There was a time this blog would only contain posts relating to peace in the world and the value of Hugs. Of equality and of reminding the world if we have, we must not stint of sharing. We cannot accept the fate of children starving in Africa, and yet these days we cannot accept of children starving in so called civilised societies.
I needn’t go into the fact that there has been an election in the United States. The statement would normally end there and life would go on as normal until the change of one President for another and new people in all the top jobs. Things are hugely different this year since the President would not accept he results of the election claiming massive voter fraud by Joe Biden and his Democrat election team. I have no idea whether the President actually believed his own hype since he’s been predicting this for months and there was enough security to ensure it didn’t happen. But, as is often the case in a society that loves conspiracy theories, a lot of people believed the claims.
In most Western societies there is opposition between the two leading parties though often the views are not as different as they seem. Whatever happens at the elections is accepted by the losers, the transfer of power is quite quick and goes off without a hitch and without too much malice. In the UK the worst I can remember is a member of the losing Labour Government leaving a snide note about there being no money in the pot for the incoming Government. But, in America there is malice aplenty. The President has been to court about 40 times to try to have judges overturn the results. He has lost in all but one case where I think 600 votes were disallowed but which made no difference to the final results. The actions themselves were rather lacklustre and the losses seemed to make little difference to the President. Again I had to wonder just how deeply he felt about whether a fraud really had been committed. Whatever he believed seems to make little difference to the Republican Party and the voters, they would follow him anyway.
In recent days the President has been to Georgia where at the time the votes had not been verified. They soon were and not in his favour. He has asked the Governor as a fellow Republican to cast out the results and appoint some Electors who would give their votes to The President. On January 6th there is an election for two seats which are generally Republican. Scared that they may be turned by their Democratic opponents and taking away the Republican majority in the senate and thus making Mitch McConnell totally ineffective as he’s no longer rule as he has done, The President has asked the Governor to cancel the election ‘as it won’t be needed’ this is presumably in the hope that the current Republicans will automatically be counted as having won. Maybe he was hoping that the Republican faithful, with Mitch ruling the Senate would be there to back him for a 2024 win. The Governor told The President that he doesn’t have the power to do as he was asked and that the results of the main election were honest and correct. He is now the recipient of several nasty tweets. So this is how he treats fellow Republicans when he can’t get his way.
It’s bad enough that President Trump has broken with the protocols surrounding the change of Government but he has not admitted that he has lost, has not congratulated President Elect Joe Biden, and only recently allowed him to start the process of change by letting some departments share information needed for a smooth change of Government. He is establishing many stumbling blocks and rushing though many bills that will take Joe Biden a long time to sort out, if they can be sorted at all. One such is to make it all but impossible for Iran to be brought back into an agreement over their weapons grade nuclear fuel. He of course assisted Israel in the killing of the scientist who heads the nuclear section of the Iranian Government.
Another change to the normal smooth change is that threats made by President Trump have come about with the activities of The Proud Boys who had previously been told to Stand Back and Stand By. Now are told the Stand By order has been rescinded and yet they are on the streets provoking violence every chance they get following the ‘Million MAGA March ‘ on 14th November and it’s attendant violence thee thugs have marched in support of President Trump in North Carolina, Sacramento, California and New York. All the time they claim the election was a fraud and that is the reason they march. President Trump does not condemn their actions.
If President Trump’s actions are allowed to become the norm there will never be another election that one side or the other can’t claim is fraudulent and use it as a tactic to delay things. Possibly even use it as an excuse to overturn the result. In the meantime the Republicans will do what they can to take the vote away from some minority groups so that even though they are the minority they could achieve most votes by cheating. I personally hope that the two seats from Georgia go to the challengers so that the Senate is equal with the deciding vote going to the VP. All this action takes place during a pandemic that is killing off thousands of American citizens but there is no leadership from the President who has very few duties these days but can find time for his beloved golf.
I wish you a very safe and a very Happy Season or Nadolig Llawen as we say in my Country. Stay away from the virus and I hope it stays away from you. Huge Hugs.