We have about 100 days left until what will likely be remembered as the most significant election in US history. I want to lay out how crucial this decision is for the USA to get right, not only for its democracy but for the entire planet.
One question that looms is, will the people of the United States continue to allow its government to shield the criminals within its upper echelon like crooked police precincts shield their bad actor cops. Accountability is trending as a meme after George Floyd’s murder, but accountability is not just about cops any more. We must insist our elected reps be fully vetted and held accountable just as well as our police. The “frat boy” cronyism has to end – everywhere.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence …The Preamble to the Declaration of Independence
I have also been asking myself this for four years: If a president works against “domestic Tranquility” and obstructs “Justice”, does he not betray the founding principles of this government laid out in the Declaration? And is not “betrayal” a cognate of the word “traitor”?
Looking back, the Trump presidency has essentially been one long four year war on the concept of equal justice for all. Trump is fighting for cronyism to prevail, so he routinely goes after his ( not ours, he’s fine with Putin) enemies and pardons his friends.
Why must he do this? Only one thing makes sense. Organized criminals depend on cronyism. It’s always been that way. And now, since impeachment failed, the ballot box is the battlefield upon which this final war will soon be waged.
Trump is aware he is way down in the polls. He had been banking on creating false enemies and scapegoats for his fans to hate, but the pandemic quickly became a mortal threat to the health and welfare of all Americans – which now especially includes his own base. Made up causes like Build That Wall, Lock Her Up, Make America Great Again are not resonating. People have real problems to navigate now.
Trump is even trying to blame his world’s worst virus response on China. But then, why are Korea and New Zealand doing so well versus the virus? Did they blame China? No. The reacted to science decisively and early. Our numbers of cases, deaths and tests reveal we can rightly blame Trump for about 80% of our deaths. The USA averages five times worse than the average country to Covid. So far, that’s about 100,000 more dead Americans owing to Trump’s uncaring incompetence.
Since Trump knows he is hopelessly behind in an honest election, he has already messaged that he plans to contest the election results. We should be preparing for that challenge now. Are we? Are we just hoping “it will all go away” the way Trump said of the coronavirus?
Neither the Virus Nor Trump-ism Can Be Wished Away
In order to beat the virus, we study science. In order to beat Trump-ism we need to study some political science. And that starts by knowing our enemies. Trump and his allies ( here and abroad) are performing as enemies to the founding principles of the Constitution. Why is that? Who are his allies?
Americans can all agree we don’t want a dictatorship here in the USA. Yet there seems to be no facility or viable process to challenge our POTUS even after we hear his words siding with dictators over our allies – and even over our own intelligence. It is madness for us to permit this kind of behavior from anyone, let alone our military commander. How powerful is this cabal of global dictators that Trump seems to belong to? To understand that, this map is instructive:
As you can see, Russia, China, and most of the Middle East and Africa are dictatorships. I’ve made the Trump USA orange, and dubbed it a dysfunctional democracy. You can see right away that the United States is the tie breaker for land area and financial clout in the struggle between democracies and dictatorships. Without the United States, democracies would control about 35% of the world’s financial resources, making it easy for the dictatorships to take it all in a short time. That is precisely what is at stake here. The entire world order is on the US ballot in November.
Dictators are not Trumpism’s only allies. There are also the sold-out large corporations, such as Facebook. many are beholden only to their bottom line and would prefer a world where there is no competition and people are just needy consumers. The unbridled capitalism paradigm also leads to large wealth gaps just as a dictatorship does. So yes, we need to stand up to the billionaires, as Bernie and Warren have said, but first things first.
The remaining allies of the authoritarians are the poorly educated. They are usually sold on “religious” and phony “personal value” talking points. That’s why state-run media is so important to a successful dictatorship. That’s also why Putin took Pravda early in his regime.
Protect The Vote
Trump seems to be losing the election badly as of today. But he has powerful allies and they are more than willing to cheat again. Today I went online and Googled “VOTE AGAIN” at GoDaddy. I think we should create a site where people can vote again or at least register their votes again. I realize that it will never be their official vote. But the site I envision takes ID, and secures the voter’s ID and votes with blockchain encryption. It’s rather easy to do these days. That way, when Trump challenges the election results, as he will certainly do if he is still a force to reckon with in November, we are armed to fight back.
When people argue we would only get Democrats to vote at this pretend vote site, I counter with, “if our numbers are a majority of all votes in any county or state, we won’t need the GOP votes to be counted”. This would be a site created primarily to count Democrat votes because we fully expect the GOP to cheat wherever they can.
We need Democrat votes to be registered somewhere else besides then current state run voting machines, which are known to be subject to hacking. We still don’t know if Hemp won in Georgia. Trump and his allies know the ballot box is the battlefield upon which the war to decide his fate and the fate of the planet will be fought on November 3rd 2020.
SAVE THE POST OFFICE
Why are not the three super billionaires – Bezos, Gates and Bloomberg ( I have given up on Zuck ) – announced a financial pact to save the post office and vote by mail? Don’t they realize that dictators seize media businesses first to stay in power? it feels like we are sleeping, partying and just hoping all with go smoothly on 11/3. It’s 120 days out; we should be firing on all cylinders. It’s also 30 days out from the supposed cutoff date to announce bad news on candidates. Trump will not honor that convention. He expects the Dems to however. I hope we prove him wrong on that. The gloves are off. This is a war. Maybe it’s a cyber war, but we can lose our democracy in this war. Isn’t that what WW2 was about?
*I fully believe Putin showed Trump this above map in Helsinki and explained to him that together they could rule the planet. I found this map with a simple Google search “dictator vs democracy map”. Putin knows Trump has no sense of history, but also that Trump needs to stay in power or possibly be exposed for all the crimes he has committed. Putin knew Trump would see the world like a RISK board once he showed it to him that way.
Democracies and dictatorships are like cats and dogs. They are natural born enemies because their philosophies are diametrically opposed. Nearly all dictators steal from their own people to amass power and wealth. That’s why you see such large wealth gaps in most dictatorships. Since dictators are essentially thieves, they all need to continue to hide their deepest secrets.
If dictators could align, they could wipe out the democracies and protect their secrets for the foreseeable future. So that’s why they think this US election is important in Russia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Their existence as dictators depends on the world not viewing democracy as the better way to go. Since its hard to have an Iron Curtain in today’s internet/social media world – their best hope is for Trumpism to prevail here.
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