Friday, February 2, 2024

 Trump and the Election

Israel’s War on Gaza has awakened many to react to our global plight today. The fight to stop the production of fossil fuels, the cries to save democracy as the means to guarantee our freedoms and matters dealing with government spying, the supremacy of technology, political corruption and the increasing unaccountableness of the super-rich in a world entrapped in finance capital, forced immigration, the unscrupulous U.S. Republican Party led by the unhinged Trump, these and more weigh on everyone’s mind. Many writers have pointed to the tragedies of assassinations in the 1960s, the attack on the twin towers on 9/11, the crimes committed in wars on Afghanistan, Iraq and other Near East nations, none honestly examined and accounted for by government, as precursors and groundworks for our problems.

The U.S. government has lied and covered-up the truth in such a blatant manner, as if it considered the citizenry too ignorant to doubt it, that investigative scholars and journalists have had a field day exposing the culpability of its leaders. Governments have enablers, criminals and sycophants who use their positions to quash investigations. The public’s duty is to read those books exposing the crimes and question those who try to muddy the waters. I want to examine Laurent Guyenot’s The Unspoken Kennedy Truth (2020, 2023) concerning the assassination of the Kennedy brothers and JFK Jr. in a later blog. For now, the discussion in TV and social media argues over Donald Trump’s fitness to be president. Trump’s supporters are often uneducated, at least sufficiently to know they are being lied to constantly by this grifter.

{Recently Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC referred to Trump’s often repeated claim that the Chinese had to pay for the tariffs he imposed, to applause from his audience, which was not aware that by law the increasing costs in tariffs are paid by Americans. And so these gullible voters swallow another lie.} Voices warning that Trump would be a dictator are late to the subject. Donald Trump’s Hidden Agenda for America; Institutionalizing Bigotry, Dismantling Democracy by Michael Haas appeared in 2019. An educated public would have absorbed it.

The major question concerning Trump’s fitness for office seems not to be his criminal indictments, his mental instability, his tendency to violence, his traitorous behaviour but his leading an insurrection against the government which excludes him from holding elective office under Amendment 14 of the U.S. Constitution. Scholars with expert knowledge of the Constitution such as Laurence Tribe and Michael Luttig, from opposite political beliefs, have asserted that the arguments in favour of the Amendment are “unassailable”, an observation verified by the Supreme Court of Colorado which conducted an exhaustive investigation into the subject. I have, however, heard political operatives and TV journalists argue that Trump’s political right to be on the ballot supersedes the Constitution. Some fear a public riot by Trump supporters whose fanaticism Trump has nurtured. They say, as if in confirmation, that the U.S. Supreme Court will rule in Trump’s favour as if the conservative court overbalanced with Trump appointees will put politics over the law.. 

My view is that if the Constitution is ignored on one issue it can be ignored on any issue, which means there is no Constitution and the nation will have no mooring. The franchise in the U.S. is victimized by the archaic Electoral College in which the voters in smaller states have greater representation than in larger states, which sometimes leads to the candidate who loses the popular vote winning the presidency. This happened when Al Gore won the popular vote but lost the Electoral vote to George W Bush and when Mrs Clinton won the popular vote but Trump won the presidency with the electoral vote. In both cases the result was catastrophic for the United States and particularly other nations. This procedure was introduced by slave-owners who feared the popular vote in which Blacks could be counted and who kept the concepts of the slave states alive. The 14th Amendment was a result of the Civil War fought over slavery in which Congress, wary of the Southern Confederacy seizing power, legislated that anyone engaged in insurrection against the U.S. government could not run for office. The winners of the War insured that the sacrifices they made to keep the union could not be undermined by someone like Donald Trump who promises to trash the Constitution and rule for his benefit. Some predict that Trump will lose the national vote to a weakened Biden but win the electoral vote to win the presidency again. If the U.S. Supreme Court ignores the Constitution and decides that Trump can remain on the ballot for the presidency it will transfer “victory” in the Civil War to the Southern Confederacy—a travesty of history. In that case will the voters follow Trump and trash their history? One trusts that honesty will prevail and intelligence guide the nation to reform rather than civil war. The latter will surely happen if Trump becomes president because democratic government is essential to half the population at the least. Trump and his minions are counting on the timorous nature of democrats and their adherence to democratic principles to fall victim to his autocratic government.

There is a further problem. Trump will not accept defeat and will claim the election was rigged if he loses. The ensuing violence that political operatives fear if Trump is not on the ballot could happen when he is on the ballot. Nevertheless, the U S Supreme Court has a momentous decision to make. How meaningful will it be if by validating the 14th Amendment it validates the Colorado Supreme Court’s barring of Trump from the ballot? Just Colorado and Maine have ruled against Trump. The other states have yet to decide the issue. Trump’s overwhelming popularity among Republicans as demonstrated by his wins in the Republican primaries are panicking Democrats and most of the rest of the world. Finland’s prime minister expressed dismay at the threatening spectre of Trump when his country joined NATO in the belief that U.S. military might would support it against Russia whose leader owns Trump and will have U.S. weaponry at his command.

The comparison of Brazil’s sensible dealing with its insurrection to the American divisiveness over its insurrection has puzzled the world. How could millions of Americans forgive an obvious gangster and corrupter of values for his murderous attack on their Capitol, his boast to copy Putin and Xi in submitting the United States to a violent dictatorship under him for life, and his narcissism and jumbled reasoning which cost the nation dearly in his previous years as President? Do they not see that they will be his enemy if they do not support his every whim? Many blame the American education system, others blame right-wing media despite being fined millions for deliberately lying to its listeners. The major culprits are the Republican politicians who abandoned democratic government and honesty in the expectation of overwhelming any opposition to its autocratic right-wing agenda and its accompanying disregard for the hopes and expectations of the majority. 

From the Canadian perspective, so dependent on U.S. trade and good-will, this American phenomenon of abandoning common sense in a blind adulation of a confidence trickster and its cheer leaders among the Canadian electorate, must be attributed to a shift in belief in a dictatorial government and an inexplicable trust in Finance Capitalism which has usurped the body politic. This movement is run by the oligarchs the world over, the “predators”, whose mentality is demonstrated in the psychopathic Israelis in the Hamas War. Canadians of good-will recognize the danger to our country from a Trump-led U.S.—not least that invasion is a possibility for many reasons.

To revert to the first paragraph we owe gratitude to the investigators of the crimes which have been covered up but now exposed because they help explain how certain malignant forces have brought us to this bleak choice of civil war. 

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