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Friday, November 25, 2016 7:51 am

… but no one will do anything about the stolen presidential election


Third in a series (First installment, second installment)

I would dearly love to be wrong about this one.

But unfortunately for the country, no one is going to do anything about the fact that the U.S. presidential election was stolen.

There are a lot of reasons for this.

One is Americans are awful at math. Accordingly, no matter how good a case the researchers at, say, the University of Michigan’s Center for Computer Security and Society might be able to make that vote totals in certain swing states were monkeyed with (and again, as of this writing, I remain agnostic on that whole question), Americans won’t buy it because they can’t follow the math.

(I realize that the trolls’ next question is, “Well, if you can’t follow the math, why should you believe them?” And the answer is that I didn’t have to be a computer programmer or an advanced mathematician to believe that, say, America could send people to the moon. I just had to look at what these same people already had accomplished and make reasonable inferences about what else they might be capable of, using the same skills.

Another is that Americans have an unwavering ability to ignore facts and research if those facts and that research conflict with strongly held beliefs, however untrue those beliefs might be.

But the biggest reason is that fixing a stolen election would be a lot of hard work. What do I mean by that? Well, let’s say that a miracle happens and America reaches the consensus that not only are some of the voting-machine totals squirrely, but also that enough of them are squirrely in the right way that it proves Trump stole the election. Or let’s say, per Greg Palast’s journalism, tens of thousands of likely Democratic voters really were purged illegally from the voting rolls in a number of swing states, and that if even a tiny percentage of them had cast ballots it would have been enough to change the outcome. What would be the solution?

Even with the foregoing hypothetical consensuses, there’s no way America would reach consensus on simply awarding the presidency to Hillary Clinton. And even if it did, consensuses aren’t self-enforcing. There would have to be a legal mechanism of some kind to overturn the Nov. 8 results and award the presidency to Clinton. I Am Not A Lawyer™, and real lawyers can feel free to jump in here and correct me, but the only mechanisms I see are the Electoral College and, maybe — barely maybe — the courts.

Let’s look at the Electoral College first. If the Electoral College, which votes on Dec. 19, decided in this case to affirm the national popular vote, that would be a way, but 1) that ain’t likely even if Donald Trump was shown on video standing in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shooting someone, and 2) that mechanism would be available only if proof emerged and a consensus was reached before the Electoral College vote on Dec. 19.

That leaves us the courts. I suppose it’s just barely possible that someone could file a lawsuit on behalf of the voters who supported Hillary Clinton, address all challenges to standing, provide proof of harm, and so on and so forth and get the case to the Supreme Court. (I realize the Supreme Court has original jurisdiction in some cases, and perhaps this would be one, but I don’t want to bet on that.) We’d then most likely lose on a 4-4 tie and Trump would become president anyway.

Beyond those two options? We’ve got nothing. This is election theft on a scale we have not seen in the modern era and perhaps ever. The imagination of the thieves here far surpassed the imagination of those who were robbed and the few who have even tried to anticipate a theft such as this, let alone prevent or undo it. Our system of government appears to have left us utterly defenseless against such a ruthless and effective attack as this.

And I say that before we even get to the Republican Party. Republican politicians, as an almost ironclade rule, no longer respect the rule of law, particularly when it comes to elections. In Republican-controlled states, it’ll take a federal court order to get all the provisional ballots counted unless, as here in North Carolina, a Republican candidate (like our apparently one-term governor, Pat McCrory) is behind. No Republican-controlled legislature is going to intervene and force a recount, let alone a true audit, where vote totals are flaky. Not only do they not respect the rule of law anymore, neither do they recognize the notion of country over party anymore — indeed, they don’t recognize even elected Democrats as legitimate leaders and haven’t since Bill Clinton’s first election.

If you’re wondering how a dwindling minority of white Christian males manages to hang onto an outsized share of power in a country that is becoming less white, male and Christian every year, now you know. As I say, I’d love to be wrong about this. But I don’t think I am.

(And don’t expect the media to help on the theft. More on them later.)

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    Pingback by … but no one will do anything about the stolen presidential election | Greensboro 101 — Friday, November 25, 2016 8:10 am @ 8:10 am | Reply

  2. I suppose it will all end up in the courts. But even if the recount is denied I think it’s important to resist, to keep the pressure on, and hold their feet to the fire.

    Comment by michele3d — Friday, November 25, 2016 10:07 am @ 10:07 am | Reply

  3. Nixon got away with resigning after Watergate, Bust, The First had Iran-Contra, Bill Clinton couldn’t keep his pants zipped, Bush, the Second lead us into illegal wars. Obama continued the illegal Bush war policy, the Banksters were never punished…. There are people in this country for which laws do not apply. Trump told us he could kill someone and nothing would happen to him. At least once he told the truth. This is Fascist America, this is how it is, how it has been and how it will be until it is no more.

    Sucks, don’t it?

    Comment by Billy Jones — Friday, November 25, 2016 5:41 pm @ 5:41 pm | Reply

    • More and more. At some point, people are going to have to choose: more of the same or radical change. There’s almost no middle anymore.

      Comment by michele3d — Saturday, November 26, 2016 7:53 am @ 7:53 am | Reply

      • As I have said for years, like the bird of ancient mythology, the mighty Phoenix must crash and burn before it can rise from the ashes to fly again. History will repeat itself. The choice will be made for us. America will also crash and burn. Only then will we rise. Consider it written.

        Comment by Billy Jones — Saturday, November 26, 2016 5:55 pm @ 5:55 pm | Reply

        • My problem with your scenario is that there’s no guarantee of a rise after the crash and burn.

          Comment by Lex — Saturday, November 26, 2016 10:39 pm @ 10:39 pm | Reply

          • There are not guarantees. As a matter of fact: history shows that long periods of darkness usually follow the crash but as fatalistic as it may sound, that’s just the way it is. America had the chance to solve her problems but for the last 60 years Americans have chosen not to. The rise of Trump only hastens where were were already headed. Kinder, gentler Fascism as Hillary Clinton would have given us, is still Fascism just the same.

            Comment by Billy Jones — Sunday, November 27, 2016 7:50 am @ 7:50 am | Reply

            • Billy, Clinton and Trump are in no way comparable, and when you claim they are, not only do you sound silly, you also sound like the Naderites who gave us Roberts and Alito.

              Comment by Lex — Sunday, November 27, 2016 8:03 am @ 8:03 am | Reply

              • Lex, There is little doubt the United States of America has been a Fascist Regime for decades. Did Ike not warn us it was coming?

                This is evidenced first by, as I wrote above: “Nixon got away with resigning after Watergate, Bust, The First had Iran-Contra, Bill Clinton couldn’t keep his pants zipped, Bush, the Second lead us into illegal wars. Obama continued the illegal Bush war policy, the Banksters were never punished…. There are people in this country for which laws do not apply. Trump told us he could kill someone and nothing would happen to him. At least once he told the truth. This is Fascist America, this is how it is, how it has been and how it will be until it is no more.”

                To which you DID NOT DISAGREE. An elite ruling class that lives above the law is a common feature and evidence of a Fascist Regime?

                Secondly, as you are well aware of: The Fascist Obama has continued the Fascist Bush Military and foreign policy agenda– HAS HE NOT?

                #3. Corporations as citizens with the right to free speech and no limit as to how much they can spend to manipulate our elected leaders. Only a Fascist Regime would allow such an order to remain in force. Any true democracy would immediately amend the Constitution and/or Bill of Rights to strike that down and make sure it never happens again. Anyone who doesn’t understand that America is a Fascist Regime masquerading as a republic is a fool.

                And finally, do you not expect Hillary Clinton to continue the same policies as have been followed by Obama? Have you seen and are you prepared to show us any evidence that Clinton REALLY intended to run this country any differently than Obama and Bush before him?

                Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ARE AS DIFFERENT AS NIGHT AND DAY but then SO TOO WERE Adolph Hiltler and Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini.

                A kinder, gentler Fascism, NO MATTER WHO IS IN THE OVAL OFFICE, is still Fascism just the same. And when you are willing to give in to one Fascist Regime over another Fascist Regime you are still condemning yourself and your family to Fascism.

                Comprende’

                Trump’s win should be a call to action for everyone who is concerned about democracy world over but to continue to look to the likes of Hillary Clinton as any sort of solution is shear stupidity.

                Comment by Billy Jones — Sunday, November 27, 2016 5:32 pm @ 5:32 pm | Reply

                • Billy, the Bush 43 administration was fascist. Obama’s was not. Clinton’s would not have been. Words have meaning.

                  Comment by Lex — Sunday, November 27, 2016 6:40 pm @ 6:40 pm | Reply

                  • How was the USA not a Fascist regime under Obama? What was different? What changed to make our country suddenly un-fashist? Seriously Lex, argue with facts and not OPINION? WHAT CHANGED?

                    Because Obama was a nicer guy? Saddam was a nice guy according to his friends. Everybody said Mayor Vaughan was such an honest person but according to Margaret Moffet she billed Greensboro taxpayers $8,000 for her divorce.

                    Words have meaning. You need to learn them beginning with the definition of Fascism as per the man who coined the term: “The definition of fascism is The marriage of corporation and state ” ― Benito Mussolini.

                    Obama did nothing to end that marriage. He didn’t even try.

                    Comment by Billy Jones — Sunday, November 27, 2016 7:02 pm @ 7:02 pm | Reply

                    • Just as one example, Billy, fascists don’t appoint Sotomayor and Kagan to the Supreme Court. That’s one huge difference.

                      Comment by Lex — Sunday, November 27, 2016 7:54 pm @ 7:54 pm

  4. […] Fourth in a series (first installment, second installment, third installment) […]

    Pingback by You go to war with the president-elect you have | Blog on the Run: Reloaded — Sunday, November 27, 2016 2:06 pm @ 2:06 pm | Reply

    • A Supreme Court that has done nothing in the past 6 decades to stop the control of Fascism over the American people. Great freaking example. And what have Sotomayor and Kagan done to stop Fascism?

      Comment by Billy Jones — Monday, November 28, 2016 8:42 am @ 8:42 am | Reply

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