In a world of conflicting opinions, authority is essential to getting anything done. We exercise authority over our children as parents, over our diet when shopping for food, over our money, our health care, our subordinates at work (if we have any), our pets, and in many other situations. We similarly cede authority to others for mutual or individual benefit: parents, teachers, doctors, firemen, plumbers, law enforcement, commanding officers, judges, etcetera.
The key to authority is that it must be earned by the party who is given authority and granted by those who are subject to it. Otherwise, there is no grant of authority, thus no authority, and any attempt to pretend otherwise is liable to founder.
Authority can be seized. An invading army, for instance, can seize authority by force of arms. Kill enough people and resistance wanes. Authority isn’t granted in these cases but it is resisted less due to fear of harm. Authority of this type is illegitimate, prone to resistance, and always teetering on the brink of total dissolution. The moment the people subject to this type of authority perceive their own strength relative to their oppressor’s, the authority evaporates. This is why totalitarian states must continuously project indomitable strength to dissuade meaningful resistance.
It is possible to acquire authority by deceit, in such a way that those who grant authority either do not realize they have done it, or grant it to someone unintended. This type of authority is illegitimate though the pretext devised to acquire it creates an illusion of legitimacy.
Authority via deceit is akin to a race wherein the winner takes a short cut to arrive first. He is granted “winner” status despite the fact he did not run the same race as every other contestant. When this happens in sports, the person who took the shortcut has cheated. If it is discovered before awards are given, he is disqualified. If it happens after the awards are handed out, the awards are revoked, any prizes must be returned, the victory is erased from the record books, and the faux “winner” is disgraced.
In the old days of the Wild West, cheaters were simply shot.
It is a fact that in American culture, deceit is repugnant. Deceit is less likely to be overlooked or forgiven than almost anything else. The reason is that deceit is a way to infiltrate our defenses, effectively leaving us defenseless. A coward who knows he cannot overcome a strong man in a fair fight may employ deceit to disarm his opponent first, thus removing his advantage. This is what Japan tried in World War II at Pearl Harbor. They couldn’t take on our navy directly, so they attacked without declaring war. They received their reward in the years that followed.
Americans do not like cheaters, deceit, lies, cowardice, or sneaks. This is why Benedict Arnold’s name is infamous in American history. He betrayed George Washington by plotting to surrender West Point to the British. The plot was discovered, forcing Arnold to defect to the British side. He then commanded British forces against the very men he once commanded on the American side. Arnold’s name, by betraying his men, became synonymous with filth.
Now, our country has the sad duty of dealing with recent events so rife with deceit and betrayal that there are no equivalents in history. The people who collaborated to manipulate our elections in 2020, and likely other elections besides, did so to claim authority by deceit. It appears to have been the final act in a series of similar acts, that covertly seized authority in many places over time: over such offices as sheriffs, district attorneys, board of elections, mayors, etc. Because the malefactors appear to have been largely successful in their nefarious plans, most attempts to seek redress by filing grievances have been thwarted.
One case may be different. The petitioner is Raland J. Brunson of Ogden, Utah. The case, number 22-380, is currently on the docket to be heard by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). There are 388 “respondents” named in the case, all of whom are or were members of Congress at the time of the events described in the complaint.
The complaint is worth reading in its entirety but it comes down to this: on January 6th, 2021, Congress was assembled in Washington, D.C. to count votes for the 2020 Presidential Election. They were notified by over 100 members that there was sufficient factual evidence to justify a claim that the election was “rigged.” Despite this notification, the 388 named respondents refused to investigate the claim.
By refusing to investigate, the respondents “adhered to the enemy” and committed “treason and fraud.” The result of their inaction in a situation where their oath under the Constitution requires action, is that authority was seized, not granted. As the complaint states, “A successfully rigged election has the same end result as an act of war.”
The Constitution is the law of our land. It does not grant rights to citizens but defends inherent rights that each person has at birth. It states that no provision of the Constitution can be construed in a way that denies those rights, nor can Congress lawfully enact any law that conflicts with the Constitution. One of those rights is the right to redress grievances, a right that has been consistently denied to the people in matters related to election fraud over the past two or more years.
In law, a well-known principle is that “fraud vitiates everything.” Any effect of fraud may therefore be nullified or reversed, no matter what it is, including the removal from office of those persons who gained those offices fraudulently. Remember that in the United States, governmental authority is granted by the people via elections. If an election is illegitimate due to fraud, then no grant of authority was made. Therefore, any persons who benefitted from fraud in elections literally do not have lawful authority. They cannot command a subordinate, sign legislation, or order the public to do anything.
Sometimes, authority is an illusion. In America today, there are people who have usurped authority in government for their own ends. They are no better than a gang of rapists and do not deserve our deference or respect.