Category Archives: electoral politics

Trump Unplugged & Trump Canceled

Two items for your consideration (and while I know this diary is quite a tome, I believe both are key issues):  First, Trump Unplugged

‘It’s not your job’: Debate sparked on ‘unbiased’ journalism after news broadcasters cut away from Trump’s election fraud speech’, 6 Nov, 2020, RT.com

“A fierce debate about the role of journalism has emerged on the internet, after multiple media outlets cut away from a live address in which US President Donald Trump leveled allegations of voter fraud.

In an unprecedented move, MSNBC, NBC News, CNBC, CBS News, ABC News, and even publicly funded NPR(Radio), cut their feed(s) from the White House as Trump began to speak about alleged voting irregularities during the 2020 contest. Among the major broadcasters, only Fox and CNN chose to air the full speech. A CNN chyron shown during his speech read: Without any evidence, Trump says he’s being cheated.

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Is Maximum Mayhem Inevitable?

First, a breath of fresh air from SNL (even if the sound’s out of sync)

Both Red and Blue volunteer poll watchers have been recruited for election day to monitor ‘election integrity’.

WATCH: Convoy of Trump supporters’ trucks surrounds Biden-Harris campaign bus to ‘escort it out of Texas’, 1 Nov, 2020;   Trump Tweets ‘I love Texas!’

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Raul Diego Looks behind the Headlines

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FBI Charges 13 Men in Plot to Kidnap Michigan Governor:The headlines are everywhere, although I haven’t spotted a #Hashtag yetThis is from The Independent, wsws. org has a lot of articles; this will take you to their posts tagged similarly: ‘The fascist coup plot in Michigan’, they’ve even created this timeline of the unfolding plot above.

In this exposé:’ Democrats call for “patience” as Trump moves forward with coup plot’, Eric London writes:

Be careful of her and her attorney general,” Trump told the crowd in reference to Whitmer and the state’s top lawyer, Democrat Dana Nessel. “Because you know, they’re, like, in charge of the ballot stuff.” At the mention of Whitmer, the crowd chanted, “Lock her up!”

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the Abject Obscenity of ‘Debate’ 2020

‘Hell’, hieronymous bosch

I’d only managed to watch for twenty minutes or so, but Trump would not STFU, constantly interrupting not only Biden, but moderator Chris Wallace himself, creating Joe memes such as ‘Shut up, man’, ‘Can’t you quiet this clown’, ‘Why can’t Wallace control Trump?’, etc.  Yes, it was chaos, but apparently these two capitalist duopoly candidates were the best this Empire in its last throes could field. 

At one point Biden had proclaimed that ‘Roe v. Wade is on the ballot’.  Trump: ‘Now I have to debate the moderator on my medical plan?’

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Trump runs for Führer


…a column written by Jacob Crosse and Andre Damon, 28 August 2020, wsws.org

My apologies for featuring such electoral low-hanging fruit, but the authors do make their cases, but the surreal nature of it given the current police state background, including the ‘Opposition’s similar candidates…  (with permission from their site to repost their content at will, I’ll paste in the key passages.)

“In a scene that looked like a theatrical rendition of Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here, US President Donald Trump delivered a fascistic tirade from the White House lawn Thursday night, painting his reelection as the last bastion against “agitators” and “socialists.”
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Final Nite 4 of the Dem Nat’l Tent Revival

(joe and jill nite 4; they put on their masks when joined by kopmala)

Patrick Martin watched so we wouldn’t have to, and reported what he saw on August 21, 2020, bless his pea-pickin’ heart.  (w/ the site’s permission)  He likens it to a cliché-driven religious revival featuring ‘the Moral Superiority of Biden compared to Trump’, Biden’s ‘deep empathy for children and the downtrodden’ (add identity ___ at will).  Hell, Bill Clinton was the master of fake empathy: biting one thumb with ‘sorrow’ in his eyes, and intoning: “I feel your pain.”

“The sheer contempt for the intelligence of the population and the viewing audience was summed up in Biden’s acceptance speech. His speechwriters appeared to have been trying to cram every possible trite phrase into a single 20-minute address.
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The Trumpeter is Terrified of Voting by Mail


(and hates the Post Office Bigly and wants it privatized)  Let’s call this by it’s name: Catch-22

Trump holds up coronavirus aid to block Democrats’ bid for election funding’, msn.com, Aug 13, 2020

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Thursday said his team was rejecting Democrats’ bid to include funds for the U.S. Postal Service and to shore up election infrastructure in a new coronavirus relief bill, as he vowed to block money to facilitate mail-in voting.
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Can Bolivians Survive the Coup Regime?

Lawfare in Bolivia: Añez wants to Jail the Favored Candidate in the Coming Elections’, resumen-english.org, Ernesto Reyes, June 30, 2020

“Bolivia’s de facto president, Jeanine Añez, is losing more and more of her mask obscuring democracy that, with the complicity of the United States and the European Union, she had to put on to justify the violent overthrow of Evo Morales in November of last year.

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a PSA: Green candidate Howie Hawkins has a running mate


Via email from his campaign yesterday:

As our movement continues to gain traction, we came to realize a few things:

  1. The evidence speaks for itself. People have grown tired of having their needs ignored by a corrupt establishment and are rallying to the Green Party to help build a fair and sustainable future for our country.
  2. The issues that our campaign is championing truly are the issues that resonate most with the American people. The support that we have received and the stories that you have shared with us only solidify that this movement towards an Ecosocialist Green New Deal is exactly what the country needs to navigate these trying times in our history.
  3. It was time to announce a running mate for Vice President.
    The ideal running mate had to be someone with experience on the front-lines of these issues. They had to be someone with the ability to communicate with language and conviction that others can understand and believe. Fortunately, she answered the call!

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from Jeff Bezos’s Fishwrap News

Allegation against Biden prompts reexamination of “Believe women”, Annie Linskey, Sean Sullivan, May 2, 2020 (?), washingtonpost.com

“On Friday, facing his own accusations, he stressed on MSNBC [< Mika on Morning Joe] the importance of “taking the woman’s claims seriously when she steps forward — and then vet it, look into it.”
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Fun with AOC, Sanders, & #Drop Out Biden


In my
April 20 diary concerning AOC endorsing and serving Biden on April 19, including being willing to attending rallies with him.  I’d added in comments:

AOC says she is ‘having conversations with Biden’s team’ over policyApril 16, 2020, nypost.com
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#DemExit & #GreenEnter

(both by way of Black Agenda Report)

The End of Sanders, and Maybe the Beginning of a Mass Independent Left’, Glen Ford, April 16, 2020, blackagndareport.com

“Sander’s early Return of the Prodigal Son to the bosom of the Party allows him to escape the deep critique of capitalist medicine and political-economy that would be required of a “leftish” presidential candidate as this never-in-our-lifetimes crisis unfolds.” [jump]
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belief, faith, and truth in electoral political Name Brands

A dozen years ago a friend who was teaching at a multi-disciplinary college (economics, philosophy, psychology, etc.) in Switzerland laughed about a study that demonstrated that people think that the things they believe…are true. Now run that my in your noggin for a few ticks…and see if you chuckle.

Now we all have cognitive biases, but sometimes we can tell that our opinions…are simply that.

Bingling, I hadn’t found a similar study, but one psychology site showed that we believe what we what to believe, as above. While The Truth is a moving target, especially scientific truths, there are also Facts at play in electoral political Brands, and my contention is that many of us tend to Trust The Brand, rather than dig deeper into it, or even discard annoying counterfactuals (past votes, Tweets, and other statements).
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Lord Noam & Co. v Howie Hawkins: #Epic Hubris


A recent email from Howie to supporters:

‘Dear Wendy,

If you thought Bernie Sanders was the only one facing the wolves this election season, let us inform you that he’s not.  It’s become pretty obvious that there’s all-out war against Bernie Sanders, and the DNC’s picks for the committees that will oversee nomination convention business certainly underscores this reality. And now with Barack Obama threatening to “go public” on his opposition to Sanders, you know the fix is in.

Last week in an open letter, Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, and other progressive luminaries insisted that Howie Hawkins and the Green Party vote Democrat for president in battleground states.
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a Bibi under indictment is becoming even more savage


Please begone, Bibi!  And kiss my grits for aiding and abetting him, Donald Trump!

First: ‘Netanyahoo, Indicted For Bribery, Fraud And Breach Of Trust, Becomes More Dangerous’, b at moonoflabama.com, Nov. 21, 2019
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updates on the non-election of an Israeli PM

Blue and White chair Benny Gantz (C) meeting with leaders of the Joint List alliance, Ayman Odeh (L) and Ahmed Tibi

‘Arab MKs meet with Gantz, call for ‘real diplomatic process’ with Palestinians;

Blue and White chair’s sit-down with Joint List leadership opens the door to possibility Arab-majority parties will back or join the government’, 31 October 2019, timesofisrael.com
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recent election results from ‘Our Backyard’

First, this most exhilarating news comes from telesurenglish.net:

Alberto Fernandez and running mate former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner celebrate after election results in Buenos Aires

Argentina: Progressive Fernandez Wins Presidency, Defeats Macri’, Oct. 27, 2019

“As the candidates needed 45 percent of the vote to avoid a second round, the 47 percent obtained by the Fernandez-Fernandez ticket has been enough to give them the win.
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mortally wounded, can bibi rise like a zombie from the dead?

(Some Israeli snap election kinda/sorta results)  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to say ‘bye, bye, Bibi; may the wind beat your back?

With 99+% of the votes counted (but not yet certified) Benny Gantz’s blue-and-white party (Kahol Levan) got 33 seats in the Knesset, Bibi’s Likud party 31, the Arab majority Joint List 13 seats (<up 2 from the last election four months ago.) Woot!

‘Ahmad Tibi thanks ‘magician’ Netanyahu for driving up Arab vote; Arab Israeli MK cites PM’s attempts to suppress the Arab vote for helping rouse voters: ‘Suddenly the Arabs rushed to the polls in droves’.
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Trump floats proposal to cancel 2020 elections

Whoa; who among us could possibly fail to be enticed by that title from Eric London at wsws.org, 8 May 2019?

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Introducing Green Howie Hawkins for President 2020


This is longish, but given it’s mainly policy positions, it’s fairly easy to scan, stop on topics you’d choose for closer reading.  Howie’s website is here.  He’s an actual anti-imperialist socialist candidate, and I like his socialist policies a lot:

Key Economic Sectors to Socialize:
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