In a way I think there may be much ado about little when it comes to Trumps threats to not concede if he should lose.
And you can rest assured that regardless of the margin whether a landslide or close Trump is going to claim he was robbed.
Trumps all about threats from suing to he won’t show up, or if he deigns to attend he’ll invite certain people and may or may not talk about certain things – he believes it gives him leverage and qualifies his idiocy of the moment.
Worse case scenario is the Supreme Court would immediately step in as it did with the Bush/Gore election and render a binding decision.
Trump’s a whiner, he’s even boasted about it, so if he loses and whines for the next ten years so what, at some point people will move on even if they continue to nurture whatever favorite conspiracy theory they hold.
What will bear watching is how the dysfunctional Congress reacts – whether they will have learned their lesson and will consider themselves well rid of Trump or in licking their wounds join Trump in the whining – which is something they’re adept at.
There isn’t going to be a revolution, the nation won’t shut down, though it may continue to be the laughing stock of the world courtesy of Trump and the Trumplodites.
There’s talk that Trump wants to start his on television network, if so I imagine the focus will be a personal “infowars” featuring every conspiracy theory available to man as approved by the would be “savior”.
I feel as though Trump envisions himself as the somewhat deranged broadcaster Howard Beale in the movie network – a man who started out making valid points and then went off the rails – a man who became caught up in a persona and imploded just as Trump has.
The qualifier of course being Trump is a “genius” and “ knows a lot of words”.
Wannabe pundits often attempt to dismiss a candidate as being a populist preying on public sentiment and dissatisfaction, but if you actually think about it every candidate is a populist preying on public sentiment and dissatisfaction, the difference being the selected talking points.
Populism is a well establish strategy that comes wrapped in a facade of patriotic fervor – patriotism actually has little to do with it, the emphasis is on winning and winning at any cost.
If it were actually about patriotism people en masse would be raising hell and demanding something better.
That is the first duty of patriotism – to question, not to merely fall in line and go along with egregious wrongs for the sake of the party.
And once having questioned reject the bs, take note of the flaws and say this isn’t what we are about – to take back elections and their country.
Does the media collude? That’s a no brainer if there ever was one, of course they do.
The media in large part is a corporate owned entity driven by two things – the political orientation of ownership and profit.
In such a circumstance bias becomes the norm, a bias that easily lends itself to manipulation and carefully crafted headlines – the medias goal isn’t to faithfully serve and inform, rather to direct and orchestrate – the word for that is propaganda, and they in effect become the propaganda arm of their preferred candidate.
A “free press”? You can only arrive at that conclusion if you assume ownership doesn’t dictate policy, doesn’t play favorites, and actually has the best interests of the nation at heart.
Obama in a campaign speech in Florida for Clinton said at some point you have to stand for something more than party – my point exactly.
You have to stand for something more than the present, the additional obligation is to stand for the future and the inheritance that will unfold – no one owns the present, not individuals, corporations, or governments, we only hold it in trust for those who will follow.