“I think this will end up in the Supreme Court and I think it’s very important that we have nine justices, and I think the system’s going to go very quickly,” ~D.J Trump
I often wonder whether the willfully ignorant population is a product of their environment or genetically predisposed to be incapable of critical thinking, to refuse sound reasoning. Trump’s support still hovers around 40%. Who are these people?
In a recent FOX News poll 46% percent of those questioned believe Trump, our Dictator in Chief, won the first presidential debate, while only 54% realize that there has yet to be a debate. I can only hope this was a poll of FOX News viewers and not of the general public.
We have 37 days left to vote. The election is essentially underway. Early voting has begun in several states, and the locations of those polling stations will be expanded next week. Some states have already sent out mail-in ballots. Already in this 2020 general election, 866,734 people have cast their votes. On this date in 2016, only 9,525 had voted. It is clear that this election will have a historically high early turnout. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had fewer “did not vote” numbers this time around? In 2016 over 100 million eligible voters stayed home.
The flood of early voters might also be a result of video footage taken throughout recent elections that shows countless attempts to disenfranchise voters. Election Day chaos, including long lines, closed polling stations, tossed out voter registrations, broken machines, a shortage of poll workers, etc. should motivate everyone to vote early. At least 40% of those eligible to vote are expected to do so before November 3rd, in person, or by mail.
Between Trump’s consistently low poll numbers and the surprising early voter turnout, he sees the writing on the wall. He is despised by more people than support him. He knows he can not win the election without cheating, so he is cheating, but a large turnout could negate his tactics.
Trump is using strategies that have proven effective in authoritarian regimes.
Step one: Predict and encourage voter fraud.
Trump started this a while ago, conditioning the public to question the security of voting by mail. His installed Post Master General, Louis DeJoy, has effectively slowed down US postal services by destroying hundreds of sorting machines in key states and eliminating overtime for postal workers. Ballots must be mailed back at least two weeks prior to November 3rd.
Trump is encouraging his base to commit voter fraud. At a rally held early this month, he urged the people of North Carolina to vote twice.
“Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very — we’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer frankly, there’ll be a continuation.” ~Donald J Trump
Trump doesn’t want a paper trail. Mail-in ballots can be audited. It’s hard to hack paper. Trump prefers touchscreen voting machines that are connected to the internet. In 2016 exit polls told us Hillary Clinton won the election. Exit polls did not match election results. I believe the exit polls were accurate, and that machines were tampered with. Now that there is a possibility that Trump will lose by a margin too big to change, he’s moving onto the next step in his plan.
Trump said, “there won’t be a transfer.” He is admitting his Fascist agenda, and he’s being coached in how to retain power by Putin.
Step two: He will “discover” the election fraud he encouraged. After telling his supporters to vote twice, despite its illegality, he will use any such behavior, whether or not it is on his behalf, as an excuse to claim the election was fraudulent. He’ll refuse to accept any result other than a win for himself. He’ll refuse a loss whether an excuse presents itself or not.
Step three: He will declare himself the winner on November 03, claiming mail-in ballots are fraudulent and he’ll try to block the counting of them, using the court system to do so.
Step four: He is attempting to coerce members of the electoral college, by bribery, threats, or blackmail, to elect him despite results.
Step five: He denies election results and takes the matter all the way to the Supreme Court. This is Trump’s main motivation in pushing for a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, so close to the election before she has even been buried.
“I think this scam that the Democrats are pulling, it’s a scam, this scam will be before the United States Supreme Court and I think having a 4-4 situation is not a good situation, just in case it would be more political than it should be, I think it’s very important to have a ninth judge.” ~DJ Trump
👆🏼Not True. Currently, the 5-3 conservative majority is how the SCOTUS is divided. If confirmed the court will have 6 conservative judges, (three appointed by Trump,) and only three liberal justices.
Every dictator needs sycophants:
“If Republicans lose we will accept the result. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Joe Biden, I will accept that result.” Compromised Senator Lindsey Graham
Whatever the number in the Supreme Court, the normal process of electing a President does not include the court, and Lindsey Graham knows that. Elections are for the people. Eight or nine Supreme Court Justices do not determine the winner, ballots do. We the people elect our president, not eight or nine appointed justices.
Only once did the Supreme Court intervene in an election dispute. Bush vs Gore in 2000, came down to the state of Florida, where another Bush was Governor. The corruption in that recount process was astounding.
Despite Al Gore’s popular vote win, the high court, stacked with conservative justices, gave the presidency to George W. Bush. The electoral college should have been abolished long ago. In what other Democracy does the loser to win?
GOP Ted Cruz is among the voices echoing tRump’s claim that the seat must be filled before the election in case they are called upon to decide the election.
Trump and McConnell are fighting to fill Ginsberg’s vacant seat despite the “Merrick Garland rule” written by McConnell himself in order to block President Obama from his constitutional right to fill a 2015 vacancy.
There is no limit to their hypocrisy. The GOP has no shame. They have rallied behind Mitch McConnell in favor of confirming what will be Trump’s third Supreme Court Justice. Trump’s nominee is conservative, of course, but she only has three years of experience as a judge, (guess who appointed her,) and her extreme religious proclivities are bandied about so much that it’s easy to foresee a blur in the line that separates church and state.
U.S. military leaders have made clear that they will support whoever the lawful president is. If Biden wins and is sworn in, Trump can handcuff himself to his desk, but the military will remove him. We have to survive that long and make sure the winner is sworn in.
He’s already seeded his plan with vile rhetoric, which is that mail-in balloting generally can’t be trusted. The details of any fraud don’t matter.
Some things to keep in mind:
- If you are voting by mail you will need to allow 14 days for the USPS to deliver it.
- Google your “supervisor of elections” to find the best location to drop off your mail-in ballot in person.
- If you don’t receive your mail-in ballot at least two weeks prior to November 3rd, vote early in person.
- Be aware that many blue mailboxes have been removed.
- Put stamps on your ballot so it isn’t relegated to bulk mail.
- If you do vote on November 3rd, start early, dress warm, bring a chair, and pack a lunch.
This is an election between fascism and democracy. If Trump remains in office, without re-election fears restraining him, we can expect his destructive behavior to escalate Our Democracy will not survive.