People are on high alert, seriously anxious at the refusal to acknowledge President-elect Biden’s win, and the Republican pretense that, despite losing the popular vote and the electoral college, trump will stay put. He won’t.
While there are several steps between now and January 20th, the reality is Biden clearly won. The world knows it; even the US knows it, with polls showing 80% of Americans, including Republicans, know he won.
And here we have the 20th Amendment, which states unequivocally that on January 20th, 2021, trump’s term expires and Biden’s begins. Trump doesn’t have to agree to it. Using my favorite analogy, it’s like a expiring parking meter.
Now, of course I could be wrong, and they could be mounting a successful coup, and with that, pretty much the entire world is screwed. It’s possible.
I just don’t think so. As of yet, the trump team hasn’t won a single court case. The deadlines for election certification loom; I don’t see the states Biden won being willing to play along, or any state really being willing to stand up in a court to defend a refusal to certify based on nothing.
So we’ll see. Let’s take now for now, and each thing as they arise. We’ve done our part, the rest is not in our hands.
I’m not going to play the “they’re trying to steal the election” game. It’s too late. They lost. President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris won. There’s a whole lot of whining and stomping but nothing substantial that would change anything.
While they’re trying to compare themselves to us in 2016, the reality is that Republicans, and the trump campaign in particular, did collude with a hostile foreign power to usurp the election. A lot of people went to prison over it.
A lot of people have not yet gone to prison over it, but there’s still time.
Here what we’re seeing is the idea that their loss is, inherently, not fair. That victory belongs to them, whether or not they won it. Maybe that’s a warping because of the oddness of the Electoral College; maybe it’s just their endless entitlement.
But they lost. And given what they’ve done in the past to “win,” it’s very strange it’s a thread they want to pull.
People want to hold this whole thing up as evidence of the “weakness” of democracy. I say it underscores its strength. The people have spoken.
Have a great Tuesday.
Here we are, the end of the election week, and no winner declared, though it seems the writing is on the wall, and not just the angry scribblings of geriatric toddler donald trump, either. Perhaps we have righted ourselves.
My focus has been better, but I suspect I can get a pass for that, it being the end of a week that, so far, has lasted four years. I’m sure no matter where you are in the world, you feel the same.
It will be interesting to see how the rest unfolds once the future is certain, how people try to pretend they never made excuses for a man who permanently ripped families apart, left Puerto Rico without power for years, demeaned our military, ignored the bounty placed on our troops, had his ICE mutilating and sexually abusing women and allowing people to die of medical neglect, who called a pandemic a hoax, all semantic games aside, and let it burn, unbridled.
A man who stoked bigotry and violence, used the government as his personal bully and demanded personal favors in exchange for official acts. A man who treated the First Amendment like a nuisance and gassed people for peaceful protest.
We will never forgot what they supported, defended and fought for.
Anyway, that’s it for me. Have a great Friday and a calmer weekend.
Not even going to pretend that only voting is the issue. Go vote for Biden, and vote for Democrats for the Senate and the House and all your local races. Make the world better.
Help undo the damage.