Republicans win by fraud.
Think about it: of the last 8 times a Republican won election or re-election to the presidency, 6 of them were won with fraud. That’s 5 of the last 6 elected Republican presidents. And that’s only what we know of—we didn’t find out about Nixon and Vietnam until recently, and there may be a lot more.
1968: Nixon illegally derails the Paris Peace Talks, which could have swung the election back to the Democrats.
1972: Nixon embarks on massive fraud campaign of “dirty tricks,” including bugging the Democratic National Headquarters, leading to the Watergate scandal and his eventual resignation.
1980: Reagan colludes with Iranians to delay the release of US hostages; Iran cooperates, releasing then only after Reagan took office. Reagan then illegally sold arms to Iran, leading to the Iran/Contra scandal which nearly derailed his second term in office.
2000: Katherine Harris fraudulently expanded the Florida felon’s list to illegally disenfranchise tens of thousands of Democratic voters, leading to a razor-thin victory for Bush in Florida, thus stealing the election for Bush.
2004: Aside from the beginnings of voter suppression laws, a fraudulent “speed boat” campaign, and the highly questionable nature and behavior of eminently hackable voting machines in swing states managed by a company whose owner actively campaigned for Bush—the Bush administration actively abused the nation’s national security mechanism to generate false “terror warnings” (the nation was still in a state of fear and shock following 9/11) at exact, carefully-chosen moments in the election where John Kerry was beginning to gain momentum. The fraudulent warnings served to derail Kerry’s momentum and bring attention back to Bush.
2016: Aside from now massive voter suppression now built into many key states’ laws, Russian collusion and hacking, and the extreme abuse of Republicans’ authority in Congress to carry out non-stop fraudulent “hearings” and “investigations” of anything and everything that they could throw at Hillary Clinton—the Republican Director of the FBI, James Comey, 11 days before the election, released a bombshell that he was re-opening the investigation into Clinton’s emails, based on flimsy evidence. Comey claims he had to release or “conceal”—but he had no problem concealing the far more significant ongoing investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Comey’s decisions derailed what was considered a sure win for Clinton.
Note that 3 of the 6 cases of fraud included collusion with foreign powers—Vietnam, Iran, and Russia. Quite a team of allies the GOP has there.
Again, this is only what we know about—there could be more. It undeniably establishes a pattern of fraud in U.S. elections on the part of Republicans that spans the last half century.
Republicans win by fraud, pure and simple.
Stanford put a two-lecture talk by Alan Kay up recently (“How To Invent the Future”), and his 2nd talk ended pretty pessimistically but interesting nonetheless, and apropos to this post, actually:
He posits that all the goodies of enlightened society — science, progress, knowledge, rights, law, democracy — are “needs” not “wants” and are not universal among societies . . . they are not in the basic toolbox that societies share at some deep/subconscious level.
So Hitler, Franco, Bush, Trump — conservatism in general — what they bring to the world isn’t an aberration, it’s just a reversion to the mean.
The Enlightenment was the aberration!
of all the bullshit of the past months,
ranks pretty high up there.
^ nailed it
Objectively, six months in we’ve taken maybe 2% of the damage the USA took over the 8 years of the Bush Admin.
But the potential for high fuckery is so much greater given how committed conservatives are this go around.
Republicans actually lost the Senate in 2001 and only regained it in 2003, leaving them with only 4+ years to do their worst until losing it again in 2007.
_They Live_ was a documentary.
Also, I found this diagram of the evolution of the two parties illuminating:
Shows how the middle ground between the parties disappeared in the Gingrich Revolution