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The quote was attributed to Dick Motta, then coach of the Washington Bullets basketball team.   He was reported to have said it during the 1977-78 basketball playoffs, and he meant: ”We may be behind, but we haven`t lost the series until all the games have been played.”   On further investigation, I learned that Motta did not originate the saying. Dan Cook, a San Antonio sportcaster, did.    Cook said it goes this way: ”The opera ain`t over till the fat lady sings.”   And the ”fat lady” was not Kate Smith.    Cook said his line was a takeoff on Yogi Berra`s line, ”The game isn`t over till it`s over.”   Further, Cook said this story is recorded in the Library of Congress and that he is bored to death with this topic already.

As the saying goes, the investigation into potential corruption in the latest election has not concluded, will do so in time still unknown, and results talked about are not yet validated.    Saying that, a complete and thorough investigation is essential, not necessarily to ascertain who won, but to, if confirmed, assure every citizen of every political persuasion that our system of government is truly functional.    Our forefathers understood the frailties of human nature and realized that there was no easy answer to the threat of corruption in an election.    

One of the reasons that consolidated the idea of electoral votes vs. direct was precisely to try and minimize this danger plus others as international intervention.    Alexander Hamilton in Federalist papers # 68 explained; nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption.    A thorough and credible investigation takes time, but the importance of its conclusion should govern further actions regardless of partisanship.    

Let us not have any illusions, if corruption existed and is not remedied the Republican politicians would use the same methods to affect future elections.    After all, most of them might be of different species but also live and feast in the swamp.    As we write these thoughts it is logical to assume the reality of Joe Biden being our next president and should respect that, and if we value our wellness over irrational partisanship, we should all desire, hope, and encourage the idea of his being a great leader for the majority of us.    

As for me, I will exercise my free will to judge his policies, avoiding the all times the psychotic behavior of the Trump haters that wanted him to fail, even if it meant destroying our country.    Again, the final word in any proven fraudulent election is in the hands of the State’s legislators as they are responsible in the nomination of electors that decide the elections.    Hamilton explainedbut they have referred it in the first instance to an immediate act of the people of America, to be exerted in the choice of persons for the temporary and sole purpose of making the appointment. Thus without corrupting the body of the people, the immediate agents in the election will at least enter upon the task free from any sinister bias.  

 So as the quote falsely attributed to Yogi said, the fat lady has not song yet, but is about to.

Fernando J. Milanes, MD


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