19NOV2020 – Status Report on the Election and the Country

Here we are going into the third week after the election and, if anything, things are getting weirder.  By all indications the fraud that took place was more organized than any typical urban election shenanigans.  The rigged computer software and the manufacturing of bogus election ballots on the order of hundreds of thousands of votes looks to be fraud on a scale that even jaded judges will be hesitant to ignore.

The election certifiers are even getting into the act.  The votes for Detroit have been called into question by the two Republican certifiers and I have to assume that we are going to see confidence in the voting process drop to rock bottom levels.  Currently 52% of Republican voters surveyed think that the Democrats stole the election and as things become clearer that number will probably rise to 95%.

President Trump is getting legal help from several people who have shown themselves to be unafraid of the media circus and aren’t worried about being blacklisted by the Democrats and the Never Trump Republicans.  The big question mark will be the Supreme Court.  In my mind what the President needs is to get the information out to the American public and then let public opinion force the Justice Department and the courts to do their jobs and look to see what the facts on the ground are.  We’re no longer in the world of the 1960 Election or even the 2000 Election where worry over damaging America’s trust in the institutions of the government is more important than the results of an election.  There is no trust in the institutions of government.  That has now become the operating principle.  If the 72 million people who voted for Donald Trump think they were cheated, which they do, then effectively Joe Biden would be an illegitimate president.  And that will have very serious consequences.  We saw how debilitating the “resistance” to President Trump’s administration was.  I assume that having half the country sure that you are a crook who cheated his way into the White House would render Joe Biden a veritable prisoner in the Oval Office.  Wherever he went he would be booed and hooted at.  I won’t even speculate beyond that point.

On balance I think if President Trump prevails in the election battle the resistance against him will be even more intense than what we have seen up till now.  The only difference is that he has become inured to it and has developed strategies and located personnel who can cope with it.  In either case we have now reached the point of complete polarization in the country.  The proportion of people who haven’t joined one side or the other is minimal.  The relationship between the two sides has reached the point of boiling animosity and open conflict including murder has already occurred along the geographic lines where the most radical partisans on both sides find themselves juxtaposed, like Portland and Kenosha.

I can’t see that things are going to calm down regardless of how the election is decided.  From my point of view, it is important to start thinking about living in a country that will become more and more disunited.  All the things we’ve been saying about developing our own platforms and institutions is becoming more relevant and crucial.  One thing that is clear is that we are living in a treacherous environment.  It is important that people are careful about what they say because everything they say can be heard by everybody in the world.  Be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to information that can help you avoid trouble.  Protect those important to you in every way you can.  And most importantly avoid places that you know will be filled with irrational individuals.  Physical danger is now not a conspiracy theorist’s paranoid delusion.  It’s a living breathing reality.

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