Activist Monday: Our Hail Mary…
Posted December 5, 2016on:
Rests on the shoulders of perennial presidential spoiler, and now epic Jewish Guilt sufferer, Jill Stein. Strange days, indeed.
For reasons of “electoral integrity” (aka: “Oh sh*t, what did I do?!”). Stein is determined to press forward with recounts in the three states previously considered part of the Democratic Firewall: Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. At this point, Drumpf’s margin of “victory” in the 2016 election is down to about 70,000 votes. An automatic recount is very close to being required in both Michigan and Pennsylvania, due to the extremely small percentage of der Trumperer’s “win.” Whether or not this recount adds any votes for HRC is almost irrelevant, as what it is far more likely to find is evidence of vote tampering and/or hacking. Indeed, in Wisconsin, in one county, the seal on 5 of 9 ESS voting machines was clearly shown to be broken.
If the name “ESS” rings a bell, it should. The machines are notoriously favorable to Republicans. Yet they’re still used in both Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Quelle coincidence! Here are some interesting parallels between a completely outrageous election result in South Carolina in 2008, based on ESS machines, and the still impossible-to-believe result in the 2016 election.
Strong disparities between absentee ballots and election day ballots
Dr. Miller performed additional tests to determine whether there was a significant difference in the percentage of absentee and Election Day votes that each candidate received. The result in the Senate election is highly statistically significant: Rawl performs 11 percentage points better among absentee voters than he does among Election Day voters. “This difference is a clear contrast to the other races. Statistically speaking, the only other Democratic candidate who performed differently among the two voter groups was Robert Ford, who did better on Election Day than among absentees in the gubernatorial primary,” Miller said.
Hmmm, 11 percent worse on Election Day than the absentee/early votes showed. Where have we seen this pattern recently? [Note: Although the blogger who wrote this piece blames James Comey, perhaps there were more shenanigans than anyone realized.]
Both Obama and Clinton won approximately 60% of absentee ballots (Obama: 60.85%, Clinton 60.15%). So far so good. But if you look at the election day ballots cast, you see a rather dramatic shift from Obama’s performance in 2012 to Clinton’s in 2016. Where Obama actually improved his margin to 65% on election day in RI, HRC dropped to only 54%. This represented a net 13% shift in Clinton’s margin of victory over Trump on election day vs absentee ballots…[bolding mine]
She went from 60% in early/absentee voting to 54% on Election Day, whereas Obama went up to 65%? Really? Even given Comey’s actions, could such a huge underperformance have been accomplished without electronic interference?
And here is a June 2015 article in Truthout by Bob Fitrakis, long-time election integrity activist and e-voting canary in the coal mine, predicting that Democrats will lose the 2016 election due to swing states where the easily hackable e-voting machines are still in use – all states with, gasp shock horror, Republican governors and secretaries of state. Oh, had Debbie Wasserman-Schultz only listened.
Whether or not the recount flips any of the states, it clearly highlights the main issues that are throwing our elections to Republicans. While they do not have a mandate for any of their policies, they somehow keep winning the House and Senate, and now, unbelievably, the White House. Yes, this is partially due to better branding and marketing in general; but it’s also true that voter suppression, gerrymandering, and trackless e-voting in Republican-controlled swing states are starting to make it impossible for Democrats to win anywhere. The sooner we realize this, the sooner we can support our local Democratic Party, and other liberal organizations of our choice, to overturn this pathetic farce of an electoral system we keep accepting.
What about the Electoral College?
Until the Electoral College votes on 12/19, the results of the Presidential Election are not final. There is a good deal of activism around getting the Electors to switch their votes to Hillary, especially the ones in blue states that Drumpf improbably won. (Note: I was looking at Hamilton Electors for a minute, but I realized quickly that they would still want to elect a “reasonable” Republican instead of Drumpf. I think that’s ludicrous, and no Democrat should go along with it. The clear and obvious thing to do would be to elect the winner of the popular vote, not someone who wasn’t even on the ballot.)
Apparently the swing state electors are getting bombarded by Republicans and Democrats alike, with eloquent pleas to switch their votes. And, there’s this petition, which I signed, along with almost 5 million others.
Perhaps with all of the mounting evidence that America has, indeed, made the wrongest of wrong choices, the electors will choose country over party. But I wouldn’t count on it.
Another effort to make our electoral system fairer is the initiative to award all Presidential elections to the popular vote winner in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It’s called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. It would take effect if/when enough states sign on to reach 270 electoral college votes. Right now they’re at 165. I hope this goes forward, but it probably won’t make any difference this year. I hope I’m wrong about that.
If it doesn’t work…there’s still impeachment.
As all of the protests and grassroots efforts to change our hellatious new reality are going forward, the world is reeling from the daily evidence, so clearly presented several trillion times during the primaries, that Drumpf is completely, utterly and dangerously unfit for office. In just one example of this disastrous mismatch of person to job, the mango-colored monkey’s offhanded, “let’s make a deal” call with Taiwan is already p*ssing off DGINA (I mean, China) so badly that the country’s government has lodged a complaint.
The call, first reported by the Taipei Times and confirmed by the Financial Times, is thought to be the first between the leader of the island and a US president or president-elect since ties between the two countries were severed in 1979, at the behest of Beijing.
Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, said in a statement on Saturday: “It must be pointed out that there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inseparable part of Chinese territory. The government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legitimate government representing China.”
Geng added: “This is a fact that is generally recognised by the international community.”
Uh, yes, generally recognized. But Drumpf doesn’t care! Why shouldn’t he talk to every “fantastic” leader of every “fabulous” country out there? There could be money in it for him, after all!
And that brings me to Drumpf’s worst problem as President: his unwillingness to sell his business to an impartial overseer and have it put in a blind trust. It is completely unacceptable and un-American for a President to profit from his job. In fact, if he earns any emoluments from foreign leaders (such as Tsai, perhaps?), that is an impeachable offense.
Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, plans to introduce a resolution next week calling on Trump to “convert his assets to simple, conflict-free holdings, adopt blind trusts, or take other equivalent measures in order to ensure” he meets the Constitution’s emoluments clause, according to a news release from his office.
That clause provides that no officeholder “shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept any present, emolument, office or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince or foreign state.”
“Unless he takes appropriate action, Mr. Trump’s many international financial interests pose a great risk of violating the Constitution” once he takes office, Cardin said in the news release.
Even Republicans may be inclined to impeach him after the last few weeks of incompetence, indiscriminate rage-tweeting and foreign and domestic policy vertigo. Yes, that leaves us with Mike Pence, but Steve Bannon and all of Drumpf’s hellish brood go away, as well as his international business partners and New York’s Nosferatu. And let’s face it, the Donald’s coalition is only for him, not for all Republicans; and many of those deplorables are experiencing a hell of an election hangover. Heh heh.
Take heart: The far-right backlash has begun
In fact, it seems that while we got Brexited, it doesn’t mean that the whole world has gone crazy. (And there’s Regrexit there too, by the way.) While there’s no doubt that the far-right has won some victories in Europe recently, the left won some as well. In Austria, the Neo-Nazi candidate has just lost to the Independent, who was backed by progressives. There is a massive movement across the globe against Austerity, corruption and granny-starving politics – which is basically the platform that the far-right “populists” (like Drumpf) ran on. Now that the Donald and his merry band of loony tunes are doing a greedy 360 and plotting the destruction of our health care system, he will face a huge amount of resistance from the American people. As I mentioned before, the Republican Party’s actual policies are not popular. Take Obamacare as an example – now that Republicans are going to have the power to repeal it, only 26% of Americans want it done.
The bottom line
Short-term, our last best hope is that Dr. Stein’s efforts find enough votes and/or anomalies to swing the election back to Hillary. I am praying for that miracle, but I don’t expect it to happen.
Long-term, we have a lot of work to do. You can pick your way to resist the Drumpf agenda: join the women’s march on 1/21/17, protest the Electoral College vote on 12/19 if your state went for him; donate to Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, or your local Democratic Party; run for office; or take to social media the way Danielle Muscato did. In Pennsylvania, you can take this pledge, which has a lot of great ideas in general.
Hang on, Widdershins. It’s going to be a very, very bumpy ride. We’ll all need each other to get through the next little while.
This is an open thread.
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