It appears last week’s presidential election results didn’t turn out like most Oklahomans wanted. President Trump appears to have lost to former Vice President Biden, but in Oklahoma two thirds of the voters choose Trump. Ten lessons from the 2020 presidential election:

• Democrats have a history of cheating. Starting with the 1960 presidential election (Kennedy vs. Nixon), Democrats seem to wait until the election results are almost in and then ‘discover’ more ballots for their candidate. It always happens in large urban areas under Democrat control. This year, it was Philadelphia, Detroit and Atlanta. In 1960, it was Chicago. The U.S. Constitution says STATES conduct their election for president and report their results to Congress. It is past time for STANDARDIZED rules across all 50 states for the presidential race. When Oklahoma- and most other states- can report their results in 2 hours and it takes some states 2 weeks, it’s clear some shenanigans are going on.

• Trump should have let Biden talk at the first debate. If the strategy was to rattle the former VP at the first debate, it didn’t work. Biden is not a strong public speaker. He gets confused and he makes mistakes. Think of the material that could have been gleaned from Biden’s own words on a radical agenda if he would have been allowed to talk? Trump missed an opportunity.

• Conservative principles and ‘the cause’ are bigger than one person. Trump is a cult of personality and his policies did advance many conservative causes, but the movement should be more than one person. Time will tell if Trump supports believe in the cause? Ron Paul was a cult of personality and some of his followers have stayed ‘hooked up,’ but the vast majority gave up political involvement. In our ‘instant gratification’ culture, most will not stay with politics. The payoff isn’t quick enough.

• Confidence in the integrity of an election is fundamental. Without honesty and integrity in the election process, we don’t have a country. This is probably the single most disturbing lesson from the election. When a major Party will send out unsolicited ballots and not verify who is sending them back in, then how can you trust anything they say or do? The Democrats have advocated for same day registration. They oppose voter ID. Why? Because they know that many of their voter base are illegal and not eligible to vote.

• President Trump’s re-election strategy was wrong. Those large rallies fired up his troops, but it also fired up the opposition. Voters were voting for Trump or against Trump. Few were rabid Biden fans. A stealth campaign targeting voters wouldn’t have awakened the anti-Trump crowd. Pappy O’Daniel’s ‘mass communicating’ didn’t work. It would have been difficult with a pandemic underway, but local Republican candidates did it.

• Lack of faithful engagement in the political process by the vast majority is why we are where we are. The vast majority of voters in America are low information voters. That has to change if America is to be changed. People have to pay attention all the time- even on off election years. Putting a Trump flag on your car or truck and participating in a Trump Train shows support, but staying engaged in the political process- particularly at the local level- will result in a longer lasting impact. 

• Allow those who invested in the campaign time to mourn. Monday morning arm chair political observers who have never put up a political sign or knocked a door telling longtime political activists to accept the results is irritating. It’s inappropriate. These so-called experts now tell people who have invested time, talent and treasure in a cause are supposed to simply accept the results with a smile? Few can do that, even if they do believe God sets up kings and is in control.

Steve Fair is chairman of the 4th district of the Oklahoma Republican Party. He can be reached by phone at (580) 252-6284 or by email at okgop@aol.com.

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