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War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT BIDEN?

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So what happens now? We’ll see. Emboldened by GOP success in the congressional elections, the GOP might go no holds barred to keep Trump in office, or at least prevent Biden’s legitimacy by any means fair or foul. The president’s cabinet for example … is confirmed by the Senate. McConnell could

This morning pretty much every media outlet said Biden had won the election, even Fox News came around. Lots of people were really happy, there was dancing in the streets in many cities. Biden’s win looks really solid, this isn’t like 2000 where it all hinged on one state. Trump would have to somehow flip a number of states back to Trump to win, I haven’t read any analysis that thought that was anything but extremely unlikely. So as of Saturday 7 November 2020, looks like Biden is the president elect of the United States. Right?

So now Trump gracefully concedes the election and for two and a half months the incoming and outgoing administration will organize a peaceful coordinated transfer of power. Snort. No, that seems unlikely. Trump, Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh and others are leading a great hue and cry of “Stop the Steal!” What evidence have they provided for this widespread election fraud? None! So while cooler Republican heads are saying it’s time to concede, Trump swears he’ll have to be dragged out of the White House.

One has to remember that in his mind, Trump won. The only possible way he could have lost was some massive conspiracy against him. And if it’s true for Trump, it’s true as far as his supporters are concerned. Gotta remember a lot of Trump supporters are running scared. One texted me today to the effect that when the courts give the election to Trump, leftists were going to set the country ablaze. I think that’s unlikely, but yeah, if somehow Trump became the president elect, there would be huge demonstrations. And there would be violence, a long tradition in the US. The right claiming a fine share thank you. I don’t think the country would be set ablaze though, hasn’t come close yet.

Reality is what people believe it is, and they will  act on it. Unfortunately this new normal “The election was rigged!” card was played by the Democrats relentlessly after Clinton’s embarrassing 2016 loss to Trump. Granted not in the same league as “It’s all voter fraud!” or “He was born in Kenya!”, but still, not helping. In five of the last six elections the loser has made claims of funny business after the election, only one of which had any legs. Not a healthy trend for a democracy.

So what happens now? We’ll see. Emboldened by GOP success in the congressional elections, the GOP might go no holds barred to keep Trump in office, or at least prevent Biden’s legitimacy by any means fair or foul. The president’s cabinet for example … is confirmed by the Senate. McConnel could literally prevent Biden from appointing a cabinet. Trump could just declare the election null and void, and if the Senate and the Supreme Court backed him, who knows what the hell would happen. We could see like the ultimate weirdness, two presidents sworn in, both claiming the other wasn’t legitimate.

Couldn’t happen? Anything could happen, that’s how reality works, we ain’t out of the woods yet. Trump and the GOP tossed the Constitution out the window long ago. My friends who think it’s all going to be fine now, pretty optimistic I’d say. Kind of in the same class as people who think we’re gonna get control of Covid-19 and things will get back to normal. I hope I’m wrong, it would be really nice if cooler heads prevailed, times are difficult enough. I hope that Trump and Biden supporters try to work together to make America a better place. A man can dream. A man does dream. It’s why I write.

Yes, Covid-19. It’s exploding in the USA, elsewhere too, but nothing like in America. Record numbers of new cases, over a thousand dead a day, and no end in sight. And while we are sciencing the shit out of Covid-19 and learning more all the time, bad things are still being discovered: Covid in Scotland: Denmark visitors banned over mink fears. Basically not only can mink easily get Covid-19 and spread it among themselves, it can easily mutate and jump back into humans. I think the plan is to kill all the farmed mink in Denmark, and no doubt elsewhere. The scary part here though, likely there are other animals Covid-19 can jump in and out of. More opportunities for mutation, and the more variants of Covid-19 there are, the more problematic a vaccine becomes.

So in conclusion, in two major ways reality has changed. Covid-19 is with us for the foreseeable future, and it’s going to kill hundreds of thousands more Americans with all the collateral economic damage that will do; and our system of government is sitting on the edge. Maybe Trump will stand down, but wishful thinking isn’t going to make it happen. The Biden bus incident, if those guys had started shooting with their arsenal of military grade rifles, how many Secret Service agents guard Biden? The sixties was less polarized than now, and it saw some nasty business.

Cautiously optimistic but still scared. I’m not sure if I promised to blog daily until the election, though that was for sure the minimum goal. I think I promised to blog daily until Trump was no longer president. So I will keep it up until then, it’s good to have a goal in life. Stay safe everyone. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

Copyright © 2020 Doug Stych. All rights reserved.

(Image: A beautiful vista. California? Just trying to think there’s good ways things can go from here. Public Domain image from Snappygoat.)

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November 7, 2020 at 8:23 pm

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  1. Well done Doug. Keep blogging. Love it.

    facarroll

    November 8, 2020 at 12:08 am


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