@Shewmaker—you have shared some clear observations. I happen to agree with some of them.
One of the things that makes me a little crazy lately is how many politicians invoke the “but they have messed with our elections!” accusations as if this is absolutely beyond belief.
Excuse me, but EVERYONE messes with elections in countries other than their own - sometimes on the up-and-up as in endorsing certain candidates, and sometimes in much more covert ways. (Even including assasination! 😵)
It’s just that now, that kind of influence can be much more widespread than ever before. In countries that pretend to have free elections, there isn’t much that outsiders can do to sway the outcome using technology, but in countries that protect free elections, all sorts of harm can be done by outsiders now.