GOP Wins Destruction of Faith in Elections

Generally speaking a plurality, if not a majority, of the US electorate have shown a level of distrust in the results of the US systems of election, this has been so for years. This chart below is not broken down to party, but it does indicate a fairly consistent level of distrust as a whole.

Although both major parties and independents have levels of distrust in the system, they are for entirely different reasons.

Democrats indicate distrust in accurate representative results (not systems) of elections due to the actual, real, documented regional efforts of voter suppression/disenfranchisement that is enacted, cycle after cycle, by their counterparts. They also, of late, have shown concern in the effect of foreign interference, which is not quantifiable in the actual, proven fact of disinformation, and not proven in any way at all in actual voting interference (machines, software, balloting).

By contrast, Republicans are more concerned in the systemic accuracy of elections as affected by propagandized, never-proven voter fraud, which generally has been focused around the fantasy of illegal immigrants voting or dead people voting. Although there are very rare instances of this having happened, the numbers are less than negligible.

These tendencies existed before Donald Trump, but, like every other US institution Trump was keen on destroying, the specter of voter fraud has been a powerful weapon for Trump to wield to undermine what has been the bedrock of US governance, our imperfect yet reliable: Election system(s).

From the 2016 election, “I will totally accept the results of this great and historic election…IF I WIN!”

-Which was a total prick thing to say, but as in all things, Donny is not kidding (I wish his sycophants would stop saying that). He’s never kidding. He doesn’t have a sense of humor. Even when he, himself thinks he might be kidding (when he’s talking about his hair or appearance, he is telling his truth).

After having won the 2016 Presidential election, Trump formed the “Advisory Commission on Election Integrity: ostensibly to prove that not only had Trump won the presidency via the electoral collage, but he had also won the popular vote and was robbed of that title by 3-5 million illegal aliens voting. An absolutely batshit-crazy concept created to soothe his fragile ego. The members of that commission had other ideas about the organization’s ultimate use, in that they saw this as a way to enact systems by which to control voting nationwide, and thereby more effectively disenfranchise minorities for the benefit of the GOP. This Commission was disbanded after having found no voter fraud, and amidst the controversy of its actual intent and overbearing attempts to demand access to state’s voter data.

In the next Nationwide election, the midterms of 2018, Trump once again inserted himself into the fact-free voter-fraud narrative, concerning races in Florida, Georgia, and Arizona, tweeting a series of unfounded claims, aimed at sowing doubt about the election results if Democrats ultimately prevailed.

In a series of tweets Friday, the president alleged without evidence that Democrats and election officials in the state were conspiring to steal the election and commit “fraud.” Speaking to reporters at the White House as he prepared to leave for Europe, Trump said Florida was “all of the sudden” finding “votes out of nowhere,” which Trump called a “disgrace.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/09/trump-tweets-about-close-florida-senate-and-georgia-governor-races.html

Sound familiar?

Following, would be Trump’s well-documented, months long attempt to cast the 2020 elections as similarly fraudulent before the fact, and frivolous, juvenile court actions incapable of proving those allegation, after the fact.

For some time the GOP has been committed to voter disenfranchisement and suppression as available and reliable tools to keep themselves in some form of minority power. It has been necessary to keep their constituents in lockstep with the righteousness of these efforts through whichever manufactured narrative necessary. To the point where, as I blogged earlier, even a little authoritarianism to that end is acceptable. Despite the fact there is no such thing as a little.

The GOP is perpetually aggrieved at the injustice visited upon them by the nonexistent boogeymen. The non-fact that there exists voter fraud that robs them of their minority representation, is in there DNA. It just is. What we also must understand, is acting en masse and protesting against these perceived threats, is also now in their DNA, tracing back to the most famous incarnation, in the 2000 Bush Gore presidential election, through the pivotal, and completely fabricated, “Brooks Brothers Riot“. They successfully halted recounting of votes, long enough for the Supreme Court action to legally end what would have most likely been an accurate Al Gore presidential victory.

If it works, it must be just.

The GOP thought leaders and politicians have successfully brainwashed their followers with the fable of voter fraud. Unfortunately we have reached such high levels of distrust in the system, with no fucking actual proof at all(!!!), that there is no clear endgame for the GOP. Where do they go from here? 61% now have heightened or complete levels of distrust.

If voter-ID laws are the endgame, they won’t get them in the states in which they’d like them enforced. And I have to admit, I doubt enacting any new laws would sate their hunger, until all elections were 100%-0% for whomever their figurehead might be at that time.

How un-fucking-believable is it, that in the latest Reuters poll, 52% of Republicans believe Trump “rightfully” won this 2020 election, because it was stolen from him by widespread voter fraud. !!! Not only did he not lose to widespread voter fraud, there was practically no voter fraud. Despite the difficulties of new mail in voting systems in many states, a fucking pandemic, and an initial shortage of poll workers, the US may have just pulled off its cleanest presidential election in recent history. Yet, 52% of Republicans are convinced of the opposite, with ZERO evidence to support the conclusion. Zero.

They just believe it.

Every Time Trump Used “Infested” on Twitter

For your reference:

2014 Africa

Jan, 2017

Civil Rights activist and Congressman John Lewis’ District

April 2018, Sanctuary Cities

June, 2018 Illegal Immigrants

July 2018, MS-13

July 2019, Four Progressive Congresswomen (all of color) -crime infest places from which they came

July, 2019, Congressman Elijah Cummings’ District

Trump’s Longing for Authoritarian Rule

Trump longs for uncontested authoritarian rule of the United States.  His desire is often overtly evident.  He says it.  If you ask Sarah Sanders, the usual responses are: “He’s joking (get a sense of humor),” or “Clearly what he meant was…”

Why does Trump never challenge any of the world’s dictators on their human rights issues?  His administration will say, “We did address that,” or, “President Trump has clearly brought this issue up on multiple occasions…” but if you look, you can’t find any evidence anywhere that that was ever the case, aside from Niki Haley at the UN.  What you will find is ample evidence of Trump making apologetic excuses for other dictators and even tacitly approving of human rights abuses.

Whereas the nuclear deal with the government of Iran was insufficient for not being comprehensive, any deal with Kim Jung-un doesn’t even have the pretense of being comprehensive.  Not only was the issue of human rights not broached, Kim Jung-un was purposefully lauded with praise for how he runs his country, “So we can be friends,” and “So you don’t have a missile fall on your house.”

There is also ample evidence of nepotism, corruption, self-dealing, and all manner of shenanigans in this administration that are what would be considered symptomatic of autocratic rule.  We have seen Trump act as if the value of human life was trivial unless it could be effectively used as a pawn.  DACA seemed great as a pawn to get his monument to stupidity, until that fell through.  Now, immigrants on the southern border are an acceptable form of leverage for the same monument.  Trump literally sees little value in human life by threatening nuclear war as a “policy,” meant to display how incredibly tough he thinks he is.  Puerto Ricans cost too much.  Minorities should be disenfranchised if it means more votes for Trump and fascists are A-OK, again, if it means more votes for Trump.  LBGTQ folks-you’re out.  Evangelicals are the ruling faith…so long as they tow the line.

Trump has unilaterally declared US policies without any protocol, advisement, or a concern for whom it might “put-out”.  He should just be able to do that kind of thing as far as he’s concerned.  He’s said he’d send the military to the southern border to battle illegal immigration, even though he can do not such thing.  He’ll unilaterally send the national guard to Chicago to combat gun violence.  He’ll get involved with the DOJ and direct them as they should act.  He’s confounded why it is he can not do such things…yet.

He loves the power of the pardon.  Forget the review, or proper way of doing this, he should be able to just snap his fingers and make it so…and he has.  If you have enough clout or prestige or public standing you may also petition the royal court for the opportunity to kiss his ring and ask for a little bit of that pardon magic.  He was benevolent enough to offer this to those that might protest in the NFL.  See what a wise and just leader he is?

Likewise, he should be able to pass death sentences.  He has said this several times.  Testing the waters to see if the public is ready to take that step to full dictatorship.  Are we getting close?

He should be able to run the country into the ground as he sees fit, like he has done with so many of his businesses.  Except in this case, he has guys with guns and tanks and battleships at his disposal. He literally has the lives of million of people in his hands, and it feels fucking great.  So long as Trump receives the adulation he rightly deserves, anything is acceptable to that end.  Anything.

January 24, 2016

“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jan/24/donald-trump-says-he-could-shoot-somebody-and-still-not-lose-voters

February 1, 2016

Among the many, many times Trump attempted to encourage his followers to be aggressively hostile to the media (whom treat him so unfairly) at one of his cult rallies, came this particularly noteworthy attempt at inciting violence against anyone who would stand up to Trump: “If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously, OK? Just knock the hell … I promise you I will pay for the legal fees. I promise, I promise.”

October 10, 2016

“If I win,” Donald Trump threatened Hillary Clinton during Sunday night’s debate, “I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation.”

October 20, 2016

Trump declares the election results would be legitimate, “If I win,” but he would challenge them if he loses.

 

February 6, 2017

There is the ceaseless praise for Putin, which most recently took form in Trump advocating the return Of Russia to the G7 despite the reason why they are not in the G7, which Trump doesn’t seem to be particularly aware of or even give a fuck about. Here’s 80 times from 2013-early 2017 Trump spoke of Putin, including the blanket apologist statement for Putin killing every adversary that gets in his way, “There are a lot of killers,” Trump says. “Do you think our country is so innocent? Do you think our country is so innocent?” -the same blanket statement he used for Kim Jung-un in June 2018.

Friday March 3, 2017

President Donald Trump bemoaned a decision not to investigate Hillary Clinton after the 2016 presidential election, decrying a “rigged system” that still doesn’t have the “right people” in place to fix it, during a freewheeling speech to Republican donors in Florida on Saturday.  In the closed-door remarks, a recording of which was obtained by CNN, Trump also praised China’s President Xi Jinping for recently consolidating power and extending his potential tenure, musing he wouldn’t mind making such a maneuver himself.

“He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great,” Trump said. “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.”

Trump later said at another cult pep rally that he was joking.

 

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May 12, 2017

Trump threatens to cut off all aid to all countries unless the UN votes the way he likes. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/20/world/middleeast/trump-threatens-to-end-american-aid-were-watching-those-votes-at-the-un.html

 

July 28th, 2017

Trump has time and time again reveled in talking about MS-13 and his fixation on how, and in what ways, they kill people.  He really enjoys discussing the matter as he did at this pep rally.  Then on to the subject of criminals in general:

“When you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, and I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice,’

“Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over, like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody, don’t hit their head, I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?’

Sarah Sanders says about Trump endorsing police brutality, “I believe he was making a joke at the time,” Come on, get a sense of humor.

July 29, 2017

Trump threatens to stop government payments to all health insurance companies unless he gets the destruction of the ACA that he so desires.  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-trump-idUSKBN1AE0QQ

 

August 22, 2017

Trump threatens a government shutdown unless he gets his monument to stupidity. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-23/trump-threatens-government-shutdown-to-secure-border-wall-funds

September 19, 2017

Trump threatens to totally destroy North Korea. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-un-north-korean-leader-suicide-mission-n802596

September 21, 2017

On Dictator-wannabe Turkey’s Erdogan: “We have a great friendship as countries and I think we’re right now as close as we’ve ever been,” and that the Turkish leader “has evolved very strongly, and frankly he’s getting very high marks.”

September 22, 2017

Black men not showing the appropriate level of nationalism?- “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’”

October 11, 2017 Trump threatens to pull NBC’s broadcast license after they reported what a fucking idiot he was about the US nuclear arsenal. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41584194

 

October 12, 2017

Trump threatens to pull troops out of Puerto Rico trying to stop a damn from breaking. https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-threatens-to-pull-troops-working-to-save-puerto-rican-dam-from-blowing

 

November 13, 2017

Meeting with Philippines dictator Rodrigo Duterte-

“We have a great relationship.”  Trump says he brought up human rights violations in private with Duterte, but Duterte spokesman says no such conversation ever happened.  When reporters tried to ask the two questions, Trump said, “You are the spies,” while looking at the gaggle of reporters.  Trump and Duterte had a great laugh about that as the reporters were jostled out of the room.

 

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February 5, 2018

Trump says Democrats are treasonous for not showing the proper level of adulation that he expects at his “State of the Union” address.

Sarah Sanders:  White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday the President was “clearly joking” when he made the comment.  “He was making the point that even when good things are happening they are still sitting there angry,” she said.

March 1, 2018

“Some countries have a very, very tough penalty — the ultimate penalty — and by the way, they have much less of a drug problem than we do,”

March 10, 2018

From a Trump cult-member pep-rally, I transcribed some of what Trump said in this post.  The usual word-salad with notable quotes like:

“The only thing these gang members understand is toughness. We have the toughest people you’ve ever seen. They grab them by the neck.”

“The only way to solve the drug problem is toughness.”

“When I was in China…not much of a drug problem, what do you attribute that to? The death penalty.”

“Singapore- if we catch a drug dealer-death penalty.”

 

 

 

June 9, 2018

Trump threatens to end all trade with US Allies. http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/06/trump-threatens-to-end-all-trade-with-allies.html

June 14, 2018

After declaring Kim Jung-un is a “very worthy” leader who “loves his people,” Trump noted that N. Korean propaganda TV was fantastic and the female news anchor he was watching should work for Fox News.  He joked that even Fox News was “not as lavish in it’s praise” as N. Korean, State-run media.

June 15, 2018  Trump threatens to send 25 million Mexicans to Japan.  http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-trump-mexicans-japan-20180615-story.html

June 15, 2018

On Kim Jung-un:  “Hey, he’s the head of a country. And I mean he is the strong head. … He speaks and his people sit up at attention.[Pointing to the West Wing.]I want my people to do the same.”

Asked about the comment a few minutes later during his first-ever gaggle on the North Lawn, Trump said: “I’m kidding. You don’t understand sarcasm. Who are you with? Wait, wait, who are you with? Who are you with? … You’re with CNN!  Hey, you are the worst.”

Trump also had a great yuk-yuk moment when in the same “interview” he described how some of North Korea’s military leaders were fired, with special emphasis on “fired” several times, as in the real knee-slapper “killed“.

 

 

February 20, 2018

Trump spends most of his day watching Fox News and tweeting.  10 tweets so far by 1:30pm.  With schedules like this:

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…it’s obvious why he has so much time on his hands.  This is perhaps the only semi-interesting tweet:

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That just seems too hilarious, so I had to do a little research on that one.  Written by David Brody and Scott Lamb, two knuckleheads from  Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network and Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, so you know it’s not gonna be slanted or biased AT ALL!  nope.

These two say right up front, they aren’t actually going to be getting into Trump’s universally renowned spiritualism, they will instead fabricate his faith from his actions and simultaneously deny there is any transactional nature to the relationship between Trump and Evangelicals.  em K.  Here’s a little review for the book.

“when assessing the faith of Donald Trump, the significance of the Neil Gorsuch nomination cannot be underestimated.”

“More egregiously, in another passage the authors suggest that Trump’s rapacious libido is just his misguided quest for God. I wish I were kidding. The authors prominently quote a character from a 1944 Bruce Marshall novel: “I still prefer to believe that sex is a substitute for religion and that the young man who rings the bell at the brothel is unconsciously looking for God.” Brody and Lamb’s book was printed before the appearance of press reports about Trump having had sex with a porn star around the time his wife was giving birth to their son, but one gets the sense that the authors of The Faith of Donald Trump and the evangelical casuists they quote would have no trouble spinning that infidelity as something unimportant or, in a roundabout way, even admirable.”

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I find myself, once again, wondering about “big picture” topics lately.  I feel like we’re lost in the woods with “gun control,” violence, and the increasingly divisive nature of our culture.

I believe that if we can manage to follow this opening, hard-fought, path towards some type of new regulations for gun control, we shall not succeed in any measurable fashion in reducing the numbers of people (particularly children) being slaughtered on a regular basis.  Each loophole closed over the forthcoming years will not hinder the results; but only change the means.

There is a growing sense in our unusual American society that violence is a justifiable and even glorified way in which to deal with our personal problems.  I can’t say this is strictly due to Trump’s verified promotion of violence and separation of our society into distinct, competing classes, but I believe I can say that he is responsible for rapidly unveiling and accelerating this ugly culture as are the GOP and Evangelicals in general.

Every slight push toward gun control is a move closer to a breaking point for the NRA and cult followers that “WE”RE COMING FOR ALL YER GUNS!!!”  And you know what?  They’re right.  That’s literally the only effective thing that can be done.  The second amendment should be abolished and new federal laws written to cover the “privilege” of gun ownership; no longer the “right” of gun ownership.

Will that happen?  Nope.  Because it requires 3/4 of state legislations to ratify what Congress must be forced to abolish and them there red states luv themselves some unfettered access to guns.  So, until such a time as the loss of loved ones in the red states becomes unbearable, what we could possibly witness is a painfully slow process of incrementally small steps, over years and years, of minor restrictions to ownership of guns.  Meanwhile, those bent on killing will not be hindered at all.  The body counts per massacre may go down, but there’s no reason to think that the incidents shall not go up.

For this administration…that’s fine.  The states can work to militarize their institutions while the Fed militarizes and isolates our nation.  It doesn’t matter.  Gun manufacturers can sell more handguns and accessories.  So long as they have a steady revenue stream, it’s all good.

DOJ: Propaganda Arm of Trump Administration

Clueless Trump has no idea what he’s tweeting and the DOJ knows exactly how to spin useless data.

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Okay.  Are we having a problem with convicting non-foreign born terrorists?  I don’t know because a “tweet” doesn’t give me that information.  The operative word here would be convicted.

But…but, if we step back and look at where Donny got this info:

 

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Well, that changes things a bit, doesn’t it.  Forgot the word international, didn’t ya Donny.  Three out of four convicted of international terrorism were foreign born.  That’s like saying: three out of four people convicted of vehicular manslaughter were driving a car.  It makes you wonder what the other 1/4 were doing.  To convict someone of international terrorism, someone’s gonna have to be foreign born, right?  It follows that to commit international terrorism, someone has to leave their nation, don’t they?  I mean you can’t have three masterminds operating from their computer in some foreign land, all directing one mule, right?

:::tapping brain::::

But …but, if we step back even further and look at how the DOJ got the information for their tweet:

Today, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a report, revealing that three out of every four, or 402, individuals convicted of international terrorism-related charges in U.S. federal courts between September 11, 2001, and December 31, 2016 were foreign-born.

That’s from the DOJ website and that’s 27 people a year.  Twenty-seven (27).  Further breakdown:

  • 254 were not U.S. citizens;
  • 148 were foreign-born, naturalized and received U.S. citizenship; and,
  • 147 were U.S. citizens by birth.

That’s 17 people a year, not residents of the US, that may have been found guilty of defacing a sign out in front of an embassy with political hate speech and charged as a terrorist.

With the DOJ and White House so goddamn focused on the phantom boogeyman, we see very little if any resources or promotion dedicated to actual, real, on-going threats.

The CRS report raises several key issues related to improving U.S. domestic terrorism policy. They include: (1) federal agencies employ varying terminology and definitions to describe domestic terrorist threats; (2) the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI do not officially designate domestic terrorist organizations; (3) few, if any, domestic terrorists are charged or prosecuted under federal or state terrorism statutes; (4) domestic terrorists, for the most part, do not use traditional terrorist tactics such as bombings, large-scale attacks, airplane hijackings, or political assassinations; (5) foreign-inspired homegrown violence gets more media attention than acts of domestic terrorism; and, (6) domestic extremist ideology often uses the cover of constitutionally protected activity.

Another persistent issue relates to the disparity in federal and state prosecution and sentencing of Al Qaeda-inspired terrorists in the U.S. versus domestic terrorists. Outside of eco-terrorist cases, there have been virtually no violent domestic extremists charged or prosecuted under federal or state terrorism statutes which offer penalty enhancements for suspects engaging in domestic terrorist plotting or terrorist-related activity. Most domestic terrorists are charged under existing firearms, arson, and explosives laws, rather than a terrorism statute.

From: https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/01/02/congressional-report-highlights-gaps-us-domestic-terrorism-policy

What should we be concerned about?  The boogeyman, or the real issue?  And what is the real issue?  It’s not just that domestic terrorism far and away is our biggest, actual terrorism concern, it’s that our government is turning into an arm of the administration’s ideological propaganda.

Within this report, the DOJ is promoting the administration’s policies.  This is part of the DOJ’s report of the nearly inconsequential nature of “foreign-born terrorists,” and thereby, an official statement:

“This report reveals an indisputable sobering reality—our immigration system has undermined our national security and public safety,” said Attorney General Sessions.  “And the information in this report is only the tip of the iceberg: we currently have terrorism-related investigations against thousands of people in the United States, including hundreds of people who came here as refugees.  Our law enforcement professionals do amazing work, but it is simply not reasonable to keep asking them to risk their lives to enforce the law while we admit thousands every year without sufficient knowledge about their backgrounds.  The pillars of President Trump’s immigration policy—securing our porous borders, moving to a merit-based immigration system that ends the use of diversity visas and chain migration, and enforcing our nation’s laws—will make their jobs easier and make the United States a safer place.”

White American men are a bigger domestic terrorist threat than Muslim foreigners