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February 22, 2024

They stab it with their steely knives but they just can’t kill the beast

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Phillip Frazer

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have won the US Presidential election by over six million votes. Unlike preceding Democratic vote winners Al Gore and Hillary Clinton, they also won the Electoral College vote. The Electoral College was set up in the late 1700s when states with legalised slavery demanded more seats in Congress and more say in choosing presidents as their price for joining the Union. Biden and Harris will be inaugurated as the new president and vice president on 20 January.

Why does Trump keep carrying on?

Because he considers losing impossible; because he always wanted to tear down America’s weirdly complex political system, because complexity is too hard and because he believes he has more rights than anyone else – and some governments do not share that belief.

But, now that it’s clear to most people who can tie their shoelaces that Trump lost… and now that 30 judges have thrown out more than 30 lawsuits Trump’s gang of lawyers had thrown up… and now that more than 100 chief executives of big corporations have told Emily Murphy, head of the General Services Administration, that they won’t fund Republican candidates until she hands over the keys to Biden/Harris… POSTSCRIPT: Ms Murphy caved today, beginning the formal transfer of power from Trump to the Biden administration.

…now that the jig is up! What next?

Some Republicans keep licking his Tweeter because he has over a hundred million social media followers, a big chunk of whom are weaponised, meaning eager to obey him, and that’s a huge political movement. Obama has more followers and Biden’s outreach is soaring, but their connections are public relations, not personal. Trump might use his pseudo-personal fanbase to become Fuhrer in 2024 and, if not him, one of his spawn, or Tucker Carlson, or someone else who’s licking their chops.

Meanwhile all politicos are obsessed with 5 January when both of Georgia’s US Senate seats are up for election – if the Dems win, they control the Senate, and President Biden will achieve ten times more than if they don’t. Today, CNN announced Republicans have booked more than $77 million in ads for these two runoff elections, and they need Trump campaigning in Georgia.

Trump is setting up deals like bonding Netanyahu with Mohammed Bin Salman to screw the Palestinians and Iran, before Biden can take over and screw them a tad less brutally. He’s begun filling his top-dog positions with some okay choices, but absolutely no one that’s going to call out the fact that the US spends three times as much on war (called ‘defence’) as China, and more than 10 times as much as any other country. Total global spending on war in 2019 was $2 trillion, while the planet burns.

Despite all those developments above, Trump himself believes there’s still time to screw up that Electoral College thing and get the Supreme Court to give him his crown back. And for the Proud Boys to rain grenades on the Dems’ parade.

As we pull that steely knife from his over-puffed chest, we ask nervously: What’s his next move?

♦ Phillip Frazer trumps QAnon at coorabellridge.com

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  1. So true about the military machine which is there no matter which president is temporally trying to steer the ship.

    Fun facts

    How many US presidents over the last 90 years have NOT
    1: started a new war, and/or
    2: Funded a Proxi war?
    3: escalated an inherited war?
    4: Terminated an inherited war?

    Oddly, the much maligned Trump seems to be the only president in last 100 years to scored points as an anti war president.

    where as

    Barack Obama / Biden (2009-2017)

    War in Afghanistan
    War in Iraq-The U.S. officially withdrew from Iraq in December of 2011
    Conflict with al-Qaida-includes Drone War against al-Qaida and other Jihadist groups in Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, and elsewhere.

    1: Libyan War of 2011
    2: War with ISIS-The U.S. military returned to Iraq in 2014 to fight against the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL). This war also takes place in (3) Syria, (4) Libya, (5) Yemen, and other nation.
    6: U.S. aid to France in Mali War (2014)-U.S. provides air support, logistics, and other aid as France intervenes to stop Jihadist offensive in Mali
    7: U.S. intervention in Joseph Kony conflict-U.S. troops aid Ugandan and other African militaries hunt down Joseph Kony
    8: U.S. Intervention in Libyan Civil War (2014-Present)-U.S. involvement is primarily directed against Jihadist elements in Libya

    9: U.S. Intervention in Yemen Civil War -U.S. involvement is primarily directed against Jihadist elements in Yemen

    10: U.S. Intervention in Somali Civil War U.S. involvement is primarily directed against Jihadist elements in Somalia

    11: Supported the Ukraine civil war

    ref: https://www.historyguy.com/wars_by_president.htm

  2. https://youtu.be/wzN38qIcr0o

    Clearly there was corruption. This article is an incredibly bias view and every paper brings to light clearer and clearer that the ECHO is not fiercely independent at all.

    What kind of comment is the Steely knife comment, whether a metaphor or not and how does the ECHO support these kind of violent ideas by publishing this article?


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