The date looms like Orwell’s 1984. I dread it yet I welcome it. It represents the last hope of ending Donald Trump and his Republican allies’s assault on our democracy. The coup that Trump put into effect in 2020 is still happening. We’ve just been through the first phase. Trump has laid the groundwork for his retaking the presidency whether he wins the election or not. He has planted seeds of distrust, disbelief, disinformation, and disingenuousness into the minds of Republican and Independent voters. He has the electorate where he wants it. As polls show, most of those who support him are the unvaccinated, the anti-maskers, and those who still believe The Big Lie that Trump won the last election. The courts, the audits, the recounts all show that he did not win, but because he continued with his harangue of vitriolic lies, people started believing him, and despite all evidence to the contrary, swallowed his bait hook, line, and sinker. He is a compulsive con man, and Teflon Don has been getting away with it all his life. He always seems to intimidate, insult, and disabuse enough of his ever-changing opponents so as to deflect from his obvious guilt and displace it onto others.
2022 is also critical to Trump although even if the Dems hold on to both houses, he will distort the election returns to try and make it appear that actually the Republicans succeeded. That is his way. He can’t help himself. He’s been living his life that way and can’t stop even he wanted to. His niece Dr. Mary Trump, a definitive and trustworthy voice, has made that clear in her book and on her TV interviews. It is up to Democratic voters–moderates and progressives–to send a resounding message to the Trump cult in 2022: a message so loud and so unified that there can be no challenges, no believable lies, no court cases, and no snake oil rallies to the contrary. That is the only way to beat this man and his surrogates and nail the coffin on his political grave.
Trump wants to be a sovereign–a der Fuhrer–in a country that has never known a dictator. He wants that kind of power. The people around him and who vote for him want him in that kind of autocratic, fascistic position. Even during our Revolutionary War were there people, many people, who were loyal to the King of England. They were aristocrats, elite, and slavelords who figured their slavocracy would continue under a monarchy. There were even the Appalachian poor and so-called Borderlanders who figured they could keep their autonomy that insured their sovereignty over their neighborhoods and wilderness territories. They didn’t really care who won the war for independence. Their mostly lawless lives would stay the same either way. Those were the Steve Bannons, the Mitch McConnells, and the Donald Trumps of today. They care not a whit for a United States. They want only discord, disunity, distrust, dismantling, and disrupting, with our democratic form of government being the object of their disdain.
Using a wide-angle lens on this vast country of ours, I see deep polarity. Red and Blue mostly, with minor disagreements among the Red, and major disagreements among the Blue. A smaller group of Independents, suburban Whites mainly, who often tip Federal elections one way of the other, lean mostly to the Red side. Subsequently, I see the Red side, the Republicans, retaking one or both of the houses of Congress in ’22, leading to Trump retaking the presidency in ’24. If so, this will, for all intents and purposes, mark the end of the American experiment as we’ve known it. Devolution will follow much as the Roman empire devolved centuries ago, or the Greek empire before that, or Hitler’s empire did after just a few years in their attempt at world domination.
Trump and his followers will drag this country down to its own low and often evil levels of intellect, morality, and intolerance in a very short amount of time.
Think about it…but not too long before you take some sort of action to counteract this prediction of perdition.