Try this thought: If defeated, Trump will congratulate the winner, thank his staff for their loyalty and simply leave office, like all other presidents have done before him.
Pause for a moment does the the above sentence ring true? Does it describe a scenario thats in keeping with what we have witnessed for the past
Trump does *nothing* quietly, or fairly, or legitimately. Nor does he surrender any ideological ground. It would be very consistent with his demonstrated behavior to contest the results of an election, especially if all the Republican machinations dont pan out.
I put *nothing* past this insane, bitter criminal. Nothing. It would be wise to have a plan in place that deals with Trump either not recognizing the results of an election he does not win, or not surrendering the office per the law. Because, as has been witnessed repeatedly, the law means nothing to Trump or his circle.
Yes, we are indeed divided, because Republicans have departed from their longtime posturing about big central government, adhering to Constitution, law and order, fiscal responsibility, values, etc. More broadly, they have created (and continue to generate) a new reality that isnt based upon measurable facts whatsoever; rather, its whatever those currently in power wish it to be. And thats frankly insane.
Until Trump, Americans had never witnessed such a dangerous amassing of executive power. The ideals of a constitutional democratic republic have been utterly discarded.
The country is in uncharted territory now. A minority of zealots has learned how to control and concentrate power over the majority. The United States has its first truly fascist dictator.
I really wish it could be true, that Republicans would FINALLY see the light and act for the good of the country not merely themselves and turn Trump over to face serious judgement for his shocking and continuing malfeasance.
But the GOP has changed since the days of Richard Nixon. They are no longer conservatives, they are radical (white) nationalists. Theyve found, through the example set by their chosen one, that living above the law has its advantages. They now fervently endorse autocratic rule, and enjoy marginalizing and excluding the other, a broad category that includes Democrats and progressives. In short, they are ALL Donald Trump, and they like it that way.
The tide of opinion may be turning, but the only sure way to be rid of Trump is for most of the 12 swing states to vote Democratic. Much of the electoral map is fixed, in terms of blue and red, so once again, the swing states will be the coveted prizes.
Assuming that theres a free-and-fair election in 2020 (Republicans have even cast a shadow over that once-sacrosanct process), Trump will rise or fall depending on the votes in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Those 12 states are where fascism and democracy will finally tangle. There must be a veritable flood of Democratic voters in each of those states, so that their numbers will wash over any Russian meddling and voter suppression.
It will be ugly, but victory is still possible.
Democrats can get out the popular vote all over hells creation but saddled with the Electoral College as we are, it will be the votes in the dozen perennial swing states where the election will be won/lost: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin (and possibly Arizona this time).
In particular, the so-called Rust Belt (Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, etc.) has the highest concentration of older white male voters. This is the region where Trump squeaked by in the 2016 election. Winning most of these states is the *only* path to victory, as the remainder of the electoral map is pretty much cast in blue-and-red stone now.
As for Russian interference on behalf of Trump, count on it.
So, yeah, GOTV in massive numbers, ESPECIALLY in the swing states. Otherwise...
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