Institutions Matter

People fill out their ballots at an early-voting site in Arlington, Va., September 18, 2020. (Al Drago/Reuters)
Our noble experiment in self-government depends on a collective trust in institutions and in each other.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE E lections matter. Or do they? Recently people who should know better have been casting preemptive doubt on the 2020 presidential elections. Hillary Clinton offered this advice: “Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances.” Donald Trump, for his part, has expressed deep skepticism about the process, especially as the COVID-19 situation will likely induce many to vote by mail. He tweeted: “Because of MAIL-IN BALLOTS, 2020 will be the most RIGGED Election in our nations history.” This week he stoked the fires again. When asked if he was committed to a peaceful transfer of power, Trump was vague: “We’re going

Mark T. Mitchell is Dean of Academic Affairs at Patrick Henry College and the author, most recently, of Power and Purity: The Unholy Marriage that Spawned America’s Social Justice Warriors. He is one of the principal authors of the Open Letter, Liberty and Justice For All.

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