Steadfast democracies throughout the world often call out the integrity of a national election when in question whether it be a Venezuelan-type dictatorship, a one-party communist regime, or a banana republic. United States often leads the charge as the standard bearer of fair elections in representing the free world and defender of the values founded in The Constitution. Along comes the 2020 presidential election, and the weight of fraudulent evidence and patterns of election irregularities has suddenly been whitewashed by the courts, politicians of all stripes across the spectrum, and fair-minded journalists.
Has America, the bastion of freedom known to have drawn a line in the sand against the advancement of communism across the planet, finally imploded and succumbed to the ideals it fought to preserve with its own blood and sacrifice?
Prior to heading to the polls, election officials and courts in certain battleground states known for their past election shenanigans, were erratically making changes to mail-in voting processes that left the door wide open to ballot mishandling, contestable process fouls, outright fraud, and significant statistical anomalies. Changes to receiving mail-in ballots in a timely manner continued to expand outside the legal requirements of state legislators. President Donald Trump had the clear foresight months prior to the election when he stated that massive mail-in voting would be fraught with opportunity to turn the election and remove him from office.
Going back to November 3rd as the evening was closing out, Trump was rolling toward a second term win with the battleground states of Ohio and Florida now locked in. There has never been a Republican president elected who did not take Ohio, and very rare for a Democrat to win without Florida; a state that seen a huge swing in the Latino vote for Trump.
Concurrently, the President had what was considered an overwhelming advantage in four other battlegrounds that had him trotting to a clear 294 to 244 victory in the Electoral College. Soon after most Americans turned in for the night, the tide quickly turned for Joe Biden with many Americans now tuned out.
By the end of election day, President Trump was ahead by more than 290,000 votes in Michigan, over 110,000 votes in Wisconsin, he extended his lead in Georgia by 357,000, and his advantage in Pennsylvania was well over a half million votes. In the following days, well beyond historically expanded voting timelines for even the least advanced countries conducting an election, mail-ins arrived through a broken chain of ballot custody and unauthorized ballot handling that disproportionately favoured Biden. The electoral college map depicting these four battleground states in shades of red were erased into razor thin leads for Biden whereas many other states were solidly locked up in either Republican red or Democrat blue. What just happened?
There are scores of instances of potential ballot manufacturing that has sufficient grounds to be investigated. One case was a truck driver who alleged in a sworn affidavit, that he delivered crates of ballots from New York to Pennsylvania. This may align with lawmakers in Pennsylvania referencing the State wide Uniform Registry of Electors records indicating that there were 205,000 more ballots counted than the actual number of voters who voted; potential forged ballots to swing the election to Biden in the Keystone State.
One of the most overt examples of potential ballot manufacturing on behalf Biden took place at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia when poll watchers and observers were asked to leave in the middle of the night, and once cleared, election officials were caught on surveillance footage pulling large totes of ballots from underneath draped tables. They then ensued to tabulate a large quantity of ballots estimated to be in the ranges of tens of thousands resulting in a huge surge in Biden votes that could have easily swung the state from Trump to Biden. Interesting enough, an update at 1:34 AM on November 4thin the Peach State showed an unusual vote surge of 136,155 additional ballots for Biden and only 29,115 cast for Trump.
In a key development in Wisconsin, an election law was circumvented where clerks allegedly encouraged ‘indefinitely confinement’ where voters are unable to vote in person due to old age or a disability and thus had their ballots returned from unsanctioned drop off locations to be counted without having to show a far more rigorous voter identification photo. The number of indefinitely confinement votes that could have been harvested for a price, seen a surge from 70,000 in 2019 to over 200,000 in 2020. The 130,000 increment is more than five times the margin of victory for Biden in Wisconsin. Further to abnormal statistical and historical patterns in the Badger State, an updated tally in the wee hours of 3:42 AM on November 4th showed 143,379 additional ballots cast for Biden and only 25,163 votes going to Trump.
Counting ballots multiple times can occur when batches of ballots are repeatedly scanned and re-tabulated in electronic voting machines. There was evidence of this kind of ballot stuffing in Wayne County, Michigan where Republican poll watchers allegedly observed canvassers re-scanning batches through tabulation machines up to 3 to 4 times. Not to be outdone in the Wolverine State, an update at3:50 AM on November 4th seen an anomaly of 54,497 votes for Biden come in with a mere 4,718 cast for Trump.
There was an extraordinary number of other infractions across these four battleground states that are well documented from poll workers using unsecured USB flash drives to dump unusually large caches of votes, an unusual high number of out of state ‘Ghost’ voters, massive signature match abuses, countless broken chains of ballot custody through the post office and other courier methods, and ballots without postmarks and alleged backdating.
There was also a tremendous amount of poll watcher abuse that included positioning observers to stand at unreasonable lengthy distances from the ballot counters and placing poster boards on the windows where ballots were being processed. The egregious actions against these watchdogs is a most acute matter in sidelining frontline defenders of a democratic election – something we are akin to seeing under a one-party rule government hiding behind the election process.
There is not a single ‘smoking gun’ event that one can point to that would overturn the 2020 election results but rather many small calibre silver bullets across four battleground states that comprised of similar and perhaps concerted irregularities across these states unlike any past election or seen in other states during this election.
The country endured three years investigating Russian collusion into the legitimacy of Trump’s 2016 presidential win with senate and congressional impeachment hearings, biased hatchet men in the FBI and CIA skirting the law, a frenzied media that never let up on Trump’s guilt, and a special counsel comprised of Clinton partisans that turned over every leaf that eventually found the nearly crucified Trump to be innocent of the false charges, yet zero concern or questions of a fair election by the same crowd. Go wonder?
Anyone who raises concerns over the fairness of the 2020 elections is quickly discredited or denounced as a poor loser or worst, a felon alongside a disgruntled strongman resisting the peaceful transition of power. While it is not surprising that a biased media in bed with Biden does not dig into the validity of the election or the powerful social media giants persistently censoring anyone who ventures to call the results of the election into question, it is however, a greater dismay to see Republicans at all levels cowering under intimidation to stand with the man who has stood with them during their election campaigns.
Do we not want to know the truth surrounding the election that may have been stolen or are we willing to let democracy slip away to satisfy one’s aversion in removing a president that is despised, and perhaps one day look back in history to this moment where America self inflicted a lasting oppression in the once land of the free and home of the brave?
While the Russian collusion narrative may well have been the biggest political scandal in American history, the eventual known truth of an illegitimate elected president in 2020 may very well avert the biggest threat to the greatest democracy mankind ever founded.
The 4 groups of Senate Republicans that will decide Trump’s impeachment trial
With Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pushing back the Trump impeachment trial to mid-February to make sure things cool down, Senate Republicans’ positions on the vote are far from crystallized yet. Here are the four groups of Senate Republicans, according to views and likely vote. The numbers and composition of these four groups will decide Trump’s future political faith. Which group Mitch McConnell chooses to position himself in will also be a deciding factor in the unusual and curious impeachment trial of a former US president no longer sitting in office.
Group 1: The Willing Executioners
There surely are those in the Republican Party such as Senator Mitt Romney and Senator Ben Sasse who cannot wait to give that Yea and the final boot to disgraced former President Trump, and will do that with joy and relief. Both the Utah Senator and the Nebraska Senator may be vying for the leadership spot in the Republican Party themselves but that is not the whole story. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska openly said “I want him out.” This group is unlikely to reach as many as 17 Senators, however, needed for the two thirds Senate majority to convict Trump.
Group 2: The Never Give up on Trumpers
There are also those Republican Senators who will stick with Trump through thick and thin until the end – some out of conviction, but most as someone who cannot afford to alienate the Trump supporter base in their state – a supporter base which is still as strong.
At least 21 Republican Senators are strongly opposed to voting to convict former President Trump, as reported by Newsweek. They realize that doing so would be a political suicide. Republican voters, on the whole, are unified in their belief that the presidential elections were not fair and Joe Biden did not win legitimately, with 68% of Republican voters holding the belief that the elections were “rigged”. The majority of the Republican Party constituents are Never Give up on Trumpers themselves.
Among them are Senators Cruz and Hawley. Both will fight at all cost a vote which certifies as incitement to violence and insurrection the same rhetoric they both themselves used to incite the Trump crowd. Cruz and Hawley will try to avoid at all cost the legal certification of the same rhetoric as criminal in order to avoid their own removal under the 14th Amendment, as argued already by Senator Manchin and many others.
Senator Ron Johnson even called upon Biden and Pelosi to choose between the Trump impeachment trial and the Biden new cabinet confirmation. Group 2 will fight fierce over the next weeks and you will recognize them by the public rhetoric.
Group 3: I’d really like to but I can’t be on the record for convincing a President of my own party
Then there is a large group of Republican Senators – maybe the largest – who would really like to give that Yea vote and leave Trump behind but they do not wish to go on the record as having voted to convict a US President from their own party. Some of these Senators will share their intention to vote Yea in private or off the record with the media, but when push comes to shove and the final vote, they will be hesitant and in the end will vote Nay. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida falls under Group 3.
Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania is also the illustration of the average Republican Senator right now – someone who said that Trump committed “impeachable offenses” but who is not sure about convicting him through trial, so that probably means a Nay.
The BBC quoted a New York Time’s estimate from mid-January that as many as 20 Republican Senators are open to voting to convict Trump, but it should be recalled that in the first Trump impeachment trial in 2020, several Republican Senators also shared in private and off the record that they would be willing to convict. After so much discussion, calculations and prognosis, in the end, it was only Senator Mitt Romney who broke ranks on only one of the two impeachment articles, and voted to convict.
The Capitol events, of course, are incomparable to the Ukraine impeachment saga, but it should be accounted for that the trial vote will likely take place sometime in March 2021, or two months after the Capitol events, when most of the tension and high emotion would have subsided and much of American society will be oriented towards “moving forward”. Group 3 will host the majority of Senate Republicans who in the end will decide to let it go. Most of the 21 Republican Senators who already expressed their opposition to convicting Trump actually belong to Group 3 and not Group 2 Never Give up on Trumpers.
Group 4: I am a Never Give up on Trumper but I really want to look like Group 3
And finally, there is the most interesting group of Republican Senators who are secretly a Never Give up on Trumpers but would like to be perceived as belonging to the hesitant and deliberative Group 3 – willing and outraged but unwilling to go all the way on the record to eliminate a former Republican President.
Senator Ted Cruz might move into Group 4 in terms of rhetoric. Never Give up on Trumpers will vote Nay willingly but will try to present themselves as conflicted Group 3 politicians doing it for different reasons.
Which group Mitch McConnel chooses will be the decisive factor in aligning the Senate Republican votes. McConnel himself seems to be a Group 3 Senator who, in the end, is unlikely to rally the rest of the Senators to convict Trump even though McConnel would really like Trump out of the Republican Party, once and for all. The very fact that McConnel is not in a hurry and is in fact extending the cool-off period places him in Group 3.
Yea voters don’t need time to think about it and look at things. It took House Democrats exactly three days to get it over and done with. McConnel is quoted as willing to give time to “both sides to properly prepare”, allowing former president Trump enjoy due process. But Trump’s legal team will notice quickly that there is not much to prepare for, as they won’t find plenty of legal precedent in the jurisprudence on American Presidents’ incitement to violent insurrection for stopping the democratic certification process on an opponent who is the democratically elected President.
McConnel himself has said that he is “undecided” and that speaks volumes. He is a Group 3 Senate Republican, and with that, Group 3 will describe the mainstream Senate Republicans’ position in the impeachment trial.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer set 8 February as the start of the impeachment trial, pushing earlier McConnel’s time frame. This is when it all starts.
It is my prediction that when all is said and done, there won’t be as many as 17 Senate Republicans to vote to convict former President Trump. Trump will walk away, but not without the political damage he has incurred himself and has also left in American political life.
Two Ways that Trump Spread Covid-19 in U.S.
1. Encouraging infected workers to continue working even if it infects others:
On 12 May 2020, two hundred and twenty five labor organizations signed a letter to Antonin Scalia’s son Eugene Scalia who was Donald Trump’s appointed Secretary of Labor, and it urged his Department to change its policies “that address the standards that apply under the federal U[nemployment] I[insurance] law to determine when workers remain eligible for regular state UI or P[andemic] U[nemployment] A[ssistance] if they leave work or refuse to work due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns.” In more-common language, an economist Jared Bernstein headlined in the Washington Post six days later on May 18th, “The Labor Department is forcing workers back to jobs that could make them sick” and he explained that Scalia’s Department “has issued guidance that virtually ignores health risks and encourages employers to report workers who refuse job offers [while unemployed] so their unemployment payments can be taken away. The agency is busy urging employers to snitch on ‘claimants that have turned down suitable work.’” Trump’s Labor Department ignored the labor-organizations’ letter. Then, a barista headlined at Huffpost on 22 January 2021, “I Work In A Coffee Shop In Montana. Anti-Maskers Have Made My Job Hell.” She complained that the many customers who refused to wear masks were causing her to fear working there — she was blaming those customers, but not Trump. However, Trump and his Labor Secretary were responsible and simply didn’t care about the safety of workers, such as her, and were instead encouraging employers to force these workers to stay on the job, though doing so endangered themselves and their co-workers. Millions of infected workers were infecting others because not to would cause them to become fired and could ultimately force them into homelessness. Maybe the billionaires who funded Trump’s political career profited from such exploitation of their employees, but nationally this policy helped to increase the spreading of Covid-19. Also: since so many of those bottom-of-the-totem-pole employees are Blacks and Hispanics, etc., this Trump policy helped to cause the drastically higher infection-rates that have been reported among such groups.
2. Refusing to deal with the pandemic on a national basis:
On 15 July 2020, the Washington Post headlined “As the coronavirus crisis spins out of control, Trump issues directives — but still no clear plan” and reported that, “health professionals have urged the White House to offer a disciplined and unified national message to help people who are fatigued more than five months into the crisis and resistant to changing social behaviors, such as wearing masks and keeping a distance from others. Trump, for instance, refused to be seen publicly wearing a mask until last weekend, when he sported one during a trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. ‘You can get a really strong and eloquent governor who can help at the state level, but it does seem like we need some more national messaging around the fact that for many people, this is the most adversity they’ve faced in their life,’ said Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.” Every country (such as China, Vietnam, Venezuela, South Korea, Thailand, New Zealand, and Finland) that has been far more successful than America is at having a low number of Covid-19 cases (and deaths) per million residents has dealt with the pandemic on a national and not merely local basis, but all of the worst-performing countries (such as America, which now is at 76,407 “Tot Cases/1M pop”) have not.
It therefore also stands to reason that
which ranks all 50 states according to how high is the number of Covid-19 infections per million inhabitants, shows (and links to the data proving) that “In 2016, the top 17 [most Covid-infected states] voted for Trump, and the bottom 5 voted for Clinton. All but 3 of the top 24 voted for Trump.” The correlation of high Covid-infection-rate with Trump-voting was astoundingly high. Trump, it seems, gave the high-infection-rate states what they had wanted. But what he gave to America is the highest Covid-19 infection-rate of any nation that has at least 11 million population. It is the 7th-highest Covid-19 infection-rate among all 219 reporting nations. Trump’s policies produced the type of results that had been expected by well-informed people around the world.
A Most Unusual Inaugural
Sic transit gloria mundi — thus passes worldly glory, which seems an apt phrase for the peaceful transition of power from one administration to the next.
Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. became the 46th president of the United States at noon on January 20th, and earlier Donald J. Trump departed the White House quietly for Florida — his last ride on Air Force One as president — leaving behind a generous and gracious letter for Biden. So it is described by Joe Biden himself. Trump did not attend the inauguration, the first president not to do so since Woodrow Wilson in 1921, who remained inside the Capitol building because of poor health while his successor Warren G. Harding was installed.
It was a most unusual inauguration this time. There were no crowds on the lawns outside; instead row upon row of American flags representing them. The official attendees all wore masks and included three former Presidents (Obama, the younger Bush and Clinton). President Carter, who is in his 90s and frail, sent his apologies.
The usual late breakfast before the ceremony and the lunch afterwards were also cancelled — one cannot eat with a mask in place! No evening inaugural balls either. These were sometimes so many that the new president and his lady could only spend a few minutes at each. In their stead, there was a virtual inaugural celebration hosted by Tom Hanks the actor. It consisted mostly of pop-singers who supported Biden plus a disappointing rendering of Amazing Grace by Yo-Yo Ma on his cello.
Biden’s first act was to sign a series of executive orders to undo some of Trump’s policies. He announced the U.S. would not leave the World Health Organization (WHO) and would continue to contribute to it. On climate change a complete policy reversal now means the U.S. will abide by the Paris climate accord.
Biden’s other executive orders totalling 15 responded to the coronavirus crisis with the goal of giving 100 million vaccine shots by the end of April. He proposes to establish vaccine centers at stadiums and community facilities and also plans to speed up production of the supplies required for making vaccines.
The U.S. now has lost 406,000 lives (and counting) from COVID-19. That number is noted to be greater than U.S. deaths during WW2. The virus has so far infected 24.5 million people. However, the problem is more complicated than simply inoculating everyone.
Swedish authorities report that 23 people, mostly elderly and having other health issues, have died after being given the Pfizer vaccine. Its side effects apparently can be severe and mimic the disease itself. Thus given a choice, one would prefer the Moderna vaccine.
Old age is a poignant sight to behold. Biden the ex high school football star now having difficulty lifting his feet to walk. Very gamely, he even tried a jog or two to say a quick hello to bystanders during his short walk to the White House. We wish him well and hope for a successful presidential term. Thirty-six years as senator and eight years as vice-president certainly make him one of the most experienced to sit in the White House Oval Office. Good luck Mr. President!
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