A 77-year-old man with alleged dementia could be the USA’s next president. A man who could barely attract 100 people to his campaign rallies suddenly has over 72,6 million votes to date as against Trump’s 69 067 213, exceeding the wildly popular Obama in 2008 with 69 498 516 votes, and in 2012, 65 915 795 votes (in other words, Biden’s current vote surpasses Obama’s for both terms: 2008–2012; 2012–2016).
How did it come to this?vir
Joe Biden was President Obama’s vice-president after having served 39 years as a Democratic senator, yet his political career was less than stellar. He ran unsuccessfully for the Democrats’ presidential nomination in 1988 when he was exposed for plagiarising one of Neil Kinnock’s speeches. He ran again in 2008 against Obama. He was a close associate of segregationist Robert Byrd, a member of the KKK who had opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act and supported the Vietnam War. Biden had opposed school integration, claiming schools would disintegrate into “racial jungles”. He was responsible for the 1994 Crime Bill that unfairly incarcerated more black men (whom he referred to as “super-predators”) than white men, per capita. Recently he responded to radio host Charlamagne la God from The Breakfast Club: “If you can’t figure out if you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black”, unleashing angry responses from the black community.
It is claimed that Biden has committed plagiarism several times, and he has allegedly often lied on tape, earning himself the pejorative label Liar-in-Chief. Allegedly he claimed he had three degrees and had come top of his class, when in fact he had one degree and had graduated 76th out of 85 students. Biden has reportedly lied about his policies from week to week, often in his alleged cognitively impaired state, unable to remember what he had said the week before. On several occasions he said he would eliminate fracking, but when challenged on it by President Trump and when campaigning in states where fracking has created tens of thousands of jobs, he denied having said that. Even his running mate, Kamala Harris, reiterated that policy position, only to change her mind when it was expedient to do so. The same with tax cuts, fossil fuels, climate change, and so on. Trump used video tapes of Biden’s double speak at his rallies to good effect, especially as voters aren’t very au fait with the news.
Most egregious is the alleged limitless corruption perpetrated by Joe Biden’s proxy, his prodigal son, Hunter Biden. It is claimed that Hunter has extracted millions of dollars from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and other places, peddling influence and his connection to his father in exchange for big money. From China Hunter allegedly received $1,5 bn despite having no expertise in energy, hedge funds or oil. Fortuitously, a big treasure trove of information found on a laptop Hunter forgot to collect from a computer store a year ago revealed his endless claimed pursuits of board positions on energy companies and banks in the above-mentioned countries when Joe was VP. Videotape evidence has Joe Biden bragging that he had withheld a billion dollars in aid to Ukraine unless it fired a prosecutor who was investigating Burisma, an energy company in Ukraine on whose board Hunter sat, reportedly earning thousands of dollars monthly. The prosecutor was fired. The new president of Ukraine, Zelensky, who had won on an anti-corruption ticket, confirmed this nefarious foreign policy intervention directly with Trump vowing to investigate the case.
When Joe Biden put his hat in the ring as Democratic presidential nominee for the 2020 election, a concerned Obama cautioned, “You don’t have to do this, Joe”, perhaps aware of his alleged cognitive decline and excess baggage.
And this brings me to the elections!
For the benefit of South Africans: The USA is not a democracy; it is a Republic. Its electoral college gives each state a fair representation regardless of its size. If its system were first past the post, the popular vote rather than fair representation would suffice, leaving many small states unrepresented. The big states like California, Texas, North Carolina and others would determine elections and rule over smaller states, effectively silencing their voice.
Wikipedia explains it thus:
In the Electoral College system, each state gets a certain number of electors based on its total number of representatives in Congress. Each elector casts one electoral vote following the general election; there are a total of 538 electoral votes. The candidate that gets more than half (270) wins the election.
Remember, elections are a state function, not a federal function, which means each state can make its own rules, but within the parameters of the Constitution, which would explain the current crisis the USA election faces.
Frustrated that every effort to impeach Trump (for everything from Russian collusion to obstruction of justice, Ukraine intervention and Trump’s taxes) had failed, the Democrats used COVID-19 to orchestrate a new plan to unseat Trump. The pre-election anti-Trump airwaves banged on and on about the virus, instilling fear into the general populace that Trump had mishandled the virus. Arch-proponent Joe Biden ran a campaign of fear, suggesting more lockdowns and mask mandates, and generally claiming that Trump had mishandled the pandemic, causing the rise in cases (which in fact can be attributed to more testing – over 120 million people have been tested) and deaths, although Democratic Governor Cuomo of New York had been responsible for the spike in deaths. He subsequently had high praise for the way the president had assisted him in New York to fight the pandemic. Ditto Democratic Governor Newsom of California.
Ignoring the success of Trump’s Operation Warp Speed (OWS), Biden went on his campaigns holding Trump responsible for the 230 000 deaths when in fact medical experts had predicted that two million people would die. Trump closed many international borders, encouraged CEOs of top major companies to diversify their production lines to urgently produce ventilators, PPE, therapeutics, hospital beds, and invested millions into producing vaccines: “Operation Warp Speed's goal is to produce and deliver 300 million doses of safe and effective vaccines with the initial doses available by January 2021, as part of a broader strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics (collectively known as countermeasures).”
Democratic states went into lockdown full on, tyrannically enforcing closure of schools, businesses, churches, entertainment, the wearing of masks and social distancing, threatening anyone who dared to violate restrictions made on the fly. Petty-tyrant officials were on full display enforcing laws “for thee but not for me” when many Democrats were exposed for not wearing masks (even Dr Fauci, Trump’s advisor), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who went to a salon not wearing a mask, and tyrannical Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot, who went to a salon claiming that as a public official she needed to “look good”. All this while Republican states opened up, treating their citizens as adults who would adhere to protocols, manage the virus, and live their lives. To add insult to injury, the tragic murder of George Floyd happened in Minneapolis in full view of the entire world. People took to the streets protesting, rioting, looting, burning and pulling down statues. Democratic governors and mayors allowed massive protests and riots unchecked while harassing and arresting law-abiding citizens who wanted to work and open their salons and businesses.
COVID-19 became the Democrats’ weapon, using it to great effect, not least to introduce Mail-in Ballot voting (usually reserved for absentee votes) as a national mechanism to avoid contact between citizens. Obama, his wife Michelle, the lapdog media, senior Democrats, Hollywood and academia vehemently pushed this form of voting as the new holy grail of elections. Trump, in the meantime, warned of its capacity for fraud, mismanagement and cheating, given its past history, on a smaller scale, of widespread corruption, ballot dumps, disappearances and the like.
The November 3 election has just passed, but is inconclusive. The Mail-in Ballot system confirms every suspicion Trump and the general public might have had as to the reliability of this exercise. But the capacity for cheating is why Democratic leaders pushed for this form of voting so vociferously. It was the nexus at which COVID-19 and Mail-in Ballots would meet, changing the face of American elections. Biden’s message of COVID-19 deaths was used to justify balloting by mail.
On election night as the votes were counted and called, suddenly, when Trump’s votes started surging in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nevada and Wisconsin, election officials incredulously called it a night. Immediately thereafter Trump went on the news declaring that he would file a lawsuit to block any votes that came in afterwards. Sure as hell, votes curiously came in on the morning of November 4, and suddenly Trump and Biden were neck and neck. Trump’s lawyers appeared on television informing the nation that they were investigating illegal ballot votes, voter fraud, and opaque vote-counting practices – which brings us to the election results to date:
Biden leads Trump in electoral votes 264 (50,5%) to 214 (47,9%); popular vote 73 100 586 to 69 346 124. Contestation in swing states where alleged nefarious acts are happening are as follows:
Georgia (16 electoral votes) Biden 49,3%, Trump 49,4%
Nevada (6 electoral votes) Biden 49,4%, Trump 48,5%
North Carolina (15 electoral votes) Biden 48,7%, Trump 50,1%
Pennsylvania (20 electoral votes) Biden 48,9%, Trump 49,9%
Arizona (11 electoral votes) Biden 50,3%, Trump 48,4%
Florida (29 electoral votes) Biden 47,9%, Trump 51,2%.
To conclude: Voter turnout has been uncharacteristically high. That raises red flags, as voter turnout is usually around 54–59% on average. Secondly, the nation’s pollsters, except for a small number, were largely wrong, predicting a “big blue wave”. Quinnipiac polls were wrong on Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin and many more states.
Trump, who across the world is called a racist and a misogynist, won the biggest minority vote of any GOP candidate with Hispanics topping the bill to over 30%, with African Americans at 12% of the vote, doubling his support among them since he came into office at 6%. The Republicans hold the Senate and added seats to the house with a number of women going into Congress. The Democrats are angry at these losses, currently challenging the seat of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, blaming her for their losses for moving towards socialism and calling to defund the police.
If Trump loses, it will be a stolen election in full view of the public. President Trump has just addressed the nation, and only Fox News and CNN showed it; MSNBC, ABC, CBS and others cut away. In this election, Trump fought Big Tech, Big Hollywood, Big Money (Wall Street and Big Donors), Big Media, academia, and the intelligence agencies. He had only the people and a few media outlets on his side. Yet he grew coalitions across the board, of African Americans, Hispanics, youth, women, gays, pastors, bikers, boaters – the likes of which this nation and the Republican party have never seen before. The larger-than-life rallies in support of Trump, boat flotillas and vehicle caravans that stretched up to 91 miles long attested to his popularity.
Should Trump lose, America will, alas, go back to its usual, fetid, Washington, DC swamp politics.