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Is Democracy Dead in America?

08 Nov

“…those who once cared about election interference must now allow the investigations to play out, because this is bigger than any candidate.” — Gen. Michael Flynn

 

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I have particular Bible verses that come to mind here, but its probably best right now to keep those to myself. I’ll stick with political commentary.

From where I stand, from all I’ve read, it sure looks to me like there is massive evidence of election fraud. So far, I haven’t found the rebuttals that I have seen about this or that complaint, incident, believable.

Again, other Western democracies, as best I can tell, do not have these problems. Up until about five minutes ago, non-Trumpy sources like the N.Y. Times were telling us that mail-in ballots were a decidedly bad idea. It is not Trump who is making America look bad now, it is certain American cities and media elites that have made us look bad.

Of course I don’t believe a word the media or the politicians say about their denials. What are, to some, “one-off” incidents of problems here and there in these places are just evidence of a “tip-of-the-iceberg” for some of us. The media and politicians both lie for a living, and they have only become that much more brazen, “out in the open,” about everything in recent years.

Isn’t that what Trump is saying too Al?: “The most important principle that I defended 20 years ago, that Joe Biden and many others are defending tonight is: Let’s count every legally cast vote and obey the will of the American people…”

 

Trump gets lots of traction with “Fake news” for a good reason.

Right now, it seems like Trump and the people around him are fighting hard, and accumulating more and more evidence of fraud moment-by-moment. Despite articles like the NY Times piece the other day saying how hard it would be to pull fraud off, the key matters are this:

-Politicians have successfully been pulling off voting fraud in certain areas for hundreds of years (there are even some well-documented accounts of how this is done).

-Certain areas are known for this kind of thing, they have a culture of fraud.

-It would have been much, much easier to cheat in this election given the presence of so many mail-in ballots, “software glitches” here and there.

-Again, the media and Democrats have only been getting more brazen, out in the open, with their lying.

-Finally, they face no consequences for any of their actions. Of course it is reasonable that many of us feel like they think they can get away with it (not all Democrats).

So… I hope Trump and those fighting with him manage to secure whatever evidence of fraud is available to him. It would hardly surprise many of us if much of that evidence has already been buried, but I hope they find whatever is there.

I might end up agreeing with them now!

 

And I do want and hope Donald Trump continues to be President. However, given that votes that should not have been counted are not counted and he does not reach the vote total that he needs, what if more and more people believe that there was enough funny business going on not to trust the process (for whatever reason). Then what?

One thing Trump might be able to do is make a deal. I’ll stop fighting only when we get national election reform that ensures that this kind of fiasco can never happen again, that use best practices and methodologies of places that do not have these kinds of problem, that make it impossible to cheat, and that make it as easy as possible to detect fraud in the system when it does happen.

And if this is rejected? If the Republicans at large won’t fight for this? Or if there seems to be no reason to think that the conditions of such a compromise deal would be adhered to?

At best, I’ll probably be a member of the Solidarity Party in the future if I vote at all. And I’ll pick up and loudly promote as true the Washington Post’s tagline that “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” And that I do not accept Joe Biden as a legitimate President of the United States of America.

And at worse, I’ll fully expect the strongmen and kings to arise in an already fractured, broken, and increasingly unsure and unsafe country.

“….networks called the election for Gore as early as 8:00 P.M. E.T. on election night.” — multiple sources online

 

FIN

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

3 responses to “Is Democracy Dead in America?

  1. https://markmcculley.wordpress.com/

    February 28, 2021 at 4:43 am

    Wasn’t the problem that democracy chose Biden? Hawley used his effort to undercut democracy to proclaim how he would defend the democratic voice of those who agree with him. It doesn’t
    get much more cynical.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/02/26/josh-hawley-who-tried-derail-bidens-presidency-now-champions-rule-people/

     
  2. Nathan A. Rinne

    March 16, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    I wish things were that simple. I don’t believe they were though.

    +Nathan

     
  3. Gus

    November 13, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    Nathan, from everything I’ve read, it seems very obvious that the grand claims that widespread, systematic election (or even very localized and limited election fraud) in the 2020 presidential election (but, strangely, not pertaining to any other elected office) undermined what otherwise would have been an electoral win by Donald Trump, is one gigantic political hoax being cynically spread by Donald Trump and his followers for political purposes (first, it was to get him four more years in office; now it is to prevent him from being tagged and tarnished as a “loser” and “one term president”).

    Nathan, I believe I can substantiate this opinion by recourse to something that is not commonly brought to bear on this issue: Philosophical analysis.

    I view Donald Trump as a philosopher who has been very effective in winning adherents to a new philosophy (complete with its own metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics). Donald Trump has said over and over again that he is a genius. Well, I do agree that he is a genius. He’s a philosopher and a brilliant one, though deeply cynical. Let me explain.

    It is obvious that IF the vote count had lead to a win for Trump, no one on the Conservative side would have found any fraud in the election, even if ALL the other facts were present and exactly the same (e.g., the first-ever election with widespread mail in voting, etc.).

    Donald Trump has said since 2015 that if he loses any election, it will always be because of cheating on the other side.

    When Mitt Romney lost to Obama, Trump tweeted out that the Romney had been cheated out of that victory by election fraud.

    Making false claims of political fraud is just a political tactic that the super-cynical and super nihilistic Trump feels is okay to use to his advantage. As Trump wrote in his 2007 book titled “Think Big and Kick Ass”: “It’s a game, then you die and nobody cares. It’s over.” In his 1990 interview with Playboy magazine, Trump said: “Everything in life to me is a psychological game.” In that same interview, Trump said: “Playboy wouldn’t be talking to me today if I weren’t a cynic.” (Trump’s espousals of deep cynicism, nihilism, and hedonism are very frequent in the decades of his life as a celebrity businessman, before he began running for president.)

    By the ridiculously high standards that Trump and his fellow travelers are using to judge the 2020 president election, NO election in U.S. history could be viewed as valid. Even the election wins of George Washington would have to be viewed as tainted and suspicious. Even the votes in the states that ratified the U.S. Constitution would have to be viewed as dubious and invalid.

    The ultimate logic of Trump’s philosophy is that elections are just too unreliable, too untrustworthy, and too susceptible to manipulation behind the scenes, so the U.S. must stop having elections for the presidency, and just let the military appoint a president for life, as is done in so many nations. Or, the U.S. could become one of those nations (e.g., Russia, Cuba, North Korea, China) in which elections, if they are held, never actually determine who is the supreme ruler.

    Trump is a brilliantly effective proponent of his new philosophy. He’s gotten millions of Americans to believe in a new metaphysics and in a new epistemology such that going forward these millions of Americans will know with certainty that any electoral win by liberals was accomplished by cheating and any electoral win by conservatives was won fair and square. Trump lost the 2020 election. But in terms of winning adherents to his new metaphysics and to his new epistemology, Trump is a huge winner. Never before in history has anyone so quickly gained so many new adherents to a radical new moral and political philosophy–even Marx’s accomplishment in this regard cannot compare.

    Even if Congress created something on par with the Warren Commission (which was set up to find out who was responsible for killing JFK in 1963), and the commission consisted of the 9 Supreme Court justices, and even if they were charged with evaluating all the facts and claims of election fraud in the 2020 election and with reaching a conclusion, even that would NOT be accepted by Trump and his adherents UNLESS it concluded that he was in fact the winner.

    Trump has probably never read the philosopher Carl Schmitt, but he absolutely believes in the principles of political philosophy that were promoted by Carl Schmitt. Professor Schmitt’s political philosophy has been described this way:

    “Carl Schmitt (1888–1985) was a conservative German legal, constitutional, and political theorist. Schmitt is often considered to be one of the most important critics of liberalism, parliamentary democracy, and liberal cosmopolitanism…. In 1927, Schmitt published the first version of his most famous work, The Concept of the Political, defending the view that all true politics is based on the distinction between friend and enemy.”
    “For Schmitt, the political is reducible to the existential distinction between friend and enemy.[1] This distinction arises from the fact of human diversity: identities and practices, beliefs and way of life can, in principle, be in conflict with one another. Schmitt attacks the “liberal-neutralist” and “utopian” notions that politics can be removed of all warlike, agonistic energy, arguing conflict existed as embedded in existence itself, likewise constituting an ineradicable trait of anthropological human nature.”
    “Schmitt, in perhaps his best-known formulation, bases his conceptual realm of state sovereignty and autonomy upon the distinction between friend and enemy. Schmitt writes:
    ‘The political enemy need not be morally evil or aesthetically ugly…But he is, nevertheless, the other, the stranger…’ This distinction is to be determined ‘existentially’, which is to say that the enemy is whoever is ‘in a specially intense way, existentially something different and alien, so that in the extreme case conflicts with him are possible’.”
    “The collectivization of friendship and enmity is, for Schmitt, the essence of politics.”
    “Strauss summarized Schmitt’s political theology thus: ‘[B]ecause man is by nature evil, he therefore needs dominion. But dominion can be established, that is, men can be unified only in a unity against—against other men. Every association of men is necessarily a separation from other men … the political thus understood is not the constitutive principle of the state, of order, but a condition of the state’.”

    So, yes, Nathan, you are right that, going forward, democracy, as established by the Founding Fathers, is probably going to be dead in America.

    It comes down to this: Christians just can no longer bear a regime that mandates and enforces the “right” to kill unborn children, the “right” to openly practice and promote the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah, and the “right” to free food, free housing, free health care, free everything. Playing fair and following the rules of the Constitution lead to all these “rights.” So, it’s time for the insanity to end, the reasoning goes.

    So, goodbye to “rule of law” as per the Founding Fathers. Goodbye to the traditional American concept of “playing fair” with enemies.

    Going forward, we will all be subjects of the Trumpian-Schmittian political philosophy. This will be our new unwritten “constitution.” And Trump will be our leader and our “philosopher king.”

     

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