The election talk right now is about how, after authorities suspiciously ceased vote counting in states President Trump seemed poised to win, Michigan and Wisconsin suddenly "flipped" overnight and could give Joe Biden the presidency. But while such shenanigans were long planned and predicted, deeper questions should be pondered: How did America descend to a point where many state and local elections are run as in a Third World banana republic?

Related to this, how did we reach a stage at which a party with a radical, anti-American, anti-life, and anti-science agenda could be so electorally competitive that cheating would matter?
Author Dex Bahr laments this at American Thinker today, writing:
That the senile and corrupt Joe Biden could finish so strong speaks to either the gullibility or unseriousness of far too many Americans. Biden obviously has mental acuity issues and has a history of corruption, but that did not seem to be a big deal to the Americans who voted for him. I guess the probability of more lockdowns are lost on a number of Americans who are more frightened by the Wuhan virus than the probability of America becoming a socialist, if not communist, nation under a Biden presidency.

Speaking of a Biden presidency, if he were to win, odds are he would not finish out his first term. Vice President Kamala Harris would become president, a person who dropped out of the Democrat primaries before a single vote was cast based on her lack of voter support, and a politician who is one of the most leftist senators. So the people who squandered American freedom and prosperity for safety or because they don't like Trump's personality, are basically voting for a figurehead, to be replaced by guess who. Either these voters are oblivious to this fact or they simply do not care.
Bahr goes on to say that Biden voters also are either unaware of "his pay-for-play schemes with Ukraine, China, and more, as revealed by son Hunter's laptop" or "think it's not a point of contention."
"Now granted, the corporate media and big tech teamed up to squelch these revelations, but the information could be found if one did one's due diligence before casting a vote," he continues. "Trump certainly mentioned Biden's corruption in every single one of his rallies in the last few weeks."
The problem, however, is deeper still. Just as how people get the government they deserve, as Joseph de Maistre observed, they also in a sense get the entertainment, academia, big business (including tech), and media they deserve.
This is overlooked and, as a proposition, can be taken the wrong way; it may appear condemnatory, as if one is saying, "You're a bad person, and that's why bad things are happening to you."

Even without exploring the theology of man's sinfulness, this issue isn't quite that simple, though. If a person fails to maintain a country home and it degrades, we no doubt would consider hyperbolic the claim that its dilapidation is punishment for his wickedness. Yet if he pouted about how he didn't deserve the broken down house, we may very well point out that he has no one to blame but himself.

All things in life move toward disorder without an application of energy; culture is no exception. Moreover, the energy often applied in our current culture, even by "good" people, is too frequently in the wrong direction.
Every time we purchase a product or service or watch a TV show we are essentially casting a "vote" for that thing. The many millions of these "votes" cast daily by Americans determine how our culture will be.

If enough people tuned out the propagandizing mainstream news, it wouldn't be around to propagandize; the same is true of corruptive entertainment. If Americans didn't pay the left-wing propaganda mills masquerading as institutions of "higher learning" to miseducate their kids, these colleges wouldn't exist and the kids wouldn't be miseducated. Yet many otherwise good people — a few close to me included — have funded these indoctrination centers (paying tuition) because sending their children to a "prestigious" institution is "the thing to do."

If you could transport our toxic, vulgar, sexualized entertainment and loony academia back to, let's say, 1954, people would be aghast. But most Americans today have through gradual, generational desensitization been inured to these things and blithely accept or even endorse

With politics downstream from culture, it's unsurprising that the same phenomenon is apparent in politics. Matching the worst culture in America's history is the worst presidential candidate (Biden), probably the worst vice presidential running mate (Harris), and worst party platform (the Democrats') in our nation's history.

Never intellectually impressive and long corrupt, gaffe-machine Biden is now also clearly suffering dementia, as Bahr noted (on Election Day, Biden introduced a granddaughter as his deceased son Beau and incorrectly said the latter had been a senator). Kamala Harris is a power-hungry phony who was rejected by her own party in the primaries and owns the Senate's most left-wing voting record.

As for their party, it now generally favors prenatal infanticide up till birth; free healthcare for illegals; amnesty; open borders; a radical "transgender" agenda; statehood for Puerto Rico and D.C. and eliminating the Electoral College (to cement power); packing the Supreme Court; economy-rending, "Green New Deal"-like environmental policies; and socialism.

Decades ago people even hinting at one-tenth such lunacy were relegated to society's fringes and discussed their dystopian dreams in darkly lit rooms. Now their Demoralization 5.0 ideological descendants are elevated to prominence. Heck, it's no surprise Biden was interviewed by vice-peddling, "WAP"-(in)famous rapper Cardi B: His party is now the Cardi B of politics.

And the modern West, increasingly, is becoming the Cardi B of world history. Don't be surprised that our elections now are defined by Third World corruption. As our second president, John Adams, warned, "Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private [virtue]." — and private virtue is lacking today.

As I've often put it, we can't MAGA unless we MAMA: Make America Moral Again. The consequence for not doing so will be the loss of our whole way of life. For as Adams warned in the second part of his above quotation, "Public virtue is the only foundation of republics."