Kathy Boockvar, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State, who is overseeing the integrity of Pennsylvania’s election, has accused Donald Trump of not only being “dangerously unfit” for the presidency, but of demeaning the office he holds with his “damnable” character. Now, such comments definitely add combustible fuel to the spreading fire of controversy now surrounding Pennsylvania’s vacillating vote counting. No one, regardless of their political persuasion, can deny that such incendiary comments call into question the impartiality of elected officials, especially in such a critical time as this, when people’s confidence in our electoral process is actually hanging in the balance.
In these contemporary times, we’re constantly coaxed to believe that political partisans put off their political prejudices in the performance of their professional duties. CNN’s Jim Acosta supposedly checks his political bias at the door of the White House Pressroom. The FBI’s Peter Strzok supposedly checks his political bias at the entrance of any investigation. And Kathy Boockvar supposedly disrobes herself of all her political bias before donning her Secretary of State mantle. Needless to say, to believe this necessitates that you check your commonsense at the portal of such preposterousness.
Now, regardless of whether or not you agree with Boockvar’s opinion of Trump, or of whether or not you believe she’s able to objectively oversee Pennsylvania’s ongoing and ever-oscillating vote counting, you have to admit, unless prohibited from doing so by your own political prejudices, that Boockvar’s Trump trashing comments are problematic. They serve to raise suspicions, not to squelch them, and to undermine rather than shore up confidence in what’s going on in Pennsylvania, especially in places like Philadelphia, which is infamous for incidents of voter fraud.
As problematic as Kathy Boockvar’s comments about our president might be, let me tell you about a comment by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf that I find far more perturbing. When a Pennsylvania state legislator, Stephanie Borowicz, declared in the legislature’s opening prayer, that Jesus Christ is our nation's "only hope" and that at Hs name "every knee will [someday] bow and every tongue confess,” Governor Wolf professed to have been personally “horrified” by Borowicz’s prayer. Unbeknownst to most Americans, herein lies the fatal flaw of today’s America. It is not who we elect to high office, or whether or not we elect them legitimately or illegitimately. Instead, it is that so many who are elected to high office are horrified at the belief that our nation’s only hope is the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom every knee will someday bow and every tongue will someday confess (Philippians 2:10-11).