Even though the following statement needs explanation to be fully appreciated (forthcoming on the “official” pages of this site), it is not wrong to say that logic is all about relating individual pieces of information in a consistent way. “Consistent” means non-contradictory, or rather, reconcilable. An apparent tendency of two statements to appear inconsistent calls for express differentiating clarification in order to reconcile them, with the logically required depth of differentiating discussion depending on the extent to which both pieces of information appear similar.
The reproach of acting in an illogical way hits, thus, where statements are being made that bring related declarations in the opposite direction into recollection without expressly discussing what differentiates the latter from the former.
According to newspaper reports, Philadelphia GOP election commissioner Al Schmidt has been “slapping down allegations of widespread voter fraud”, expressed himself “dumbfounded by the baseless accusations and rumors that have been circulated about the election results” and “baffled by the situation”.
Given his documented prior professional experience, one would have expected a differentiating discussion on his part, instead of an unsubstantiated denial of in part very concrete allegations. The substantially related background, dating back to 2011, read against which Schmidt’s current statements appear wanting, is laid out here:
‘The sole Republican among Philadelphia’s three-member city commissioners (the group that runs elections) today issued a scathing report about the May primary in the city, alleging a wide range of voting irregularities.
He says his review found seven different types of voting issues, including:
“People voting twice, voting by non-citizens who are not eligible to vote, to people voting who are not registered to vote, to people voting in parties other than their own.”
Also noted are instances of voting by people in the wrong party’s primary, voting by people in the wrong district, and divisions with more votes than voters.
Schmidt estimates the number of such issues citywide at between 200 and 1,000.
But he conceded that without a top-to-bottom review of the voting books, he does not really know how widespread the problems are.
Democratic city commissioner Stephanie Singer criticized Schmidt’s report as “put together in a hurry” and dismissed Schmidt’s allegations of incidents of voter impersonation.
Schmidt recommends several changes, including that a complete, manual review of all results be conducted after every election.
Singer says she supports that concept but says her office currently lacks the computer infrastructure to do so.‘
So why would a GOP election commissioner elect to not discuss even the possibility that the alleged voting irregularities took place this time around as well?
Somewhat “baffled” now ourselves, we took the time to go through the last months of his official Facebook posts, and we would presume that many people familiar with the US political universe would start to make probabilistic inferences and seek to further investigate their validity from contextually contemplating two posts of which we provide screenshots below:
We do not have the time to lay out in desirable detail the further investigation that we ourselves indeed summarily conducted, and there are always shades and nuances where people may come to different conclusions in good faith. Yet the shades and nuances in the entire process of perception and processing of perceptions with regard to the recent election and (not just US) politics as a whole appear to be precisely what is decidedly lacking, ever increasingly so, as crystal clear as the decision of who the winner of the 2020 US presidential election actually is must ultimately be.
It may appear that some people interested in the outcome of the 2020 US presidential election have somewhat loosened their contact with well-documented reality. Among them, the theory is apparently making the rounds that the allegation of the mere possibility of large scale – especially mail-in-ballot-based – voter fraud were to amount to spreading a “conspiracy theory”.1
Yet strikingly similar things to what the campaign for the Republican presidential candidate is alleging may have happened on a large scale in the most fiercely contested US “swing states” has in fact been ascertained to have happened, with election-result-swinging outcome, in a court of law2 – utterly “unbelievable”, but real. The corresponding media reports may possibly be worth an attentive, in part even entertaining read for anyone who favors confronting conspiracy reality over condemning “conspiracy theories”._____
- https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/11/04/election-results-misinformation/; https://www.npr.org/2020/11/06/931888744/trump-latches-on-to-conspiracies-as-legal-battles-fail-and-path-to-win-narrows[↩]
- https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2005/apr/05/uk.localgovernment; https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/councillors-guilty-postal-votes-fraud-would-shame-banana-republic-5350422.html; highly illuminating and interesting in this context, not least since it regards Pennsylvania, also Marks v. Stinson, https://casetext.com/case/marks-v-stinson, https://digitalcommons.law.villanova.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2930&context=vlr[↩]