Thoughts At Large
by Tom Vaillancourt

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Thoughts At Large


History has taught us!

But have we learned?

History has taught us many lessons about human behavior.  One of the most famous sayings about history is:  

"Those who do not learn from history
are doomed to repeat it!"

Thoughts At Large is reading a book that deals with the history of men at war and the mind-set of warriors who faced un-winnable situations and yet stayed and fought to the end. 

The introduction presents a very compelling description of human behavior.  Starting with “ The Battle of Thermopylae
(480 BC) where 300 Spartans held a key pass through the mountains.

Human behavior has not changed all that much since 480 BC.  Logic dictates that future generations should learn from the mistakes of past generations..  But, alas!  We have not!!

We have not only failed to learn the lessons of history.  We do not teach it to our younger generations.  In fact, there is a full fledged campaign to rewrite history in such a way as to push a narrative.  A narrative which contains little or no truth!

How does that apply to the year 2020? 

What happened in 2020
that has not already happened in history?

The  two biggest stories, or issues, of 2020 are:



We have had pandemics before.  Most notably:

The Spanish Flu, also known as the 1918 pandemic, was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic caused by the HiNi influenza virus.

One could write ten essays comparing these pandemics, then write twenty more arguing about them.

But two things they both have in common:


  • True figures on the number of cases, deaths, etc. were censored or changed for their benefit by just about every government and media outlet.
  • Finding the truth was just about impossible !


  • No matter what the government did they could not stop the pandemic!

The main difference between the two pandemics:

In the 20th century the American citizen was asked to take preventative measures, in very few states were they backed by the force of law.  

In the 21st century the American Citizen has been deprived of almost all their civil rights. 

For example:

In 1918 all business were not shut down.  Churchs were not closed.  The American citizen simply would not stand for such draconian measures or willingly give the government that much power.

  • What has changed, that the American people have willingly given up their civil rights for perceived safety?
  • Will the Governors like Cuomo, Newsom, Whitmer, Grisham, etc. ever relinquish their dictatorial powers.?  After all, the state legislators, the citizens representatives, will not force them too.
  • Have the American people demanded that their state legislators meet in emergency session and revoke their governors’ dictatorial powers?


  • No matter what the government did they could not stop the pandemic!
  • No one could actually get the truth!

Unfortunately, we made the same mistakes again.  Actually we doubled down and increased government power over its' citizens by completely shutting down the economy!

Government interference did more harm than good and did not stop the pandemic!


1800: Thomas Jefferson vs. John Adams

This result threw the election into the House of Representatives,

1828:    Andrew Jackson vs. John Quincy Adams

The 1828 election campaign was one of the dirtiest in America’s history.  Both parties spread false and exaggerated rumors about the opposition.  Jackson men charged that Adams obtained the presidency in 1824 through a “corrupt margin” with Clay.  And they painted the incumbent president as a decadent aristocrat, who had procured prostitutes for the czar, while serving as U. S. Minister of Russia!

1876: Rutherford B. Hayes vs. Samuel Tilden

Samuel Tilden won the popular vote, receiving 4,284,020 votes to 4,036,572 for Hayes. In the Electoral College, Tilden was also ahead 184 to 165: Both parties claimed the remaining 20 votes. The Democrats needed only one more vote to capture the presidency, but the Republicans needed all 20 contested electoral votes. Nineteen of them came from South Carolina, Louisiana and Florida, states that the Republicans still controlled. Protesting Democratic treatment of black voters, Republicans insisted that Hayes had carried those states but that Democratic electors had voted for Tilden.

Two sets of election returns existed, one from the Democrats, one from the Republicans. Congress had to determine the authenticity of the disputed returns. Unable to decide, legislators established a fifteen-member commission composed of ten congressmen and five Supreme Court justices. The commission was supposed to be nonpartisan, but ultimately it consisted of eight Republicans and seven Democrats. The final decision was to be rendered by the commission unless both the Senate and the House rejected it.  The commission accepted the Republican vote in each state.  The House disagreed, but the Senate concurred, and Hayes and Wheeler were declared president and vice president.

1960: John F. Kennedy vs. Richard M. Nixon

2000: George W. Bush vs. Al Gore vs. Ralph Nader


Source for the above articles:  History.Com


The 1800 election:      

The first election decided in the House of Representatives

The requirement for the House of Representatives to determine the winner has happened before.

The 1828 election:        


Thoughts At Large could not resist the 1828 election and the use of prostitutes and Russia to attack one of the candidates.  Sound familiar?

The 1876 election:        

Contested electoral votes.

This election was again determined in Congress, but Thoughts At Large is unsure just how closely they followed the Constitution.  Article II, Section 1 does not mention anything about a commission.  It requires the Representatives to stand up and be counted.  

The 1960 election:


Was the first election where voter fraud, (Mayor Daily, Chicago, the mob) was discussed, although not in an official way.  Nixon decided not to push the issue because it would not be good for the office of the president.

The 2000 election:

Is the first election where the Supreme Court got involved.

The issue was the recount in Florida.  The Democrats controlled Dade County and this was their first attempt (that we know of) where the Democrats used voter fraud to try and change the outcome of the election.  They kept calling for a recount, trying to change the results.

The issue went to the Supreme Court twice and twice the Supreme Court voted against the recount.

The 2020 election:

Is the first election where there was massive voter fraud and massive irregularities in the counting of the vote.  It is also the first election where hearings were held in state legislatures

The Supreme Court’s refusal to take this case is a direct violation of their oath to “protect and defend the Constitution”.

Article IV, Section 4 

(This section is called the Guarantee Clause, because by its terms the federal government makes certain guarantees to the states.)

“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government”

(Republican here does not mean the Republican Party)

The Heritage Guide to the Constitution:

  • “There was, moreover, a consensus as to three criteria of republicanism:
  • The third criterion for a republic was the rule of law, a concept deemed fundamental to a free state.”

The legislatures make law, and only the legislatures, especially when it pertains to elections.  The Supreme Court of the United States is duty bond to rule on the legality of the 2020 election in states that violated the Constitution.  Election law in these states was changed by people, in government, who were not members of the State Legislatures.  This is unconstitutional!

The refusal of the Supreme Court to take up the issue raised by the Texas lawsuit, joined by at least 17 other states, has damaged the credibility of the court.  You will find that feeling on both sides of the issue.

The 2020 presidential election will be argued, discussed, dissected and otherwise looked at for as long as talking heads can make money doing it!!

The bottom line is over fifty percent (50%) of American citizens think there was massive fraud in the election and that fraud changed the results of the election.

Very few people, whether from the right or left, really think Joe Biden will actually be in charge and function as a president.

Which begs the question!  Who is really making the presidential decisions?


Many thanks to Ed Kulis for his contributions to this article!



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