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      Cold Mountain Trail
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      Even if Joe Biden is somehow put in the White House… he will still have lost this election.  Come 2021, the Senate will remain under the thumb of the Dickensian Mitch McConnell; the Supreme Court will begin construing its original intent constitutional theories (a cross between the Torah, Ten Commandments, and sharia law); and House Republicans can begin their live feeds to the QAnon web site (free pizza with every subscription)…

      On the off chance that Biden were to win an electoral majority from the surviving electoral races, Trump will immediately air his Great Drive-By Proud Boy Open Carry Recount Jamboree and Legal reality show, which for the next two months can suck the air out of every American conversation and focus the eyes of the world on his gilded ego. What more could he want? (We’re not an electorate; we’re a studio audience.)…

      The only way to have avoided Trump’s coming election-by-lawsuit would have been for Biden to have won the Senate and a convincing majority in the electoral college.  That was beyond Biden’s drive-in movie theater campaign, in which the only idea he articulated was not to ban fracking in Pennsylvania. (Maybe that’s why he’s losing there?)…

      That various state and federal judges will scoff at Trump’s legal pretensions hardly matters, as the president’s goal will be…to have the state mail-in ballot cases settled by the tilted wheels of the Supreme Court, which at this point is little more than a Trump personal injury law firm (“Jacoby, Meyers & Barrett…I think I’ve lost an election….”).

      https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/11/04/no-country-for-old-democrats/

       

    • #374998
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      Regardless of the finals result on these elections, for hundreds of millions of Americans things won’t change. Many people on the left don’t want to hear this, but it is certainly the case for an exhausting list of issues: climate change, war, mass incarceration, inequality, immigration, healthcare, etc…I do not think Trump will try to stay in office if he loses, despite his declarations. He’ll, of course, make a fuss and cry fraud and wrongdoing, but this will be to set up his MAGA TV venture with a ready-made narrative of the need for righteous and redemptive justice. Such media, targeting potentially 60 million “robbed” voters, sets the Trump Empire up for billions in revenue and places his son, Don Jr., at the head of the GOP…

      This leaves an opening on the left for a party that represents workers, the climate and equitable society…  The target for this left party is the 25 million+ progressive voters who vote Democrat, the tens of millions of GOP voters who are looking for economic support and a chance to have what their parents and grandparents had, the 5-7 million third-party voters and a sizable percentage of non-voters, the single largest block of voters in the US (in 2016 more than 100 million people did not vote, while 65 million voted for Clinton, 63 million for Trump and approximately 6 million voted third party). Getting even just 10-15% of non-voters to show up in 2024, 2028, 2032…upsets the electoral balance in this country dramatically…

      So, regardless of the outcome on November 3rd, Greens, socialists, DSA, et al., need to organize together in order to stand alone in 2024 to finally represent the values and interests of people and planet, as well as offer a viable alternative to the specious promises of the Democratic party and to ensure the GOP devolves into a minority party. Even if this organization ultimately serves only to force the democratic party to the left in 2024, and take away support from the GOP it will accomplish more progressive change than the United States has seen in 80 years, in spite of the absurd and Orwellian rhetoric we have heard this year of Joe Biden being as progressive as FDR.

      https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/11/04/third-party-now-for-2024/

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      ArtfromArk
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      “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

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