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Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in 2016 Elections, 2016 Presidential Election, Arab-Americans, Bigotry, Breaking News, Economy, Fascism, Government, Hispanics, Immigration, Journalism, Migrants, Muslims, Political Correctness, Politics, Russia | 31 comments

The System Is Rigged

shutterstock_272183825Even before the election takes place Donald Trump is claiming that the election is rigged and that if he loses, it’s because the voting is fixed. Why is he doing this? Is it to stir up his supporters to get them to the polls, encourage them to contribute to his campaign, have them actively participate to convince other voters to back him? None of these possibilities really hold much water.

The Donald is claiming the system is rigged so that if he loses, he won’t be known as a “loser.” This is the worst epithet in the Trump lexicon, and no matter what happens, he doesn’t want to be called a loser. If he convinces others that the system is rigged, he may not be thought of that way. (But no matter how you cut it, he will still be a loser.)

Though he obviously doesn’t care, Trump’s declaration that the voting is fixed is bad for America and for the democratic system. It makes the nation look bad in the eyes of the rest of the world, particularly in those nations where autocrats rule. People like Putin and Xe can take Trump’s statements as truth and use it in their propaganda to show that democracy is not really what it’s cracked up to be. Free elections are not really free and the outcome is pre-ordained by the people who run “the system.” Other nations can use his statements as well for anti-American propaganda and to criticize democracy.

Trump can also employ his claims to dispute the results of the election, to ask for recounts and challenge the vote totals in various areas. It can diminish the legitimacy of Hillary’s presidency as well if she wins, with some people convinced that she wasn’t really the victor. (Trump played the same game with his birther claims to contest the legitimacy of Obama’s presidency by stating that he was not born in America, was not a citizen, and was a Muslim, trying to destroy his public image.)

There is a possibility that some people will believe Trump’s claims and may be more inclined to vote for him, thinking that the system is unfair. More worrisome is that some of his supporters may not acquiesce to a Trump loss, particularly if the vote is close. If they assume that the election was rigged, they may institute civil disobedience actions that make the nation, or portions of it, difficult to govern. They might also foment an insurrection against the federal government, an armed rebellion that could take the form of guerilla warfare or a direct military confrontation. Trump’s supporters include all the white supremacists and militia groups that are armed to the teeth. They could raise a formidable army to fight for Trump if the circumstances were right. All of them hate Hillary and the Democrats and the right spark could ignite them. And seeing how Trump has been conducting his campaign, he could be the one to provide that spark. The narcissist in him might not be able to resist it.

It is imperative that the media be more aggressive contesting Trump’s remarks about election rigging, whether the editors, correspondents and owners have a conservative or liberal outlook. It is not something that demands neutrality as his comments are untrue and damage the nation. Trump has been playing with fire since the onset of his campaign with his nativist and populist remarks, and focus on identity politics. His claims of election rigging have upset people in both the GOP and Democratic parties, with uncertainty about where he is going with this. It’s another example of Trump’s instability and his unworthiness to hold the presidency. No matter what he says and how he tries to shape the narrative, Trump is a danger to America and the democratic process.

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  • JSpencer

    “It is imperative that the media be more aggressive contesting Trump’s remarks about election rigging, whether the editors, correspondents and owners have a conservative or liberal outlook.”

    Agreed, they should do it forcefully and often. This would, however, require them to do their jobs. Think of all the chaos and potential violence they would miss being able to report on by doing so. How can Fourth Estate responsibilities ever compete with that?

    • The ratings hounds can’t help themselves.

      • Slamfu

        The ratings hounds can’t help themselves.

        Dead on, and that right there is why we even have Trump still around to plague this election cycle.

        • JSpencer

          *****

  • rudi

    He doubled down today and said that his supporters should take up arms and kill Hillary.
    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/46246_Video-_Donald_Trump_Suggests_Shooting_Hillary_Clinton

  • Former CIA chief Michael Hayden said this about Trump’s “2nd amendment” crack:

    “Well, let me say if someone else said that outside of the hall, he’d be in the back of a police wagon now, with the Secret Service questioning him,”

    This is beyond the pale–again. More proof of what a train wreck a Trump Presidency would be.

    • Bob Munck

      More proof of what a train wreck a Trump Presidency would be.

      I think that the author is telling us that Trump could very well wreck the train without ever obtaining the Presidency.

      Congratulations, Republicans and conservatives; the monster you’ve been nurturing for thirty years — not just Trump and the mindset that produced him, but also “all the white supremacists and militia groups that are armed to the teeth” — may stomp our nation like Godzilla stomped Tokyo. I’m strangely unsympathetic to those of you who only wanted “a little less government in our lives” or “a stronger National Defense” or “to keep a bit more of our hard-earned money” or whatever other high-minded reason you had for turning a blind eye to what your party was doing.

      • dduck

        No one wants your sympathy, Godzilla lover.

      • SDB

        Good afternoon Bob
        ——>I’m strangely unsympathetic to those of you who only wanted “a little less government in our lives” or “a stronger National Defense” or “to keep a bit more of our hard-earned money” or whatever other high-minded reason you had for turning a blind eye to what your party was doing.<----- Trump only secured roughly 30% of the primary vote -far from a majority, but enough because the field was so full, it diluted the will of the majority who neither favor him or feel they represent him. Nothing wrong less government, a stronger national defense, or to keep more hard earned jack in my pocket rather than distribute it to some other fellow citizen. If you break these things down, it's rather hard to assail the premise behind the sentiment of the examples you reference here. These very things you demonize are at least a few of the very elements which brought this country to greatness. Most of us on both sides of the aisle just wish to restore our country to what it once was.

        • dduck

          Wait for it. Here it is a compliment for the person who will be our next president (if you are listening, Hillary, I take a late breakfast, so no knocking on the Lincoln Bedroom door).
          http://www.wsj.com/articles/hillary-neednt-apologize-for-welfare-reform-1470783789

        • Bob Munck

          These very things you demonize are at least a few of the very elements which brought this country to greatness.

          You misread what I wrote. I did not “demonize” small government, lower taxes, or anything else. Those are excuses for supporting the Republican Party and the conservative movement for the last 30 years, and I’m saying that they are nowhere close to sufficient, either taken individually or all together. The party and movement have supported, encouraged, and practiced racial bigotry, religious intolerance, violent behavior, contempt for the government of the United States, misogyny, white supremacy, anti-intellectualism, illogical anti-science, and male entitlement. It goes back to Goldwater, Nixon, Reagan, and the results have been armed militia, the Tea Party, sovereign citizens, deniers, yahoos parading the streets in cameo and weapons of war, birthers, and now Donald Trump. Sins of omission are still sins, and those who supported the right have a great many to answer for.

          Trump only secured roughly 30% of the primary vote -far from a majority,

          Current polls are saying that a lot more people than that support him, somewhere around 40% of the population. Their opinions and prejudices were created and nurtured by the right wing.

          Most of us on both sides of the aisle just wish to restore our country to what it once was.

          Yeah, things were great back then — for white males above a certain economic level. Girls were girls and men were men.

        • Brownies girl

          SBD writes: “Most of us on both sides of the aisle just wish to restore our country to what it once was.”

          That’s a similar line I heard on “Downton Abbey”, just before everyone left and they had to close shop and rent out the estate.
          I’m always curious about what people mean when they say they want to “take the country back” and you’ve written – “…restore our country to what it once was.” Seems the same thing, to me. What was that exactly, ‘what it once was’? When?

          How far back you want to go? The 1950’s? (no internet back then, that we and you so take for granted today). The WWII war years? The twenties? Or maybe the turn of the 1800 to 1900 century? Leave alone internet, they didn’t even have telephones or hot running water or indoor toilets – and I’m talking the 40’s and 50’s for most folks in the US. As well as my family in Canada.

          What is it you want back that once was? A detailed response is requested. Merci! BG

          • What is it you want back that once was?

            I recently read a short piece on what Trump supporters perhaps want to take our country back to:

            Back to what?

            Segregation?

            Coat hanger abortions?

            Internment camps?

            Barefoot and pregnant?

            Child labor?

            White supremacy?

            Seriously, either say what you man or shut the heck up!

            I have cleaned it up a little bit.

          • JSpencer

            I’m sure that passes for “greatness” in some circles..

          • dduck

            Perhaps some would like to go back 20 years ago:
            “Two decades ago this month, after all, Hillary Clinton’s husband teamed up with a Republican Congress to implement historic welfare-reform legislation. Around half of the Democrats supported it, along with nearly all of the Republicans. It was a truly bipartisan effort, one that looks otherworldly in today’s political environment.”
            http://www.wsj.com/articles/hillary-neednt-apologize-for-welfare-reform-1470783789
            “Leading Democrats predicted doom. Sen. Pat Moynihan declared that “those involved will take this disgrace to their graves.” Rep. Dick Gephardt said, “more than one million children could be forced into poverty because of this bill.” The New Republic magazine told readers that “wages will go down, families will fracture, millions of children will be more miserable than ever.”
            It seems even Dems can get it wrong sometimes. 🙂 (one is enough)

          • JSpencer

            Yes dd, even dems can get it wrong now and then! Feel better? 🙂

          • Bob Munck

            “Leading Democrats predicted doom …

            Statistically, there was in fact a 432% increase in the incidence of dogs and cats living together.

        • Slamfu

          Actually prior to FDR’s policies, this country kinda sucked. Massive income inequality, most Americans died in grinding poverty. Hundreds of thousands of people were so desperate for a shot at anything better they gleefully charged off into the unclaimed West, braving death and privation even unto taking their wives and children with them into the savagery of that life. If you were rich, sure, life was good, but by today’s standards, things really sucked.

        • “Nothing wrong less government”
          except for when it comes to unneeded voter registration laws, right? 😉

          “a stronger national defense”
          stronger than what? we spend more money than the next top 7 countries combined.

          “keep more hard earned jack in my pocket”
          I think that is one of those areas that will always be understandably under debate. It is basically a question of where we are and who we want to be as a society….something that changes over time.

          “Most of us on both sides of the aisle just wish to restore our country to what it once was. ”
          Make America Great Again!

      • JSpencer

        C’mon Bob, you know Trump is just an anomaly. 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉

        • Bob Munck

          Trump is just an anomaly

          Aren’t we all?

          • JSpencer

            There’s more of me where I come from.

          • KP

            “I don’t know about that accent son …
            Just where did you come from”.

          • JSpencer

            “A lotta front porch sittin’
            Starin’ up at heaven
            Where I come from.”

            😉

          • KP

            Si Si, Bueno

          • KP

            In was thinking Montgomery Gentry but you out did me with Alan Jackson.

          • JSpencer

            Don’t feel bad, I was thinking of Firesign Theater.

          • Bob Munck

            Firesign Theater.

            How can you be in two places at once when you’re not anywhere at all?

            “A lotta front porch sittin’
            Starin’ up at heaven

            Tonight’s a good night for that. The Perseids, and we’re going right through the middle of them.

          • JSpencer

            Overcast here in mid-MI… hoping it clears up!

          • KP

            Come down, mate. Take a long bong rip.

          • JSpencer

            You slay me brother. 😉

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