becomes his own moral compass. For many Americans today, there is no objective, unchanging standard upon which to base one’s life. Right and wrong are fluid, situational, and based on personal preference.

America is rife with lawlessness because too many Americans “do what is right in their own eyes.” That phrase is from the Bible and it is the theme of the Book of Judges, a true story of the degradation and downfall of a nation.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 24 that lawlessness will increase greatly before He returns to judge the world. The only hope for America’s survival as a nation is for Americans to return to the God who has so greatly blessed and protected us. The only hope for you and me in this life and the next is to repent of our sins and put our faith and trust in no one but Jesus Christ.

Cheri Harris

Goldendale