The first ten amendments to the US Constitution are known as the Bill of Rights. The first amendment reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Please note that no exceptions or exclusions were made for current or former residents of Berkeley, anyone who attended or graduated from Berkeley, or for anyone who just passed through Berkeley on their approach to the Bay Bridge.
In each of two states bordering California, Arizona and Nevada, the GOP has nominated 3 self-professed election deniers. These candidates seem to take a “heads we win, tails you lose” approach to elections. The irony to the situation is that if they do win, they happily proclaim that it must have been a properly run, free and fair election. But then, if a fellow party member in a different state happens to lose a close race, they complain to the ends of the earth that this other election must have been totally rigged and allowed fraudulent votes all over the place.
In less than a week we’ll know the results.