Four years ago, as the last presidential election approached, I reported that polls suggested Trump was neck and neck with Hillary, even though mainstream media were saying she was a snap.
Also, that even if she got more votes than he did he could win via the state-by-state voting racket called the “electoral college”, and thirdly that Republican bureaucrats and thugs would intimidate voters and manipulate voting machines.
All that happened and we got the grotesque presidency of Trump and his gang of mumble-thugs.
And it could happen again this year on November 3, because while Trump has turned out to be more crooked than just about anyone predicted, so has American democracy.
Australians watching the American elections are mostly watching the polls, not the election. If you watched that ABC documentary stroll through America in which the woman Trump-lover weeps in gratitude for his concern for her country you might conclude that sincere Americans like her, plus the potbellied AK-47 wielding wanna-be biker-boys spraying spittle in the faces of those who question their right to infect the public’s space with anything and everything they god-damn want…you might conclude that this coalition represents the majority of Americans, and Trump will win again.
They are not a majority of Americans, and the election of a president and the Congress of the United States of America is not a poll of opinion; it is a bizarre and chaotic way of appointing the bosses of a multi-trillion dollar enterprise called the US Government. And now, finally, a majority of the people who think in terms of trillions of dollars, including the military-intelligence bosses, have decided that Trump and his gang are not up to the job, and are in fact bad for business.
It is America’s greatest tragedy that the first ever challenge to their Deep State has come from a poly-ignorant sociopath with an obsessive need to trash everyone else. The People may rise up behind Alexandria Ocasio Cortez in 2024, but for now, one more return to the Deep State is better than Trump II.
The Boston Globe has just published a series on plans underway to get Trump out of the White House by any means necessary, assuming there is an election, and that he loses it. I hope that the Deep State also has a plan for making a plausible election happen on November 3, and another plan for blocking Trump from delegitimizing the results either in court or by unleashing his gathering army of stormtroopers. I hope that those plans exist and that they work because (1) the Deep State is a lesser evil than Trump and (2) out of the wreckage of the virus-damaged economy a global movement to rescue the human species has a slim chance of prevailing, and (3) the Deep State is probably the only force presently capable of stopping Trump and his gang and thus giving the rest of us that slim chance.
During these last few months of the American election, if you can bear to watch at all, keep your eyes NOT on the poll numbers for Biden versus Trump (Biden will stay ahead), but on the numbers of voters disenfranchised, polling stations shut down, postal services defunded, mail-in ballots shredded, voting machines disabled, and wars threatened or waged against Iran, China, and the people that Trump calls anarcho-terrorists, also known as the justifiably pissed-off masses of America.
If these numbers turn out badly, Dog save us all.
Phillip Frazer blogs at coorabellridge.com