Thank you, Los Alamos – Los Alamos Reporter
BY GARY STRADLING
Thank you, people of Los Alamos County. The voice of voters is and must be paramount.
It was interesting and fun to run for a county council seat.
I have truly enjoyed the chance to interact with so many of you, to come to your homes, to meet you in the park, to observe your humanity, your variety of unique tastes and presentations, your beautiful homes, your families and in other cases, your particular needs and challenges. We are a diverse and wonderful community.
Confirmation bias is a natural part of being a candidate, as we pay close attention to those who affirm our positions and our efforts. It is difficult to count those who are silent. Those of you who were just polite, please be polite. Still, I thought and still think that adequate housing was a critical issue for the county, and I had a lot of support. Understanding the implications of our local election results will be the subject of ongoing study. It seems that although I try to focus on local issues, national politics has dominated our county race. We had an incredible turnout for a mid-term race.
As I said (quietly to my family and close friends) early on in my campaign, “Winning the election will be the second prize. It bears the heavy burden of keeping a serious promise and being restrained in the difficult and time-consuming work of governance. The return to retirement, with all its pleasures and freedoms, is the first prize. But I gave everything I had, without reservation, of time and effort, and communication skills. It’s because I see your need and wanted to help you.
Regarding the repeated requests that I take a stand on the 2020 election: I believe in the rule of law.
Resolving our issues through legal processes is critical to our continued success as a nation. We must have free and fair elections and trust them. Anyone with a legal right and wishing to vote must be able to vote without hindrance. All legitimate votes and only legitimate votes should be counted. All involved parties must be able to be sure that the outcome of the elections is fair.
An essential element of successful representative government is the prompt resolution of issues. This has been raised in many elections over the centuries since the beginning of representative government.
The inability of responsible officials to quickly, openly and authoritatively address the allegations surrounding the 2020 presidential election led to escalating unrest through January 6 and beyond.
I do not justify anyone who has knowingly made false and intentionally fabricated allegations of electoral fraud. But there is plenty of room for misunderstanding, confusion and partisan enmity in this complicated ballot process.
The numerous court cases that have been dismissed for lack of standing, etc., without public scrutiny of the allegations and without the possibility of cross-examination, have not solved these problems. Partisan media asserting falsity or truth was inappropriate, as they lack standing to adjudicate the issues. Their role should only be to report the allegations. They have only intensified the fracture.
The President’s team, calling on legalalthough rare, ambiguous and unprecedented constitutional process to solve the legally unresolved Election questions, through appeals to state legislatures, were fraught with uncertainty which added confusion to the issue.
Bill Clinton, in the midst of his own presidential impeachment hearings, told me, “Never give up. Never ever give up.”
So I don’t believe that President Trump at the time was committing an insurrection by appealing to these legal unprecedented process. Most of those who came to Capitol Mall on Jan. 6, 2021, were there to show their support for his legal efforts for a fair and just election. And really, don’t you think that if insurrection was the intention of those tens of thousands of protesters, they could all have brought more relevant tactical assault gear than flags, thermoses, and folding chairs? ! The few people who came with the intention of wreaking havoc, who brought weapons and who committed illegal acts must be tried and punished according to law. We are a nation of laws. Obeying the law is our only hope.
I think former President Trump and the Jan 6 protesters were following Bill Clinton’s saying, “Never, never give up.”
You and I have watched the House January 6 Panel, a highly partisan group that appears to be convinced that January 6 activity was an insurrection, use all the legal resources of the U.S. government to try to identify any illegalities, including including acts of insurrection. , from then-President Trump. These are the same accusers who failed, after years of trying, to prove Trump’s charges of colluding with Russia in the 2016 election. They clearly believe he must have had insurgency intent, but no failed to show it.
History is replete with cases where such trial bodies and their supporting organizations merely fabricate evidence, use torture, bribe witnesses or adopt Che Guevara’s philosophy: “To send men to the firing squad , judicial evidence is useless”. Lavrentiy Beria, the head of Stalin’s secret police, said, “Show me the man, and I’ll show you the crime.” Some people within the US judicial and intelligence bureaucracies have also been shown to have acted with partisan bias against former President Trump. Yet, for all their passion and partisan viciousness, our rule of law prevailed. May he continue like this. Hooray for America!
Regarding the 2020 elections, I think the rule of law has finally prevailed. Authorized officials from the handful of jurisdictions involved only recently, in May this year, finally published their detailed findings. They say the charges brought identified some cases of voter fraud, but not enough to alter the results of Joe Biden’s election as president. This authoritative statement is an essential part of the process.
The 2020 election questions are not isolated, but come with a cacophony of similar questions from both parties, regarding national, state and local elections. Our local newspapers just reported the conviction and sentencing of the wife of a local Espanola official for tampering with the elections. Given the great importance of the issue of electoral integrity, I call on our elected officials to step back from partisan positions and unite to accelerate the resolution of electoral vulnerability issues at all levels. I also call for a professional and targeted resolution of the well-documented cyber vulnerabilities of electronic voting.
I was happy to help certify the electoral process in Los Alamos County ahead of this year’s primary election. I was convinced that the process was acceptable. We must always have safe and confident elections that reflect the will of the electorate.