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Will the “Winner” of 2020 Presidential Election be Seen as Legitimate?

As many of you know, 2020 has been a very interesting year. But what if I told you that it could get even more.. “interesting”. As some of you might remember, about two weeks ago I wrote a post about what might occur in case neither Trump nor Biden concedes after the 2020 election. I also wrote a post about the lack of realistic plans by Democrats if the election has uncertain or disputed results. Then there is my recent series about how the american elites, of both political parties, have lost touch with reality. Let us take all those thought experiments to the next step. Have you ever wondered what will occur if “winner” of 2020 election, assuming there is one, will be seen as legitimate. Now some of you, such as MikeCA, might say that the situation will resolve itself like it did in aftermath of the infamous 2000 election. I am not be sure about such a benign outcome and here are a few reasons for that belief.

1] People often forget that the America of 2000 was a very different place from the one we live in today. Sure.. this might not be evident by looking at photographs of downtown skylines, suburbs or even the underwear styles and pubic hair grooming of young women- we might as well be in a different country. 2000 was the peak of public acceptance of neoliberalism. That election had one of the lowest electoral turnouts in this country since WW2, and remember that the 90s had the lowest average turnout since 1940s. It also occurred at the peak of prosperity and well-being that occurred in later half of 1990s. All of this is a long winded way of saying the country was far less politically polarized, the mood was far more optimistic and people were generally much better off during at that time than they are in 2020. This is why most people did not care about GW Bush stealing the election from a lackluster neoliberal and conservative democrat such as Al Gore.

Let me remind you that Clinton42 won states in both 1992 and 1996 (LA, TN, WV, KY, AR, AZ, GA etc) which Democrats have not won for almost two decades. My point, once again, is that the public mood and degree of political polarization in late-1990s was very different from what we have today. Today things are.. much weirder than in 2000, and not in a good way. If the Bush vs Gore farce had occurred in the current political environment we would have major and prolonged riots in many cities- much worse than what we saw in past few months. And we are still talking about conventional mediocre political candidates with zero charisma or dedicated followers. In other words, a repeat of even the 2000 scenario with Trump vs Biden would make the craziness we saw in past few months look tame in comparison.

2] Let us move on the next question, namely whether partisan Republican voters will accept a “win” in a tight contest by Biden- especially if it is almost exclusively built on mail-in ballots? This is not a trivial question, since that scenario is far more likely than anybody wants to admit. What happens if Trump “wins” on election night and appears to be in the lead for a few days only to fall behind Dementia Joe after more mail-in ballots are suddenly discovered in certain swing states? Do you think Trump supporters (especially the ones with guns) are going to take this scenario lying down- especially given the unusually high levels of political polarization on top of all the disruption caused by COVID-19 shutdowns? Do you really think there won’t be street fights all over the country between Democrat supporters and armed MAGA-types? Do people such as MikeCA comprehend the significance and full consequences of this type of civil strife?

And it gets worse. Let us assume, for a moment, that Dementia Joe ends up being declared the “winner”. What are his plans to get the economy back in gear after all the job losses caused by COVID-19 shutdown? Are Democrats stupid enough to think that they can do a 180 and open everything within next week or month after inauguration? Do they think people will forget how much they were in favor of perpetual lockdowns, endless testing and all that other bullshit? Do they have the willingness and ability to pass trillions of dollars in assistance to make the 99% whole again? Do they have any plans for compensating the millions of small business which have either closed down or will do so soon? Do they have any plans to govern other than passing more “gun control” laws and endlessly talking about a “return to normality and civility”? And do they think there will be no resistance from armed MAGA fanatics?

3] Things don’t look better if Trump wins, either. For starters, he is almost guaranteed to lose the popular vote, even if he wins the electoral college. What happens if his “wins” in swing states are due to massive rejections and legal challenges of mail-in ballots? Do you think they will see him as a legitimate president, especially if he “wins” the electoral college under such circumstances? To be fair, many never saw him as a legitimate president in first place- even if they grudgingly accepted his electoral college victory in 2016. What happens if even that becomes controversial in 2020? What happens if Trump is declared as the “winner” under very shady conditions? What recourse do Democrats have? Will there be even more street protest, widespread and prolonged rioting, possible armed encounters between them and armed MAGA types? What about all those people who have become chronically unemployed or lost their small businesses due to COVID-19 shutdowns? Whose side will they take under such conditions?

What happens if nothing improves for people whose livelihood has been destroyed by COVID-19 shutdowns after Trump’s “victory”? Will that cause even more civic unrest and prolonged rioting? What happens if we start seeing occasional mass shootings at protests and clashes between protesters from different factions? What happens if Democratic-governed states decide to not open schools and universities in Winter 2021 out of spite after losing the election? Do you realize how unpredictable things can get with tens of millions of desperate,poor and unemployed people in this country right now- a statistic which is unlikely to change in near future. Now add in the risk of Trump starting a disastrous war with Iran or Venezuela just before the election or doing some other stupid shit to improve his poll numbers before election day?

In summary, 2020 can get far more ‘interesting’ than it has been so far- and this is not a good thing, to put it mildly.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. P Ray
    September 13, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Ya, the neoliberalism is in full swing, when those at the top speak of “normality and civility”, while those at the bottom are not sure where their next meal is coming from.

    The only kind of mentality that can easily get away with accepting such thinking, or can carry on their day “focused on the work my constituents have given me” (which, since we are told “Americans are a very proud people”, seems not to include secure employment, shelter and food) without saying “Look, this is wrong. We’re the most powerful country in the world, and people are going hungry … while fruits rot on the vine because nobody wants to pick it.” … the only people continuing to act like this is a temporary blip … are psychopaths.

  2. doldrom
    September 13, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Public opinion is being set up for two outcomes, both requiring Trump to be removed by the Military/CIA/Secret Service, with blanket cover in the MSM and all social media/tech.

    1. Trump loses the election, refuses to leave office and must be dislodged or democracy is lost.
    2. Trump wins the election by fraud and must be dislodged or democracy is lost.

    For a good take on what will be happening:
    https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2020/09/12/americas-color-revolution/

  3. doldrom
    September 13, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    ‘‘ All Americans and the world will hear is that Trump lost and must go or Trump won by vote fraud and must go. It will be impossible for Trump or anyone to refute the charges. The weak-minded, weak-willed Republicans will collapse. Republicans are not people capable of combat. Republicans believe that to disparage the military/security complex is unpatriotic. Thus, they are sitting ducks.

  4. Jack Donovan
    September 14, 2020 at 11:28 am

    it’s sooo tough being a white man these daze…

    anything us white guys can do an aryan woman can do better…

    I could not piss that far after a bunch of bourbon, could you AD?

    You hindu muffins will never know the burden us gay alt-reich guys carry…

    Trully you are playing the video game on the EZ setting!!!

  5. doldrom
    September 15, 2020 at 8:04 am

    So they’ve detected phosphine gas in Venus’ atmosphere.
    In complete accordance with what I’ve commented earlier, everybody is responding with:
    “We’re not alone. We’re not alone!”

    I remember Carl Sagan writing about this possibility many decades ago.

    https://news.wisc.edu/is-there-life-adrift-in-the-clouds-of-venus/

  6. RYU
    September 15, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    many aryan nationalists died finding this…

    [video src="https://i.imgur.com/dSXjo2L.mp4" /]

    Finally AD is uncovered…

    …doing what he does best, did you expect anything less from that hindu muffin?

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