The next few months and weeks are going to be a time of accountability in this country. A time when we will hold accountable all who willingly and knowingly perpetuated the fraudulent myth of a rigged election in order to undermine American democratic rule and score points with their gullible supporters.

This accountability must start with the worst of the offenders, Trump, and the 147 some odd lawmakers who supported the anti-American and traitorous insurrection, but also extend to those who played lesser roles but knowingly and intentionally contributed to the effort to seditiously overturn a free and fair election.

Recently in this paper, on this page, Bill Sargent and Mark Mansius submitted a commentary titled (“2020 election riddled with claims of voter fraud,” The Daily News, Jan. 6). In it they made bogus and outright false accusations of voting fraud and irregularities, supposedly uncovered by “experts” whom they conveniently don’t name. These supposed wise men then lament the, in their words, “unwillingness of courts to even consider the merits and allowing evidence to be presented.”

Well, I have some news for you two self-appointed geniuses. The courts (many ruled by Trump-appointed judges) didn’t consider the merits because there were no “merits” to consider. It’s as simple as that. None. Almost 60 cases filed and every one denied based on lack of evidence. Not one found compelling evidence, including the Supreme Court case which, as you mentioned, is a court “packed” with Trump appointed judges.

But the laughable hypocrisy of their closing statement is surely the most insulting to the readers of The Daily News, “We support fair and lawfully conducted elections where voters can rely upon the outcome as being accurate.” Really, gentlemen? Then start with supporting this one, the most watched, analyzed, re-counted, and litigated election in our history, with no evidence of meaningful fraud having been uncovered. But I’m sure you won’t because you don’t speak the truth to begin with.

I call on The Daily News to do a better job of choosing their commentary content in the future. Opinions are one thing, but facts are another. When you print, even in the guise of opinion, demonstrably false accusations that attack the very foundations of our democracy you do your readers a great disservice.

The Daily News should be better than that, and you can certainly do better than spreading the lies of the likes of Sargent and Mansius.

James Donlon lives in Galveston.


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(9) comments

Carlos Ponce

This is more than the usual Liberal Group Think piece. This is PURE HATRED! But our FREEDOMS give him the right to hate. As a Christian I don't like HATE but that's your right to do so.

Trudy Deen Davis

Wow so only those who YOU think are in the RIGHT should be allowed to express their opinion. Ok. What investigation did YOU do to determine there was no voter fraud? Be assured, I do NOT condone the actions of the people storming the Capitol. That was a waste of time and horrible to say the least. However, your column suggest the media should ONLY publish opinions that agree with yours. That's not free speech if I remember correctly. In addition, there are many columns published that are in direct opposition of many topics, but they are entitled to their free speech aren't they. How boring would the paper be if we were all in agreement.

David Alquest

lib’er-al, I.a 1. Possessing or

manifesting a free and generous heart;

bountiful. 2. Appropriate and/or fitting

for a broad and enlightened mind. 3. Free

from narrowness, bigotry or bondage to

authority or creed. II.n 1. Any person

who advocates liberty of thought, speech

or action. (Webster’s Dictionary)

Charles Douglas

Don't mind debating view points, in fact I like it like a good hobby, but the author of this piece, I will not waste my time ON!

Bailey Jones

It's not the job of the GCDN to protect us from the rants of the misguided. That's our job as informed citizens. It is the job of the GCDN to fiercely stand by the truth in editorials - and I wish they would do a little more of that.

But more than this, it's the job of our elected leaders to tell the people the truth. I'm reminded of the president's years of lying about the birther conspiracy and this exchange between John McCain and a voter during the 2008 campaign:

“I can’t trust Obama. I have read about him, and he’s not, um, he’s an Arab.”

“No, ma’am. He’s a decent family man and citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that’s what the campaign’s all about."

The contrast is stark.

Carlos Ponce

"It's not the job of the GCDN to protect us from the rants of the misguided." And Bailey is a good example.

David Alquest

Thank you Mr. Donlon. I agree with you. Censorship is a delicate matter, and people should be allowed to speak the truth. However, when some present their radical opinions and beliefs and conspiracies as facts, the editors should examine it, especially if the intent is to stir up hatred and call people to action.

I remember Bill Sargent when he wrote with "The Three Musketeers." It was a far right column disguised as a fireside chat - such absurd comments. For example, they suggested that God would punish us in heaven for voting for Obama. What happened to intelligence and decency?

Carlos Ponce

"God would punish us in heaven for voting for Obama..." It's not there.

In a November 6, 2013 Letter, David Alquest wrote

"They presume that their God will punish us in the next life for not voting for their choices".

This is what they ACTUALLY wrote:

"Mark, Bill and I have heard it said that God judges individuals in the next life and nations in this life. Could it be the United States is being judged through the leaders we have elected, many of whom are more interested in themselves and their power and do not put a priority on what is good for us and our children?"

So by writing "judged" David Alquest twists it in his mind to say "God would punish us in heaven for voting for Obama".

Looks like you got it wrong in 2013 AND 2021. Note the word "punish" is not found in the "Three Musketeers" Guest Column. But it does appear in your writings.[rolleyes]

Ted Gillis

Trudy, here you go wanting someone to prove a negative. That’s not how the justice system works. You (or someone) needs to prove that something happened, not that something didn’t happen. Show proof!

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