A friend of mine, an early activist in the Christian Democrat party in El Salvador, told me a story that I have been thinking about lately. Before I had ever gone to that country as a missionary, the parish school building served as a polling place. When they were setting up for an election, my friend was witness to something she could never forget. The ballot-boxes were being unloaded to place in the school; one fell off the truck and was split open. Mirabile dictu, it was already full of ballots. That’s how the ruling party ensured a comfortable margin of votes for their candidates. As in some parts of the United States these days, no one compared the number of votes with the number of registered voters for the district.

It is to me much more plausible to question the victory of the Biden-Harris ticket in some disputed areas than to have held that the Russians conspired with President Trump in his 2016 election campaign. The media is trying to present the election results reported by the Associated Press as a fait accompli. This is the same media source that tried to trash the Catholic Church about the Payroll Protection Plan. They’re responsible for a vicious attack on Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s person, faith, and family. Whatever the AP is selling, I’m not buying it. The French phrase that might be appropriate is coup d’état.

The lining-up of endorsements of the election results (prior to certification by responsible authorities) recalls for me the attempted coup described in the Bible when Adonijah, with the help of Joab the military leader and Abiathar the priest, tried to succeed to David’s throne instead of Solomon. The Establishment, including the tech tyrants from Silicon Valley, the “legacy” media outlets and “influencers,” Democrat stalwarts, and token Republicans have paraded before us to give the impression that any disputing of the election results is undemocratic or even unpatriotic. I suppose there will be bishops who now declare that we need “a peaceful transition” and will participate in the dubious gambit of making “peace at any price.”

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