When you don’t yet know the truth—or don’t yet know the future—what should you believe? I’ve tried to be mainly realistic, in my life. If I’m prepared for something close to accurate, I’m better off than when something horrible hits me unawares. Pollyanna isn’t really my role model.
That’s what I thought about myself. But I’m beginning to change that assessment. I think I’m actually more open to believe in a positive outcome than I realized. I may be more open to the positive than the average person, or maybe even than most people. (My 5-traits assessment puts me as more open than 96% of the population, actually.)
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Pascal’s Wager Applied to the Election
There’s what is referred to as Pascal’s Wager, concerning belief in God. In short, if you believe in God without proof and you’re wrong, you haven’t lost much, and you might be living a better life than you would have otherwise. But if you’re right, you’ve gained heaven. If you choose not to believe in God without proof and you’re wrong, you lose heaven; if you’re right, you go ahead with a meaningless life, so no gain there.
Wikipedia provides this table:
|Pascal's Wager summary table from Wikipedia|
I’m looking at our country’s current circumstances. Mostly I’m looking at the, hopefully temporary, separation between me and a number of Constitution-loving patriots I have enjoyed following and listening to. But right now I’m tuning them out. By choice.
They are on the side of, “Well, sure there was probably some fraud, but there’s not going to be enough proof to overcome the outcome, so we might as well gear up for a Biden presidency.”
I think the people in this category are more concerned about fear of being wrong, or duped, than they are about truth. (I have a theory that fear of being duped blocks a lot of people from belief in God, and the subsequent experiences with God that follow those who believe. That’s a topic for another day.)
I could be wrong about how things are going to turn out in the next couple of months. But what do I have to lose by continuing to believe what I do? (I laid out what I think is happening here, here, here, here, and here.)
If I’m wrong but I keep holding on until all legal challenges are complete, electoral votes are cast, and a new administration is sworn in, I have been hopeful and cheerful through the holiday season before having to face inevitable misery.
If I’m wrong, but I have been honest in presenting what I know and what I believe, does that ruin my reputation? I don’t think so. Being less than honest to protect a reputation doesn’t seem logical; that would put me out of integrity.
If I’m right, I’m on track to understand what’s happening, at least a bit better, when/if the corruption in our government is taken out. If I’m right and keep holding on, I witness a great miracle—the saving of our constitutional republic.
It seems to me, if I’m right, I’m on God’s side in the great war against evil. If I’m wrong, I’m still on God’s side in that great war, just sadly at the losing end of a key battle.
Occam’s Razor Applied to the Election
|Occam's Razor illustration found here|
We could do this exercise (and many have) concerning belief in God as an explanation of why we are here, on a planet that supports life, and that complex life exists, with us humans being the ultimate example. Is it more plausible to believe that we have a divine Creator than that all such things happened by chance?
But, related to the election question today, the simplest explanation is that Joe Biden did not win a majority of legal votes.
There’s a lot you’d have to take on faith, without a decent explanation, to believe that he won.
First, there’s Biden’s lack of draw as a candidate.
· He was a deeply flawed candidate all the previous times he ran and failed—including the plagiarism that took him out the first time—and he did nothing in his years in the Senate or as VP to overcome or compensate for those flaws.
· He was more deeply flawed this time:
o He has difficulty putting together a coherent sentence, leading many to assume he is in cognitive decline, based on age or some other physical/mental malady. Many voters assume he could not last long as president and would need to be replaced by his VP, who was deeply disliked during the primaries, not even staying in the race until Iowa.
o His years as VP tie him to policies the US has soundly rejected, because of their detriment to the economy and to our international standing, and because of their divisiveness among us.
o He is tied to corruption in Ukraine and China that, barring the media outright lying for him, would have made him both unelectable and imprisoned. Would people have changed their vote from Biden if the news media hadn’t blocked the story? Likely yes.
o Rumors and evidence from just creepiness to outright sexual assault continue to dog him.
o Lies that he has told resurface repeatedly, such as his lie about the truck driver being drunk when his wife and child were killed in a car crash (not true, but he gratuitously maligns that man, who was neither drunk nor at fault in the accident), or the lie about when he met his current wife (in reality, she was married, and her affair with Biden broke up the marriage).
· He practically didn’t campaign. He rarely left his room at home and spoke words prepared for him on teleprompter, badly.
o There was no excitement for him as a candidate. The few rallies he held were sparsely attended, without fanfare, or even people standing in excitement.
o It’s hard to find a Biden voter who voted for Biden, rather than against President Trump. Interviews with Biden voters, before and after, show an inability to articulate a pro-Biden reason for their vote.
o He frequently showed a lack of knowledge about where he was or what was going on in a given appearance.
o The few media appearances were carefully controlled, giving him no challenging or voter-enlightening questions. This tactic may have been designed to avoid showing obvious flaws, but it also prevented voters from connecting with him or his message, whatever that may have been.
Meanwhile, President Trump drew tremendous, excited crowds of people. His love of America was reflected in the crowds. His record of successes in his first term converted many who didn’t support him in his first campaign (including me). His record on economics, foreign relations, and the judiciary were exemplary. Could his handling of the pandemic have been better? Maybe. But Biden’s only difference would have been more lockdowns and more mask wearing.
So you would have to believe that campaigns don’t matter.
The Down Ballot
There’s the down ballot. You’d have to believe that a complete sweep of contested House races, plus extras (an increase of 12 seats at this writing) meant voters went more Republican but less Trump than in 2016.
And you’d have to believe that it makes perfect sense for Biden to have earned 36% more votes than either Obama or Hillary Clinton in already highly Democrat areas. There was also evidence that blacks and Hispanics moved toward Trump in record numbers, so where did those historic numbers for Biden come from?
You’d have to believe there was no fraud even though:
· Observers were prevented from observing the count.
· Potentially thousands of dead people voted.
· Thousands of ineligible voters voted.
· In multiple states where there are questions about the counts, changes in voter rules were put in place to get more mail-in ballots while handling them less securely.
· Mail-in ballots, which don’t have a chain of custody, which are usually rejected at a rate of 2-4% were about 25 times less likely to be rejected this year, despite their much greater prevalence.
· Several states, and counties within states, refused to check ballot signatures on mail-in ballots.
· Multiple swing states where Trump was leading almost simultaneously paused vote counting for hours, and when they came back online, leads shifted dramatically—mathematically impossibly—to Biden, in all of them.
· Batches of ballots were counted multiple times, according to eyewitnesses.
· After it was announced that all votes had arrived for counting, trucks arrived with boxes of additional ballots in the middle of the night.
· In multiple counties in swing states, more votes were counted than there were registered voters.
· On-screen live news broadcasts showed vote counts for Trump going down from one update to another.
· One county found that vote switching had happened and performed a hand recount, giving back 6,000 votes to Trump that had been wrongly given to Biden. It was called a software “glitch.”
· Some vote totals include partial votes, counts with decimals, indicating that some votes were allotted more or less than 1 vote per vote.
Rudy Giuliani has said all along that, just dealing with known voter fraud and changing of laws without legislatures is enough to change the outcome of the election.
|Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis of the President's legal team|
screenshot from Nov. 19, 2020, press conference
Attorney Lin Wood has a lawsuit in Georgia, where he resides and has standing, that he believes will throw out the election there. Mail-in ballots did not require proof of ID, as in-person voters were required to provide; that is a constitutional issue. And laws were changed there without the legislature, which is also unconstitutional. He also says that any in-person voter in Georgia can file a similar suit.
Attorney Sidney Powell was not fired from the Trump legal team; she was separate all along (see near the beginning of this Crossroads episode). The team distanced itself from her, creating a larger separation between the “traditional” voter fraud issues and the technical issues related to Dominion, Scytl, and whatever other companies come up in those issues. Some people say it’s because they don’t think she can provide the proof she has said she has. I don’t have any inside information, but I think the fact that the servers were actually seized in Frankfurt, Germany, says it’s more likely that she has it than that she doesn’t.
I find believing that voter fraud will be proven and that Donald Trump will remain as President for a second term is both logical and better on the psyche than believing otherwise.
There are people who believe there was voter fraud, maybe even in significant amounts, as I do, but they still don’t believe Donald Trump will remain as President. It’s because they have seen so much corruption go unpunished for so long, they can’t muster what it takes to get over the cynicism. I understand that. These people are not our enemies. They are just making a different belief choice than I am at this time while the future is unknown. The only way to resolve differences in belief about the near future is to wait and see how things play out.
But, in the meantime, I’m tuning them out. I don’t have energy to expend on a possible near-term future that includes evil winning out over good.
In this week’s reading for Church, we read these verses, aimed at our day, from Ether chapter 8:
24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination [collusion and corruption] which shall be among you….
25 For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies….
This warning from centuries ago certainly appears to be aimed at our time. But, if we were not going to have a chance to root it out, why warn us?
My theory is that this election was evidence that people chose good instead of evil—and evil, in a last-ditch effort to keep their plans from being thwarted, pulled out all the stops to place their puppet in the seat of power over us. I think the win for Donald Trump was so decisive that they had to take desperate measures that were bound to be discovered.
There are people with more elaborate theories. I’ve been exposed to them. I don’t yet know what to think about them. Some seem far-fetched. And yet, look at the corruption we know about already. Practically anything seems in the realm of possibility this year. So I’ll link a few of those for you at the bottom. Maybe with your sense of discernment, you’ll find what is true and what is not.
As we watch what plays out, during our upcoming holiday season, I continue to trust that, whatever happens, God is in heaven and is aware of our plight. I have prayed that the truth will be known. That every incidence of voter fraud will become visible. And, further, that all the secret combinations—all the corruption, in government, in media, in large corporations—will be revealed and rooted out, that we may return to the freedom, prosperity, and civilization this blessed nation was set up to provide as a refuge to the world.
Some Sources I Believed
· “John Zmirak Shares His Personal Knowledge of the ‘Authenticity’ Of Sidney Powell's Investigation,” Erik Metaxas Show, Nov. 20, 2020.
· “I Know Sidney Powell. She Is Telling the Truth” by John Zmirak for The Stream, Nov 19, 2020.
· “Follow the Money: Attorney Lin Wood Explains His Lawsuit Against Georgia’s Secretary of State” by Julie Carr for The Tennessee Star, Nov. 17, 2020.
· “Lin Wood Outlines Case for Rampant Voter Fraud, GA Vote Corruption; GA Election will Be Nullified” John Fredericks Show, Nov. 16, 2020.
· “Gohmert Talks to Charlie Kirk about Voter Fraud Issues” GohmertTX01 channel, Nov. 16, 2020.
· “Live Q&A: Sidney Powell Removed; Trump Legal Team Prepares Evidence” Crossroads with Joshua Philipp, Nov. 22, 2020.
The Possible Rabbit Holes
Some of the, um, more sensational resources I’ve encountered, that, if true, will one day make a great movie:
· “Scott McKay: Military 2020 Election Sting Leading to Trump 2nd Term Landslide” Forbidden Knowledge TV
· “Post Election Update #4: US Military 2020 Election Sting Operation Leading 2 Trump 2nd Term Landslide” Scott McKay for Tipping Point Radio, Nov. 19, 2020.
· “Sidney Powell’s ‘Kraken’ Is DOD Cyber Warfare Program! We Are at War!” by Dianne Marshall, The Marshall Report, Nov. 22, 2020.
· “Army Releases The Kraken To Protect Foreign Fire Bases; ‘I’d Like To See The Taliban Try To Attack This Place’” by David Axe for Breaking Defense, April 29, 2013.
· “Huge Breaking News!!!! Federal Circuit Courts Have Been Reassigned Today” Jeremy Herrell, Hip Hop Patriot Here We Go Facebook Live, Nov. 21, 2020
· “Breaking! Live From America! Trump Team WINS 3 times today!” Jeremy Herrell, Hip Hop Patriot Here We Go Facebook Live, Nov. 23, 2020.