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October 20th 2016 print

Steve Kates

Lies and Loathing 3.0

Trump won't  accept defeat, should that be his lot on November 8, unless he is satisfied the game wasn't rigged, which it always is. As for Mrs Clinton, she will maintain the habit of a lifetime and surround the Oval Office with a bodyguard of lies

hillary long noseThe issue of issues in the third debate was Trump’s refusal to commit himself to accepting the results of the election as tallied on the day. He has, in effect, stated that an election result would not be acceptable if there is serious evidence of voter and electoral fraud. I wish he hadn’t said it since it will diminish his outstanding performance on the rest.

But what do I know about politics at that levels, since what it will do is put the spotlight on the way in which the deceased vote early and often, how voting machines are hacked and the multiple-voting that is rife across the American system.For all my misgivings, he is the one that has taken the Trump train to the edge of the White House, so we shall just have to see what happens now.

I have often thought about this issue, in particular in relation to the 2012 election: In 59 Philadelphia voting divisions, Mitt Romney got zero votes. Not one person voted for Romney, not even by accident, not even by pulling the wrong lever, not even my mis-reading the ballot paper! Not one? To quote from the above link:

The unanimous support for Obama in these Philadelphia neighborhoods – clustered in almost exclusively black sections of West and North Philadelphia – fertilizes fears of fraud, despite little hard evidence.

Upon hearing the numbers, Steve Miskin, a spokesman for Republicans in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, brought up his party’s voter-identification initiative – which was held off for this election – and said, “We believe we need to continue ensuring the integrity of the ballot.”

The absence of a voter-ID law, however, would not stop anyone from voting for a Republican candidate.

Which is exactly the point. The polls showed a super-majority voting for Obama, but the polls also showed the score at 94-6. Six percent is not zero percent. And then there’s this:

The video was put up just the other day, on October 18, and comes with this caption:

In the second video of James O’Keefe’s new explosive series on the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign, Democratic party operatives tell us how to successfully commit voter fraud on a massive scale. Scott Foval, who has since been fired, admits that the Democrats have been rigging elections for fifty years.

This is an issue of immense importance in a democracy. Legitimacy is bestowed only if the system is fair and perceived to be fair. Trump is in the middle of a battle he thinks, and I think, is for the future of America and the West. What he said is that he is not going to give the outcome his prior approval before he has actually seen what has happened on the day.

And I do have to say that I was surprised that he didn’t bring up Al Gore and the disputed election in 2012. It would no doubt have crossed his mind, so you have to think Trump had sifted this on the spot and didn’t wish to change the focus to sixteen years ago. He wants this election, this year, run clean. And since this is his greatest vulnerability – an election stolen by those with a proven track record of electoral theft – he wants to keep the pressure on as best he can.

Politics is ultimately what works. Does it cost him votes to focus on voter fraud in this way? No doubt. But will it also gain him votes if he can contain the fraud? Yes again. The question really comes down to how it will play out.

Given the rest of the debate was overwhelmingly in his favour, a clear winner on each of the issues for someone like me who is seeking a stronger US both internationally and at home, he is the only candidate worth considering. Hillary, if elected, will trash America, leaving the 2020 election of no genuine interest since, by then, the US will be even farther on its way towards becoming a Third World economy. Hillary’s idiotic, but thoroughly focus-tested statement, that “we are going to go where the money is” — that is, she is going to raid corporations and the wealthy for as much as she can shake them down for — is to guarantee a continuation of, if not an actual deterioration from, the descending living standards that are now entrenched and becoming worse. The wealthier will get wealthier and the bottom 60-70% will find things harder by the year.

As for foreign policy, the election as president of the architect of what we see in Libya, Syria, Iran and Iraq ought to terrify anyone who thinks about the future. She has never shown good judgement; why would she start now. Trump described American policy as “stupid”. It must have resonated with many across his constituency when he said it during the second debate. And stupid is really the mildest term he might have chosen.

Not to mention open borders. Hillary’s patent lie that when she was talking about open borders in her secret speech in Brazil she meant electricity is also such irritating stupidity that it is a wonder anyone can even pretend to believe a word.

What is more of a wonder is that those who support her are not personally terrified about open borders and what it will do to their country and their own individual way of life. Nothing stands still, but the changes that her presidency would bring will have the equivalent effect on just about everything that Obamacare has had on the health system. With Hillary it is all downhill from here. At least with Trump there remains hope. Not necessarily a lot, but at least some.

Comments [12]

  1. Bill Martin says:

    One can not possibly have much faith in the American public. They have, incredibly, elected Barack Obama TWICE, why should they now have enough sense to reject Hillary Clinton? Certainly, the MSM only publicise facts and fictions damaging to Trump while remaining silent about Clinton’s crimes, it takes only a modest degree of common sense to see through the evil charade, but the Americans seem to be bereft of the commodity. – Still, they could well pleasantly surprise us in the end, as did the Brits with Brexit.

  2. Peter says:

    Glad to see you are keeping the faith Steve when all seems lost. It is amazing really that anyone can possibly think that increasing taxes on the rich is the key to job creation. Yet Hillary simply gets away with it. Surely, enough voters will see through it and her (her evident incompetence, corruption and lies)? Surely, even if Trump did in fact hit on a few women voters will be more concerned about jobs and borders? Unfortunately, the polls suggest that the answer to these questions is no. Maybe that is what the impending end of a civilisation looks like. Mind you, I still have my fingers crossed that the polls are understating Tump’s support and that sufficient numbers of Americans will see the light on November 8.

    • ianl says:

      > “It is amazing really that anyone can possibly think that increasing taxes on the rich is the key to job creation”

      Well, almost no-one does think that. But increasing taxes on the “rich” appeals directly and irresistibly to envy – a widespread emotional driver, constantly under unscrupulous, cynical manipulation by politicians, bureaucrats and the MSM.

      There is an obvious reason that the Robin Hood myth never dies.

      • Jody says:

        You’ll probably find there are huge multinational corporations, just as we have here, who pay no tax. Therefore, everybody else has to pick up the tab – especially the chumps who are PAYE. There are off-shore scams used to hide money from the US tax man and I don’t think it reasonable at all that they should enjoy all the benefits of trading in the US without any of the responsibility. Once that problem is fixed up a lot of the peripheral noise will decrease.

  3. Don A. Veitch says:

    The entire Presidential election has been a gigantic spitting and mooning competition, but when evil fights evil, good can result.

  4. Dallas Beaufort says:

    Donald’s honesty trumps Hillary’s corruption.

  5. en passant says:

    Not the same planet as you, Jody …

  6. Ian MacDougall says:

    That remarkable 19thC Belgian musician and inventor Adolphe Sax gave the world the saxophone and its derivatives: the sopranino saxophone and the huge subcontrabass saxophone. In so doing, he not only transformed military bands, but indirectly made an important contribution in the history of jazz.
    It does not involve a great mental leap to see the implications of this for the current US presidential campaign.
    (FANFARE!.)
    Introducing the trumpophone, a 3-way hybrid of the flugelhorn, alpenhorn and trumpet, whose sound I imagine would be akin to that of a constipated elephant. Appropriately, that unforgetful creature is also the symbol of the US Republican Party. A chorus of trumpophones would provide the ideal accompaniment and background music for any campaign involving the Grand Ole Party (GOP) and/or Donald Trump.
    The concept of the subcontrabass trumpophone IMHO leads us into entirely new levels of both music and politics, akin to an earthquake or said elephant punctuating a performance of ‘God Bless America’.

  7. Don A. Veitch says:

    Excellent, and imaginative comment.
    The GOP (Lincoln’s great party), is now the Trumpery Party (rubbish and lies. Trump is the wrecking ball of the Republican Party, and hence has done America an historic service!

    • Ian MacDougall says:

      Oh yes. Trump is a populist and a demagogue, and clearly no GOP party loyalist. He is just using the GOP as a vehicle for his ambition, which is and always will be power for its own sake. Once he has absolute presidential power, the party machine I predict will be given 2 alternatives: a. like it or b. lump it. It will be Trump, Trump and once again Trump.
      There can be no doubt that Trump knows how to make a lot of ‘conservative’ noises for whistling up the conservative hounds. But like the German conservatives of the Weimar period, they will likely find that they have installed a Frankenstein monster into power, who will proceed to do as he pleases with the power they have given him.

      http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/the-fury-and-failure-of-donald-trump-w444943