Presidential Election and God

News: Campaign 2020
by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  •  September 16, 2020   

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All of the 2020 presidential debates are landing on major Catholic feast days, as is the deadline for resolving any disputes regarding election results.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tore Trump's
2020 State of the Union address

The presidential debates this year are on the feasts of the archangels, St. Teresa of Ávila and Pope St. John Paul II, with the vice-presidential debate falling on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Even more importantly, the day on which all "state recounts and court contests over presidential election results must be completed" is on Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Church Militant founder and political expert Michael Voris isn't surprised by the seemingly providential schedule. Voris notes that God typically operates within the "normal course of time and human events." This raises, he says, the "daily and even routine" into the "realm of the spiritual."

Sizing up what Catholics call divine providence, Voris elaborates:

We were redeemed through the course of human events in time and space by the very God who is outside them — accomplishing His will in them. Given the enormous stakes and magnitude of this election, God can certainly operate in the same fashion again. In many ways, it appears He is.

Of the several dates listed above, the one of greater significance lands on Dec. 8, when all confusion regarding balloting is supposed to be concluded.

'Perfect Storm' Strategy

This confusion, observes The Atlantic, may come from a perfect storm of issues:

The country faces the worst public health crisis in a century, a potentially severe shortage of poll workers, mail-in voting on an unprecedented scale, mounting functional problems at the U.S. Postal Service (with many alleging a plot to undermine voting by mail), and a president already dismissing mail-in voting as fraud-ridden.

According to Trump, mail-in balloting on such a massive scale could cause the final outcome of the 2020 presidential race to be contested well beyond the lame-duck session through Jan. 20. This period typically concludes with the swearing-in of the next president.

Regarding the final outcome of the 2020 election being dragged out, however, Trump in July remarked, "I don't want to see that take place in a week after Nov. 3, or a month or, frankly, with litigation and everything else that can happen, years."

The even greater problem for Trump, however, is that having the election results contested beyond Jan. 20 would certainly spell doom for him. This is owing to the fact that, according to the 20th Amendment, the House of Representatives, now under Democratic control, gets to determine how the presidential election ends if confusion lasts until Inauguration Day.

Biden's team doesn't have to win the election outright but simply run out the clock so the Democratic House can determine the final outcome.

Section three of this amendment states:

Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.

Overcoming a contestation of the 2020 presidential election results involving many key states may require divine intervention. In the 2000 Bush-Gore race, only Florida's election results were contested. The entire presidential election hung on the determination of this single swing state, which took a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Dec. 12 to resolve. That ruling, as an aside, came on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who happens to be the Patroness of the Americas.

It took hands-on inspection and 2,000
lawyers to resolve one contested state
in the 2000 presidential election

Contesting just that one state alone reportedly involved some 2,000 lawyers. The 2020 race may prove far more contentious as it potentially will involve many battleground states, any of which could determine the outcome.

This election has already seen an unprecedented uptick in irregularities that needed to be challenged. More than half a million absentee ballots were tossed out by judges in this year's presidential primaries alone.

Biden is reportedly lawyering up in anticipation of a no-holds-barred fight that will certainly ensue after the polls close Nov. 3 owing to late mail-in ballots and obvious voter fraud. He has formed a "special litigation" team comprised of hundreds of lawyers if not thousands. With his Democratic brothers in control of the House, Biden's team doesn't have to win the election outright but simply run out the clock so the Democratic House can determine the final outcome after Jan 20.

Don't 'Concede'

Speaking to this line of resistance, during an interview in August Hilliary Clinton outlined the Democratic game plan.

"Joe Biden should not concede under any circumstances because I think this is going to drag out, and eventually, I do believe he will win if we don't give an inch and if we are as focused and relentless as the other side is," Clinton predicted.

Seeing the great need for divine intervention in this all-important election, Church Militant launched a 54-day Rosary Novena on Sept. 8 that will run up to Nov. 1.

Owing to the overwhelming litigation that will most assuredly drag out the election results up to the critical date of Jan. 20, however, another Rosary Novena may have to be launched on Nov. 1.

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