Who Cares About Accepting Election Results?
On the subject of presidential debates, I don't really get all the apparent shock over Trump saying he might not accept the validity of election results unless he wins. So what?
I realize we're all supposed to have faith in our electoral system, but so what if some guy says he doesn't? I'd say there's a lot of truth to what Buchanan wrote: I've heard news casters express fear that people might lose faith in government:
As Pat Buchanan points out:
"The establishment is horrified at the Donald’s defiance because, deep within its soul, it fears that the people for whom Trump speaks no longer accept its political legitimacy or moral authority."
"Establishment panic is traceable to another fear: its ideology, its political religion, is seen by growing millions as a golden calf, a 20th-century god that has failed."
Over at the Future of Freedom Foundation, Jacob Hornberger seems to feel the same way:
"I just don’t get why the mainstream press and Hillary Clinton are so outraged over Donald Trump’s refusal in the debate last night to accept the results of the presidential election in advance. What’s wrong with waiting to see if an election is crooked before agreeing to abide by its results? Or are Clinton and her acolytes in the mainstream press suggesting that the United States, as the exceptional nation, simply does not have crooked elections, like unexceptional countries do?"