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WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

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Well, Trump and company’s reaction to the Supreme Court turning down Texas’s effort to overturn the election in four states was predictable. They went ballistic. Or more ballistic I suppose, this has been over the top since election day. The heart of darkness or whatever one wants to call it in all this is so weird. Trump actually believes he won the election. In a sane world Trump would have finally conceded the election, since all his legal efforts have come to naught. Even the three Supreme Court justices he appointed voted to dismiss Texas’s motion. For the simple reason it was utterly without merit, Texas doesn’t have the right to contest other state’s elections.

It’s hard to get one’s head around, the president and many of his supporters have seceded from reality. They are absolutely convinced the election was stolen from Trump, and I don’t think there’s any chance they will come around. As has become horrifically clear to me over the past year, Trump isn’t a liar. He’s insane, he lives in a delusional fantasy world where he’s this great leader fighting against some sort of global communist pedophile conspiracy. And he has a raft of people in it with him now. He’s always lived in a fantasy world, but his wealth and sycophants have always insulated him from any consequences from his failures. And they’re trying to do it again, bending reality to their will. Fortunately America’s democratic institutions have withstood the assault … so far.

The cries of outrage on the right were over the top. There’s open talk of secession: ‘#Texit’: A Texas state lawmaker says he will propose a referendum on seceding from the US because the ‘federal government is out of control’. (I loved how one of the points he made is Federal spending being out of control; whose watch did he think that occurred on?) Secession is of course not permitted under the US constitution. That was settled in Texas vs White in 1869. It was also settled in a little scuffle called the Civil War, under the aegis of one Abraham Lincoln, whom the GOP has tried to co-opt as one of their own. The ironic disconnects in modern GOP thinking can be breathtaking.

Trump is also calling for a Justice Department special counsel to probe the allegedly fraudulent election, and Hunter Biden just for good measure: Trump reportedly wants special counsel to probe election, Hunter Biden. Well, the GOP certainly has a solid history of investigating things that didn’t happen, how many years and millions did they spend on Benghazi? NewsMax had meltdowns too, claiming the election is not over: ‘It’s not over’: NewsMax has a  bizarre response to SCOTUS rejecting Texas’ election lawsuit. NewsMax like Fox News, but without their commitment to fair and balanced reporting. @@

No, it’s not over. Trump is not going to retreat into obscurity, paint puppies, build houses for habitat for humanity, or any of the other things former presidents do. He’s going to continue to lead a once great political party that now seems to be based entirely on imaginary grievances and owning libtards: Hatred of liberals is all that’s left of conservatism. And henceforth will be devoted to overturning the election and sabotaging the Biden administration in any way they can. And God only knows what his more unstable followers will do, there’s a lot of potential John Wilkes Booths out there sharpening their AR-15s and fantasizing about wreaking vengeance on the libtards who stole the election.

So I will be reading the morning news with trepidation for the near future at least. And I will continue to try and make sense out of, well, the mass insanity that has gripped half the nation. The GOP spent decades cultivating hatred, science denial, and irrational thinking in their base. It’s come home to roost with a vengeance.

And of course Covid is still raging out of control in the US, the worst is yet to come. I see Charlie Pride just died of complications from Covid. God rest his soul. Covid has now killed more Americans than died fighting Hitler. If Trump had put the effort he put trying to overturn the election towards fighting Covid maybe things wouldn’t be so grim. That was never going to happen though. Stay safe and sane everyone. #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

Copyright © 2020 Doug Stych. All rights reserved.

(Image: A Nazi buzz bomb falling onto London in 1944 or 1945. I thought it captured the sense of impending doom I’m feeling these days. Credit: USAF, which makes no sense to me since the USAF didn’t exist then. Still, if produced by the US government, it’s public domain under US copyright law.)

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December 12, 2020 at 8:00 pm

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