Five Long Months Ahead …

The 2016 election was not a fair and honest election.  If it had been, we would be writing about President Hillary Clinton today.  The election was “rigged”, to use Trump’s own terminology, in ways almost too numerous to count.  Gerrymandering takes top billing, as evidenced by the fact that Hillary Clinton won the election by nearly 3 million votes, yet because of gerrymandered districts, Trump ‘won’ the electoral college.  Other means of disenfranchising poor and minority voters came into play, as did propaganda by Russian entities, as well as Trump’s own dirty campaign.

Our own intelligence agencies tell us that the Russians have been spreading disinformation and propaganda for over a year now, gerrymandered districts have only been re-districted in two states that I’m aware of.  Add to that the crisis of the year, the coronavirus pandemic and … well, how could we possibly have a fair and honest election?  Most states are looking to a mail-in voting system, partial or complete, in November, but Donald Trump is jumping up and down, shrieking at the top of his lungs that it would be unfair to him.  No evidence, just … well, Donnie knows that if states have mail-in voting, people cannot be stopped at the polls, will not have to travel long distances to vote, and in short … far more people are likely to vote if they can do so from the comfort and security of their own home.  Increasing voter turnout is not what Trump wants … can you guess why?  Because those people who are typically disenfranchised are poor and minority voters who would be most inclined to vote for a democrat, the party that believes in putting people first, ahead of profit.

In 2016, only 55.7% of eligible voters actually cast a vote.  Barely over half!  I’ve discussed before the reasons.  Since 1972, the highest voter turnout was in 2008 when people were excited to have an African-American running for office, but even then the percentage of eligible voters that voted was only 58.2%.

Last week, Trump threatened to withhold federal funding from states that switched to mail-in voting, specifically Nevada and Michigan.  Presumably, he figured out that he cannot do that without congressional approval … perhaps one of his overpriced advisors or lawyers told him, so now he has taken a different approach.

“The United States cannot have all Mail In Ballots. It will be the greatest Rigged Election in history. People grab them from mailboxes, print thousands of forgeries and “force” people to sign. Also, forge names. Some absentee OK, when necessary. Trying to use Covid for this Scam!”

Now, you and I know he’s so full of hot air he should be flying by now.  But … there is a very real danger in his spew.  According to former head of DOJ’s civil rights division, Vanita Gupta …

“He is planting the seeds for delegitimizing the election if he loses.  It’s from the playbook. It’ll get more intense as he gets more freaked out.”

In 2016, we heard Trump claim that if he lost, it would be because the election was ‘rigged’ (he seems to like that word a lot, doesn’t he?)  After he won the electoral college, he still claimed the election was ‘rigged’ because his ego couldn’t handle the fact that he had lost the election (popular vote).  If you’ll recall, there were threats of violence among the more radical of his supporters if he were to lose.  Nothing we’re seeing today should surprise us, but …

The danger is greater this year than in 2016 because there is more at stake.  First, it is highly unusual for an incumbent to lose his second term, and it would be as a slap in the face to Trump, who sees himself as the greatest president other than Abraham Lincoln.  Second, while Attorney General William Barr has declared Trump to be ‘above the law’ during his tenure in office … that protection goes away at noon on January 20th 2021 if Trump loses the election.  He is, at that point, an average citizen (albeit a wealthy one with Secret Service protection) and it is not at all unreasonable to think he will face a barrage of lawsuits, likely criminal charges, once he leaves office.

And, of course, there is Trump’s faithful following, mostly either wealthy businessmen who stand to gain under Trump, and evangelicals who will put up with just about anything as long as he promises them he will tear down the wall of separation between church and state, will nominate judges who will strike down the likes of Roe v Wade and Obergefell v Hodges, further shredding civil rights in this nation.  One of his loyal evangelical lapdogs, Rick Wiles, claims that …

“If they take him out, there’s gonna be violence in America. That’s all there is to it….However he leaves, there’s going to be violence in America…There are people in this country — veterans, there are cowboys, mountain men — I mean guys that know how to fight. And they’re going to make a decision that the people who did this to Donald Trump are not going to get away with it. And they’re gonna hunt ’em down.”

Stupid?  Sure … you and I know that, but sadly there are some who think violence is the answer.  It never … NEVER is, but these people carry big guns because they know no other way to make a point, to carry on a civil discourse.

Five months left until election day, folks.  This promises to be the single most contentious election in our lifetimes, mainly because one of the candidates and his party is the most contentious candidate in our lifetimes.  Other factors, such as being in the midst of a pandemic the likes of which we’ve never experienced add to the drama.  I cannot even begin to imagine the atrocities and rhetoric that will be spewed by Trump and the GOP, but I do know it will escalate over the coming months.  Steel yourself, be prepared, don’t let Trump’s rhetoric and the garbage you hear on off-the-wall websites and Fox “News” deter you.  Keep your eye on the ball.  We cannot afford to completely ignore Trump’s hate speech, but we must not let it weaken our resolve to oust him in November.

51 thoughts on “Five Long Months Ahead …

  1. I’m sure this isn’t the first case of this happening.
    “Wow:

    An 89-year old woman was shipped EIGHTY-THREE Mail-In ballots in California

    What could possibly go wrong with nationwide vote by mail?

    🤔

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      • oh thanks for laughing at my comment. I’m sure you only checked “credible sources” like cnn, the new york times, the washington post and vox. Anyone to the right of stalin in journalism is considered an outlier.

        Nothing like waking up pissed off.

        Oh by the way, what about the story of the postal worker in west virginia who was charged with changing some ballots from democrat to republican. Is that one also false?

        Some days I just wonder…

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          • yes, you make a good point.

            voter fraud is a very real thing just like voter suppression by way of jerry mandering, etc.

            Fraud and supression are both designed to marginalize the voice of the voter just in different ways and both are reprehensible.

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        • Hey Scott! Sorry for laughing, but the absurdity of it … Now, I thought we agreed to not bicker anymore, to put the friendship above our differences in opinion? I wake up pissed of over one thing or another most every morning. I lose sleep, lose appetite, largely over the fools running this country. But, it hurts when I feel I’m being harassed by someone I like, someone I consider a friend. I check my facts with multiple sources, Scott … we’ve been over this before. Let’s try to drop this topic, okay? Please?

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          • Gee, you lose appetite over the mess we’re in? How do you manage that! Seriously, as time marches on I fail to see others even mention the post office. The deadline is drawing near, with a recent Trump-appointed head. I’m equally mad (with everything else) at T. saying the postal rates should be higher. (Thanks a lot, big bro!) Trump doesn’t really have to worry about write-in votes since the P.O. runs out of money in September. …Or did I miss something?

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            • Yes, while some say they are gaining weight, I’ve lost 20 pounds since March without trying … I call it the stress diet! I am planning a post on the post office soon … just not much information I can find, but it is very personal to me, for my insulin was shipped from Canada two weeks ago, and as of today I have not received it. In fact, I haven’t received quite a bit of mail that I know I should have received by now, but needless to say, the insulin is my primary concern at the moment. Yes, Trump wants to force Amazon to pay more, which means we will all pay more. Remember when a stamp was a nickel? And now it’s what … 45 cents? No, you didn’t miss anything … Trump doesn’t want a mail-in vote because it makes it so much harder to disenfranchise voters that way, and if more poor and black people can vote … why GASP … he might lose!!!

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  2. There’s no doubt at all that the Country will be better off without Trump and his antics,There’s no doubt things will improve without the appointments he made to cabinet and too non cabinet positions.Many of whom may resign the minute Trump loses rather than wait for January, Some may have the law close behind. Hoppefully tthose will include

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    • (sorry) Barr and Moscow Mitch. But Trump himself should be tried as a traitor even if he’s pardoned there may be other private prosecutions he can’t be pardoned from.Be prepared for eevery crrazy trick, or nasty trick between now and November. The worst being the end of USPS you’ll have to hope private carriers will agree to carry in bulk.
      Cwtch

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      • Yep, he will pull out all the stops in the next five months, and as Scottie mentioned, he will be a lethal weapon during the ‘transition period’. And, as you say, we must protect the USPS in any way we can, else there will literally be no election for many. Sigh. So much to worry about …
        Cwtch

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      • I guaranteed you whatever crime Trump commits, he’ll simply be pardoned, that’s the unspoken underbelly of US politics. It practically encourages corruption and rewards ppl like the Clintons, Trump, Roger Stone and Paul Manafort. See my comment below to RG and lemme know what you think. Thx.

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    • We’ve got this one last chance to set things right … or at least make a start at doing so. If we blow it on November 3rd, then all bets are off, and there will be no more talk of America being a democracy, or even close. I will settle for getting Trump out, and his cabinet will be right behind him, but if he and they can face criminal charges for what they have done to this nation, so much the better.
      Cwtch

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  3. A functioning United States Postal Service is the prerequisite for establishing a national vote-by-mail! Trump with his threats and tweets along with many GOP senators have been hoping to bankrupt the USPS to prevent just that from happening…can anyone say “voter suppression”? And, it may well take place before November. The USPS needs at least $25 billion to remain solvent past September and Trump has threatened to veto any relief at all. It is no secret that Trump and some of the GOP are in favor of the privatization of the USPS. Why?…to make money off of it, of course! The financial problems of the USPS began long before Covid-19, some of it due to an old Congressional rule, but the pandemic has made their circumstances worse too. Although many Americans, since being forced to stay at home, have become hyper-aware of their dependence on the USPS, it may still be too little too late to save our beloved institution…just as Trump hopes! An honest and fair election becomes less and less likely as the days, weeks and months pass. Thank-you!

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    • You are so absolutely right, my friend. Even these past two weeks, I have noticed a slowing down of mail, days with no mail when I knew I had some, and late deliveries. I feel helpless in this one … cannot think of anything that we can use our voices to do, and obviously we don’t have $25 billion to spare! Sigh.

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    • Honestly do we really need this bloated antiquated institution in this digital age? US post office has been bleeding funds for a very long time, it’s business model sucks and requires tax payer bailouts periodically. I’m in my twenties and honestly I haven’t mailed anything for ages, since I wrote to Santa Claus!
      If I need packages delivered, I just call up FedEx and they come to my door to pickup and deliver. Why can’t we have registered voting just as easily with FedEx, UPS, DHL etc? Most ppl have registered accounts with these agents, along with our credit card info for further proof of identity. Simply integrate voter registration with them instead of the post office and we’re all set!
      I know seniors rely on their medication thru the USPS, just switch over to another carrier, what’s the big dealio?

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  4. Jill, Trump is losing and he will lose his cool continually. Right now, he is throwing everything against the wall to see what will stick. At some point, those also running in the GOP will start not actively supporting the president’s inane attacks with no proof. The GOP already sent out a memo saying they need not defend the president, which went over like a led balloon. That would be a good question to ask people who might listen.

    I think, in addition, to the above, we have several “help me understand” questions to folks who are less ardent supporters for Trump.
    – help me understand why the US has 5% of the global population and 28% of the COVID-19 deaths?
    – help me understand why Trump is talking about Michael Flynn, when he was told not to hire him by people on his own staff as he was bad news; Trump owns the Flynn problem.
    – help me understand why the president continued to downplay, nay say and even call the Coronavirus a hoax well into February, even bragginig on China’s efforts, epecially when he was briefed on the pandemic risk several times in January?
    – help me understand why the president is firing Inspectors General who are supposed to be our watch dogs? What is trying to hide? Why have GOP Senators not been alarmed by these firings?

    And, of course, there are many more. Keith

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    • You are so right about the ‘help me to understand’ questions, and as you say, there are many more. Perhaps we should compile a list … I would really like to open those conversations with some of the less radical republicans. In my opinion, those who have completely tied their own fortunes to Trump’s will suffer … such as Barr, McConnell, Graham, Nunes, et al. And, they will get what they deserve.

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      • I like the “help me to understand’ approach, it demonstrates a mode of receptiveness and willingness to have a conversation rather than just the goal of trying to convince the other side they’re wrong. Does that make sense?

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        • Agreed. I borrowed that from a colleague who used it with clients who were embarking down a perilous path. He used it so as not to insult a client or prospective client. I have also used “I would be remiss if I did not share…” before I shared some concerns with a client.

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        • I agree, Scott. Rather than put the other person on the defensive, it invites dialog, explanation. The next step in that process is to actually listen to the other person and consider his/her words, rather than rejecting them without ponderance.

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  5. Hello Jill. I agree with everything you wrote, but I have an additional worry about when tRump loses the election and hopefully McConnell loses as well. That is the three months between the election until President Biden is sworn in. The damage tRump and McConnell can do is hard to fathom and the Republicans in congress are going to pull every nasty bone headed stunt possible to screw up the US and try to enshrine their rights and powers. I think people will be shocked at the depth of ways the messing up the country will take. Hugs

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    • Ahhhhh yes … I share that concern, Scottie. I’ve been trying, I think, to push it to the back of my mind, figuring we need to cross the first bridge first, but that is a very real problem … you know they will take a wrecking ball to whatever is left of our government during that time, and … it would not surprise me for him and Barr to collude on something to keep the incoming president from being inaugurated. I don’t know what, but there is nothing I put past the Arsehole in the Oval Office. Hugs!

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  6. More Canadian Curiosity:
    If, once Trump is no longer president, he dkoes get indicted for his crimes, and gets sent to prison, DOES HE STILL GET SECRET SERVICE PROTECTION IN PRISON? And if so, what crimes do the SS agents get charged with to be sent to jail with him? Or will they just hire white supremacists and Nazi skinheads inmates to protect him?

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    • It’s a historical fact that Presidents never go to prison, they simply get pardon by the following administration. Embarrassing charade yes, but political leadership in gov’t cannot afford to have citizens loses faith in our corrupt system of governance. The highest office in the land will not and can never be sullied, no matter what. Any system need to maintain order, the prevailing power structure regardless of party or affiliation rule thru illusion of “leadership”, law enforcement, media, so called national intelligence etc. It’s all smoke and mirrors to keep the game going…. until it doesn’t.

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      • Still different justice for the rich, and the unrich. Keeping up appearances by not making an ex-president pay for his crimes is not only ridiculous, but outright criminal.
        I don’t like prisobs, especially in the States, because it is all about punishment, and nothing to do with rehabilitation. In Trump’s case, PUNISH THE BASTARD until he dies.

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        • We live in a kleptocracy disguised as a “democracy”, altho that term had lost all meaning a very long time ago, nowadays practically synonymous lol. In more honest societies, a rotten dictator who oppress his own ppl too harshly will eventually be overthrown and killed. In western “democracies” the system is rigged by corrupt insiders who seek to retain power forever, doesn’t matter whether the “leader” is a democrat or repug it’s all the same rot. They all work for the same fascist purpose – exploitation of workers, and the world by extracting labor & resources illegally and waging never ending wars to destabilize economies and create enemies. Regime change, assassinations, coloured revolutions, payoffs… it’s all part of American imperialism and arrogant obnoxious “exceptionalism”.
          You brought up an excellent example, private for profit prisons are an abomination. Talk about conflict of interest, cops, judges, prosecutors are incentivized to lock up as many ppl of colour b/c it’s the new slavery… free labour, no worker’s rights or unions. Just look up Senator Kamala Harris’s record (served as California’s Attoney General), under her reign of terror, blacks were locked up in record numbers and duration of sentences extended. In exchange she received millions in “donations” for her political ambitions. Good thing Senator Tulsi Gabbard called her out for this and she quickly lost support.
          I assure you we in the US live under kleptocratic bondage, Trump will NEVER see a prison cell even if he proverbially killed someone on 5th Ave in broad daylight. Look, we had all the evidence in the world to impeach the bastard, but Dems let him off the hook. The two charges brought against him were laughable, how stupid do they think the American ppl are?? Adam Shift as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, couldn’t even use the smoking gun of “Quid Pro Quo” even tho Trump was caught red handed committing…. why? wait for it…. b/c idiot Biden admitted doing the exact same thing during Ukrainegate. So both parties put on a phony dog and pony impeachment show to cover up their misdeeds and Trump gets off, emboldened, more powerful than ever. Good job Democrats, with geniuses like these….. it’s like they want Trump in charge…. hmmmm.
          Also dirty little secret, ALL US Presidents since WW2 are war criminals, killing millions of innocent civilians directly and indirectly by waging foreign wars, financing regime change wars and dropping bombs all over the world. Bet you didn’t know that the US is the only country in the world who cannot be charged by the ICC (International Criminal Court) for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide…… hmmmm.
          In the US if u’r not rich and powerful, well ur pretty much screwed. 😦

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          • Hello 1EarthUnited. I think the term plutocracy is more fitting for the democracy the US pretends to have. A plutocracy or plutarchy is a society that is ruled or controlled by people of great wealth or income. Hugs

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              • Hello sklawlor. True, but we call it a democracy and when talking or writing it is easier to use the vernacular most likely to convey the message. But you did not really address the comment at all, is our representative republic a Plutocracy or a kleptocracy? Hugs

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                • Actually, the term democracy is an ideological construct with no practical application when it comes to representation. Under a 2 party system, u can vote repug or dem but I assure u either party, congressperson, president have no loyalty to you or me. But they will pass laws and tax cuts favorable to their constituents who matter: their donor class, corporations and their vile parasitic lobbyists who represent their interests, not ours.
                  Former Prez GW Bush let it slip during a moment of candor, “My this is an impressive crowd. The haves and the have mores. Some people call you the elite. I call you my base”
                  I don’t believe our founding fathers had this form of “democrazy” in mind when they wrote the Constitution.
                  I would even argue that we have elements of fascism at play under Trump.
                  “Fascism is a form of government that is a type of one-party dictatorship. They work for a totalitarian one-party state. This aim is to prepare the nation for armed conflict, and to respond to economic difficulties. Fascism puts nation and often race above the individual.”
                  “Fascism is a form of far-right, authoritarian ultra-nationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, and strong regimentation of society and of the economy which came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe” — Wikipedia
                  I believe it was Marx or Lenin who said the purpose of fascism is a marriage of state and corporate power erected on an ultra-nationalist platform to rule unchallenged simultaneously neutralizing class conflict and taming political opposition.
                  My we live in interesting times!

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              • The United States is both a democracy and a republic. Democracies and republics are both forms of government in which supreme power resides in the citizens (conceptually). The word republic refers specifically to a government in which those citizens elect representatives who govern according to the law. The word democracy can refer to this same kind of representational government, or it can refer instead to what is also called a direct democracy, in which the citizens themselves participate in the act of governing directly. (possible on a local level but not national)

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                • Good point, we now have the illusion of democracy b/c of free elections, but they are no longer fair or meaningful. When Trump can cheat his way to another term then we have autocratic rule. Sounds alot like the Russian playbook!

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    • Hmmmm … that’s a good question. I have no idea? I could say that the prison guards would suffice, so no need for Secret Service, but I hear horrible things sometimes happen to people in jail, so … maybe? We’ve never faced that situation before. Oh, I’m sure the agents wouldn’t be in the cell with him, but likely located in a chair outside the cell, rotating in 4-hour shifts.

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