Beware Donald Trump's Electoral Cleansing

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    • #323577
      Cold Mountain Trail
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      On May 26, as the U.S. coronavirus death toll passed 100,000, former Bush speechwriter and NeverTrumper David Frum appeared on a cable news show and made a stunning pronouncement about Donald Trump and his handling of the pandemic…that the president is engaged in something that can best be described as calculated murder for electoral advantage.

      First, Frum said the incessant drumbeat from Trump and his circle about reopening the economy is not just an obvious attempt to change the subject from the COVID-19 deaths and focus on his perceived strength, but an effort to lay the groundwork, should he lose the election, for a “stab in the back” narrative to delegitimize the winner… The Trump fairy tale will claim that if it wasn’t for all those egg-headed scientists and worthless governors, the economy already would have recovered by November, and he would have sailed to victory. Scientists, governors, and treacherous Democrats will be the new November criminals who hamstrung the economy and sank Trump’s reelection.

      As a kind of preemptive victimization narrative, this complements Trump’s— and other Republicans’—relentless braying about mail-in and absentee voting being election fraud…Frum further described how despite the headwinds, Republicans will still try to win. COVID-19 is not, in Frum’s words, “an equal-opportunity killer.” The virus strikes urban areas, minorities, nursing homes, and industries like meat-packing plants more severely, so Trump and his retinue figure that they can “take the punch” of 100,000 to 200,000 deaths, because they may fall disproportionately on people who don’t vote Republican…

      How plausible is it? …In truth, all of his actions, when judged by their clearly foreseeable consequences rather than the mainstream media’s intimation of ham-fisted good faith, take on a darker interpretation. In American law and… “common sense,” there is far too much insistence elusive “motive” …detached from the act itself… But an action usually lays bare the motive for all to see… crimes reify (a criminal’s) true motives, and suffice to judge him…

      It’s been roughly 100 days since the serious onset of the pandemic, yielding 100,000 deaths: 1,000 deaths per day, double the daily rate of the Civil War, the bloodiest war in US history…Most Americans haven’t yet fully grasped the implications. But the ongoing protests, ostensibly about a longstanding abuse unrelated to coronavirus, may tell us that a growing number of people subliminally sense that they face a far more existential threat than losing their jobs or the inconvenience of social distancing. Police brutality was the spark, but the tinder is the half-conscious awareness that lives are expendable, not just in ones or twos, but in tens of thousands.  Many of the greatest crimes in history miscarried for their perpetrators, at least in terms of their stated objective, which usually was political power. But what if the actual motive was embodied in the deed itself: death and destruction for its own sake?


      for the record:  I don’t think david “axis of evil” frum is a good-faith actor, so wondering what this is in service of.



    • #323598
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      If you believe what Frum writes, you won’t notice that the 1% are stealing even more of what’s not locked down.

    • #323654
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      Some people are under the belief that between the George Floyd protests and COVID-19, there is no way Trump will be re-elected and it’s the “silver lining.” That’s not necessarily the case.

      But Van Jones also recently stated to not buy into that talk that Trump can’t win. Jones says the race is too close to call. Trump’s base isn’t the majority, but it is heavily motivated. And they will turn out in heavy numbers because they feel they are in the middle of a political war. They are threatened. On the Democratic side, the enthusiasm isn’t there. Sure it looks like it with these protests, but you don’t see hardly any “Biden 2020” signs which is strange considering we have a presidential election in only 5 months. The protesters are angry at Trump, but they don’t see Biden as their savior. That’s a big problem.

      It’s also a strange year considering COVID-19 is changing the way we usually have campaigning. The two crises has wiped the election off the headlines. So Biden isn’t getting the attention he would normally have. Trump isn’t able to do his rallies and you would think that hurts him (and it may to an extent), but Biden is also stuck in his basement and only comes out once in a while looking ridiculous while wearing an over-sized black mask. This is not a good situation when you are challenging a sitting president. The Democrats are also considering having a virtual convention. While the GOP is working to find a venue to have a normal one. The GOP could end up with an advantage here.

      It is true that Trump’s numbers in the polls are not very good. But how accurate those numbers are is a big question mark. The situation is highly fluid with everything that is going on. If the riots calm down and there is no COVID-19 resurgence and the economy comes back to life, those poll numbers can flip very fast. Americans have short memories.

      Furthermore, there is the fact that COVID-19 and the riots have greatly impacted deep blue inner-cities more than rural red America. It has greatly disrupted voter registration drives, organization, and fundraising in the urban cities. Not only were these places under more strict lockdowns and quarantines from COVID, but they are still under curfews and lockdowns because of the riots. Meanwhile, red America is opening up and going back to normal. There is tremendous opportunity for the right wing to engage in voter suppression here. And the Democrats are pretty much pinning all their hopes on vote-by-mail. But, I don’t think that’s going to be as successful as they think. We are still not getting the registration drives and organization that we usually have.

      To make a long post short….there are way too many wildcards in a very politically divided nation to figure out who’s going to win right now.

    • #323716
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      But he still is a scumbag, and serves the .1%, and nobody is standing in the way of shoveling more wealth upwards.

      In America, “Liberty” means “Free to Die in Service of Capital” - Amfortas the hippie

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      25% of the electorate is hard core “Trump no matter what the truth” supporters. But only 25% of the electorate are “Blue no matter who” anti Trump no matter how bad the alternative  supporters. If the Demofascists have their way the election will come down to who does the remaining 50% hate more, but the answer to that is death to the Democrats. Both parties are corporatists, warmongers, and racists, but the Democrats are also liars and backstabbers. Blue loses.

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        If you give a man enough rope, it will be six inches too short. This is not the nature of rope- it is the nature of man.

    • #323781
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      coupled with a sudden restriction of mail-in ballots may be just the suppression that they need.

      Of course, Trump’s insistence that the GOP have a massive convention with thousands of republicans gathered together – following his example and not wearing masks or social distancing? – may reduce the pool of republican voters as a consequence. 🙂

      They are called 'human' rights not "if politicians do not feel threatened" rights. Many politicians see national sovereignty/security as more important because they protect their power and wealth. Human rights often do just the opposite.

      National issues (slavery/racism, income inequality, pandemics and pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war, pandemics) are not resolved with more national sovereignty.

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